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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  • Foundd Doesn’t Just Recommend Good Movies, It Finds Movies A Group Can Agree On

    Foundd Doesn’t Just Recommend Good Movies, It Finds Movies A Group Can Agree On

    Berlin-based Foundd is a new movie recommendation service launching this week, which not only finds you movies you would like to watch, but also helps a group decide on a movie they can watch together. It’s an interesting twist on the concept of personalized recommendation engines, like those created by Netflix or Amazon, for example, which seemingly presume that watching movies is a… Read More

  • App Developers Can Now “Print To Walgreens;” Company Outed As Aviary’s Strategic Investor

    App Developers Can Now “Print To Walgreens;” Company Outed As Aviary’s Strategic Investor

    You may have noticed a few of your favorite mobile photo sharing apps were updated last night or this morning with a new option: “print photos to Walgreens.” It’s not a coincidence, but is rather the result of the launch of Walgreens’ new developer portal which is now allowing third-party mobile developers the ability to integrate Walgreens’ in-store services… Read More

  • Pinterest Traffic Passes Google Referrals, Bing, Twitter & StumbleUpon

    Pinterest Traffic Passes Google Referrals, Bing, Twitter & StumbleUpon

    Online sharing service Shareaholic just released new data showing that Pinterest is now beating out Twitter, StumbleUpon, Bing, and Google in referral traffic (not Google organic, of course). The study is based on Shareoholic’s network of over 200,000 publishers, which reaches more than 270 million people monthly. The company has been keeping its eye on Pinterest this year, finding… Read More

  • Role Reversal: Hulu’s Original Programming To Air On “Real” TV

    Role Reversal: Hulu’s Original Programming To Air On “Real” TV

    Some interesting news for streaming service Hulu today: in a role reversal of sorts, the company is bringing its own original programming to television for the first time with the debut of “Spoilers” on Canada’s SPACE, a sci-fi/horror/fantasy channel. The show features filmmaker Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) and guests discussing their favorite summer movies. The deal… Read More

  • YC-Backed Plivo Launches Its Scalable API Platform For Voice & SMS Apps

    YC-Backed Plivo Launches Its Scalable API Platform For Voice & SMS Apps

    Plivo, a telephony startup from the current Y Combinator batch, is today launching its API platform for voice and SMS applications. Despite the sound of it, Plivo is not a direct competitor with developer-friendly Twilio, but is targeting larger businesses in need of scale. The company’s founders, Venkatesh B and Michael Ricordeau (who go by Venky and Mike), met over GitHub two years… Read More

  • Muxi Takes On LinkedIn With Mobile-First Social Network For Professionals

    Muxi Takes On LinkedIn With Mobile-First Social Network For Professionals

    Is there room for another social network in the age of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? According to newly launched, mobile-first startup Muxi, the answer to that question is “yes,” and specifically, it’s targeting the LinkedIn crowd with its social network for professionals. According to Muxi co-founder Bertrand Besse, there’s still an opportunity here because… Read More

  • ThriveHive Raises $1.5 Million For Small Biz Marketing Subscription Service

    ThriveHive Raises $1.5 Million For Small Biz Marketing Subscription Service

    ThriveHive, a new marketing platform for small businesses, is today announcing it has closed $1.5 million in seed funding in a round which included MIT Professor Ed Roberts, Mitch Roberts and Jean Hammond, as well as seed stage venture capital group Founder Collective, The Birchaven Group, and IBCC, among others. The company, founded by two former small business owners who know the pains of… Read More

  • Kayak’s IPO Moves Forward, Prices Shares At $22-$25

    Kayak’s IPO Moves Forward, Prices Shares At $22-$25

    Kayak’s perpetually-delayed IPO finally moved forward today, as the company has officially announced it has priced its shares between $22 and $25, and will begin trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “KYAK.” In the most recent SEC filing, the company said it’s going to offer 3.5 million shares, in a deal led by Morgan Stanley – Stanley’s first since… Read More

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  • So, That’s It For Thunderbird

    So, That’s It For Thunderbird

    Mozilla is not “stopping” Thunderbird development, it has just decided that: “continued innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our resources given our ambitious organizational goals.” And it’s pulling people off the project. But it’s not stopping? Right. This, according to a letter shared with “Mozillians” ahead of the official… Read More

