Ingrid Lunden

Ingrid is a reporter for TechCrunch, joining February 2012, based out of London.

She comes from 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).

posted 4 hours ago

Twitter Acqui-Hires Mobile App Development Platform Cabana, Shuts It Down

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Twitter has made another acquisition to expand its platform development operation. It has bought Cabana, a platform for making highly visual mobile apps. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the team behind the app are joining Twitter, and Cabana as it is known today is shutting down, effective December 1. → Read More

posted 6 hours ago

Facebook R&D Goes Global: Opens Engineering Office In London, Its First Outside The U.S.

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With the majority of Facebook’s 1 billion users, and subscriber growth, now coming from outside the U.S., the company is taking ever more steps to building out its global footprint to reach that audience. To that end, today Facebook opened up an engineering center in London, its first outside of the U.S. and is now hiring for people to staff it, following through on an announcement it first made… → Read More

posted 9 hours ago

Gree Sharpens International Ambitions, Now Supports 12 More Languages On Its Mobile Gaming Platform

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The Japanese mobile gaming company GREE continues to build up its international profile, after a year that has taken it outside of its home market in Japan to build up its profile in the U.S. with acquisitions and more. Today, the company announced that it would support 12 more languages on its gaming platform, taking the total to 14 (including Japanese and English). The news comes one day after… → Read More

posted 11 hours ago

European Data Regulators Slam Google Over Privacy Policy: “Too Large” And Users Need More Control (But Not Illegal)

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Authorities in Europe today kicked off a fresh wave of scrutiny over Google’s privacy policy and called for changes to be made in how Google manages user data, describing Google’s scope as “too large”. But they also stopped short of saying Google is acting illegally in how it manages privacy or demanding a change in its wider policy. France’s data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de→ Read More

posted yesterday

Paperless Post Goes Retro And Launches Paper, A New Invitation Printing Business

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Paperless Post, a company that has built a name for itself offering a cloud-based, visually engaging, way of sending people invites by email, is going retro: today the company is officially launching PAPER, a printed stationery business that it will sit alongside its less physical cousin, which now has 1.5 million registered users, and has sent out invites to 30 million more since going live in… → Read More

posted yesterday

Bigger Is Better: Mojiva Debuts Tablet-Only Ad Network, Smartphones Sold Separately

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Mojiva, the mobile advertising network, is today opening a new chapter in its bid to carve out a space for itself in the still-young market for mobile advertising: it is launching Mojiva Tab, an ad network aimed at inventory that will only be delivered on tablets. Mojiva, which focuses on display and rich-media ad formats and says its network covers 1.1 billion devices globally representing 8,000… → Read More

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Visa Fills Out Its V.Me Digital Wallet Strategy: Signs PNC As First Bank Partner; Adds 1-800-Flowers To Retailer List

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Visa is gunning against MasterCard’s PayPass, PayPal, Square and others to become consumers’ default digital wallet for online and mobile payments, and today it’s announcing two pieces of news in that strategy: it is adding PNC as its first U.S. banking partner, and 1-800-FLOWERS as a key retailer, to its V.me digital wallet scheme.

The PNC deal will see V.me integrated into PNC’s existing… → Read More

posted yesterday

Softbank Confirms It Is Buying 70% Of Sprint For $20.1B, Creating World’s Third Largest Mobile Carrier By Sales

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Softbank has confirmed the news that it is buying Sprint, the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., for $20.1 billion (¥1.571 trillion). In fact, this is turning out to be full acquisition of what Softbank is calling “New Sprint.”: “As a result of the transaction SOFTBANK will own approximately 70% of the fully-diluted (as used herein, not giving effect to out-of-the-money options) shares… → Read More

October 14th, 2012

While You Were Sleeping: Sprint Announces “Special Webcast” For 4am Eastern Today; $20B Softbank Investment Confirmed?

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Update: The deal is done. Read more here. Backstory below.

