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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  • BilltoMobile Partners With Discover On Mobile Payments Push

    BilltoMobile Partners With Discover On Mobile Payments Push

    On the heels of mobile payments service BilltoMobile’s launch of a one-click checkout solution for the mobile web, the company is today announcing a partnership with Discover. Through the agreement, Discover’s e-commerce merchants will now be able to offer carrier billing as a possible payment option at checkout. Read More

  • SecureUDID Is An Open Source Solution To The Apple UDID Problem

    SecureUDID Is An Open Source Solution To The Apple UDID Problem

    As we reported this weekend, Apple has started ramping up its efforts to deprecate the UDID – the unique identifier that ties a user to a specific device, like an iPhone or iPad. The company originally announced its intentions to phase out the UDID’s use more than six months ago, with the release of iOS 5, but it recently began to reject apps from the App Store which are attempting… Read More

  • Claiming Legality, EveryLodge Launches A Flash Sales Aggregator For Hotel Deals

    Claiming Legality, EveryLodge Launches A Flash Sales Aggregator For Hotel Deals

    EveryLodge is a new startup that aims to at least partially fill the void left by the closure of sample sale aggregator MyNines last year. Like MyNines, EveryLodge also aggregates the ongoing flash sales from across the web for shoppers’ convenience. However, where the former focused on the fashion vertical, EveryLodge is instead focusing on aggregating the flash sales for hotel stays. To… Read More

  • Lenovo Launches An Android App Store For The Enterprise

    Lenovo Launches An Android App Store For The Enterprise

    Computer manufacturer Lenovo has launched its own Android app store today, called simply, the “Lenovo Enterprise App Shop.” As the name implies, the service is targeting the company’s businesses customers by offering custom management, deployment and publication of mobile applications. Apps can also be purchased through volume pricing. Lenovo says the app store will work on… Read More

  • Going After SMBs, Mobile Website Maker DudaMobile Raises $6M Series B

    Going After SMBs, Mobile Website Maker DudaMobile Raises $6M Series B

    DudaMobile, a company which helps convert existing websites into mobile-optimized versions, has just raised $6 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Pitango Venture Capital, an Israeli-based VC firm which has investments in fring, Shaker, VideoSurf, Pageonce, Boxee and others. The startup, which began life as a white label offering before making its self-serve platform available… Read More

  • Design Community Colourlovers Acquires Forrst

    Design Community Colourlovers Acquires Forrst

    The 500 Startups-backed dev and design community Forrst has been acquired by Colourlovers, a similarly-focused creative design community. This is the second site from Forrst founder Kyle Bragger which is coming to a close – his online marketplace TinyProj previously ended operations in January. However, in the former case, the site was being shut down with users transitioned… Read More

  • Twitter Launches Advertising Program For Small Business In Partnership With American Express

    Twitter Launches Advertising Program For Small Business In Partnership With American Express

    Twitter is continuing its rollout of advertising initiatives, with today’s launch of its new program for small businesses, which is being launched in partnership with American Express. Originally announced last month, American Express merchants and cardholders are now being alerted to Twitter’s new advertising opportunities, which were kicked off by a related promotion in which… Read More

  • Group Wants To Recall Petition Against Apple (Not That It Matters)

    Group Wants To Recall Petition Against Apple (Not That It Matters)

    A group is asking Change.org to withdraw the petition which asked Apple to protect workers’ rights in China. The petition, which had previously gathered over 255,000 signatures before being delivered in-person to Apple stores in major U.S. cities, including New York, recently made headlines following a New York Times series on the harsh conditions of factory workers in China. The… Read More

  • Ustream For Android Hits 2.5M Downloads, Rolls Out Ad-Free App For Those Who Pay

    Ustream For Android Hits 2.5M Downloads, Rolls Out Ad-Free App For Those Who Pay

    Ustream is celebrating reaching 2.5 million downloads of its Android app today with the release of a major new version, Ustream 2.0. It’s been a long time coming for Ustream to hit this milestone – the original Android app was launched back in 2009, and the Android tablet version arrived just last year. With the update, the company is finally providing a way for users to disable… Read More

  • Decide.com Expands Beyond Consumer Electronics, Now Tells You When To Buy Home Appliances, Too

    Decide.com Expands Beyond Consumer Electronics, Now Tells You When To Buy Home Appliances, Too

