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 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

  • API Management Service Apigee Acquires Mobile Data Platform Usergrid

    API Management Service Apigee Acquires Mobile Data Platform Usergrid

    Apigee, a provider of API management products and services, which we’ve referred to in the past as a “Google Analytics for APIs” has acquired the mobile cloud platform Usergrid. For those unfamiliar, Usergrid helps to make mobile app development easier by providing the APIs needed to manage data, users and events. The company provides these kind of core APIs for the backend… Read More

  • Try-Before-You-Buy Gadget Site YBUY Launches With $750K In Funding

    Try-Before-You-Buy Gadget Site YBUY Launches With $750K In Funding

    Good news, gadget hounds! The new “try before you buy” subscription service called YBUY is exiting its public beta, backed by $750,000 in seed funding. The concept is simple, and should have major appeal for the gadget-obsessed: for just $24.95 per month, you can test drive the latest electronics, home and kitchen gadgets for 30 days before deciding to purchase or return the… Read More

  • DreamIt Ventures Launches First Israel-U.S. Accelerator

    DreamIt Ventures Launches First Israel-U.S. Accelerator

    Startup incubator DreamIt Ventures is announcing the first Israel-U.S. accelerator, which will help up to five Israeli startups expand into the U.S. market through DreamIt’s NYC 2012 program. The new program, called DreamIt Israel, will take place over four months, with the first month in Israel followed by three months in New York. The startups will also participate in two Demo Day… Read More

  • Reuters Launches Web TV Channel, Bringing 10 New & Original Shows To YouTube

    Reuters Launches Web TV Channel, Bringing 10 New & Original Shows To YouTube

    The move to bring original programming to the web continues to heat up this week, with today’s announcement of Reuters TV, a new YouTube channel featuring ten new commentary and analysis shows from the news and media division of Thomson Reuters. The new channel joins nearly 100 other media partners on YouTube who are delivering original content, including a few big names like eHow… Read More

  • InMobi: Smartphone Ad Impressions Up 488% In 2011, Tablets Up 771%

    InMobi: Smartphone Ad Impressions Up 488% In 2011, Tablets Up 771%

    Independent mobile ad network InMobi has released its Mobile Market 2011 Review report today, finding significant growth in mobile advertising over the past year, with global smartphone impressions up by 488%. The company also saw 251% growth in mobile impressions on its network, which includes tablet devices and smartphones combined. Tablet impressions alone grew by an incredible 771%… Read More

  • AllTrails Partners With National Geographic, Launches Redesigned, Co-branded Website

    AllTrails Partners With National Geographic, Launches Redesigned, Co-branded Website

    AllTrails, the AngelPad and 500 Startups-backed company working to build the most comprehensive database of hiking, biking and camping trails around the world, is announcing a major partnership today with National Geographic. As a part of the deal, the AllTrails website is relaunching this morning with a brand-new redesign built from the ground up, and is co-branded with National… Read More

  • GroupShot Launches Impressive Face-Swapping, Photo Editing App For iPhone

    GroupShot Launches Impressive Face-Swapping, Photo Editing App For iPhone

    Remember when Microsoft rolled out Photo Fuse, the crazy feature in its Windows Live Photos product that let you swap people’s heads around in in your photos order to get the perfect shot? Well, now there’s an app that does the same thing, and it’s not from Microsoft. It’s from an Israeli-based startup called Macadamia Apps, makers of the new app GroupShot. And… Read More

  • Instant Messaging Service Imo.im Launches Real-Time Social Network

    Instant Messaging Service Imo.im Launches Real-Time Social Network

    Imo.im, which you probably know as the multi-platform free instant messaging product for the web and mobile devices is launching its own real-time social network today. For now, the network is only accessible online, but the company says it will soon integrate the new features into its mobile app lineup, which currently includes apps for the iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia devices. Read More

  • Young Polling Startup Pollbob Acquires Older Site Misterpoll

    Young Polling Startup Pollbob Acquires Older Site Misterpoll

    Pollbob, a small, three-person polling startup from New Orleans’ The Idea Village accelerator has just acquired the older polling site Misterpoll. Prior to the acquisition, which closed on Friday, Pollbob had over 12,000 downloads and 7,000 active registered users. With Misterpoll’s 270K+ userbase now in tow, Pollbob is ready for rapid growth, says Pollbob Co-founder Zach Kupperman. Read More