A terse announcement from Sprint moments ago, scheduling a conference call at 4am Eastern (a couple of hours from now) could be a sign that Softbank’s acquisition of Sprint may be coming to a close sooner rather than later. It follows yesterday’s news that Japanese carrier and tech investor Softbank will be buying a 70% stake in Sprint→ Read More

October 14th, 2012

Report: Europe Inching Closer To Fining Microsoft Billions Over Failure To Offer Internet Explorer Alternatives

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Pull out the ibuprofen, Redmond: it looks like the antitrust headache that bothered Microsoft for years in Europe may be coming back: the European Commission is preparing to bring charges against the company worth billions of euros because Microsoft has failed to implement an effective way of offering users alternatives to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser on Windows-powered devices, according… → Read More

October 14th, 2012

Skype Reaches A 45M Concurrent User Peak, And What Looks Like A New Stage Of Momentum

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In case you thought Skype may be slowing down while settling into being a part of Microsoft and recently celebrating its ninth birthday, here are some numbers that seem to indicate otherwise: Last week, Skype reached a new peak of 45,469,977 concurrent users online, part of a strong run for the peer-to-peer voice/video/chat service this year. Overall it has seen an increase of 70% so far in… → Read More

October 12th, 2012

ChangeWave: Forget Maps, iPhone 5 Is Still A Major Attraction With Demand At ‘Record Rates’; WP 8 And Nokia Still Challenged

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So much for all the Maps thunder and Lightning port issues, and what they might mean for sales of the iPhone 5: a new survey published today by 451/ChangeWave Research reveals that in fact Apple’s latest mobile device is selling at “record” rates compared to past iPhone launches. Its survey — canvassing opinion from 4,270 North American consumers — also canvassed opinion on whether Windows Phone… → Read More

October 12th, 2012

ExactTarget Buys Pardot For $95.5M And iGoDigital For $21M As Marketing Solutions Consolidate

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ExactTarget, the marketing software giant that went public in March, has picked up a pair of smaller companies to build out its portfolio: marketing automation company Pardot for $95.5 million ($85.5 million in cash and $10.0 million in ExactTarget common stock) and analytics company iGoDigital for $21 million ($14.7 million in cash and $6.3 million in ExactTarget common stock). → Read More

October 11th, 2012

Facebook’s First Mobile Advertising Interface Was Built By An Intern

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Facebook has assembled one of the tech world’s best and brightest team of engineers, and today we get a little glimpse at one process it uses to find and nurture that talent: trials by fire. It turns out that an intern by the name of Peter Cottle was responsible for Facebook’s first product that let people buy mobile ad space, via a mobile device.

The story, as told in a blog post that he’s… → Read More

October 11th, 2012

IAB: 6-Month Internet U.S. Ad Revenues Hit All-Time High Of $17B But Growth Slowing Again, Mobile Booming

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The IAB has published its half-year sales report for Internet advertising in the U.S.: it’s come out to just over $17 billion for the first six months of this year, another record for online advertising. But after two years of steady increase, we’re seeing a slowdown in growth: the increase of 14% over the same period in 2011 is down from a 23% increase the year before. → Read More

October 11th, 2012

Rovio’s First Book App, Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes, Takes It Further Into Non-Fiction, Non-Gaming Territory

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After Rovio last week put out a teaser for its very first book app, with an announcement full of addled-looking pigs, today it’s unveiled the actual product: it’s an app for a cookbook about eggs — which happened to be the subject of Rovio’s first printed book effort, too. Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes is being put out first as an iPad app, the company announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair. → Read More

October 11th, 2012

Like Alibaba, But Safer: YC-Backed HD Trade Services Wants To Be The Platform For Goods Traders In China And Beyond

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We last caught up with HD Trade Services in August, when the company, part of Y Combinator’s summer class, released a tablet app to help smaller enterprises manage the process of buying and shipping goods from one country to another, by offering visual inspections (by way of photos and HD video) of goods to minimize fraud.

Now HD Trade Services is taking that concept one step further: it’s… → Read More

October 11th, 2012

Google Gives Street View A 250K-Mile Update Across 17+ Countries, Its Biggest Update Ever; Maps API Now Features Time Zones

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Google is continuing to gain points on the mapping front, today launching yet more features for the product at a time when Apple’s offering continues to appear weak by comparison. Today it announced that it has given Street View, which lets users see photographic images of particular locations, its biggest update yet, covering 250,000 miles of roads across more than 17 countries.

