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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  • Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung launched its advertising platform, Samsung AdHub, for Samsung Smart TVs. With the new service, publishers and brands will be able to deliver video, 3D, and interactive advertisements to the living room through the Samsung Smart TV interface. Read More

  • Nuance Launches Dragon TV, Lets You Control Your TV With Your Voice

    Nuance Launches Dragon TV, Lets You Control Your TV With Your Voice

    Speech recognition company Nuance (which powers part of Apple’s Siri), is launching its new “Dragon TV” platform today, which will allow consumers to interact with their TV using their voice and natural language. With Dragon TV, you’ll be able to speak channel numbers, station names, plus TV show and movie titles, without having to use structured commands. You’ll… Read More

  • Cloud-Based Video Editor WeVideo Launches To Public

    Cloud-Based Video Editor WeVideo Launches To Public

    WeVideo, the cloud-based collaborative video editing platform which announced integration with YouTube in October, is today exiting its beta period and launching commercially. The service now has over 125,000 users creating more than 1,000 video projects per day using the online platform. Read More

  • Elance To Give $1 Million To Startup America Partnership

    Elance To Give $1 Million To Startup America Partnership

    Online job marketplace Elance has just announced it will give $1 million to The Startup America Partnership, the national campaign that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship, which is chaired by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL (disclosure: TechCrunch parent) and Chairman of the Case Foundation. The organization is live now in several regions across the U.S., including Colorado, Illinois… Read More

  • LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn, the longtime maker of remote access tools, has acquired Bold Software, a provider of web chat and customer communications software. The company says it will use the technology to offer additional features and capabilities to its customers on LogMeIn Rescue, the company’s support product. Under the terms of the deal, LogMeIn acquired all the net assets of Bold Software for… Read More

  • Box: Mobile Adoption Is The Gateway Drug To The Cloud In The Enterprise

    Box: Mobile Adoption Is The Gateway Drug To The Cloud In The Enterprise

    Cloud storage platform Box (which you no longer have to refer to as Box.net as it now owns Box.com!), has seen incredible growth over the past year, both on the consumer and on enterprise side. Much of the growth has been driven by mobile, with the company seeing a 140% increase in mobile customer implementations each month in 2011, leading the total number of new mobile users to jump up by… Read More

  • ChatON, Samsung’s iMessage Competitor, Arrives In App Store

    ChatON, Samsung’s iMessage Competitor, Arrives In App Store

    Remember ChatON? The Samsung-built, cross-platform, mobile messaging app which arrived in Google’s Android Market this fall? The app, somewhat similar to BlackBerry’s BBM or Apple’s iMessage, provides users with an alternative to SMS or MMS. At the time, Samsung was promising support for iOS would be coming “soon.” Well, “soon” has arrived. ChatON is… Read More

  • Shelby.tv To Launch “Touch Play”: An AirPlay-Based Gesture Remote

    Shelby.tv To Launch “Touch Play”: An AirPlay-Based Gesture Remote

    Video-sharing startup (and stars of Bloomberg’s TechStars reality show) Shelby.tv is about to launch a pretty nifty feature called “Touch Play.” The new addition, a gesture-based remote control that works via Apple’s AirPlay, will be shown off at next week’s CES, with its launch planned for the week following. Read More

  • Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Personalized web search tool Trapit, often called the sister to Apple’s Siri because both were built on the same artificial intelligence project from DARPA and SRI, has just raised $6.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture fund that manages the investments for Facebook and Spotify investor Li Ka-shing. Horizons also… Read More

  • Why Aren’t Chromebooks Saving Password Changes?

    Why Aren’t Chromebooks Saving Password Changes?

    There’s something weird going on with Chromebooks – the Google-branded laptop computers powered by the company’s web-based operating system Chrome OS. They’re not saving the password changes you make to your Google account. Basically, if you change your password, shut down your machine, then reboot, the Chromebook will ask you for your old password instead of the… Read More

  • Forecast: Mobile Phone Shipments’ Growth Slows In 2012, But Nokia/Microsoft May Survive

    Forecast: Mobile Phone Shipments’ Growth Slows In 2012, But Nokia/Microsoft May Survive

    Analysts at Credit Suisse are forecasting slower growth in mobile phone shipments worldwide for this year, at a growth rate of 2%. The increase is higher than previous forecasts but is down from the 12% growth it had projected for 2011, according to this Reuters report. According to the firm, they’re expecting to see 1.85 billion handset sales in 2012, up from the 2011 forecast of… Read More

  • Contactually Launches Lightweight CRM Tool That Works Right In Your Inbox

    Contactually Launches Lightweight CRM Tool That Works Right In Your Inbox

    Contactually, a 500 Startups-backed company, is today launching its lightweight CRM solution for email users. At present, the service works with any IMAP-connected account, including Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo, AOL and others, but it will support both POP3 and Microsoft Exchange in the near future. The company also just closed an angel round totaling $165,000, which is in addition to the $50K… Read More

  • Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Remember the news from earlier this week about a mobile app developer who turned to eBay to unload his underperforming iOS app? (Update: the app is now up to $15,100+!) Well, there will soon be an alternative to eBay auctions for other developers looking to do the same.  A new marketplace called Apptopia will launch in February, allowing developers to sell their mobile apps, source code… Read More

  • Maxymiser Raises $12 M For Its Website Testing & Optimization Solution

    Maxymiser Raises $12 M For Its Website Testing & Optimization Solution

    Maxymiser, a company that helps improve website effectiveness through the use of A/B and multivariate testing, personalization and optimizations, has raised $12 million from new investors Investor Growth Capital alongside investment from its Series A investors, Pentech Ventures. The funding will be used to help Maxymiser expand its business, with a special emphasis on North American R&D. Read More

  • Credit Karma Launches Free Credit Monitoring, Enrolls 100,000 Users In A Day

    Credit Karma Launches Free Credit Monitoring, Enrolls 100,000 Users In A Day

    Credit Karma, the online service for keeping track of your credit score, has launched a new feature: free credit monitoring. Within the first day of its existence (the option became available just yesterday), the company has managed to enroll an impressive 100,000 users for the opt-in credit monitoring service. The move brings Credit Karma’s total user base to over 4 million. Read More

  • @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs, the retailer’s digital technology division, has acquired Portland-based mobile agency Small Society. The company helped businesses create, develop and launch iOS applications, and has served a number of high-profile clients, including DoubleTree, Starbucks (the original app), Amazon (the Amazon Deals app),  Whole Foods, the Democratic National Convention, WordPress… Read More

  • Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Getting featured in the Android Market is starting to have a meaningful impact for mobile app developers. According to the recent news from fitness app maker RunKeeper, the company saw a 637% increase in downloads since November after just a few days of being a featured app in the Android Market “Health & Fitness” section. But is RunKeeper seeing the boost because of the… Read More

  • MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    Today, MetroPCS has announced a partnership with the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) on a new service that will bring live digital television to the carrier’s customers. The service, called Dyle Mobile TV, will be available on phones that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application, starting first with unnamed, Android-based Samsung devices. Read More

  • Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Chicago-based Eved, an online marketplace for the meeting and events industry, has raised $9.5 million in a Series B round by New World Ventures and MK Capital. The funding will be used to scale and expand the company’s proprietary platform which provides those in the event industry supply chain with a sourcing, marketing and e-commerce solution. Read More

  • Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise cloud file sharing company Accellion has raised $12 million in a new Series 3 round from private equity firm Riverwood Capital. The company will use the additional funding to accelerate growth, invest in enterprise mobile file sharing products, pursue partnerships and international expansion. Read More