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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  • Supreme Court Rules Search Warrants Needed For GPS Tracking

    Supreme Court Rules Search Warrants Needed For GPS Tracking

    The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously decided today to uphold citizens’ Fourth Amendement rights in the GPS tracking case which would have allowed the U.S. government to track a suspects’ cars without a warrant. The court states that the Fourth Amendement’s protection of “persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” extends… Read More

  • 1-Month Old BuzzDoes Scores $750K For Mobile App Marketing Platform

    1-Month Old BuzzDoes Scores $750K For Mobile App Marketing Platform

    BuzzDoes, a newly launched word-of-mouth marketing tool for mobile app developers, has secured $750,000 in seed funding from angel investors and Proxima Ventures. The tool, which operates as a drop-in SDK (software development kit), allows developers to add a viral recommendation feature to their application using a single line of code. Once installed, app users are… Read More

  • Polar Mobile Raises $6 Million For HTML5-Based Publishing Platform, MediaEverywhere

    Polar Mobile Raises $6 Million For HTML5-Based Publishing Platform, MediaEverywhere

    Polar Mobile, a digital media platform provider that builds apps for some of the biggest media companies, today announced it has secured an additional $6 million in funding. The new round, led by growth equity firm Georgian Partners, joins more than $3 million invested in the company previously from private investors, bringing its total funding to $9 million. The company is also announcing… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud Computing Software Company Joyent Raises $85 Million To Pursue Global Growth

    Cloud computing software and service provider Joyent has secured an $85 million round of new funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by European group Weather Investment II. It also included Telefónica Digital, the growth arm of global telecom giant Telefónica, which participated as a strategic investor. Read More

  • YouTube Reaches 4 Billion Views Per Day

    YouTube Reaches 4 Billion Views Per Day

    Google’s video-sharing property YouTube now sees 4 billion video views per day. That’s a 25% increase over the past eight months, the company told Reuters in a report released this morning. There’s now approximately 60 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute, compared with roughly 48 hours uploaded in May. Read More

  • TechStars Grad Promoboxx Signs Deal With Chevy On Super Bowl Campaign

    TechStars Grad Promoboxx Signs Deal With Chevy On Super Bowl Campaign

    Promoboxx, a TechStars Boston 2011 company focused on brand-to-retailer marketing, is going to the Super Bowl! (Well, kind of.) The startup has signed a deal with Chevy (via its client Big Fuel), which will allow 6,000 of its dealers to share Chevy’s Super Bowl ads prior to the big game via social media, email and on their own websites. Read More

  • Time Warner Cable’s New iPhone App Brings Live TV To The Small Screen

    Time Warner Cable’s New iPhone App Brings Live TV To The Small Screen

    Time Warner Cable is today launching a new iPhone application that allows customers to watch live television from their iPhone or iPod Touch device as well as control, manage and program their DVR. With the new app, users can browse the TV guide, favorite channels and search for programs by title or episode name. There is a small catch to all this live TV-viewing, of course: it only works… Read More

  • Cool Trick: AntiCrop “Un-Crops” Your iPhone Photos

    Cool Trick: AntiCrop “Un-Crops” Your iPhone Photos

    A newly released iPhone app called AntiCrop proclaims to the be the first application that allows you to “un-crop” your photos. What that means is that the app is able to extend the edges of your photos by using an intelligent content filling tool that duplicates the background, making your picture bigger than it was before. You’re not cropping the photo –… Read More

  • Developer Is Building An App Store For Banned Android Apps

    Developer Is Building An App Store For Banned Android Apps

    An Android developer by the name of Koushik Dutta is building an alternative Android app store which will house the apps that have been banned from Google’s official Android Market. These will include the custom ROMs (customized versions of the Android OS), classic gaming emulators pulled due to copyright complaints, unofficial tethering apps removed at the behest of mobile operators… Read More

  • Bleacher Report Arrives On iPad With New Team Stream App

    Bleacher Report Arrives On iPad With New Team Stream App

    Bleacher Report, the popular site for sports fans now boasting 22 million uniques per month, just released its Team Stream app for the iPad. Similar to Team Stream for iPhone and Android smartphones, the new Team Stream HD app features news and analysis and supports push notifications for breaking news. This is the first tablet-optimized experience from the company, but it’s not the… Read More