The news… → Read More

October 10th, 2012

Don’t Call It WAC! Telefonica Adds Telenor To Its BlueVia API Platform, Carrier Billing Now Covers 460M Customers Worldwide

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Telefonica today has announced a deal with Telenor as its first carrier partner to the BlueVia API platform — one of the Spanish company’s many efforts, via Telefonica Digital, to create new lines of revenue around its operator assets. In this case, it’s a platform that it opens up to developers to incorporate different carrier-based actions into their mobile apps, such as messaging and billing… → Read More

October 10th, 2012

Tout’d Is Now Called Villij After The Social Recommendation Platform Buys TechStars Alum + Integrates Its Platform

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Some consolidation afoot in the world of social recommendations and referrals: Tout’d, a site that lets networks of users share recommendations with each other, has bought Villij, a site from TechStars’ first incubator classes in 2007, and co-founded by one of the people who went on to found Tout’d [more on that below]. Villij connects users based on similar interests and their online activity… → Read More

October 10th, 2012

Groupon Gets Down To Commerce, Releases Newly Acquired Point-Of-Sale App Breadcrumb [Updated]

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Four months after buying restaurant-focused, point-of-sale app Breadcrumb, Groupon is putting the acquisition to work in its bid to grow its local commerce business. Today it is launching the iPad app nationwide across the U.S., following a limited pilot in New York — and is throwing in offering to sell users an iPad for those interested in trying it out. The news of Groupon launching more… → Read More

October 9th, 2012

Lovely Goes From Craigslist Target To The Kayak Of Apartment Rentals As It Launches Nationwide

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The Craigslist crackdown on usage of its listings data by third parties has had some fairly strong fallout. Some have shut down operations after getting cease & desist orders; some, like 3Taps and PadMapper, are now in court defending themselves on copyright infringement allegations. But here’s news of another taking a third way: Lovely, a site based around a map interface that helps people… → Read More

October 9th, 2012

Jack Dorsey Is At Twitter Officially On Tuesday Afternoons; All His Direct Reports Moved Back To Costolo In January

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Jack Dorsey has spoken out to comment on the profile of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, out this weekend in the New York Times, which painted a slightly less than flattering picture of his role as chairman at the company. Dorsey confirms a reduced role — but also tries to mitigate that by saying this has already been going on for some time.

On  his Tumblr page, Dorsey writes that the operational… → Read More

October 9th, 2012

Forrester: US Online Display Ad Spend $12.7B In 2012, Rich Media + Video Leading The Charge

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Forrester Research earlier today put out its latest forecasts on online display ad spend, and the picture looks relatively positive for digital media: online display ad spend in the U.S. will reach $12.7 billion this year and will grow by 17% annually to be worth $28 billion by 2017, with CPMs almost doubling in that time to $6.64. But those numbers are still not big enough to offset declines in… → Read More

October 9th, 2012

Deezer’s CEO Axel Dauchez On Cracking Into The U.S. And Why It’s Not Just Another Spotify

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Deezer, the web-based music streaming company that has just picked up $130 million in funding from Warner Music owner Access Industries and Idinvest, is gearing up for another announcement on Wednesday. There, it will lay out more details about what it plans to do with the cash injection — the largest ever for a French startup — and, we have heard, unveil a new user interface and other features. → Read More

October 9th, 2012

Vacation Rental Startup HouseTrip Picks Up $40M Led By Accel In Another Big Round For Collaborative Consumption

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HouseTrip.com, one of the startups working at the accommodation end of the collaborative consumption market, with a platform for people to rent out homes online, has picked up a roomy $40 million as it looks to scale up its operations en route to booking 3 million nights of accommodation this year. The C Round for the London-based company is being led by new investor Accel Partners, with existing… → Read More

October 8th, 2012

Telefonica Wants To Turn Its Mobile Data Into A Big Data Business, Launches Dynamic Insights Unit

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Big data is one of the more fascinating developments in today’s tech world: harnessing the huge wave of information that comes out of our many Internet-based networks and then trying to make sense of it. And while some of the companies in the space have come in the form of startups, the newest player is not a small VC-backed effort but one much bigger: the multinational carrier Telefónica. Today… → Read More

October 8th, 2012

BBC Builds Out Its iPlayer Empire With iPlayer Radio, New iOS And Web Apps For Radio Service

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Another digital step forward for the UK’s BBC today, this time involving the corporation’s radio assets: the state-owned broadcaster today is launching iPlayer Radio a new, integrated mobile web and desktop app, along with a new standalone iPlayer Radio iOS app, significantly ramping up the functionality of its radio business on digital platforms with more video, better navigation and improved… → Read More

October 7th, 2012

Tim Draper-Backed Nutmeg Opens For Your Investing Business: Now Anyone Can Be Warren Buffet

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Nutmeg, the UK-based online investment management service that earlier this year raised $5.3 million from Pentech, Tim Draper, Spotify board member Klaus Hommels and Armada Investment Group chairman Daniel Aegerter, opens its doors for business today. It is coming to market armed with a concept it hopes will grab consumers at a time of disillusionment with banks and existing investment models… → Read More

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