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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  • iPad Sales May Reach 66 Million In 2012

    iPad Sales May Reach 66 Million In 2012

    Following Apple’s announcement yesterday of the new iPad’s record weekend, which saw 3 million devices sold in three days, analysts are upping their predictions for the tablet’s market share growth over the course of the year. In a note to investors, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray says the firm is now forecasting as many as 66 million sales of the new device in 2012, up from… Read More

  • Mobile Photo Factory MoPho Adds Instagram Support, Now Offers 1-Cent Prints

    Mobile Photo Factory MoPho Adds Instagram Support, Now Offers 1-Cent Prints

    MoPho, the fun mobile printing app from Penguin Digital (with the ridiculous name), is rolling an update today that may include one its hottest features yet: 1 cent Instagram prints. The app, which allows you to smack your photos onto mousepads, mugs, key chains, t-shirts, and more – sort of like a mobile CafePress shop – is adding support for Instagram today. The option now… Read More

  • With 4 Million Videos Viewed, Social Video App Vodio Rolls Out Major Update

    With 4 Million Videos Viewed, Social Video App Vodio Rolls Out Major Update

    Vodio, the social video viewing app for iPad which competes with ShowYou, Shelby.tv, and others, is out with a major update this morning, which brings a number of new features, including a history section, “Watch Later” functionality, a dedicated channel for viewing mobile app videos and even App Store integration that allows you to purchase the apps from the videos you… Read More

  • Daily Deals Aggregator Frugalo Acquired By TwitVid (But No, It’s Not Getting Into Deals)

    Daily Deals Aggregator Frugalo Acquired By TwitVid (But No, It’s Not Getting Into Deals)

    Frugalo, a daily deals aggregation platform that emerged from AngelPad’s third group of startups last fall, is being acquired by social video site TwitVid. As you may have guessed, the move was more about bringing Frugalo’s founders on board than it was an indication that TwitVid is now interested in the daily deals market. However, some of the personalization technology in use… Read More

  • Bookmark It: Bliss Control, A One-Stop Shop For Updating Your Social Network Profile Settings

    Bookmark It: Bliss Control, A One-Stop Shop For Updating Your Social Network Profile Settings

    I’m interrupting your tech news flow to tell you about a nifty little tool you’ll probably want to bookmark for later. It’s called Bliss Control, and it comes from the same folks that brought you the email notifications management utility called Notification Control (and seriously – check that one out, too, if you get too many social media updates in via email. Read More

  • CafePress To Acquire T-Shirt Competitor Logo’d Softwear For $8.3M

    CafePress To Acquire T-Shirt Competitor Logo’d Softwear For $8.3M

    CafePress, the company that allows customers to design, buy and sell merchandise including t-shirts, hats, bags, mugs, stickers, and more, has entered into an agreement to acquire customized clothing seller Logo’d Softwear, Inc. The acquisition, which was noted in an amendment recently filed to CafePress, Inc.’s S-1, states that the agreement allows CafePress to purchase all the… Read More

  • 42Floors Takes Commercial Real Estate Online (Because Searching For Office Space Sucks)

    42Floors Takes Commercial Real Estate Online (Because Searching For Office Space Sucks)

    Jason Freedman, co-founder of the new YC-backed startup 42Floors launching today, says he got the idea for the startup because “searching for office space just really, really sucked.” The reason the process was so miserable, he says, is because he was powerless. To find commercial real estate, he had to go through brokers who all insisted they had access to proprietary data. But… Read More

  • Fandango Wins Yahoo Movies Deal Over Rival MovieTickets.com

    Fandango Wins Yahoo Movies Deal Over Rival MovieTickets.com

    Movie ticket seller Fandango is announcing a partnership with Yahoo today that will see it becoming the online and mobile movie ticketer for Yahoo! Movies, a service which now has over 30 million U.S. users according to comScore. The new collaboration offers Yahoo users access to Fandango’s 20,000 screens across the U.S. and will support purchases online, on mobile and on… Read More

  • Flipboard Gets Retina-Ready, But Will Users Spend More Time In-App?

    Flipboard Gets Retina-Ready, But Will Users Spend More Time In-App?