  • It’s Still Funny, But It Might Not Be A Joke: Jotly Arrives On Android

    It’s Still Funny, But It Might Not Be A Joke: Jotly Arrives On Android

    I’m beginning to think the team at Firespotter Labs are marketing geniuses. Prior to launching their new iPhone app Jotly (you know, as a joke), they released a hilarious video featuring a “fake” app by the same name. In the video, a guy goes around rating things like parking meters, hiding spots, ice cubes, and a beer in the alley that was left in the sun (F-, if… Read More

  • Bitly Rolls Out New Enterprise Dashboard, Providing Better Access To The Real-Time Social Web

    Bitly Rolls Out New Enterprise Dashboard, Providing Better Access To The Real-Time Social Web

    Popular link-shortening service Bit.ly is today announcing the launch of Bitly Enterprise 2.0, a new version of its enterprise-friendly dashboard. The Bitly Enterprise platform, which helps businesses with multiple social media accounts monitor the impacts of their content’s distribution, will now include the first production release of the company’s brand-new search… Read More

  • No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card

    No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card

    Card.io, the toolkit for mobile app developers which lets users pay for items by holding their credit card up to the phone’s camera, is today launching a consumer-facing app. It’s something like Square, but without the dongle. It’s also not aimed at merchants, as Square is. Instead, the new Card.io applications, available for both iPhone and Android, are meant for… Read More

  • New iTunes U App Hits iTunes With Over 500,000 Free Lectures, Videos & Books

    New iTunes U App Hits iTunes With Over 500,000 Free Lectures, Videos & Books

    Following this morning’s education event, Apple has launched a new, dedicated iOS application called “iTunes U.” This educational content portal, previously available only in iTunes, has now arrived in the App Store for all iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. It has also undergone a major revamp so as to better complement Apple’s newly-announced educational… Read More

  • AppAddictive Raises $1.2 Million For Drag-And-Drop Facebook Page Builder & Ad Platform

    AppAddictive Raises $1.2 Million For Drag-And-Drop Facebook Page Builder & Ad Platform

    AppAddictive, a newly launched DreamIt-backed startup from its 2011’s NYC class, has just scored $1.2 million in seed funding for its drag-and-drop Facebook page creation tools and (forthcoming) ad platform. Designed to bring the same tools the big guys use to smaller businesses and other industry verticals, AppAddictive will offer dozens of easy-to-install applications for Facebook… Read More

  • @WalmartLabs Crowdsources Walmart’s Product Selection With New  “Get On The Shelf” Contest

    @WalmartLabs Crowdsources Walmart’s Product Selection With New “Get On The Shelf” Contest

    @WalmartLabs, the digital technology division of the world’s largest retailer, is launching a contest today which uses crowdsourcing techniques to determine which items the company should stock in its stores and on its website. The contest, called Get on the Shelf, will be heavily promoted by all of Walmart’s social media presences, including Facebook, Google+ and, most… Read More

  • Remote DJ’ing App PlayMySong Raises $350K Seed Round

    Remote DJ’ing App PlayMySong Raises $350K Seed Round

    Finnish startup PlayMySong, the crowdsourced music DJ’ing service that lets a store’s customers remotely program the stereo, has just closed a round of seed funding totaling $350,000. The round was led by Lifeline Ventures, a Helsinki-based accelerator focused on funding web and gaming startups and includes participation from Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology… Read More

  • Direct Deals Mobile Ad Marketplace Chartboost Expands To Asia

    Direct Deals Mobile Ad Marketplace Chartboost Expands To Asia

    A month after its expansion to Android, Chartboost, the newly launched (already profitable) direct deals mobile ad marketplace for game developers is expanding to Asia. Starting today, the company is rolling out localized versions in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Read More

  • Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    This morning, online photo sharing site Flickr joined the growing number of web companies protesting the SOPA and PIPA legislation, which now include Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, and others. For a 24-hour period, starting today, Flickr is letting its members darken their own photos in an effort to raise awareness about the proposed, highly damaging legislation. But that’s not… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Company BilltoMobile Launches One-Click Checkout For The Mobile Web

    Mobile Payments Company BilltoMobile Launches One-Click Checkout For The Mobile Web

    Mobile payments company BilltoMobile, which now has relationships with all four major carriers in the U.S. (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile), is today launching one-click processing for mobile web transactions. Previously, users had to enter in their mobile number manually, sometimes a zip code, then wait for a verification code that was sent to their phone through an SMS text. Now… Read More