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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  • Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014. This means the developers cannot create nor publish apps… Read More

  • Google Is In Talks With Mobile Payments Company Softcard

    Google Is In Talks With Mobile Payments Company Softcard

    Apple has Apple Pay, and now it looks like Google may be fattening up its own wallet. According to people familiar with the situation, the search giant and maker of Android is interested in buying Softcard, the mobile payments company formerly known as Isis. The price may be under $100 million, according to our sources. That is either a huge bargain or a testament to Softcard’s… Read More

  • Carpooling.com Teams Up With Uber In Germany For First And Last Mile Rides

    Carpooling.com Teams Up With Uber In Germany For First And Last Mile Rides

    Uber, the fast-growing, sometimes-controversial car-service business, has been no stranger to trouble in Germany, last year getting banned from operating certain services in big cities over regulatory violations. Today the company is kicking off a new service with a popular local partner — one way it might improve its fortunes in the country. Carpooling.com, the ridesharing startup… Read More

  • Holtzbrinck Ventures Closes $331M Fund To Back More Consumer And E-Commerce Startups

    Holtzbrinck Ventures Closes $331M Fund To Back More Consumer And E-Commerce Startups

    One of the more prolific VCs in Europe with close ties to e-commerce startup factory Rocket Internet has closed another fund — its biggest yet — to back more consumer internet businesses in the region and beyond, with an emphasis on e-commerce. Holtzbrinck Ventures has raised €285 million ($331 million) for HV Holtzbrinck Ventures Fund VI, which will be used for early… Read More

  • In Starlike, Faves And Likes Take On A Life Of Their Own

    In Starlike, Faves And Likes Take On A Life Of Their Own

    Apps like Flipboard, SmartNews, Nuzzel and a rush of others have tapped into the rise of social networking to offer a new way of discovering things to read and see online. Now add another app to the mix called Starlike that’s taking this idea to a new level. Like the others, Starlike (out on iOS and Android) creates a social newsfeed of a sort based on our friends’ and… Read More

  • Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks

    Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks

    About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely at the enterprise market under the working title, “FB@Work.” Now that product is officially coming to light: today the company is launching new iOS and Android apps called “Facebook At Work,” along with a version of Facebook at Work accessible via its main website, which will… Read More

  • Apple Finally Takes iAd To Latin America, In A Deal With ‘Market Maker’ IMS

    Apple Finally Takes iAd To Latin America, In A Deal With ‘Market Maker’ IMS

    iAd, Apple’s advertising platform for apps on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, has been gradually building up its international business since first going live in the U.S. in 2010, and today comes the latest step in that progress: it is bringing iAds to Latin America, starting first with Brazil and Mexico and eventually expanding to other countries like Venezuela, Argentina… Read More

  • UK’s Purple WiFi Raises $5M To Push Its Free Social WiFi Service Abroad

    UK’s Purple WiFi Raises $5M To Push Its Free Social WiFi Service Abroad

    Free public WiFi has become one of the more popular ways that cafes, shops and other public places attract users and then use the connections to serve ads and collect other kinds of anonymised analytics. Now, a startup out of the UK called Purple WiFi has raised some funding for its own twist on the idea: letting people log in using social IDs from Facebook, Twitter, Google or Instagram… Read More

  • Amazon Signs Woody Allen For His First TV Series, To Run On Prime Instant Video

    Amazon Signs Woody Allen For His First TV Series, To Run On Prime Instant Video

    The streaming video market has become very serious business, and Amazon today announced its latest talent grab for Amazon Studios to demonstrate its intent to own it: it has signed up none other than Woody Allen, the iconic writer, director and actor with a sometimes controversial private life, to write and direct a television series — his first ever. “Untitled Woody Allen… Read More

  • Alibaba Says It Will Block U.S. Sales Of Banned Or Recalled Toys And Other Goods

    Alibaba Says It Will Block U.S. Sales Of Banned Or Recalled Toys And Other Goods

    Alibaba, the Chinese B2B trading marketplace that last year went through a blockbuster IPO in the U.S., today made a move to self-police itself around one of the more sensitive issues around imports from its home country: Chinese products that have been deemed dangerous by U.S. authorities, but somehow manage to make their way to U.S. buyers anyway. Today, Alibaba said that it had signed… Read More

