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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  • Twitter Posts Awful/Hilarious Recruiting Video To YouTube

    Twitter Posts Awful/Hilarious Recruiting Video To YouTube

    Twitter has posted a seriously awful/hilarious recruiting video to YouTube, which the company says was the product of last week’s “Hack Week.” During this time, employees were able to take time away from their day-to-day work to collaborate on new ideas. Although it was only posted on Friday, the video has already seen over 400,000 views at the time of writing. Why so viral? Read More

  • Zynga Accused Of Ripping Off Another Competitor’s Game

    Zynga Accused Of Ripping Off Another Competitor’s Game

    Last week, the developers at NimbleBit (makers of iOS Game of the Year, Tiny Tower) accused Zynga of copying them with its new game, Dream Heights. Now, it’s happening again. This time, the accusation comes from Buffalo Studios, which says that the gaming giant copied its flagship title Bingo Blitz with its launch of Zynga Bingo. Read More

  • In Partnership With Microsoft, RIM Launches BlackBerry Business Cloud Services

    In Partnership With Microsoft, RIM Launches BlackBerry Business Cloud Services

    Microsoft and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) are teaming up today on the public release of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, a name which surely Microsoft itself had a hand in creating. The new service will allow corporate customers to manage their deployed BlackBerry devices using Exchange Online, the hosted version of Microsoft’s messaging platform. Read More

  • Yahoo Shuts Down 10 Mobile Apps, Says Its Going “Mobile First” (?)

    Yahoo Shuts Down 10 Mobile Apps, Says Its Going “Mobile First” (?)

    Yahoo is moving forward with a “mobile first” mindset, the company stated via blog post late last week, then incongruously announced it would be shuttering 10 of its mobile applications. The list, which contains a mix of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, includes an odd, and somewhat surprising group of underperforming properties. Yahoo Deals, News, Shopping, Finance and… Read More

  • Tablet Shipments To Reach 383.3 Million By 2017, 46% In Emerging Markets

    Tablet Shipments To Reach 383.3 Million By 2017, 46% In Emerging Markets

    Post-PC era? Here we come: According to new data from NPD, tablet PC shipments are expected to grow from 72.7 million units in 2011 to 383.3 million units by 2017. For comparison purposes, worldwide PC shipments for 2011 were 352.8 million, after seeing a 6% decline in Q4. While those numbers are remarkable enough on their own, what’s really interesting is where much of the growth will… Read More

  • Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    The mobile app ecosystem is growing so quickly – exponentially, even – that sometimes it’s hard to see the larger trends occurring in the space. To really gain insight, it helps to look back over a longer period of time, like a year for example, in order to take stock of the changes taking place. To that end, I reached out to mobile app search company Chomp, who kindly… Read More

  • YC Alum Curebit Raises $1.2 Million For Online Referral System

    YC Alum Curebit Raises $1.2 Million For Online Referral System

    Y Combinator alum Curebit, an online customer referral platform that leverages social media for “word-of-mouth” advertising, has just raised $1.2 million in funding. The investors include 500 Startups, Karl Jacob, Auren Hoffman, Dharmesh Shah, Gordon Tucker, Alex Lloyd of Accelerator Ventures, and others. The funding will be used for continued product development and a slight… Read More

  • Face.com Launches KLIK, A Real-Time, Facial Recognition Camera App For iPhone

    Face.com Launches KLIK, A Real-Time, Facial Recognition Camera App For iPhone

    Facial recognition company Face.com has just released a new mobile application that takes advantage of its technology to identify the faces of your friends in photos. Called “KLIK,” the app is a real-time, facial recognition mobile camera app for iPhone that automatically identifies your friends by name before or after you take their their photo. Read More

  • Startup Weekend & Tech Cocktail Compete To Recruit Startups For Startup America

    Startup Weekend & Tech Cocktail Compete To Recruit Startups For Startup America

    Startup America’s Master Challenge showdown is now underway. This fun, friendly competition pits influential tech groups against each other, to see which one can encourage more startups to join the Startup America Partnership. The winning group gets bragging rights, of course, and will be recognized at upcoming events, like Startup America’s Anniversary and at SXSW. Past… Read More

  • Apple Overtakes Samsung As World’s Largest Smartphone Vendor In Q4

    Apple Overtakes Samsung As World’s Largest Smartphone Vendor In Q4

    According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Apple has now overtaken Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume. Apple achieved 23.9% market share during Q4 2011, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 23.5% share. In addition, Apple shipped 37 million units in Q4, again going neck-and-neck with Samsung and its 36.5 million units shipped during the same time. Read More

