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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  • 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

  • Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business

    Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business

    Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a possible IPO from Spotify and a review of music licensing rules by the Justice Department are some of the big developments that have put the streaming music industry into the spotlight of late, but also highlighted some of the complexities of it. Now, a company that has developed a platform to help artists and songwriters… Read More

  • In Internet.org Push, Facebook Buys Pryte, A Specialist In Selling Small Mobile Data Parcels

    In Internet.org Push, Facebook Buys Pryte, A Specialist In Selling Small Mobile Data Parcels

    Facebook these days is focused on adding “the next billion” users to its social network, with a focus on consumers in emerging markets and the mobile devices that many of them will use as their primary route to getting online. Today it made its latest acquisition as part of that strategy: it acquired Pryte, a small company based out of Helsinki, Finland, which has developed… Read More

  • Samsung Inks $500M Wireless Patent Deal With InterDigital

    Samsung Inks $500M Wireless Patent Deal With InterDigital

    Some more closure in the ongoing, foot-dragging world of patent infringement, at a very lucrative price: Samsung and InterDigital have signed a patent license agreement and dropped all litigation, active and pending, against each other. They have not released the terms of the deal but from what I understand the deal is worth just under $500 million (I’ll explain some of the math below). Read More

  • Home Deco Site Houzz Raises $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation

    Home Deco Site Houzz Raises $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation

    Looks like home-remodelling and design site Houzz is upsizing. Filings that the startup made at the end of May in Delaware, uncovered by the folks at VCExperts, indicate that it is raising a Series D round of $150 million, at a post-money valuation of just over $2.3 billion on a fully-diluted basis. What’s striking is that the documents show that in its last round, in January 2013 when… Read More

  • Marin Software Buys Social Retargeting Co. Perfect Audience For $23M

    Marin Software Buys Social Retargeting Co. Perfect Audience For $23M

    Ad tech company Marin Software, which went public last year, has made its first acquisition: it’s acquired Perfect Audience, a specialist in display and social network retargeting, for $22.8 million, with $5.4 million of that in cash and the rest in common stock. The deal closed officially today. Marin Software already offers a platform for advertisers to run campaigns across a range… Read More

  • Siri Grows Up With Shazam, Streaming Recognition And 22+ Languages

    Siri Grows Up With Shazam, Streaming Recognition And 22+ Languages

    Three years ago, the name of the game at Apple’s WWDC was the introduction of Siri, the company’s voice recognition-based personal assistant integrated into the iPhone 4S. Today, while Apple is not giving Siri as big of a stage, it announced upgrades that show how the company is further building out the service, laying the groundwork for when it will become a more central part of… Read More

  • Taking Direct Aim At Google, Apple Puts Search Front And Center

    Taking Direct Aim At Google, Apple Puts Search Front And Center

    Looks like Apple’s acquisition of Topsy and the work Apple has been doing with Chomp technology and engineers is coming into focus. Today during WWDC, the company announced some significant upgrades to search in its newest version of Mac OS, Yosemite — taking direct aim at search giant Google. Specifically, Apple today highlighted a new box that will appear on the desktop… Read More

  • The Ups And Downs Of A Google Broadband Satellite Play

    The Ups And Downs Of A Google Broadband Satellite Play

    The WSJ has published an article about how Google is planning to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion on low earth orbiting satellites, building on news also reported in The Information and SpaceNews around new hires and Google’s strategy to build out its broadband access business. We’ve reached out to Google to find out more and while the company would not confirm the… Read More

  • Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia, now lightened of its handset load thanks to Microsoft, has made an acquisition to expand its HERE mapping business, one of the assets that has remained with the Finnish company. It has bought Desti, a mapping startup and app maker that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help people find what they are looking for. Desti is a spin-out from SRI International… Read More

  • ExactTarget Co-Founder Scott Dorsey Leaves Salesforce, McCorkle New CEO

    ExactTarget Co-Founder Scott Dorsey Leaves Salesforce, McCorkle New CEO

    A changing of the guard at ExactTarget, the email and digital marketing company that Salesforce acquired last year for $2.5 billion, its biggest acquisition to date. ExactTarget co-founder Scott Dorsey is stepping down as CEO, while Scott McCorkle, president of technology and strategy and COO, is stepping up. Sources tell us that emails went out to staff yesterday from Salesforce CEO… Read More

  • Maker Studios Culls Content On Blip’s Video Platform

    Maker Studios Culls Content On Blip’s Video Platform

    A lot of online video platforms have disappeared over the years. Now it looks like one — while not shutting down — is having a pretty brisk spring clean. Blip, the video distribution startup acquired by Maker Studios (which is now itself getting acquired by Disney), has been sending out notices to many users telling them that their accounts are getting closed. Read More