    Decide.com, the consumer electronics search service launched by several former Farecast engineers, is expanding its focus today to home appliances. Previously, the service told users whether they should buy now or wait to purchase consumer electronics like cell phones, tablets, desktop and laptops. But according to Decide CEO Mike Fridgen, home appliances share much in common with CE devices… Read More

  • Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, The BillShrink For Business Services

    Groupon Acquires FeeFighters, The BillShrink For Business Services

    FeeFighters, a three-year old comparison shopping site for credit card processors, is announcing today it has been acquired by Groupon. The Chicago-based startup, which provides businesses with a way to find the best merchant account provider for their needs, has also been offering businesses other tools such as its new payment gateway called Samurai. FeeFighters says that the acquisition will… Read More

  • Tagstand Relaunches NFC Task Launcher App, Makes NFC Way Less Geeky

    Tagstand Relaunches NFC Task Launcher App, Makes NFC Way Less Geeky

    YC-backed Tagstand, a company intent on helping make NFC more of a mainstream technology, is rebooting its Android app, NFC Task Launcher with a whole new feature set and user interface. The app was already one of the top NFC-based utilities in the Android Market Google Play store before coming under Tagstand’s control recently, when the app’s creator joined the team. The company… Read More

  • Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Pando Networks is releasing new data today about American broadband speeds, taken from over 10 million downloads facilitated by the company’s consumer-facing software throughout the course of 2011. The study’s goal was to discover which cities in the U.S. had the fastest average download speeds, and not surprisingly, major tech hotspots like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and New… Read More

  • YES! Batch’s Photo-Sharing App Finally Supports Facebook Album Creation

    YES! Batch’s Photo-Sharing App Finally Supports Facebook Album Creation

    Remember Batch, the photo-sharing app that lets you share iPhone photos on Facebook, Twitter, and via email? Wait, before you roll your eyes - photo-sharing app? Sigh… – let me stick up for Batch: it’s one of the good ones. But today’s update makes Batch even better than before because it addresses one of the major pain points I had in using the app – something… Read More

  • Facebook Considering New Laws And Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Users’ Passwords

    Facebook Considering New Laws And Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Users’ Passwords

    Following up on disturbing reports that some employers are asking applicants to turn over their Facebook usernames and passwords, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer on Policy, Erin Egan, hints that the company is looking into drafting new laws to protect users from violations of their privacy like this. Writes Egan on the company’s Privacy page: “Facebook takes your privacy… Read More

  • This App Lets You Chat With Nearby Users…And Call Them On The Phone

    This App Lets You Chat With Nearby Users…And Call Them On The Phone

    Palo Alto-based Who’s Near Me Live, abbreviated as WNM Live, is a two-year-old company that’s found moderate success by launching first on Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, before porting its mobile app to the iPhone, where it arrives today with a more limited feature set. The service, essentially a location-based chat similar in some respects to the newly acquired Yobongo, now… Read More

  • Taking On Rival Jumio, Payments Startup Card.io Adds Web Support

    Taking On Rival Jumio, Payments Startup Card.io Adds Web Support

    Card.io, the mobile payments startup which recently partnered with PayPal on the company’s new Square rival PayPal Here, has some big news: it’s no longer a “mobile” payments startup. That’s right – Card.io is now available for the web, too. With the launch of Card.io Webscan, as it’s being called, web developers can access the company’s… Read More

  • Twitter Brings Back The “RT” Option With TweetDeck Update (And More)

    Twitter Brings Back The “RT” Option With TweetDeck Update (And More)

    TweetDeck, the Twitter client preferred by many of the social network’s power users, has rolled out a major update which brings more of the features that such an audience would require. With the new version, TweetDeck has added the ability for users to create and edit Twitter lists and has added new columns for “Interactions” as well as a stalker-worthy… Read More

  • Discovr Unveils People Finder App, Helps You Surface Interesting People On Twitter

    Discovr Unveils People Finder App, Helps You Surface Interesting People On Twitter

    Discovr, the company behind what’s still one of my all-time favorite mobile app discovery tools, Discovr Apps, is out today with a new application for finding people. Not surprisingly, it’s called Discovr People. The startup, which also has apps in the Music and Movies verticals, is not trying to compete with the trendy “ambient location”/people-stalking apps hitting… Read More

  • Microsoft And TiVo Drop Their Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

    Microsoft And TiVo Drop Their Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

    Microsoft is dropping its patent lawsuit against set-top box maker TiVo, in which Microsoft had complained of not only copyright infringement, but had also threatened a ban on importing TiVo’s hardware and software into the U.S. And TiVo has agreed to drop its suits against Microsoft, as well. Read More