Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid Lunden
Ingrid is a writer and editor for TechCrunch, joining February 2012, based out of London. Before TechCrunch, Ingrid worked at paidContent.org, where she was a staff writer, and has in the past also written freelance regularly for other publications such as the Financial Times. Ingrid covers mobile, digital media, advertising and the spaces where these intersect. When it comes to work, she feels most comfortable speaking in English but can also speak Russian, Spanish and French (in descending order of competence). CrunchBase profile →

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  • Ad Agency BBH Moves Into Social Gaming, Seeks Developers Who Like Lollipops

    Ad Agency BBH Moves Into Social Gaming, Seeks Developers Who Like Lollipops

    Bartle Bogle Hegarty today became the latest company to make the leap into social gaming, and it is on the lookout to give seed funding to social gaming developers who want to make the jump with them. The ad agency’s Asian division, BBH Asia Pacific, has opened a new venture, Chuck Studios, which will be run in partnership with one of its longtime clients, the confectionery giant… Read More

  • Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Another acquisition for Groupon, and a sign of how the e-commerce company is getting more focused on mobile as a route to future growth: it has picked up Kima Labs, which makes mobile barcode reading app Barcode Hero and mobile payment app TapBuy. The terms of the deal were not disclosed; we’re trying to find out. The news comes just hours after news broke that Groupon had bought… Read More

  • Analyst: Facebook Will Make $1.2 Billion Annually From Mobile Ads

    Analyst: Facebook Will Make $1.2 Billion Annually From Mobile Ads

    No, Facebook is not advertising yet on mobile platforms. Yes, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating on what it will mean when it does. The latest: an estimate of how much the social network stands to make from mobile advertising: $1.2 billion a year in the U.S. and its five biggest markets in Europe — the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The numbers come from… Read More

  • Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    Google: Unlocking The Door For More Android Originality?

    It sometimes feels like a absurd story without an ending, trying to track who is attacking whom in the mobile patent game. But Google has now secured one patent that may demonstrate how companies are figuring out ways of getting around would-be infringement issues — and possibly produce more differentiated products in the process. A Google patent, published by the U.S. Patent and… Read More

  • For All The Phones In China, Apple Actually Lost Market Share In Q4

    For All The Phones In China, Apple Actually Lost Market Share In Q4

    Apple has an undeniably huge opportunity in China, but it is still facing some big challenges. As the iPhone maker claimed the top spot as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the last quarter (October-December), it actually slipped in the rankings in China and is now in fifth position after ZTE. But with Apple only kicking off sales of the iPhone 4S in China this January… Read More

  • GSMA Says It Has ‘Contingency Plans’ In Place For MWC Strike. I’m Getting A Bike

    GSMA Says It Has ‘Contingency Plans’ In Place For MWC Strike. I’m Getting A Bike

    This is definitely one way for unions to get some attention for their cause: as of this time of writing, public transport employees in Barcelona will be striking during the Mobile World Congress trade show, due to take place between February 27 and March 1. That means no buses and no metros (subways) for an event that last year attracted more than 60,000 people to the city — many of whom… Read More

  • Apple’s Mac Attack On China

    Apple’s Mac Attack On China

    Whenever you see those photos and stories of the crazy crowds at Apple stores in China, they seem to always be about the launch of a new iPhone. But if Apple has its way, soon those masses will be clamoring for something else as well: Mac computers. Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking earlier this week at the Goldman Sachs conference, noted that China accounted for $13 billion in sales last year for… Read More

  • Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    If you own a tablet and have children, chances are that this will not come as news to you. For those who don’t but work in mobile, it’s something worth remembering when you’re concocting up your next big product: Kids are crazy about tablets. According to some research out today from Nielsen in the U.S., in households that own a tablet, seven out of 10 children under the age… Read More

  • Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

    Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

    Google has overcome two big regulatory hurdles in getting its $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility approved by both U.S. and European regulators. China now has until March 20 to decide whether or not it will wave through the deal, too. Now, China’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau is now reviewing the deal — a routine part of the procedure for companies that make more than 400… Read More

  • Facebook’s Mobile Net Widens As Orange Turns On Access In Africa

    Facebook’s Mobile Net Widens As Orange Turns On Access In Africa

    A significant announcement today that could have a big impact on Facebook and its mobile strategy: the mobile carrier Orange, part of France Telecom, announced that it is rolling out a new service that will let those using even the most low-end mobile phones to access the social network in Africa, where Orange has operations in 20 countries, covering 70 million subscribers. 
The move is… Read More