  • Hooray! Google Now Gets Ported From Jelly Bean To Ice Cream Sandwich

    Hooray! Google Now Gets Ported From Jelly Bean To Ice Cream Sandwich

    Good news, Android fans. A developer over on the forever awesome XDA Developers forums has figured out how to extract Google Now from Android Jelly Bean and port it over to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. The process for doing so requires a slightly geeky skill set, of course. You have to have a rooted device and you’ll need to be comfortable navigating through the Android file… Read More

  • Apple Resets App Ratings For Developers Affected By App Crashing Bug, But Negative Reviews Remain

    Apple Resets App Ratings For Developers Affected By App Crashing Bug, But Negative Reviews Remain

    One more update on this week’s “app-ocalypse” – Apple says it has resolved the issue which caused iOS and Mac apps to crash upon launch, and it has now pushed out new, untainted updates to fix the previously corrupted apps. But in developers’ minds, the bigger worry here had been what to do about all those angry, one-star customer reviews related to crashes which… Read More

  • Apple Responds To And Fixes App Crashing Issues, DRM Software To Blame

    Apple Responds To And Fixes App Crashing Issues, DRM Software To Blame

    Just a quick update on the issues plaguing Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores: Apple has now informed developers that it’s aware of the problem and is working on a resolution. For background, a serious problem has been discovered in the iOS and Mac App Stores which has been causing apps to immediately crash after users update to the most recent version. This is now day three of the… Read More

  • ZipList’s Web Clipper Turns Pinterest Recipes Into Shopping Lists

    ZipList’s Web Clipper Turns Pinterest Recipes Into Shopping Lists

    ZipList, the shopping list startup nabbed by Condé Nast in April for a reported $14 million, has just added a nifty little tool that makes the “inspirational” imagery found on Pinterest a bit more practical. If you cook and you like pinning stuff, then you’ll like this,too. The company has introduced a web browser button that, when clicked, adds the ingredients from a recipe… Read More

  • Mint Competitor HelloWallet Brings Its Personal Finance Service To Android

    Mint Competitor HelloWallet Brings Its Personal Finance Service To Android

    HelloWallet, the self-described Mint competitor which closed a $12 million Series B earlier this year, is now bringing its personal finance service to a second mobile platform: Android. Previously, available for web and iOS, the Android app will deliver the same sort of features iPhone users have access to, including budget details and the ability to view your cash balance, as well as… Read More

  • FairPlay DRM May Be To Blame For Widespread iOS & Mac App Crashes

    FairPlay DRM May Be To Blame For Widespread iOS & Mac App Crashes

    Developers are frustrated over what appears to be an issue with corrupt app store binaries being served by Apple, which is leading otherwise functional iOS and Mac applications to immediately crash upon launch. The issue was tipped to us by app developers and has also been making the rounds thanks to details shared by high-profile app developer Marco Arment of Instapaper. Read More

  • AppHero Raises $1.8 Million For App Recommendation Service Which Learns Your Interests From Facebook

    AppHero Raises $1.8 Million For App Recommendation Service Which Learns Your Interests From Facebook

    Following Apple’s acquisition of Chomp, the app search and discovery business continues to heat up. Last month, app search startup Quixey raised a healthy $20 million Series B, and today a much younger startup, AppHero, has raised a $1.8 million seed round for its app recommendation platform. The round included investment from  OMERS Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and ENIAC… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Azure Accelerator In China Debuts Inaugural Class

    Microsoft’s Azure Accelerator In China Debuts Inaugural Class

    As you may recall, Microsoft recently got into the startup accelerator game, launching its first self-directed and self-run accelerator in Israel. The program is different from Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator, for example, because Microsoft is the owner and operator of these new programs, which are now rolling out elsewhere in the world, including India and China. Unlike your typical… Read More

  • Google Shutdowns Continue: iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini & Others Are Killed

    Google Shutdowns Continue: iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini & Others Are Killed

    Google is continuing to shut down services which aren’t core to its business – something it has been actively doing ever since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO. Today, the tradition continues as Google is announcing the shuttering of five more services, the most notable of which are Google Video and iGoogle, its personalized homepage offering. Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom Launches Mobile Component Marketplace

    Deutsche Telekom Launches Mobile Component Marketplace

    Mobile app component marketplace and former Disrupt finalist Verious has just announced a strategic partnership with mobile operator Deutsche Telekom which will expand its international footprint and reach. The mobile operator is now launching its Verious-powered Developer Garden Component Marketplace across 14 countries in Europe, where it will feature not only mobile app components for… Read More