Author Archives: JP Mangalindan, Writer
  • Klout acquired for $200 million by Lithium Technologies

    It's official: The once-controversial social scoring startup has been scooped up.

    FORTUNE -- Social score startup Klout has been acquired by Lithium Technologies, a provider of social customer experience solutions for the enterprise, in a deal valued at nearly $200 million, Fortune has learned.

    According to two sources familiar with the matter, the deal is a mix of cash and Lithium private stock. (Lithium is gearing up for an IPO, which could MORE

    - Mar 26, 2014 6:04 PM ET
  • Bitcoin startup Circle lands $17 million

    The Bitcoin exchange business also launches its first consumer-focused product today.

    FORTUNE -- Circle Internet Financial has just raised another $17 million, Fortune has learned.

    The Bitcoin exchange startup, founded and run by serial entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, closed its Series B financing round, bringing Circle's total funding to $26 million. Oak Investment Partners led the round, joining other new backers such as Pantera Capital and the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund of Barry Silbert, MORE

    - Mar 26, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Is rumr the next big anonymous app?

    This time around, group messaging goes incognito.

    FORTUNE -- Believe it or not, there's another anonymous app jockeying for your time.

    Launching today, rumr is a free iOS and Android app that plucks contacts from a user's address book, Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), or Google + (GOOG) account and lets users create group message threads brimming with up to 100 anonymous, socially connected users. In doing so, the app makers hope rumr will MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Craigslist: Unstoppable resource or Internet fossil?

    One of the Internet's oldest marketplaces remains huge, but newer competition may be nipping away at traffic.

    - Mar 21, 2014 11:18 AM ET
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  • Pebble sold 400,000 smartwatches last year, on track to double revenues in 2014

    CEO Eric Migicovsky walks Fortune through the smartwatch maker's successful first year.

    - Mar 20, 2014 12:29 PM ET
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  • For Silicon Valley engineers, the bar is higher than ever

    Sure, they may make sky-high salaries. But many employers expect these sought-after workers to do more than just silently code in the corner.

    FORTUNE -- Demand for talented software engineers is as high as ever, with companies throwing huge salaries and perks at new employees gravitating toward consumer-focused businesses ranging from leviathans such as Google (GOOG) to buzzier, smaller outfits like Snapchat. But rising expectations from some employers also mean expectations are reaching MORE

    - Mar 18, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: The Google bus protests didn't make sense to me

    The mayor spoke to the Commonwealth Club about "income gaps" and other issues facing the city.

    FORTUNE -- For San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, protests directed at Google (GOOG) shuttles during the last six months were well-intentioned but misguided.

    "I understand why those protests were [directed] at Google buses, but they didn't make sense to me because all people were doing was trying to get to work," explained Lee on Thursday during MORE

    - Mar 14, 2014 11:26 AM ET
  • eBay's John Donahoe talks Icahn, conflicts, and $100 stock price (someday)

    "It's the fundamental direction and the fundamental opportunity we're going after."

    FORTUNE -- eBay has started to go on the offensive.

    The e-commerce giant began taking swings of its own following the recent activity of billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who owns 2% of eBay (EBAY) shares. In late January, Icahn called for a PayPal spin-off and nominated two of his employees to eBay's board of directors. Then in an open letter to shareholders MORE

    - Mar 10, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Ev Williams announces Medium for mobile

    The Twitter co-founder says that his new online storytelling platform now has 12 million users.

    FORTUNE -- Where online publishing is concerned, Ev Williams is on a roll.

    The 41-year-old serial entrepreneur developed, then sold the early blogging platform Blogger to Google in 2003. More notably, he co-founded Twitter (TWTR) with Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, an origin story fleshed out in New York Times columnist Nick Bilton's bestseller, Hatching Twitter. With MORE

    - Mar 7, 2014 2:00 PM ET
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  • Flipboard buys Zite news app from CNN

    The standalone iPad news app will eventually be shut down and integrated into Flipboard. Also: Zite's CEO tells Fortune why he left.

    FORTUNE -- Aggregation startup Flipboard is acquiring competing iPad news app Zite from its current owner CNN.

    According to a person familiar with the situation, the deal was an all-stock transaction for Zite. Another source confirmed that the stock value Flipboard paid for Zite is currently valued at more than the price CNN MORE

    - Mar 5, 2014 1:27 PM ET
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About This Author
JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
Writer, Fortune

JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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