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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  • New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    Open data platform Factual.com is launching a new API for developers of location-based services called Resolve. The API is an entity resolution API that makes partial records complete, matches entities against one other and assists in the process of de-duping and normalizing datasets. What this means is that developers can simply tell Factual what they know about an entity (i.e., a venue in… Read More

  • Sencha Launches Mobile HTML5 Cloud, Sencha.io

    Sencha Launches Mobile HTML5 Cloud, Sencha.io

    Javascript Web app framework provider Sencha is today announcing the public beta launch of Sencha.io, its new HTML5 mobile cloud service. The service will allow Sencha app developers to build “shared experiences” in the browser, without having to write server code or manage hosting. At launch, Sencha.io will provide a set of cloud services, including Sencha.io Data, Sencha.io… Read More

  • Job Search Engine SimplyHired Integrates With Viadeo

    Job Search Engine SimplyHired Integrates With Viadeo

    Job search engine SimplyHired.com, which aggregates jobs listing across the Web, is now adding international professional social network Viadeo to its supported services. The new integration will allow users to see which of their business contacts work at the companies surfaced by job searches on SimplyHired’s website. SimplyHired previously added support for Facebook and LinkedIn to do… Read More

  • Google+ To Integrate With Blogger

    Google+ To Integrate With Blogger

    Up-and-coming social network Google+ will soon be integrated with Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, according to a message now appearing in the “Edit User Profile” section of Blogger’s Settings. The message reads “Connect Blogger to Google+ : Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger,” and includes links to… Read More

  • O.co (Overstock.com) Suit Against Brokerage Firms Set For Trial

    O.co (Overstock.com) Suit Against Brokerage Firms Set For Trial

    O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is today announcing its case against Goldman Sachs and Bank of America subsidiary, Merrill Lynch, will go to court on March 5th, 2012. The company is claiming that the defendants engaged in share price manipulation by “naked short selling” and failing to deliver shares they sold, in order to benefit themselves and their hedge fund clients. Read More

  • Video-Sharing Startup Shelby.tv Launches Into Public Beta With New iOS App

    Video-Sharing Startup Shelby.tv Launches Into Public Beta With New iOS App

    Shelby.tv, the video-sharing startup (and stars of Bloomberg’s TechStars reality show), is today exiting out of its private alpha phase and launching into a public beta. The service, founded by Reece Pacheco, Dan Spinosa, Henry Sztul and Joe Yevoli, aggregates the video links your friends are sharing across social networks in order to offer you personalized video… Read More

  • Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location Labs, a location-as-a-service provider and makers of mobile parental control utility Safely, is today announcing the acquisition of two companies in the mobile space, Wirkle and Volly. Wirkle, a mobile product development firm, and group messaging company Volly will bring their product portfolios, IP and team to Location Labs as a part of their respective deals. Although the terms of… Read More

  • Chartboost Raises $2 Million In Series A Funding, Already Profitable

    Chartboost Raises $2 Million In Series A Funding, Already Profitable

    The new direct-deals mobile advertising marketplace Chartboost is announcing today that it has raised $2 million in Series A funding, after having just launched at the beginning of the October. Investors in this rounded included TransLink Capital, SK Telecom Ventures and XG Ventures, the latter a former investor in Tapulous before its Disney acquisition. Read More

  • Hands On With Everpix, The Service That Centralizes All Your Photos From Desktop & Web

    Hands On With Everpix, The Service That Centralizes All Your Photos From Desktop & Web

    For the past week, I’ve been testing the alpha version of the Everpix service, which aims to automatically centralize and organize all your digital photos, both online and off. I’m happy to report that, so far, it works as advertised. In case you missed it, Everpix, a creation of ex-Apple engineers, was one of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt finalists. Using a small utility… Read More

  • High-End Car-Sharing Service HiGear Expanding To L.A.

    High-End Car-Sharing Service HiGear Expanding To L.A.

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is expanding to L.A. starting November 1st. The move is part of the company’s continued expansion plans that will see it arrive in five additional markets, including Portland and San Diego, by year-end. Unlike other car-sharing services, HiGear specializes in “high-end” auto brands… Read More

  • Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google announced today that its business and educational customers now have a second option for purchasing its new Chrome OS-powered laptops: upfront pricing, sans subscription. Previously, Chromebooks were only available to these institutions by way of a 3-year commitment. That plan didn’t fit in well with some organization’s yearly budget cycle, says Google. Now, those customers… Read More

  • Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa is a newly launched mobile app component marketplace that joins the ranks of sites like TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Verious and Appcelerator’s Open Mobile Marketplace. However, there is one key difference between competitors’ sites and Chupa: in addition to native applications (iOS and Android), it also supports a variety of frameworks, including Appcelerator’s… Read More

  • BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    Australian design firm S-Digital has created an interesting concept application for the use of NFC (near field communication) in food courts. Yes, food courts – like those found at your local mall. The project, dubbed “BrandTable,” involves circular stickers containing NFC tags secured to the tabletop that, when tapped with an NFC phone, launch a menu and ordering page for… Read More

  • Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla, makers of usability testing tools for websites, is today launching a new mobile tool that lets companies test how their apps or mobile websites perform on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android devices. The new tool overlays questions or notes on top of the mobile app or website’s user interface, like “where would you click to filter the search results?,” for example. Read More

  • Google Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends

    Google Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends

    Today Google announced its long-ignored RSS app Google Reader is getting an update. Most notably, it’s getting a fresh new design along the same lines as Google’s other products, like Docs, Maps, Search and Gmail. While I’m not entirely thrilled about this change (I prefer the utilitarian look for the service), I understand Google’s need to maintain user… Read More

  • Changers Launches Mobile, Social Solar Charging System For $149

    Changers Launches Mobile, Social Solar Charging System For $149

    Changers is today launching its new solar powered gadget-charging system designed to power up your USB devices, including iPhones, iPods, Android phones and Kindles, using a simple, one-button device. The Changers Starter Kit, which includes the company’s “Kalhuohfummi” (TM) solar battery and Changers “Maroshi” (TM) solar module, can generate up to four Watts… Read More

  • Vanity Phone Number Provider Zoove Raises Additional $5 Million

    Vanity Phone Number Provider Zoove Raises Additional $5 Million

    Vanity phone number provider Zoove is today announcing it has raised an additional investment of $5 million from Rogers Ventures to help it further accelerate its U.S. operations. The startup is the exclusive provider of “StarStar numbers” (e.g. **FLOWERS) for the four largest mobile operators in the United States, reaching over 250 million consumers. Mike Lee, VP of Roger… Read More

  • New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    MuckerLab, a new startup accelerator and member of the TechStars Network, is launching today in L.A. The three-month program will provide its selected startups with $21,000 in seed funding, plus the typical incubator benefits like shared office space, legal assistance, infrastructure and hosting, and, of course, mentorship from a network of advisors. Read More

  • Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    BuyWithMe, a daily deals startup that had been acquiring companies right and left this year, appears to be going under. The startup has failed to find funding and is now laying off half its workforce. CEO Jim Crowley announced yesterday that at least 100 people will be let go today unless the company finds a last minute buyer. Read More

  • Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    San Francisco-based Liftopia, an online retailer of lift tickets and mountain resort activities, is today announcing it has raised $1.3 million in a round led by First Round Capital. New investors in today’s round also include Dave Morin and Chris Sacca, who participated with existing investors Erik Blachford and Sam Shank. Today’s investment brings Liftopia’s total raise… Read More