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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  • Any.DO Launches A Social To Do List App With $1 Million In Funding

    Any.DO Launches A Social To Do List App With $1 Million In Funding

    It’s not often that an iPhone user gets jealous of an Android application, but that’s definitely the case here with Any.DO, the gorgeous new social To Do list app for Android launching today. The app comes from the team behind Taskos, one of the most popular To Do list applications on the Android Market. More notably, Any.DO is backed by $1 million in angel funding from Eric… Read More

  • Tagg For iPhone Uses Facial Recognition To Tag And Share Photos On Facebook & Twitter

    Tagg For iPhone Uses Facial Recognition To Tag And Share Photos On Facebook & Twitter

    Tagg is a newly launched iPhone application that uses offline facial recognition to detect the faces of your friends in your photos, so you can tag them and upload them to Facebook or post them to Twitter. The app takes advantage of new frameworks in iOS5, like CoreImage, for example, which among other things also enables dead simple face detection. Because of this, Tagg only works on… Read More

  • Recipe Search & Sharing Service Foodily Arrives On iPhone

    Recipe Search & Sharing Service Foodily Arrives On iPhone

    Recipe search engine Foodily is arriving on mobile today, with an all-new iPhone application that will allow users to search recipes while on the go, see what recipes their friends have liked and share their own recommendations via photos snapped with the iPhone’s camera. In addition to the social features, the app provides mobile access to Foodily’s recipe search engine, so you… Read More

  • Google Adds +1 Button To Images

    Google Adds +1 Button To Images

    Google is adding its +1 button to images surfaced through Google search results, the company is announcing today via blog post. That means that when you’re doing searches in the Google Images vertical, you’ll now see a small “+1″ button appear when you hover over an individual image. This will share the recommendation with friends via Google+ and your Google Profile… Read More

  • AVOS Acquires Link-Saving Service Trunk.ly

    AVOS Acquires Link-Saving Service Trunk.ly

    AVOS, the startup behind the newly re-launched Delicious.com, has acquired the link-saving service Trunk.ly, the company announced in a blog post this afternoon. AVOS, which is led by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, says that Trunk.ly’s “technology and insights will accelerate link-saving and searching capabilities in Delicious.” Read More

  • BiteHunter Raises $800K For Real-Time Dining Deals

    BiteHunter Raises $800K For Real-Time Dining Deals

    BiteHunter, the new mobile app for finding nearby dining deals, has just completed a $800,000 funding round. The round was led by angel investors Avraham Kadar, M.D. and Eyal Chomsky. The funding will be used to provide additional resources for the development of new features, an expansion to other platforms, and ongoing maintenance of BiteHunter’s deals database. Read More

  • Social Planning Service Hotlist Launches New Site And iPhone App

    Social Planning Service Hotlist Launches New Site And iPhone App

    Location-based social planning platform Hotlist (formerly “The Hotlist”), is launching a revamped website and iPhone application today, with an increased focus on ease-of-use, improved discovery of upcoming activities and events, and better tools for coordinating plans with your friends. According to Co-founder and CEO Chris Mirabile, the company is also nearing the close of its… Read More

  • You Can’t Ignore The Web: OpenTable Launches New HTML5 Website

    You Can’t Ignore The Web: OpenTable Launches New HTML5 Website

    Restaurant reservations service OpenTable is launching a completely redesigned mobile website today based on HTML5. The company says it was prompted to make the changes due to customer demand. Since 2008, the company has seated more than 15 million diners through both its mobile website and apps, representing over $600 million in revenue for its restaurant customers. These days, OpenTable… Read More

  • Want To Know What Apps Your Colleagues Use At Work? BestVendor Can Tell You

    Want To Know What Apps Your Colleagues Use At Work? BestVendor Can Tell You

    We just can’t get away from the social recommendations space, can we? Just this past month, we’ve seen new startups like Oink and Wikets arrive, and even a hilarious spoof of the trend via the fake startup Jotly. Well, now you can add another startup to the list, because today, a new social recommendations service for small businesses called BestVendor is opening its doors, too. And… Read More

  • Mobile Component Marketplace Verious Exits Beta, Partners With Elance

    Mobile Component Marketplace Verious Exits Beta, Partners With Elance

    Verious, the one-stop shop for mobile app components and TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 finalist, is today emerging from its beta period with a bang. It’s announcing a partnership with online employment platform Elance, which will bring over 25,000 mobile professionals to Verious’ existing network of mobile component developers. Read More

