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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • CruiseWise Launches A Dedicated Travel Site For Booking Cruises

    CruiseWise Launches A Dedicated Travel Site For Booking Cruises

    CruiseWise, a new online travel agency dedicated to booking cruises, is opening its doors today. The startup aims to simplify the online cruise booking process, bringing it up to par with what you find now when booking hotels or flights. With site’s online search engine, customers can compare prices, routes, cabin choices and other options across multiple cruise lines and see the full… Read More

  • Microsoft Resets India Store User Passwords Following Attack, Says Credit Card Info Not Affected

    Microsoft Resets India Store User Passwords Following Attack, Says Credit Card Info Not Affected

    Following the attack on Microsoft’s online store in India, in which a team of (purportedly) Chinese hackers defaced the site and stole user credentials, the company is now alerting users via email that their passwords will be automatically reset on their behalf. According to the email, Microsoft also says the databases storing credit card details and payment information were not… Read More

  • YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    Y Combinator and Start Fund-backed startup SendHub, which offers a simple SMS solution for businesses, is killing it…and it never “officially” launched. Instead, the company soft-launched a couple of months ago with zero fanfare, and already has several hundred customers, 40% of which are active monthly users, sending some 30,000 SMS text messages per month. Although… Read More

  • I Wanna Be On The StartupBus…So Freakin’ Bad (Video)

    Just a little candy to kick off your weekend:  Looking to get its state on the StartupBus radar, a group of Lousiana’s innovators met with founder Elias Bizannes this week for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber‘s February Innovation Take-Out. After Bizannes’ presentation (which he concluded by announcing the first Louisiana StartupBus!), the members of the local tech… Read More

  • 2011 API Trends: Government APIs Quintuple; Facebook, Google, Twitter Most Popular

    2011 API Trends: Government APIs Quintuple; Facebook, Google, Twitter Most Popular

    Online directory of APIs and mashups, ProgrammableWeb, just hit a big milestone this week: 5,000 APIs listed. The site has a long history of tracking the API landscape, starting with the launch of its directory back in 2005, five years after eBay created the first web API. Not surprisingly, big names like Google, Facebook and Twitter are now leading the way in terms of sheer numbers of… Read More

  • OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel Exits Stealth, Raises $80K To Turn Barcodes Into Public Labels

    OpenLabel, a startup that wants to augment everyday products’ barcodes with crowd-sourced information that helps you decide whether to buy, has raised $80,000 in seed funding in a round led by Peter Kirwan, also an investor in IFTTT. Also participating in the round were Tim Drees and Doug Taylor. According to OpenLabel co-founder Scott Kennedy, this $80K is just the first part of a… Read More

  • Foursquare Adds NFC Support To Its Android App

    Foursquare Adds NFC Support To Its Android App

    In addition to the updated “Explore” feature that rolled out to Foursquare’s Android and iPhone applications this week, the social discovery service also added a special feature to its Android app that sort of flew under the radar: support for NFC. NFC, or near field communication, allows devices to exchange data over short distances, typically with a wave or a tap. In… Read More

  • Pixloo Helps You Sell Your Home With Free Virtual Tours, Exports To Zillow, Trulia & More

    Pixloo Helps You Sell Your Home With Free Virtual Tours, Exports To Zillow, Trulia & More

    In December, Eric covered Open Home Pro, a startup that lets realtors sell homes via their iPads. Today, there comes a similar effort from Pixloo, except this service is designed for use by anyone – realtors and homeowners alike. With Pixloo, you can upload information about your home, including text, photos and even videos and then immediately export that data to major real estate… Read More

  • Cinemagram Turns iPhone Photos Into Animated Gifs In Seconds

    Cinemagram Turns iPhone Photos Into Animated Gifs In Seconds

    Remember when the iPhone app GLMPS launched last summer, seemingly heralding the start of a new image format that blended static photos and video? No? That’s OK. Today, there’s a new twist on the idea of reinventing the mobile photo, this time by turning static photos into animated ones. With the newly launched app called Cinemagram, you can turn your iPhone pics into animated gifs… Read More

  • Fab.com Rolls Out New Mobile Apps With Browse By Color & “Fab Shops”

    Fab.com Rolls Out New Mobile Apps With Browse By Color & “Fab Shops”

    After hitting 2 million members at the end of last month, design shopping startup Fab.com is today rolling out new iOS applications that offer a number of new features and improvements. In addition to an updated layout, search and navigational elements, one of the apps’ biggest new features is the inclusion of the recently launched new storefronts called “Fab Shops.” Read More

