Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez

Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software.

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  • Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

    Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

    Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and… Read More

  • Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

    Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

    Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you “achieve your dreams,” is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users… Read More

  • Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone

    Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone

    A new mobile application called Dull wants to fill your moments of downtime by offering a feed of random content to mindlessly browse through, including photos, music, GIFs, news and information, products, and more. The end result is an app that lets you stare mindlessly at your phone, when there’s nothing else to do – or when you’ve grown tired of scrolling through… Read More

  • Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million For Its Design-Focused Private Messaging App

    Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million For Its Design-Focused Private Messaging App

    A mobile messaging application called Inbox Messenger, which combines user privacy features with a minimalist design, has raised $3.9 million in seed funding, the company announced today. The investment, though higher than the average seed round, comes from a group of unnamed angel investors and is designed to help the company grow its engineering and product teams, expand its customer… Read More

  • Facebook’s Interest-Based Social App Rooms Is Now Easier To Use

    Facebook’s Interest-Based Social App Rooms Is Now Easier To Use

    Facebook’s “Rooms” application, like many of the experiments put out by Facebook’s Creative Labs – which is also responsible for apps like Paper, Slingshot, Mentions and Groups – has not been an overnight viral sensation. However, it is notable for being the first app from Facebook that didn’t require users to go by their real name, allowing… Read More

  • Compose Is A Distraction-Free Email App That Only Lets You Write Messages

    Compose Is A Distraction-Free Email App That Only Lets You Write Messages

    Compose, an incredibly simple app that took only about an hour to design and another to build, may not be as ridiculous as it initially sounds. The app serves only one purpose: it lets you shoot off a quick email without having to open your email client application. Not only does that make it quicker for you to compose and send an email, it also means you won’t be distracted by the… Read More

  • Lost-Item Tracker Tile Arrives On Android

    Lost-Item Tracker Tile Arrives On Android

    When Tile, the square-shaped lost-item tracker that attaches to bags, bikes, key chains and more, announced this fall that it had raised $13 million in funding (a combination of a seed round and Series A investment), the company said it had earmarked some of that money to be put towards hiring more Android engineers. Now that investment has paid off, as Tile today debuts support for… Read More

  • Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Hotels, Comes To iOS

    Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Hotels, Comes To iOS

    Stayful, the travel site launched last year and founded by industry execs from Expedia and Hotels.com, has now gone mobile with today’s debut of an iOS application. The new app allows travelers to find the best rates at independent, boutique hotels across the U.S. including cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, L.A., San Francisco, Houston, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Savannah… Read More

  • Ebay Expands Local Pilot Program Offering Same-Day Delivery, In-store Pickup In Brooklyn

    Ebay Expands Local Pilot Program Offering Same-Day Delivery, In-store Pickup In Brooklyn

    Ebay’s testing of “last-mile” delivery hasn’t been totally shelved, it seems. The company, distancing itself from its earlier eBay Now initiative, announced today that it’s expanding its eBay Local pilot program in Brooklyn with the addition of 80 small businesses that will offer scheduled and same-day delivery, as well as in-store pickup to area customers. Read More

  • Online Consignment Shop For Kids’ Items Swap.com Raises $4 Million Series A

    Online Consignment Shop For Kids’ Items Swap.com Raises $4 Million Series A

    A newer competitor in the online consignment space, Swap.com, has raised $4 million in Series A funding for its e-commerce shop where parents can buy secondhand kids’ clothing, gear, books, toys, games and more. Though similar in some respects to competitors like thredUP.com, which also began by focusing on the kids’ clothing resale market, Swap.com differentiates itself by not… Read More

  • FullContact For Gmail Is The Latest Email Plug-In To Take On LinkedIn’s Rapportive

    FullContact For Gmail Is The Latest Email Plug-In To Take On LinkedIn’s Rapportive

    Rapportive users have not been happy about the email plug-in’s performance and changes following its acquisition by LinkedIn. Instead of rich contact info and tools for following and friending email contacts on a variety of social networks, LinkedIn removed much of the functionality that drew users to it in the first place. In the wake of these changes, a number of competitors have… Read More

