How PayPal fumbled in the Wikileaks controversy

By Kevin Kelleher
December 9, 2010

A unique feature of the web is that it was designed by idealists and capitalists alike. A hacker sensibility fights for an open, democratic structure, while profit-minded businesses helped shape it into a thriving industry. The more successful companies, like Google and Facebook, understand both ethics equally.

In Google-Groupon talks, size matters

By Kevin Kelleher
December 6, 2010

“Think small and act small, and we’ll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we’ll get smaller.”

Forget-me-not: RIM’s half-ready PlayBook vies for attention

December 3, 2010

www.reuters.comBy Alastair Sharp

Research In Motion’s upcoming PlayBook tablet device made a live guest appearance on home turf today at a Toronto press conference on how these  devices that fall between smartphones and laptops will change life as we know it.

Will Facebook become a force in e-commerce, too?

By Kevin Kelleher
December 3, 2010

USA-RETAIL/BLACKFRIDAYThe social graph that Facebook is slowly building has been extending its tentacles into different areas of the web – not just micro-publishing the thoughts of a user’s circle of friends, but also online videos, photos and email. One huge area that Facebook has been quiet in so far is e-commerce. But this holiday season, there are early signs that that is beginning to change.

Why Web Giants would benefit from a ‘do not track’ policy

By Kevin Kelleher
December 2, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report recommending that browsers include a “Do Not Track” mechanism that would allow people to surf the web without sites collecting and sharing data about their activities. In the same way that the “Do Not Call” list hampered that ability of some (but alas, not all) telemarketers to interrupt our dinners with unwanted calls, the idea sounds like bad news for web sites that target ads based on such data.

Time Warner says no advanced degree needed for device management

December 2, 2010

jeff bewkesTime Warner Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes stopped in at the Reuters Global Media Summit and shared his vision for a future where people will get all their entertainment needs on every device, like smart phones, tablets and computers– but said it must be easy for consumers.

GlobalMedia-iPad cautionary tale: What not to watch, up close

November 29, 2010

SINGAPORE/Media executives love to go on about their love of the Apple’s iPad. But the tablet isn’t suited for everything. Walt Disney’s Anne Sweeney relayed her recent experience catching up on an ABC  TV show using the  popular tablet.

GlobalMedia-3D? After some thought, News Corp COO likes its future

November 29, 2010

carey1To our surprise, News Corp President and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey, whose studio released the highest grossing movie of all time in 3D, hesitated when asked about the future of that technology.

When gamers hit Toys R Us and other tales of Black Friday

November 26, 2010

Sprinkled among the snaking lines of parents at a Toys R Us in New Jersey on Black Friday were diehard gamers. Many had no children to spoil. Nor were they particularly happy to be in the Toys R Us; but with gaming hardware fast selling out across the region, they followed the scent of the deal.

Berners-Lee: Apple, Facebook are enemies of the web

By Kevin Kelleher
November 22, 2010

2010 is a great time for the web. Innovation is thriving as new services and content flourish on smartphones and laptops, thanks in good part to industry leaders like Apple and Facebook.