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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  • 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

  • With Speeksy, Facebook Users Can Meet New People (Just Don’t Call It “Online Dating!”)

    With Speeksy, Facebook Users Can Meet New People (Just Don’t Call It “Online Dating!”)

    How do you meet new people in today’s digital age, without over-exposing yourself the creeps, trolls and spammers? The answer, perhaps, is build a social service on top of Facebook, leveraging your network, your friends of friends and shared interests to form connections with people you don’t know. That’s what the new startup Speeksy is doing. The service is virtualizing… Read More

  • Dwolla Raises $5 Million Series B From Union Square Ventures & Others

    Dwolla Raises $5 Million Series B From Union Square Ventures & Others

    Disruptive payments network Dwolla confirmed today it has raised $5 million in Series B financing in a round led by Union Square Ventures. Also participating in the round are Village Ventures, Thrive Capital, Artists and Instigators and Paige Craig of Betterworks. As a part of the deal, Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures will join Dwolla’s board. The company says that additional… Read More

  • Microsoft Invests In 24/7 For Customer Service Software

    Microsoft Invests In 24/7 For Customer Service Software

    Microsoft announced this morning a new agreement with 24/7 Inc. , a company that designs intuitive customer experiences. As a part of the deal, Microsoft will merge its interactive self-service assets (meaning people, clients and technologies), into 24/7 Inc. The deal also includes an R&D partnership, long-term IP licensing and Microsoft taking an equity stake in 24/7, Inc. Read More

  • When Will The Post-PC Era Arrive? It Just Did.

    When Will The Post-PC Era Arrive? It Just Did.

    There has been much debate about what the post-PC era is, when it will arrive, or whether it’s already here. But key pieces of new data, emerging last week, are making the case that we crossed the imaginary line from the “PC” era to the “post-PC” era at the end of 2011. According to analysts at Canalys, two major computing milestones were achieved at the end of… Read More

  • Google Launches “Solve For X” Website, The New Home For Its Global Innovations Conference

    Google Launches “Solve For X” Website, The New Home For Its Global Innovations Conference

    Google today launched a somewhat mysterious website called “Solve for X,” which will now be the official homepage for a conference by the same name. Solve for X, according to the description provided, seems similar in format to the series of conferences from TED, but with more of a scientific focus. The invite-only gathering is designed to attract global innovators who present… Read More

  • iPhone 4S Ranks #1 In Q4, But More First-Time Buyers Choose Android

    iPhone 4S Ranks #1 In Q4, But More First-Time Buyers Choose Android

    According to new research from the NPD Group, Apple passed LG and Samsung to become the top-selling U.S. handset brand in Q4 2011. Combined, the three available models of the iPhone (iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS) accounted for 43% of the U.S. smartphone market. Android, however, continued to see larger market share at 48%. Read More

  • Mobeam Adds $1.5M To Series A Following Partnership With P&G

    Mobeam Adds $1.5M To Series A Following Partnership With P&G

    Mobeam, the San Francisco-based startup whose technology enables mobile phones to interact with laser scanners at the point of sale, has added another $1.5 million to its Series A round. The company had previously raised $4.9 million in October 2011. The round includes new investor DFJ Athena, a Korea-focused venture fund affiliated with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and brings in new funds… Read More

  • Ansca Mobile Accuses Partner PapayaMobile Of Copying Its Code

    Ansca Mobile Accuses Partner PapayaMobile Of Copying Its Code

    Ansca Mobile, the Palo Alto-based mobile development company and makers of the popular Corona SDK, is accusing its partner PapayaMobile of ripping off parts of its SDK  for use in PapayaMobile’s Social Game Engine. According to Ansca Mobile COO David Rangel, his company recently discovered that Papaya’s engine is what he calls a “blatant copy” of some aspects of… Read More

  • Tumblr Now Lets You Highlight Your Favorite Posts For A Dollar

    Tumblr Now Lets You Highlight Your Favorite Posts For A Dollar

    Tumblr is introducing a new feature today that lets its users pay a dollar in order to have their post featured on the Tumblr Dashboard. The option is called “Highlights,” and it’s now available right from the new post page on Tumblr. With Highlights, you can choose a special icon that will appear next to the post along with an optional message that points out why the post… Read More

  • Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    You know what’s funny? If you Google “how do you get kids to learn” (sans quotes, even), the first result goes to this TechCrunch blog post about an app that lets kids draw butts on the iPad. Really! The post details the company called Madbrook (aka Everything Butt Art), which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May. It’s the brand behind a series of printed books… Read More

  • Google Chrome Market Share Drops For First Time In Two Years

    Google Chrome Market Share Drops For First Time In Two Years

    Google’s move to demote the Chrome website in search rankings in January led to a decline in browser market share, according to new data from Net Applications. Google’s Chrome web browser dropped from 19.11% in December to 18.94% in January, the firm found. Meanwhile, among the other browsers, only Internet Explorer saw significant gains during the month, going from 51.87% in… Read More

  • Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Leads360, a consumer sales automation and telephony platform, announced today it has completed a $15 million round of new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital and saw participation from existing Leads360 investor Rustic Canyon Partners. The company plans to use the funding to expand its product lineup, pursue strategic relationships and raise awareness about its platform. Read More

  • Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Just a little tidbit from everyone’s favorite reading material this week, the Facebook IPO filing: the company noted that it now stores over 100 petabytes of media (photos and videos) uploaded by its 845 million users. In case “100 petabytes” didn’t blow you over, the filing further explains that’s equal to “100 quadrillion bytes.” OK, now… Read More

  • Showyou Rolls Out All-New iPad App With Improved Video Discovery, Better Social Tools

    Showyou Rolls Out All-New iPad App With Improved Video Discovery, Better Social Tools

    Social video browsing app Showyou just launched version 3.0 of its iPad application, a major update with a ton of new features. Competing in a hot space with competitors like Fanhattan, Shelby.tv, Squrl, Vodio and others, Showyou offers a grid-like view for browsing the videos your friends are sharing on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Vimeo. Once connected, you… Read More