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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  • Mobile Dining Apps LocalEats & BiteHunter Announce Partnership

    Mobile Dining Apps LocalEats & BiteHunter Announce Partnership

    Mobile dining apps for foodies on the go, LocalEats and BiteHunter, are today announcing a new content-sharing partnership. Starting now, LocalEats’ users looking for a dining deal will see information from BiteHunter’s deals database, while BiteHunter’s users will see a restaurant synopsis provided by LocalEats. Since both apps are operating in the same space, but are not… Read More

  • Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to “check-in” via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount. This feature is mentioned in Google Places’s help documentation, but has not yet been made available to business owners using the Google Places service. Read More

  • Need Tunes For An Indie Film? Audiosocket Launches A Fully Hosted Music Storefront

    Need Tunes For An Indie Film? Audiosocket Launches A Fully Hosted Music Storefront

    Audiosocket, the Music-as-a-Service platform provider, is today launching its own Music-as-a-Service Storefront. (Yep, in acronym lingo, that’s a “MaaS.”) The company already powers the backend of the Vimeo’s Music Store, allowing for the integration of appropriately licensed tunes into online videos. Now, with the new hosted service, Audiosocket aims to connect… Read More

  • A New Twist On Gift Cards: Dropost.it Lets You Leave Money For Friends At Any Location

    A New Twist On Gift Cards: Dropost.it Lets You Leave Money For Friends At Any Location

    Dropost.it is a clever little service that allows you to drop gifts for friends which are geo-tagged to specific locations. These gifts, which you can think of as virtual gift cards purchased via the Dropost.it service, can only be accessed when the recipient visits a specifc location. Initially, the service works over PayPal, but the company is working towards deeper integration with… Read More

  • Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Here’s a funny story: Urban Airship, a backend service provider for mobile developers, recently discovered that its push notifications offering works on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire…by accident. Although the company makes an Android push client called Helium, it had no clue that those notifications would also work on Amazon’s Kindle Fire out of the box. The company only… Read More

  • Nextpeer’s Public Launch Brings Live Multi-Player Tournaments To Any Game

    Nextpeer’s Public Launch Brings Live Multi-Player Tournaments To Any Game

    Today, the new multi-player gaming service Nextpeer is exiting its private beta period and is now available for all iOS developers to try. With the company’s software development kit (SDK), game developers can easily turn their single player games into social, real-time, multi-player tournaments where users compete against each other for top scores, achievements and virtual gold. Read More

  • New Content Sharing Network Spling Launches, Announces $400K Series A

    New Content Sharing Network Spling Launches, Announces $400K Series A

    Spling, a new graduate from this year’s DreamIt Ventures Philly program, has just closed $400,000 in Series A funding in a round led by Deep Fork Capital and several other angel investors. The startup is entering the crowded social networking and content sharing space, with a focus on sharing links with friends. Via the site, you can share links publicly, privately or externally… Read More

  • Don’t Do It! New Siri Port H1Siri Is Illegal, Breaks Your iPhone

    Don’t Do It! New Siri Port H1Siri Is Illegal, Breaks Your iPhone

    iPhone jailbreakers should probably stay away from the latest Siri port, dubbed H1Siri, which brings Apple’s digital assistant to the iPhone 4. The new hack comes from a group of Chinese hackers calling themselves the “CD-Dev Team.” According to the team’s account on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter), the hackers had originally wanted to just run… Read More

  • Retailers Aren’t Ready For iPad Shopping Trend

    Retailers Aren’t Ready For iPad Shopping Trend

    New data from Compuware finds conclusive proof of the popularity of iPads as a shopping device. The firm took a look at the website traffic for 70 U.S. retailers’ delivered to an iPhone or iPad over the start of the holiday shopping season (November 14th through Cyber Monday). On Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, specifically, there were peaks in traffic with a high of… Read More

  • Now In 70 U.S. & Canadian Markets, Dealfind Goes Mobile

    Now In 70 U.S. & Canadian Markets, Dealfind Goes Mobile

    Toronto-based deal provider Dealfind, which recently became one of the first half-dozen or so partners to be featured within Google Offers, is now available as its own standalone mobile application. The new app works on both iPhone and Android, allowing deal hunters to locate, purchase and store offers on their mobile phone. Read More

  • Aces Hangout Is Bringing Live, Face-to-Face Poker To Google+ Hangouts

    Aces Hangout Is Bringing Live, Face-to-Face Poker To Google+ Hangouts

    Aces Hangout is a new, in development product from the team at Hettema&Bergsten, which you may remember as the makers of the Twitter trend tracker, StrawberryJ.am. The online application brings a unique twist to online gambling, thanks to its integration with Google+’s multi-person video chat feature, Google+ Hangouts. Unlike other video poker games, where users often play as… Read More