    Good news, new iPad users: everyone’s favorite iPad news magazine Flipboard (OK, my favorite, but I hear the Flipboard / Zite battles get fierce) is now Retina-ready. I know, we all thought the enhanced app would be approved by tonight, but, as it turns out, the update was shipped a bit earlier. Consider this your PSA. However, in the brief note Flipboard sent me about the update… Read More

  • Fab: In 2 Years, iPad Users Will Account For A Quarter Of Our Revenue

    Fab: In 2 Years, iPad Users Will Account For A Quarter Of Our Revenue

    There’s something interesting going on over there on Fab. The design shopping site found that some of its best customers – that is, those who convert to paying customers the quickest, those who spend the most, and those who return the most often – are mobile users. The company has known about this data for some time, but wanted more in-depth analysis, so it hired… Read More

  • Sir Richard Branson & Flipboard Investor Jerry Murdock Put Nearly $1M Into MySocialCloud

    Sir Richard Branson & Flipboard Investor Jerry Murdock Put Nearly $1M Into MySocialCloud

    MySocialCloud is a new, and somewhat stealthy, startup that aims to organize your online life through bookmarking, stream consolidation, filtering and auto-login capabilities. The service, which until now has only been available to users at a handful of colleges out in California, has some pretty impressive backers, too. The startup has raised “just shy of a million” from Sir… Read More

  • Bored This Weekend? LifeCrowd Launches A Marketplace For Social Activities

    Bored This Weekend? LifeCrowd Launches A Marketplace For Social Activities

    LifeCrowd, the first startup to emerge from the newly-formed TechStars Network member MuckerLab based in L.A., is today launching its marketplace for social activities into public beta. The company, which aims to provide a curated selection of quality events, happenings, classes and outings, is available now for users in San Francisco, San Diego, and all of Orange County, Calif., as well as in… Read More

  • FoundersCard Adds Discounts For TripIt, LegalZoom, Moo.com & More (+Invites)

    FoundersCard Adds Discounts For TripIt, LegalZoom, Moo.com & More (+Invites)

    FoundersCard, the service that brings executive-style perks to today’s entrepreneurs has just added a number of new benefits for its members, including a free TripIt pro account (typically worth $49), 15% off LegalZoom (to hire a lawyer online), 15% off and $30 of free credit at GroundLink (an on-demand and ride-later cab service), 20% off at business card maker Moo.com, and 5% off… Read More

  • Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Boxcar Raises $150K, Preps Push Notifications Service For Developers

    Real-time push notification service Boxcar, currently available on both iOS and Mac OS X, has just closed on a $150,000 seed round with Kima Ventures, bringing its total raise to date to $211,000. The additional funding will be used to grow the company’s consumer-facing services, expand to other platforms (Android in 2 months! Windows Phone!) and will aid in the company’s… Read More

  • InvoiceASAP Rolls Out Mobile Invoicing With Support For QuickBooks Sync, Card.io

    InvoiceASAP Rolls Out Mobile Invoicing With Support For QuickBooks Sync, Card.io

    Cloud-based invoicing platform (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) InvoiceASAP is out with some very welcome news for business owners and their accountants today: integration with QuickBooks. The new functionality works with both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, but here’s the killer feature – the proprietary solution supports syncing with QuickBooks as far back as 2004. Read More

  • Google Search Changes In A Nutshell: Please Stop Talking Trash About SPYW, We Have Semantic Search!

    Google Search Changes In A Nutshell: Please Stop Talking Trash About SPYW, We Have Semantic Search!

    Google will be rolling out major updates to its Google Search engine in the coming months, if an article in today’s WSJ is to be believed. According to statements from Amit Singhal, SVP of Search at Google, the changes primarily involve the introduction of semantic search capabilities and instant answers – yes, two things that Microsoft is already doing (and has been doing for… Read More

  • Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    This morning, Amazon announced its mobile app marketplace, the Amazon Appstore for Android, is celebrating its first birthday with a week-long sale on some of its most popular apps. The company also took the time to share some figures about the Appstore’s growth over the past year, including the size of its selection, which grew from 4,000 apps at launch to 31,000+ apps today. In… Read More

  • ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati Departs, Will Lead New Seed Fund At Birchmere Ventures

    ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati Departs, Will Lead New Seed Fund At Birchmere Ventures

    Following its acquisition by SAY Media, ReadWriteWeb’s COO Sean Ammirati is leaving the company to join Birchmere Ventures, an early-stage VC firm with investments in cleantech, medical, and technology startups. Ammirati will be added to Birchmere’s investment team and will serve as the lead partner for a new fund within the company called Birchmere Labs. Similar to betaworks… Read More

  • 500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends Raises $4.5M Series A For Its Social Loyalty Platform

    500Friends, the social loyalty solution for e-commerce retailers, is announcing it has completed a $4.5 million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with participation from Intel Capital as well as company CEO (and angel investor) Justin Yoshimura. Founded in 2010, and launched in summer 2011, YC-backed 500Friends’ LoyaltyPlus service allows merchants to reward their loyal customers… Read More

  • Kevin Rose’s Oink Shuts Down

    Kevin Rose’s Oink Shuts Down

    Oink, the first app from Kevin Rose’s new startup lab Milk, is shutting down. The announcement posted to the company’s homepage today claims the app was a “test” and the decision was made so that the company could focus on its next project, yet to be named. For those unfamiliar, Oink is an app that lets you rate things at different places, similar to the ex-Googler… Read More