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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  • Spain Gets Its Own Netflix Today With Youzee’s Public Launch

    Spain Gets Its Own Netflix Today With Youzee’s Public Launch

    Spain is getting its own version of Netflix, thanks to a company called Youzee, which exits its private beta period today. Like Netflix, Youzee offers streaming movies and TV on-demand, but it also features titles for rent, too. The company has agreements with a number of distributors, including BBC, Sony, Disney, Fox International Channels, TVE, Telemundo and more. To kick off its launch… Read More

  • Nielsen Finds U.S. Hispanics Tops In Mobile, Social Activity

    Nielsen Finds U.S. Hispanics Tops In Mobile, Social Activity

    A new report from Nielsen this morning delves into the mobile and social behavior of U.S. Hispanic consumers, finding they’re highly engaged in their usage of smartphones, online video, social networking and other types of entertainment. According to the study, Hispanics outpace all over ethnic groups in mobile downloads of music and photos, and are more likely to watch video online and… Read More

  • Brand-To-Fan Platform Crowdtap Expands To Facebook & Mobile, Sees Revenue Soar

    Brand-To-Fan Platform Crowdtap Expands To Facebook & Mobile, Sees Revenue Soar

    Crowdtap, a web-based network that allows brands to connect with their most engaged fans and customers through social media, has just expanded to two more platforms: Facebook and mobile. The mobile application comes in the form of an iPhone app which allows fans to participate in the brand’s “challenges” (games and contests) in order to earn rewards. Meanwhile, the new… Read More

  • Google’s New “Gmail Meter” Crunches Data About Your Email Use

    Google’s New “Gmail Meter” Crunches Data About Your Email Use

    Similar to Google’s new Account Activity dashboard, the company is now expanding its data-crunching ways to another popular Google service: Gmail. With a new tool called “Gmail Meter,” you can now know everything there is to know (well, almost) about your Gmail usage. Using the Meter, you can learn about things like how many emails you’ve sent, received, starred… Read More

  • Hulu Announces Four More Original Series, Bringing Total Lineup To Seven

    Hulu Announces Four More Original Series, Bringing Total Lineup To Seven

    Hulu has been having a busy week. On Tuesday, the company announced a new deal for advertisers, which now charges them only for ad completions, and today at Hulu’s upfronts, the company announced the arrival of even more original shows. We already knew of several of the programs Hulu discussed this morning, including “Battleground,” “Up to Speed,” and “A Day… Read More

  • Decide.com Launches Daily Deals; Offers Price Guarantees On Select CE, Home Appliance Purchases

    Decide.com Launches Daily Deals; Offers Price Guarantees On Select CE, Home Appliance Purchases

    Decide.com, the shopping search site for consumer electronics and home appliances founded by former Farecast engineers, is now putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak. The service, which helps consumers know whether to “buy” or “wait” when researching items like laptops, phones, TVs, washers and dryers, wants to make it easier to trust its recommendations with… Read More

  • Fab.de Hits Half A Million Users, Revenue Reaches 1.5M Euro Per Month

    Fab.de Hits Half A Million Users, Revenue Reaches 1.5M Euro Per Month

    Fab has just released new figures on its growth in Germany and Austria, following February’s acquisition of Casacanda, a top flash sales site previously serving Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. And the news is good, it seems. As of today, the German vertical Fab.de has 500,000 users, having added 300,000 over the past month. And revenue per month is up by over half a million euro. Read More

  • Screenfeeder Is A Gorgeous Way To Display Social Feeds On Your iPhone, iPad Or TV

    Screenfeeder Is A Gorgeous Way To Display Social Feeds On Your iPhone, iPad Or TV

    Screenfeeder is a gorgeous new app for the iPhone, iPad or TV (via Apple TV’s AirPlay), which displays your social feeds on the screen from services like Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Dribble. But the interface doesn’t use columns like TweetDeck – it just flashes the updates as they arrive against an ever-changing background of images and colors. The idea may not be… Read More

  • Microsoft PM “Resigns” Via Video, Joins Justin Kan’s New Startup Exec

    Microsoft PM “Resigns” Via Video, Joins Justin Kan’s New Startup Exec

    Exec, the new TaskRabbit competitor from Justin.tv’s co-founder, Justin Kan, has just hired a new designer it seems. Or so she sings. In a video posted to YouTube by one Karen X. Cheng, she sings and strums – rather nicely, in fact – to the tune of “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie” about  how she’s leaving behind her job Microsoft, where she spent three… Read More

  • Hey, Remember FriendCaller? It Just Launched 7-Way Mobile Video Chat

    Hey, Remember FriendCaller? It Just Launched 7-Way Mobile Video Chat

    FriendCaller, a Skype alternative which, let’s face it, we haven’t heard much from in years, is today launching new web and mobile apps that support up to 7-way group video chats at once. The addition comes on the heels of FriendCaller’s earlier expansion this year into multi-point video and voice conferencing, the company says. In addition to the seven video participants… Read More