  • Opera Snaps Up Mobile Theory, 4th Screen For $26M In Mobile Ad Push

    Opera Snaps Up Mobile Theory, 4th Screen For $26M In Mobile Ad Push

    Mobile browser company Opera today announced that it has acquired the mobile ad networks Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising. The move is not just another sign of the ongoing consolidation in that space, but also of the need to bulk up to better compete with the likes of Google with more full-service solutions. Opera will be paying $18 million for Mobile Theory and $8 million for 4th… Read More

  • Cisco’s Mood Message: Not Happy With Microsoft/Skype Deal; Appealing To EU

    Cisco’s Mood Message: Not Happy With Microsoft/Skype Deal; Appealing To EU

    As one big tech merger gets approved by the EU, another might get kicked back into play. Today, Cisco launched an appeal against the purchase of Skype by Microsoft, a deal that was originally unconditionally approved by the regulators back in October 2011. Read More

  • Groupon: Offering Deals With No Time Limits?

    Groupon: Offering Deals With No Time Limits?

    When Groupon was gearing up for its IPO last year, there was a lot of talk about whether the company would be able to sustain its business on a diet that mainly consisted of daily deals. Today, a little sign of what Groupon might be cooking up for its next course. Over in Germany, Groupon has launched a new site, Groupon Deals, an Amazon-like storefront that sells a range of goods, from boots… Read More

  • Gartner: Apple’s iPhone Stole The Smartphone Show In Q4, 2011

    Gartner: Apple’s iPhone Stole The Smartphone Show In Q4, 2011

    We’ve seen handset makers like HTC, LG and Nokia all warning of declines in smartphone sales. But if there is a slowdown affecting some, it’s not because people are not buying smartphones; it’s because they’re all buying iPhones. Figures out from Gartner today say that smartphone sales totalled 149 million units in Q4 2011 — 47.3 percent higher than the same quarter… Read More

  • Keep Your Eyes Wide (Hello From Ingrid)

    Keep Your Eyes Wide (Hello From Ingrid)

    I’m Ingrid, and from Tuesday I’ll be writing for TechCrunch out of London. I’m actually from Monterey, California, but today I live nowhere near that part of the world. I think this can only be a good thing for a Silicon Valley blog: it gives me a head start on covering news, a different perspective, and a chance to concentrate more on what’s happening elsewhere… Read More

  • This week's Elevator Video Pitch is from Arclife.com

    Erin Mulvey, founder of Arclife.com is in our Elevator this week. Arclife is like a digital scrap book where you can make a online collage from content all over the web, including your social networks. “Mix and mash your photos from Facebook & Flickr, then add videos from YouTube, clip text and images from Wikipedia and use funky Artwork to create a visual sensation to share with… Read More

  • Our weekly Startup Elevator Pitch is Skillslog.com

    This week we have Christ Dunst, Co-founder of Skillslog.com pitching in our elevator. Skillslog call themselves “A professional development tool that focuses on what you know rather than who you know”. Basically they are trying to cut down the recruitment time it takes for employers to find the right person for the job, so instead of trawling through loads of CVs for specific… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch – Spectives from Amsterdam

    [Holland] This week we’ve got Rutger van Waveren, Founder of Spectives.com, doing an elevator pitch. Spectives.com allows people to use images to keep track of the latest news from their favorite sites. Think of Spectives as a visual RSS, Alltop, or as a kind of Netvibes for visual news. Unlike RSS where you have to scan text headlines for information, you can scan images. Great for a lot… Read More

  • Startup elevator pitch: JobFact.com

    [UK] Pitching in an elevator this week, we’ve got Adam Greenblatt, Managing Director of UK and Northern Europe at JobFact.com. ‘Erm…How much do you earn mate?’ It’s a question we all hate to ask, but all want to know the answer to. JobFact thinks they’ve found the solution to the problem so that talking about salaries is no longer a taboo. They say… Read More

  • Guest Post: TechFluff.TV goes on the startup elevator video pitch trail

    Guest Post: TechFluff.TV goes on the startup elevator video pitch trail

    [Guest Post: TechFluff.TV, the video blog started by Hermione Way over a year ago has done a lot to make the European startup scene a lot more fun and - hell, let's just say it out loud shall we? - a lot less male. So with the recent revamp of her site, and a locked-and-loaded video camera, TechCrunch Europe has given her a mission: to hunt down a European startup every week and get them to… Read More