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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  • Rafat Ali’s Skift Buys Travel Site Gadling From AOL For ‘Way Under $10M’

    Rafat Ali’s Skift Buys Travel Site Gadling From AOL For ‘Way Under $10M’

    AOL today made its latest move in offloading assets that it no longer sees as core to its main business: it sold the travel site Gadling.com to Skift, the travel news portal started by Rafat Ali, who previously had founded paidContent.* At the same time, Skift signed a partnership with AOL in which Skift will use AOL-owned MapQuest’s mapping platform and collaborate on content. The… Read More

  • Nokia’s Here Buys Medio Systems To Push More Personalised Location Services

    Nokia’s Here Buys Medio Systems To Push More Personalised Location Services

    Less than two weeks after buying natural language startup Desti, Nokia’s mapping division Here is announcing another acquisition to enhance its service: it is buying Medio Systems, a specialist in predictive analytics that Nokia will use to give users of its location-based services more personalised results and maps. Or as Here’s VP of search Don Zereski described it to me… Read More

  • SiSense Raises $30M More To Bring Big Data Analytics To Businesspeople

    SiSense Raises $30M More To Bring Big Data Analytics To Businesspeople

    SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led by DFJ Growth — the VC’s arm dedicated to later-stage investments that recently announced a new fund we understand to be totalling over $500 million (in May… Read More

  • Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits

    Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits

    There have been a lot of murmurs that Amazon would turn on a new music-streaming service this week, and it looks like that’s just what it quietly did a little while ago. A link to Amazon Prime Music, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber that is, now takes you to a page heavy on playlists, promising over 1 million songs ready for your streaming pleasure, on top of the downloading… Read More

  • Ahead Of Its IPO, Alibaba Opens 11Main, Its First U.S. Online Marketplace

    Ahead Of Its IPO, Alibaba Opens 11Main, Its First U.S. Online Marketplace

    China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba is gearing up for what will likely be a record-breaking IPO on the NYSE later this year, and ahead of that it is making another kind of splash in the U.S. market that could see the company start to raise its profile more among ordinary consumers. It is launching 11Main, its first online storefront in the U.S. Designed with a slick, tile-style… Read More

  • Weave, A New Kind Of Telco For SMBs, Rings Up $5M Led By Ronny Conway

    Weave, A New Kind Of Telco For SMBs, Rings Up $5M Led By Ronny Conway

    Weave, a startup out of Utah that has developed a unique VoIP-based unified communications service for small and medium businesses that it is selling first targeting dentists (more on that below), is today announcing that it has raised a Series A of $5 million. The round of funding is notable in that it’s the first investment to come out of A Capital, a new VC firm started by… Read More

  • Amobee Buys Adconion For $235M And Kontera For $150M In Consolidation Play

    Amobee Buys Adconion For $235M And Kontera For $150M In Consolidation Play

    Another day, and another two big acquisitions in the digital advertising industry. Amobee, a mobile ad company acquired by Singapore’s main carrier SingTel two years ago for $321 million, is buying up not one but two other companies to build out its position in the wider digital ads space: It’s gobbling up Adconion and Kontera, for $235 million and $150 million, respectively. Read More

  • Opera Is Buying Mobile Video Ad Network AdColony, Sources Say

    Opera Is Buying Mobile Video Ad Network AdColony, Sources Say

    Opera Software is making another acquisition to build out its mobile advertising business: It has either purchased or is close to purchasing mobile video advertising startup AdColony, according to sources with knowledge of the companies. We’ve contacted both companies asking for comment. Opera spokespeople in the U.S. and Europe have told us that the company will not comment on… Read More

  • Google Confirms Purchase Of Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $500M

    Google Confirms Purchase Of Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $500M

    Google is today confirming that it has purchased Skybox Imaging, the satellite startup that we reported it was close to acquiring last month. The price is somewhat lower than we had heard it would be: $500 million rather than close to the $1 billion our sources had told us. Read More

  • About.me Raises $11M To Rival Facebook For Simple Online Identity

    About.me Raises $11M To Rival Facebook For Simple Online Identity

    About.me, the second-time around startup that lets you create a simple page about yourself online that others can use to find out a bit more about you, is today announcing another round funding, its second since getting spun out of TC’s owner AOL after AOL originally acquired the startup in 2010. The company has raised $11 million, money that it plans to invest in adding more features… Read More

  • Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake In Deezer And Merges In Its Music Effort

    Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake In Deezer And Merges In Its Music Effort

    Deezer, one of a band of startups that hopes to rival Spotify in the streaming music business, is bulking up a bit more today in Europe: it is tying up with German media conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1, which is taking a stake in the French company, and as part of it is also merging its own music streaming effort, AMPYA, into Deezer. The size of the investment and stake in Deezer is not… Read More

  • Augmented Reality Augmentation: Blippar Has Bought Layar

    Augmented Reality Augmentation: Blippar Has Bought Layar

    Some consolidation – or augmentation, if you will — in the world of augmented reality. Blippar — an image recognition platform used in digital advertising — has acquired Layar, an augmented reality platform used across different applications (from advertising to education) that uses cameras on devices like smartphones to inject virtual elements into real-world images… Read More

  • Seatwave Buys Timbre To Expand Into Live Music Discovery, Primary Ticket Sales

    Seatwave Buys Timbre To Expand Into Live Music Discovery, Primary Ticket Sales

    The UK’s Seatwave, a platform for secondary ticket purchases – where people or venues can post live event tickets for resale — is today announcing an acquisition that will take the company further into the primary ticket market and music discovery and the U.S. market: it’s buying Timbre, a Boston-based startup and mobile app of the same name that lets users search… Read More

  • Taser Adds Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Its Board

    Taser Adds Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor To Its Board

    Taser, the public safety company probably best known for its eponymous electric stun-guns used by law enforcement people to immobilise suspects, is announcing a new board appointment that points to its ambitions to expand the other side of its business in connected wearables and cloud-based services to manage the data collected through them. Bret Taylor, the ex-CTO of Facebook and now… Read More

  • Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and desktop operating systems to make them a lot more integrated with the primary way that we… Read More

  • Picfair Raises $520K To Take On Getty With An Image Marketplace

    Picfair Raises $520K To Take On Getty With An Image Marketplace

    Sites like Tumblr and Reddit have taken the practice of sharing pictures and turning them into viral memes into something of an art form. But on the paid, professional side of the equation — when pictures are used for commercial purposes – there has been relatively little evolution. Read More

  • Clouds Rise As Arista Networks Shares Pop 28% As It Raises $226M In IPO

    Clouds Rise As Arista Networks Shares Pop 28% As It Raises $226M In IPO

    Box may have delayed its IPO but not all enterprise tech companies based around cloud business models are seeing rainy days. Arista Networks today made its debut on the NYSE, and its shares popped 28% at the opening as it raised $226 million in its IPO. The company — a leader in cloud networking solutions for large data center and computer environments and products to run them… Read More

  • Twitter Buys Mobile Native Ad Startup Namo Media For Around $50M

    Twitter Buys Mobile Native Ad Startup Namo Media For Around $50M

    Twitter has made another acquisition to build the social network’s ad tech business — specifically in the area of native ads. It has acquired Namo Media, a specialist in “native ad” content that integrates with the site where the ads are being viewed, with a focus on mobile ads. Twitter is not commenting on the price, but I have heard from reliable sources that… Read More

  • LinkedIn Updates Premium Profiles To Look More Like Facebook

    LinkedIn Updates Premium Profiles To Look More Like Facebook

    “Professional” social network LinkedIn is announcing another new change to its design, one that it hopes will entice more people to sign up for its paid, premium tiers and get everyone to linger a bit longer on the site: it’s updating profiles for Premium users, with bigger pictures, additional features to be more easily found and contacted and expanded data on how people… Read More

  • New York Times Steps Up Its Premium March With NYT Opinion App

    New York Times Steps Up Its Premium March With NYT Opinion App

    In March, the New York Times kicked off a new strategy of slicing and dicing its content into apps focused at more targeted audiences, and today it is launching the latest effort in that area: NYT Opinion, a digital subscription product and app, that give users access to deeper Op-Ed content, from the New York Times and aggregated from elsewhere, priced at $6 for a four-week subscription. As… Read More