  • Google+ Now Open To Teens 13 And Up

    Google+ Now Open To Teens 13 And Up

    Google is opening up its social networking service Google+ to teens as of today, according to a post from Google’s VP, Product Management, Bradley Horowitz. The move puts the network in closer competition with Facebook, which also requires that individuals be at least 13 year old before creating an account. Says Horowitz, everyone who’s old enough for a Google account (13+ in… Read More

  • Distimo: Being Featured In The Android Market Can Boost Apps’ Rank By 172%

    Distimo: Being Featured In The Android Market Can Boost Apps’ Rank By 172%

    Earlier this morning, we looked at the findings from analytics provider Distimo‘s latest report, which examined what happens when mobile apps go on sale. (Spoiler: when priced correctly, revenue goes way up). The second part of the report looked at the ranking gains that occur when an app achieves “featured” status in a mobile app store like iTunes or the Android Market. Read More

  • What Happens When Apps Go On Sale?: Revenue Up 22% On iPhone, 29% On Android

    What Happens When Apps Go On Sale?: Revenue Up 22% On iPhone, 29% On Android

    In a new research report from Distimo, the app store analytics provider examined two different ways that allow mobile developers to get a bump in both their download numbers and revenue. One way, which is within the developers’ control, is putting the app on sale. Within the first day, iPhone developers see an average increase of 41% in revenue using this method, and see revenue increases… Read More

  • SittingAround Launches Service To Help Parents Find & Schedule Trusted Sitters

    SittingAround Launches Service To Help Parents Find & Schedule Trusted Sitters

    SittingAround, a new service that allows parents to quickly and more easily find and schedule a babysitter, is launching today. The business is the creation of CEO Erica Zidel, a former management consultant in the Boston area (and mom) and CTO Ted Tieken, who, like Zidel, is a Harvard grad.  What’s unique about SittingAround is how it leverages users’ social networking… Read More

  • ShoeBox App Now Integrates With Facebook Timeline, Lets You Add Photos To Years Past

    ShoeBox App Now Integrates With Facebook Timeline, Lets You Add Photos To Years Past

    ShoeBox, the mobile app that lets you scan old photos and post them online, is today announcing Facebook Timeline integration. Using the newly released version of the ShoeBox iOS application, users will be able to scan photographs of family and friends using their smartphone, tag users by name, and then share those photos to Facebook. But here’s the really cool part: ShoeBox is one of… Read More

  • 955 Dreams Raises $3.25 Million Seed Round, Launches “Band Of The Day” On iPad

    955 Dreams Raises $3.25 Million Seed Round, Launches “Band Of The Day” On iPad

    955 Dreams, the startup behind Apple’s iPhone App of the Year Runner Up “Band of the Day,” is today releasing the new tablet-optimized version of the app for the iPad. In addition, the company announced it has closed on a $3.25 million round of seed funding. Investors participating in the round included 500 Startups, m8 Capital, Kapor Capital, Felicis Ventures and… Read More

  • Top European Blogging Platform OverBlog Acquires Timeline Creator Timekiwi

    Top European Blogging Platform OverBlog Acquires Timeline Creator Timekiwi

    Normally, Palo Alto companies buy European ones, but sometimes there are exceptions. Case in point: today OverBlog, a leading blog platform in Europe with over 32 million uniques according to comScore, is announcing it has acquired Timekiwi, a tool that helps you make a timeline using your social media postings. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but OverBlog says Timekiwi will… Read More

  • Google: “Hundreds” Of Schools In 41 States Use Chromebooks

    Google: “Hundreds” Of Schools In 41 States Use Chromebooks

    During this morning’s keynote at the annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) conference in Orlando, Florida, Google’s Product Manager for Chromebooks, Rajen Sheth, shared an update on Chromebooks‘ headway in educational institutions. According to Sheth, today there are now “hundreds” of schools using Chomebooks in 41 states across the U.S. Read More

  • Popular Barcode Scanning App ShopSavvy Launches Mobile Marketplace

    Popular Barcode Scanning App ShopSavvy Launches Mobile Marketplace

    ShopSavvy, which you probably know as the barcode-scanning, price comparison app, is  launching a major new feature today: SavvyListings, a mobile marketplace. With the addition, the company is hoping to turn its user base of some 20 million into customers who buy and sell items directly with each other. Read More

  • JNSQ, An Independent Style Mag For iPad, Makes Its Public Debut

    JNSQ, An Independent Style Mag For iPad, Makes Its Public Debut

    JNSQ, the first independent style magazine for the iPad, is making its public debut today. The app, created by former Beauty.com marketing manager Melissa Middleton and angel investor and stealth startup founder Fritz Lanman, features similar content as to what’s found on the online version of the company, at www.jenesequa.com, but is published monthly – like a real magazine. Read More