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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  • Visa Launches Mobile Payments Provisioning Service; Teams Up With Vodafone

    Visa Launches Mobile Payments Provisioning Service; Teams Up With Vodafone

    At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Visa announced a new over-the-air provisioning service for smartphones for use with Visa’s payWave mobile payments system. The service will make it easier for operators, banks and even transit operators to link Visa payment accounts to consumers’ smartphones, the company says. Although perhaps not as exciting as news of a mobile wallet… Read More

  • EPIC Isn’t Taking “No” For An Answer, Files Emergency Appeal In Google Privacy Case

    EPIC Isn’t Taking “No” For An Answer, Files Emergency Appeal In Google Privacy Case

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, isn’t backing down from its desire to have Google’s privacy policy changes investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. On February 18th, the FTC basically told the organization to “mind its own business” (as The NYT put it), suggesting to the court that EPIC has no legal standing in the matter, and asked… Read More

  • Shazam Adds Support For Android Beam: Tap To Share Music, Tour Dates, Offers & More

    Shazam Adds Support For Android Beam: Tap To Share Music, Tour Dates, Offers & More

    Mobile music discovery service Shazam has just revealed an updated version of its application for Android users which takes advantage of the new technology in Android 4.0 called “Android Beam.” For those unfamiliar, Android Beam is an NFC-based “touch-and-share” feature that allows Android owners share contacts, links, maps, and other data simply by tapping phones. Read More

  • Isis Revealed: Carrier-Led Mobile Payments Venture Shows Off Its New App, Announces Banking Partners

    Isis Revealed: Carrier-Led Mobile Payments Venture Shows Off Its New App, Announces Banking Partners

    Isis, the carrier-led joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today new partnerships with Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard. Under the terms of the deal, the banks will include their debit, credit and prepaid cards into Isis’s forthcoming mobile wallet. In addition, the organization is revealing, for the first time, what… Read More

  • AT&T.com Security Vulnerability Discovered; Customer Phone Numbers Revealed (Update)

    AT&T.com Security Vulnerability Discovered; Customer Phone Numbers Revealed (Update)

    A vulnerability has been discovered on AT&T’s website which allows anyone to look up the phone numbers of AT&T subscribers, provided they have the subscriber’s email address. The issue involves a form on AT&T’s site where a subscriber can input their email address in order to recover their forgotten AT&T User ID. Except instead of simply emailing the User ID… Read More

  • So Much For Bouncer: New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread

    So Much For Bouncer: New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread

    Even though Google recently introduced a malware-blocking system called Bouncer to keep the Android Market safe from malicious software, crafty spammers and fraudsters are still managing to find ways around the restrictions to get their software onto users’ phones. The latest example? A malware program disguised, innocuously, as an Android app called “any_name.apk.” And… Read More

  • Snackr For iPhone Is A “Pandora For News”

    Snackr For iPhone Is A “Pandora For News”

    Snackr (no, not that Snackr!), is a new iPhone application that delivers personalized audio news in bite-sized chunks for listening to while on the go. The app offers you a “5 minute snack” of the current headlines, as well as audio streams by category, including topics like business, entertainment, tech and startups, “top news,”  and others. But Snackr also has… Read More

  • Popset Makes Group Photo-Sharing Easy, Export To Facebook Even Easier

    Popset Makes Group Photo-Sharing Easy, Export To Facebook Even Easier

    Popset, a new mobile app from the current Winter 2012 batch of Y Combinator startups, is a way for groups of friends to privately share photos. Oh what, you’ve heard that one before? Yes, it’s true – mobile photo-sharing is a crowded space. However, there hasn’t been a de facto leader established in the particular category Popset is after: sharing photos in private… Read More

  • InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    InstaMatch Turns Instagram Into A Game

    Tiny Hearts, the Toronto-based studio behind Pocket Zoo, a top 50 iOS app (and one of my kid’s personal favorites), has just released a new title that turns Instagram into a game. The new app is called InstaMatch, and it’s a modernized take on the classic memory matching game. In InstaMatch, instead of using images of duplicate items, the photos users match up come from Instagram. Read More

  • White House Unveils Plans For Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights

    White House Unveils Plans For Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights

    The Obama administration has announced that it will work with Congress on a new series of consumer protections dubbed a “Privacy Bill of Rights” that will detail how Internet companies can handle and use consumers’ personal data. According to the statement from The White House, consumers should have a right to control how their personal information is handled so that… Read More