  • Hulu To Debut Its First Original Scripted Show “Battleground” Next Month

    Hulu To Debut Its First Original Scripted Show “Battleground” Next Month

    Hulu is launching its first-ever original scripted series with its 13-episode order of Battleground, a political comedy following the campaign trail of a third-place candidate in Wisconsin angling for a seat in the Senate. The show is kicking off Hulu’s foray into scripted programming, and will be followed by two other original shows: a second season of documentarian Morgan… Read More

  • TinyProj Shuts Down, Users Sent To TechStars Grad GroupTalent Instead

    TinyProj Shuts Down, Users Sent To TechStars Grad GroupTalent Instead

    TinyProj, a project marketplace started by Forrst founder Kyle Bragger is shutting down.  All 8,300 of the service’s registered developers and designers who used the site to find project-based work will now be transitioned over to GroupTalent, a recent TechStars grad. Read More

  • Apple Releases List Of Its Suppliers, Discloses Labor Violations

    Apple Releases List Of Its Suppliers, Discloses Labor Violations

    Apple has, for the very first time, released a report of its suppliers. There are 156 suppliers listed in the PDF the company published (available here), including big names like Sony, Intel, Samsung and Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), which dragged Apple’s name into the light over questionable labor practices, when fourteen of the company’s workers plunged… Read More

  • 4Mads Launches New Adtech Startup For DIY Online & Mobile Ads

    4Mads Launches New Adtech Startup For DIY Online & Mobile Ads

    San Francisco-based 4Mads is a new, angel-funded startup in the adtech space which allows SMB’s and local brands the ability to create both online and mobile rich media ads. The service, which has been in private testing for the past year, just went live this week with the launch of its one-stop shop and easy to use, drag-and-drop tools. Read More

  • iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    Apple has built a search engine for apps. It’s called iCloud – or more technically, it’s one aspect of the overall iCloud service. Using it, you can search through every app you have installed on your iOS device or have ever purchased in the past. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch right now. The average smartphone user has 64 mobile apps installed… Read More

  • Scrollsy Is A Scrollable, Pinterest-Like Version Of Etsy

    Scrollsy Is A Scrollable, Pinterest-Like Version Of Etsy

    Remember Jonathan Bouman, the young, Netherlands-based developer who brought us the awesome creation that is Scrolldit, a scrollable version of Reddit? Well, he’s back. And this time, he’s made a scrollable version of Etsy. It’s called Scrollsy, and, if you’re an Etsy lover, I guarantee that you’re about to waste a whole bunch of time on this site. Read More

  • Source Code Marketplace Binpress Adds Github Integration

    Source Code Marketplace Binpress Adds Github Integration

    Source code marketplace Binpress is now offering integration with the popular file repository Github. According to Binpress CEO Adam Benayoun, this move will allow developers to import their open-source projects and add a commercial layer on top of them. Read More

  • MoPho’s New App Lets You Order Photo Prints & Products Via Your iPhone

    MoPho’s New App Lets You Order Photo Prints & Products Via Your iPhone

    Dying to stick your awesome iPhone photos on a t-shirt, coffee cup, or mousepad? Yes? Good. Of course there are a million places you can do this on the desktop-sized Internet (you know, that thing with all the linked webpages which you access by typing letters on a keyboard into something called a “browser?”), but now there’s a more compelling option: there’s an app… Read More

  • Rdio Expands To Germany

    Rdio Expands To Germany

    Rdio, the streaming music service started by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, is arriving in its fourth market today: Germany. Already available in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, the company says it will be offering a 7-day free trial to the 82+ million German residents who want to give it a shot. Read More

  • Google Drive Is 404’ing Now, Gets A Blank Support Site, Robots.txt

    Google Drive Is 404’ing Now, Gets A Blank Support Site, Robots.txt

    Oh look, drive.google.com is 404’ing now. (Page Not Found). That’s interesting because back in October the site was forwarding to the https version before giving a 105 error instead. (Name not resolved.) Google has also published a blank, weird-looking support page for Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/support. There’s nothing there but a logo and incomplete search box. Read More