  • TechStars 2011 Grad Promoboxx Raises $565K For Brand-To-Retailer Marketing Platform

    TechStars 2011 Grad Promoboxx Raises $565K For Brand-To-Retailer Marketing Platform

    Promoboxx, a TechStars Boston 2011 company focused on brand-to-retailer marketing, has just closed its seed round of $565,000. The funding comes from individual angels Dave Balter, Peter Bordes, Adam Berrey, Jean Hammond and others. In addition, institutions including SK Ventures, Brand Ventures, and Launch Capital have also committed. The company’s online service allows retailers… Read More

  • With $2 Million In Funding, Senzari Prepares To Take On Pandora

    With $2 Million In Funding, Senzari Prepares To Take On Pandora

    There are two main complaints that always crop up whenever you mention Pandora: its music catalog is too small and it’s not available outside the U.S. That’s room enough for another startup to move into the streaming radio space, at least according to the folks at the new Miami-based streaming music startup Senzari. The service recently launched into private beta in the U.S. Read More

  • Amazon Announces Holiday Daily Deals Site, “Flurry Deals”

    Amazon Announces Holiday Daily Deals Site, “Flurry Deals”

    It’s Cyber Monday all month long, at least according to Amazon, which announced its new holiday deals vertical this morning, residing at www.amazon.com/flurrydeals. The site currently features decently discounted items as an extension of the Cyber Monday promotion. But starting this Sunday, Amazon will begin offering category-specific daily deals. It’s even providing an email… Read More

  • Finally! Flickr Alternative 500px Launches Its Lightroom Plugin

    Finally! Flickr Alternative 500px Launches Its Lightroom Plugin

    Finally? Yes, that’s what the users of the Toronto-based photography community 500px will be saying today, as the service publicly launches its long-awaited Lightroom publisher plugin. Although often pitched as a Flickr alternative (ahem), 500px is actually targeted more towards professional photographers and those who make a living off selling their photos, than is towards the… Read More

  • Formspring’s Social Evolution Continues, Now Connects Users Based On Interests

    Formspring’s Social Evolution Continues, Now Connects Users Based On Interests

    Earlier this month, the Q&A-cum-social-networking service Formspring launched its first ever user Directory, with the intent on better highlighting the most popular users within a given category like “Music,” “Sports” or “Fashion.” Today, the company is expanding its focus on connecting users based on interests, and is rolling out an update that will… Read More

  • Kik’s Cross-Platform Messaging App Makes Its Public Debut On Symbian (Yes, Symbian)

    Kik’s Cross-Platform Messaging App Makes Its Public Debut On Symbian (Yes, Symbian)

    Kik, the cross-platform messaging app that works on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, is today publicly launching on Symbian after a month of private beta testing. The new Kik Messenger for Symbian brings improved group texting, sent, delivered, and received receipts, notifications to indicate when someone is typing, support for photo sharing, and the ability to locate your… Read More

  • New Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed By $1.7 Million In Funding

    New Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed By $1.7 Million In Funding

    The L.A.-based startup nProgress is launching a new social discovery app ntro this morning, backed by over $1.7 million in funding from Jarl Mohn, Gordon Crawford, Kevin Wall, Activation Media Partners, Baroda Ventures, SV Angel, Jeff Pulver and Richard Crowell. The app, available now for iPhone and Android, is meant to connect you with others around who you may know through mutual friends… Read More

  • Walmart Launches Shopycat, A Social Gift Finder Built On Top Of Facebook

    Walmart Launches Shopycat, A Social Gift Finder Built On Top Of Facebook

    Retailing giant Walmart is launching its first-ever social gifting platform tonight, dubbed “Shopycat.” The service, previously in beta, is initially available as a Facebook application where it will also be promoted to the nearly 11 million Facebook users who have “liked” Walmart’s fan page. The app, which suggests gifts for friends based on their Facebook use… Read More

  • Startup Texas Is Latest Region To Join The Startup America Initiative

    Startup Texas Is Latest Region To Join The Startup America Initiative

    With today’s launch of Startup Texas, Texas becomes the latest U.S. state to join the growing list of regions in the Startup America initiative. The Startup America national campaign, chaired by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman of the Case Foundation, is meant to encourage and accelerate entrepreneurship across the country, especially in regions where it can benefit from a… Read More