  • PowerInbox Goes Plug-in Free With Email Client API; Adds Apps For Instagram & Pivotal Tracker

    PowerInbox Goes Plug-in Free With Email Client API; Adds Apps For Instagram & Pivotal Tracker

    PowerInbox, the email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, is today launching its new “Connect API” which allows its service to be directly integrated into third-party mail clients without requiring users to install the PowerInbox software. To kick off the launch, PowerInbox has partnered with a few lesser-known email… Read More

  • Cloud Emailer Mailjet Hits 1 Billion Emails Sent, Launches Apps For Tracking Emails In Real Time

    Cloud Emailer Mailjet Hits 1 Billion Emails Sent, Launches Apps For Tracking Emails In Real Time

    Mailjet, a cloud emailing service for tracking marketing and transactional emails, has just launched a mobile application for its business customers offering real-time email tracking. Within the mobile application, users can monitor email deliveries, plus keep an eye on metrics like bounces, opens and clicks. The company, which just rolled out a new version of its platform a couple of weeks… Read More

  • Building Smarter Apps

    Building Smarter Apps

    A new breed of mobile applications is coming. These new apps will not only “sense” the world around you, using the smartphone’s sensors like the compass, GPS, and accelerometer – they’ll also be able to combine that data with a history of your actions to intelligently determine your likes, interests and favorites. This understanding of the world, or… Read More

  • Curation Service Storify Partners With Pulse In First-Ever Syndication Deal

    Curation Service Storify Partners With Pulse In First-Ever Syndication Deal

    Storify, the startup that lets anyone “curate” stories from around the web by collecting posts from social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, is today announcing its first-ever syndication deal. Through a new partnership with popular news reader Pulse, Storify’s curated feeds will now appear within Pulse’s app, allowing readers to subscribe to curated… Read More

  • YouTube Now Lets Video Creators Solicit Donations For Kickstarter & Indiegogo Projects

    YouTube Now Lets Video Creators Solicit Donations For Kickstarter & Indiegogo Projects

    Google is announcing this morning that YouTube creators can now link their videos to projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The company says that these crowd-sourced fundraising platforms were already being used by many YouTube creators, so it wanted to make it easier for those folks to connect their YouTube viewers to their project’s page. The new links will be supported by… Read More

  • Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    iPad guilt? There needs to be a technical term for that feeling in the pit of a parent’s stomach that arises from handing over the iPad to their kids, only to watch them play brain rotting Outfit7 games or level after level of Angry Birds. Fortunately, some startups are focusing on developing more educational content for the iPad to help parents assuage some of their guilt over their… Read More

  • Hulu Changes Deal For Advertisers: Now They Only Pay When Viewers Watch The Whole Ad

    Hulu Changes Deal For Advertisers: Now They Only Pay When Viewers Watch The Whole Ad

    This morning, at the Ad Age Digital Conference in NYC, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar announced a significant change in how the media company will charge its advertisers. Going forward, advertisers will only be charged based on a 100% completion rate. In other words, if viewers don’t watch the whole ad, it doesn’t count. The change will be effective in both the free level of service and… Read More

  • MagicPlan 2.0 Arrives: Create Instant Floor Plans Using Your iPhone Or iPad’s Camera

    MagicPlan 2.0 Arrives: Create Instant Floor Plans Using Your iPhone Or iPad’s Camera

    Augmented reality isn’t always totally pointless. Sorry if you think it’s hugely useful to see an augmented view of tweets around you just by holding up your phone, but I like to find slightly more advanced applications using the technology. One such app, MagicPlan, fits that description. From the two-year old startup Sensopia, the MagicPlan iOS app is rolling out version 2.0 of… Read More

  • Path For Families? Kidfolio Brings Private Social Networking For Parents To iPhone

    Path For Families? Kidfolio Brings Private Social Networking For Parents To iPhone

    Hey look: another private, micro social networking service has just launched. From Alt12 Apps, which moms know better as the maker of the BabyBump app, there now comes a new mobile-only private social networking service for parents called Kidfolio. The app, which is celebrating its public release today, offers parents tools for private sharing – mainly photos of children – which can… Read More

  • Microsoft Job Postings Reveal “Skype For Browsers” Project

    Microsoft Job Postings Reveal “Skype For Browsers” Project

    A series of job postings from Microsoft hint at – well, actually they come out and state that – Microsoft intends to bring Skype to the web browser. The posts, which describe positions for software development engineers, mention that the Skype web app would be built (thankfully) using HTML5 and JavaScript, not Microsoft’s own Silverlight or Adobe Flash, for example. The… Read More