  • Walmart Goes Mobile With New Apps For iPhone & iPad

    Walmart Goes Mobile With New Apps For iPhone & iPad

    Walmart is launching an updated iPhone application and a new iPad app, in an effort to better connect customers’ offline and online shopping experiences. The iPhone app in particular brings a number of new features, including voice-enabled shopping list creation, barcode scanning and integrated manufacturers’ coupons, while the iPad app offers the ability to find items both online… Read More

  • PayPal Updates Its Android App With Support For NFC Payments

    PayPal Updates Its Android App With Support For NFC Payments

    PayPal updated its Android application today and has added one notable new feature: support for NFC payments. Using NFC, or near field communication, two PayPal users with NFC-enabled phones can send and receive money using the mobile app. The feature, which was previously announced over the summer, also includes a “Request Money” widget that can be added directly to the… Read More

  • Firefox 8 Now Officially Available, Includes Built-In Twitter Search

    Firefox 8 Now Officially Available, Includes Built-In Twitter Search

    The new version of the Firefox Web browser, Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac and Linux, has officially gone live. The update, which actually became available a couple of days ago via Mozilla’s FTP servers, introduces several new features, including a built-in Twitter search option, better management of add-ons and tabs, plus the usual performance and stability fixes. Mozilla has also… Read More

  • Wikets, The Social Commerce App With $1.5M In Funding, Rewards Users For Recommendations

    Wikets, The Social Commerce App With $1.5M In Funding, Rewards Users For Recommendations

    In September, Wikets, Inc., announced it had raised $1.5 million from venture firms Andreessen Horowitz and Battery Ventures, as well as from six angel investors, to build a new iPhone application that allows users to rate products and share those recommendations with friends. Today, the app has gone live in iTunes. The resulting product is deceptively simple. You make a recommendation… Read More

  • Google Won’t Allow Contests And Promotions On Google+ Pages

    Google Won’t Allow Contests And Promotions On Google+ Pages

    Yesterday, Google launched brand Pages on Google+. Like Facebook Pages, Google+ Pages allow brands, products, companies, groups and others to create a professional presence on the social network. However, according to Google+’s Policies, it appears that Google will not allow brand Page owners to host contests or promotions directly on the on the social network itself. Read More

  • Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the Startup Weekend EDU series of events, the dedicated education-focused vertical within the non-profit. The Startup Weekend organization, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and the social learning startup Grockit, offers intense 54-hour events where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, build… Read More

  • DreamIt-Backed ElectNext Launches An “eHarmony For Voters”

    DreamIt-Backed ElectNext Launches An “eHarmony For Voters”

    ElectNext, a graduate from DreamIt Ventures’ Fall 2011 class, is launching out of beta today to match voters with the political candidates that best reflect their values. The site, which likes to describe itself as an “eHarmony for voters,” offers a familiar concept, thanks to the dozens of politically themed quizzes that attempt to suss out what political party best fits… Read More

  • Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Launches “Swap Club,” Allows Vehicle Owners To Trade Cars

    Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Launches “Swap Club,” Allows Vehicle Owners To Trade Cars

    Luxury car-sharing service HiGear is announcing a new product called “Swap Club,” which will allow its existing car owners the opportunity to swap cars among each other in exchange for HiGear points. To participate in the “Swap Club,” vehicle owners will either need to accumulate points by renting out their cars on HiGear or they can optionally purchase points via… Read More

  • The Winners & Losers Of Google’s Freshness Update Revealed

    The Winners & Losers Of Google’s Freshness Update Revealed

    Search analytics provider Searchmetrics spent the weekend examining the effects of last week’s changes to the Google algorithm – changes that Google said would affect around one in three Web searches. According the company’s initial analysis, sites with fresher, more-up-to-date content, including many news sites, blogs, broadcasters and brand sites, have indeed seen a boost… Read More

  • Adobe Launches “Project Adthenticate” To Test Online Ads

    Adobe Launches “Project Adthenticate” To Test Online Ads

    Today, Adobe is launching a hosted service for online ad testing which it’s calling Project Adthenticate. Available to publishers, rich media vendors and creative agencies, the service will help to test, validate and optimize ads based on the IAB’s 2011 Rich Media Creative Guidelines. These guidelines provide a list of requirements for online advertising units, including things… Read More