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).

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  • Facebook Keeps Top Spot For Social Referrals, Twitter Drops Further Behind Pinterest

    Facebook Keeps Top Spot For Social Referrals, Twitter Drops Further Behind Pinterest

    Twitter confounded expectations last quarter when it reported healthy revenue and good user growth numbers; now all eyes will be on its Q3 earnings later today to see if they repeat the beat. But as the social network continues to build out its business as a platform — as a medium not just for people to Tweet about their annoying commute to work, but as a place for people to… Read More

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

  • Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

    Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating… Read More

  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

  • Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

    Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

    Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new… Read More

  • Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages

    Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages

    Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be a simple daily deals site, and more of a general go-to place for local businesses and all of their e-commerce efforts: it has launched a new format and online presence called Pages. This is an online directory that will give businesses their own home page on Groupon’s site, where offers, news, user reviews and other information… Read More

  • Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store

    Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store

    One more deal in the bag for Bango, the UK-based startup that enables carrier billing services for mobile users: it has signed an agreement with Samsung for the handset giant to preload its services on to all Samsung devices running the Samsung Galaxy Apps store — letting consumers charge games, e-books, music and videos directly to their mobile phone bills or deduct them from their… Read More

  • Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches Rakuten.co.uk And Drops Play.com

    Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches Rakuten.co.uk And Drops Play.com

    Rakuten, Japan’s e-commerce powerhouse, is taking another step in its ambitions to be a global player on par with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. Today, the company is launching Rakuten.co.uk, its first own-brand online marketplace in the UK, where it will bring together goods sold directly by itself as well as third-party retailers; its Kobo e-books store; and its Wuaki video… Read More

  • Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52

    Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52

    With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. Revenues including acquisition costs were $1.15 billion. Yahoo’s stock was up 3% in after-hours trading, following this news. Analysts were… Read More

  • B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M

    B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M

    Two more signs of growth for B2X, a startup based out of Munich that is a little like a “Zendesk for smartphones” — creating solutions for handset makers and carriers so that customers can identify, report and fix problems with their devices. The company has raised a further $15 million on a valuation that we understand is somewhere in the region of $300 million –… Read More

  • Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service. TechCrunch has heard that term sheets have been signed, and that the price, if the deal is completed, could be anywhere from… Read More

  • Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition

    Ooyala Buys Euro Video Ad Startup Videoplaza In Its First Acquisition

    Ooyala, the video company that was acquired by Telstra earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Videoplaza, a UK-based video advertising startup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we are trying to find out. It’s potentially a very valuable deal when you consider the reach of Videoplaza. The company says that more than half of all the broadcasters… Read More

  • Tim Armstrong Has Big Plans

    AOL CEO Says A CrunchBase Spinout Is Possible

    Tim Armstrong, CEO of TechCrunch’s owner AOL, today confirmed at TechCrunch Disrupt that AOL is in early discussions to spin off CrunchBase, the database of tech companies and people that became a part of AOL as part of its acquisition of TechCrunch in 2010. “I think CrunchBase could be a very big company on its own,” Armstrong said on stage today at the Disrupt conference… Read More

  • Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Fab Was Burning Through $14M/Month Before Its Layoffs And Pivot

    Jason Goldberg, the co-founder of Fab.com, says that the design marketplace was burning through $14 million per month at its peak before it went through a drastic round of layoffs and decision to pivot the business. Speaking at our Disrupt London conference, he said that the startup’s decision to pivot was inevitable after the company didn’t raise as much money as they had… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Wickr, one of the wave of secure messaging apps that have risen to prominence in the last year as people question how private their data and communications really are these days (even among “private” apps), is expanding its sights globally. From today, the app — which has had “well over 3 million downloads” says CEO and co-founder Nico Sell — is… Read More

  • Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Trying to figure out what film I want to watch at home from the thousands I can pick on various VOD services is a pain. The only thing more annoying is trying to find one that my husband and I can both agree we want to watch (love you, Marc). A app presented today at TC’s Disrupt Hackathon called Movie Nights has created a way to solve that problem: it lets two parties enter either… Read More

  • Apple Pay Launches On Monday, October 20

    Apple Pay Launches On Monday, October 20

    Tim Cook today announced during the company’s iPad and Mac event that Apple Pay will be launching on Monday with companies like Groupon, Uber, Airbnb and Target. It also revealed the expanded list of merchants that will be turning on its mobile payments service soon — another round of massive, national chains: “It’s going to change the way we pay for… Read More

  • Canaan Raises $675M For Fund X, Focusing On Early Stages And ‘Home Runs’

    Canaan Raises $675M For Fund X, Focusing On Early Stages And ‘Home Runs’

    Canaan Partners — the Silicon Valley venture firm that has backed the likes of Skybox Imaging, PrimeSense, LendingClub and Ebates — is today announcing that it has raised $675 million for its tenth investment fund. The plan for Fund X is to continue with Canaan’s track record since 2005 of investing mainly in early rounds of tech and health startups, as well as selected… Read More

  • BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media. The BBC today started a new account on Facebook-owned WhatsApp to update people with the latest information about Ebola. The BBC says its service is aimed primarily at reaching WhatsApp… Read More

  • EBay Beats On EPS Of $0.68, Misses On Sales Of $4.35B; Shares Fall On Lower Forecasts

    EBay Beats On EPS Of $0.68, Misses On Sales Of $4.35B; Shares Fall On Lower Forecasts

    E-commerce giant EBay, soon to be split into two businesses, today reported its third-quarter earnings. The company reported revenues of $4.4 billion (or, $4.353 billion, to be exact), growing 12% on a year ago, on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.68. This beat estimates on EPS but narrowly missed on sales (but, yes, beat if you rounded up, as eBay has). Analysts were expecting revenues… Read More

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