  • Nielsen: Cord Cutting And Internet TV Viewing On The Rise

    Nielsen: Cord Cutting And Internet TV Viewing On The Rise

    According to a new report from Nielsen, the number of U.S. homes that have broadband Internet, but only free, broadcast TV, is on the rise. Although representing less than 5% of TV households, the number has grown 22.8% over the past year. In addition, the behaviors within these homes are unique. These broadband/broadcast-only households stream video twice as much as the general population… Read More

  • Appcelerator Acquires Mobile Cloud Services Startup Cocoafish

    Appcelerator Acquires Mobile Cloud Services Startup Cocoafish

    Appcelerator, the company behind the popular Titanium app-building platform, is announcing its third acquisition today. The company is buying Cocoafish, a mobile app infrastructure provider that lets developers add various features to apps including messaging capabilities, push notifications, photo uploads, checkins and other social features, storage, discussion forums and more. Although the… Read More

  • Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Got FOMO? (That’s “fear of missing out” for those of you who don’t do slang.) There will soon be an app for that, or so says the $3.4 million in angel funding the stealthy D.C.-area startup called timeRAZOR has raised. In its pre-launch state, the curious company is already lining up brand partnerships with big names like Marriott and L’Oreal in preparation for… Read More

  • Foursquare Rolls Out New Version Of “Explore” On Mobile With Filters & Improved Search

    Foursquare Rolls Out New Version Of “Explore” On Mobile With Filters & Improved Search

    This morning, Foursquare launched an updated version of its “Explore” feature for both its iPhone and Android applications. The new version brings over several of the features already available through Foursquare on the web, including filters, photos in search results and the ability to change your location. Read More

  • Google Updates Chrome Browser, Now Offers Faster Browsing, Improved Security

    Google Updates Chrome Browser, Now Offers Faster Browsing, Improved Security

    Following yesterday’s release of the new mobile version of the Chrome browser, Google is today launching an improved version of its desktop counterpart. The updated release of Chrome (Stable version) brings several features beta users have had since January, most notably omnibox pre-rendering and increased security protections. Read More

  • Live Matrix, The “TV Guide For The Web,” Acquired By OVGuide

    Live Matrix, The “TV Guide For The Web,” Acquired By OVGuide

    Live Matrix, the TechCrunch Disrupt ’10 finalist that proclaimed to be the “TV Guide for the web,” has been acquired by online video guide OVGuide.com in an all stock deal. As a part of the deal Live Matrix co-founder and CEO Sanjay Reddy will become OVGuide’s new CEO. Although Live Matrix will continue on as a standalone website, both companies will integrate… Read More

  • PowerInbox, The Service That Turns Emails Into Apps, Launches API

    PowerInbox, The Service That Turns Emails Into Apps, Launches API

    PowerInbox, the email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, is today announcing the launching of its API. With this addition, companies that want to make their own emails interactive can now do so. Kicking off the launch, PowerInbox signed up ten partners who used the API to build email apps across several verticals including video… Read More

  • Amazon & Viacom Announce Streaming Video Deal

    Amazon & Viacom Announce Streaming Video Deal

    Proving the rumors right, Amazon today announced a video deal with Viacom, Inc. which will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo. The deal increases the total number of Prime Instant Videos to more than 15,000, the company reports. In December, there were 13,000 movies and TV shows available… Read More

  • Want An In-App Notification Center? There’s A SDK For That

    Want An In-App Notification Center? There’s A SDK For That

    Today, mobile promotion and discovery service AppsFire is launching a new toolkit for developers called App Booster. Meant to boost user engagement and retention, two of the toughest challenges developers face today, the App Booster SDK (software development kit) introduces a suite of tools for things like in-app notifications, user feedback, analytics and mobile app cross-promotion. Read More

  • Urbanspoon: Traffic Up 80% In 2011, Mobile Growth Faster Than Web

    Urbanspoon: Traffic Up 80% In 2011, Mobile Growth Faster Than Web

    Popular restaurant app Urbanspoon is releasing new data today related to its growth over the course of 2011. The company says its traffic is up by 80%, with mobile growth outpacing the web. The site is now seeing 28 million visits per month, with traffic now split roughly half and half between mobile and web. On the mobile side, Urbanspoon has seen 112% year-over-year growth, while on the… Read More