  • Teradata Buys App Marketing Platform Appoxee For $20-25M, Sets Up Israeli R&D Center

    Teradata Buys App Marketing Platform Appoxee For $20-25M, Sets Up Israeli R&D Center

    Teradata, the publicly-traded analytics company, has made another acquisition to beef up its operations in mobile: the company has acquired Appoxee, an Israeli push-messaging startup aimed at publishers and developers that want to increase user engagement in their apps. We have had direct confirmation of the deal from a source very close to Appoxee, and Israeli-language paper Calcalist… Read More

  • Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind. Sources tell us that Twitter is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use case that is unique to its home market and others like it. People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a… Read More

  • 80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

    80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

    If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% report having a smartwatch, and 7% said they owned smart wristbands. In… Read More

  • Spotify Now Has 15M Paying Users, 60M Overall Active Subscribers

    Spotify Now Has 15M Paying Users, 60M Overall Active Subscribers

    Spotify, the music streaming service that is tipped to be soon in line for an IPO, has today announced that it now has 15 million paying users, and 60 million subscribers overall. To put this into some context, two months ago, the company said it had 12.5 million paying users out of 50 million subscribers. Both numbers indicate that Spotify is not moving the needle yet on its proportion… Read More

  • Bitcoin World Proves It's Not All Hardware at CES

    In Search Of Bitcoin At CES

    Bitstamp, the well-known bitcoin exchange that saw the equivalent of $5 million in the cryptocurrency disappear after a breach by malicious hackers, was notably absent during last week’s CES show — its pre-paid stand completely empty save for a fan of trade mags laid out by a hopeful publisher. Instead of manning their booth, reps from company, we heard, were holed up in a… Read More

  • Order With Me

    From A Rebuilt ’60s Motel In Vegas, OrderWithMe Tackles Big E-Commerce Challenges

    Everyone who comes to live in Vegas has a story about how they got there. But while some of those tales may be prosaic, there are a few that stand out. OrderWithMe — a startup that started out aggregating small business so that they can order from bigger suppliers in bulk, thereby mimicking the procurement power of a larger business — is not your typical Vegas tech… Read More

  • Vegas Tech Fund

    Vegas Is In Search Of A Tech City, Not Just A Quick Jackpot

    Last week, tens of thousands of people came to Las Vegas for CES, where they spent their time milling around the Convention Center and comparing selfie sticks, fancy TVs and robots, trudging to the dozen or so other distantly-placed hotels where related events took place, and apparently drinking a lot. We went off the beaten track to take a gander at another aspect of tech life in… Read More

  • AT&T Sells Cricket’s Muve Music Service To Deezer For Under $100M In New Partnership

    AT&T Sells Cricket’s Muve Music Service To Deezer For Under $100M In New Partnership

    Deezer, the music streaming service based in France that competes with Spotify, is making another move to expand its customer base in the U.S.: it has acquired the assets of Muve music from Cricket, the wireless carrier acquired by AT&T in 2014 for $1.2 billion, and it will now partner with AT&T to sell Deezer music services to Cricket subscribers. Terms of the deal are not being… Read More

  • Disney’s Next Acquisition Could Further Its Digital Distribution

    Disney’s Next Acquisition Could Further Its Digital Distribution

    Disney made a splash last year when it acquired Maker Studios for at least $500 million to expand its position in online video, and its acquisition march is not done. It next target is likely to be something to further the company’s distribution across digital networks, according to one executive at the company. “I don’t want to be predictive about our next acquisition but… Read More

  • BitTorrent Adds First Feature Film And Pay-What-You-Want Option To Its Bundle Model

    BitTorrent Adds First Feature Film And Pay-What-You-Want Option To Its Bundle Model

    Another step ahead in BitTorrent’s bid to expand its Bundle business model to all kinds of content, and all kinds of payment options. The company today said it would soon post a full-length feature film directed by David Cross, HITS, and people can get it by paying whatever they want. The film is set to go up on BitTorrent on February 13. HITS first debuted at Sundance in 2014 and… Read More

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