  • Here’s What “Post-PC” Looks Like: Over Half Of Info Workers Use 3 Or More Devices

    We’re on post-PC watch here lately, tracking the many warning signs that we’ve crossed the imaginary line separating PC’s heyday from that of a new landscape scattered with multiple mobile devices; it’s a place where the traditional desktop and laptop computer is seeing decreasing importance. That’s why this new Forrester report on mobile devices in the… Read More

  • Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geoloqi, a name you may know because of the mobile app that once provided automatic Foursquare check-ins and geofenced reminders, is today launching its next-generation location platform as an SDK. Although previously available in API format for developers’ use, the new iOS and Android SDK makes it even easier for developers to drop in location services into their apps, whether those… Read More

  • Don’t Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival Fancy Figures Out Social Commerce

    Don’t Just Pin It, Buy It: Pinterest Rival Fancy Figures Out Social Commerce

    Amid the increased speculation surrounding Silicon Valley darling Pinterest’s forthcoming revenue model, competitor Fancy, a social photo-clipping service popular among the style-conscious set, has been quietly working on revenue ideas of its own. Previously, the service was doling out coupon code to users who “fancy’d” images belonging to specific merchants, but… Read More

  • Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse Wants To Solve The Biggest Problem With Online Shopping: Finding Clothes That Fit

    Clothes Horse, a fashion technology company based out of New York, is publicly launching its platform today in an attempt to address one of the biggest challenges facing online shoppers: buying clothes that fit. Through the use of a customizable widget that merchants add to their own websites, Clothes Horse can determine within just 30 seconds how the retailers’ items will fit any… Read More

  • New From The Makers Of Nosh: NoshList, A Free Waitlisting App For Restaurants

    New From The Makers Of Nosh: NoshList, A Free Waitlisting App For Restaurants

    Firespotter Labs, makers of the food photo-sharing app Nosh (and more recently, the hilarious spoof app Jotly), is launching its latest creation today called NoshList, a new waitlisting application for restaurants. The app, designed for the iPad, ties into to the company’s consumer-facing Nosh mobile app, which allows users to rate and review restaurants and dishes from their mobile phones. Read More

  • Retickr Raises $1.5M For A Social News Reader That Learns What You Like

    Retickr Raises $1.5M For A Social News Reader That Learns What You Like

    Retickr, a social news reader application for Mac OS X, received a big update today, as well as a new round of funding. The startup just closed its Series A of $1.5 million led by the Lamp Post Group, the investors who had previously put $150,000 into the company’s seed round. The app, which combines RSS, social networking updates and news, is not your standard feed reader, but… Read More

  • Want To Track Who Read Your Email? ToutApp’s Salesforce Integration Goes Live

    Want To Track Who Read Your Email? ToutApp’s Salesforce Integration Goes Live

    ToutApp, the email productivity app that emerged as part of the 500Startups Summer Accelerator program last year, is rolling out a new feature that will let users track their emails right from within Salesforce. With the update, users will be able to see who viewed their emails, when they were viewed, where they were viewed, what the recipient clicked on, and how long they read the… Read More

  • To Modernize The Checkbook, Zipmark Launches Developer Platform For Mobile Payments

    To Modernize The Checkbook, Zipmark Launches Developer Platform For Mobile Payments

    Following its recent raise of $2 million in seed funding, the still invite-only mobile payments startup Zipmark is today announcing the launch of its developer program and API. The New York-based company, founded in 2010 by Citigroup alum Jay Bhattacharya and CTO Jake Howerton, leverages the existing check processing network to allow users to avoid credit card fees while also eliminating the… Read More

  • To Lock Down Mobile Apps, Cenzic Launches New App Testing Tools

    To Lock Down Mobile Apps, Cenzic Launches New App Testing Tools

    Software and SaaS security company Cenzic is today launching a new security product for mobile application developers which will allow for the testing of mobile apps on any platform – iOS, Android, J2ME, and more. The product will be the first that can test products without requiring developers to submit the source code, as all the testing is done through the cloud, while the app is… Read More

  • For Some Developers, Amazon Appstore Now Brings In More Money

    For Some Developers, Amazon Appstore Now Brings In More Money

    In the latest monthly report from app analytics firm Distimo, the company delved into the revenue generating possibilites for apps sold through both Google’s Android Market and the Amazon Appstore. Looking at the top 110 apps available in both marketplaces, Distimo found some surprising data: 42 of those top apps made more money on Amazon’s store than in the more widely… Read More