  • Goal-Tracking And Self-Improvement App Lift Adds Personal Coaching, Raises $1.1M More

    Goal-Tracking And Self-Improvement App Lift Adds Personal Coaching, Raises $1.1M More

    Lift, the mobile app incubated by Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp., launched last year to help people build healthier habits and achieve their goals by offering a simple way to track your progress while supported by a social community who provide pushes, motivation and positive reinforcement to keep users on track. Today, Lift is expanding its set of support options to focus on… Read More

  • Kindle For iOS Updated With Goodreads, Kindle Unlimited Integrations And More

    Kindle For iOS Updated With Goodreads, Kindle Unlimited Integrations And More

    Amazon this morning has rolled out an updated version of its Kindle app for iOS users which now offers readers a number of new features, including integration with Amazon acquisition Goodreads, personalized book suggestions, and, for those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, access to over 700,000 titles in the app, among other additions. The update follows the upgrade of the Kindle software… Read More

  • Why It’s Right To Report On The Sony Hack

    Why It’s Right To Report On The Sony Hack

    “No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny,” reads an NYT op-ed penned by screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, angrily blasting the media for reporting the private details revealed through the recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, in what’s shaping up to be one of the largest corporate data breaches to date. “…Every news outlet… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Under Attack From Brazilian Trolls

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Under Attack From Brazilian Trolls

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile has come under attack from a large number of online trolls who are taking advantage of the opportunity to leave comments, including stickers, photos and other “meme” images, on the Facebook CEO’s public posts. The attackers are largely based in Brazil, and their barrage of comments and jokes have continued for several days now… Read More

  • Palantir Raises $50 Million Of Reported $400 Million Round

    Palantir Raises $50 Million Of Reported $400 Million Round

    Palantir, the big data company that’s one of the Valley’s most valuable, having secured clients like the NSA, FBI and CIA early on before building up its private-sector customer base, has raised another $50 million, according to a new SEC filing. The round is still ongoing, however, and may total $400 million when complete. Read More

  • Mobile Ad Firms Spotted Serving Up Malware Posing As Google Play Apps

    Mobile Ad Firms Spotted Serving Up Malware Posing As Google Play Apps

    Malware creators have historically found creative ways to distribute their malicious wares across PC networks, and now they’ve turned their attention to mobile. In 2013, for example, there were a few high-profile cases where security firms like Palo Alto Networks and Lookout discovered how malware was being distributed through rogue mobile ad networks to Android devices. Today… Read More

  • TV’s Disruption On Display As Netflix And Amazon Go Head-To-Head At Golden Globes

    TV’s Disruption On Display As Netflix And Amazon Go Head-To-Head At Golden Globes

    More proof that good television doesn’t have to be developed by traditional industry players: Amazon has now received its first Golden Globe nominations for the Amazon Prime Instant Video original show Transparent, which follows the story of a family dealing with the late-in-life revelation that the family’s patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. This is Amazon’s… Read More

  • Amazon’s Connected Speaker Echo Now Has An iOS App

    Amazon’s Connected Speaker Echo Now Has An iOS App

    When Amazon launched its $199 connected speaker Amazon Echo last month, which plays music, news, radio and more as well as respond to commands and queries via its included virtual assistant technology, it also came with a dedicated mobile app for configurations and other settings. The app was initially available only for Amazon’s Fire OS and Android, but not iOS. Instead, iPhone and… Read More

  • Google Removes Amazon’s App Listing From Google Play Search Following Addition Of Appstore, Instant Video Integrations

    Google Removes Amazon’s App Listing From Google Play Search Following Addition Of Appstore, Instant Video Integrations

    In October, we spotted that Amazon had quietly launched a hidden and functional app store within its main Android application which was available for download on Google Play. Now, according to new reports from varying sources, Amazon’s flagship application’s listing is no longer available via search from within Google Play, though its direct link is still live. Additionally… Read More

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