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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  • Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative RE<C

    Google Gives Up On Green Tech Investment Initiative RE<C

    Among yesterday’s service shutdowns at Google, which included underperforming and deprecated Web properties like Knol, Wave and Gears, there was also news of the end of RE<C. What’s RE<C? Just one of those ambitious “we can save the world with Google money!” type projects that gave the search giant the appearance for caring about more than the influx of ad dollars. Read More

  • Windows Phone Marketplace: One Year In

    Windows Phone Marketplace: One Year In

    Mobile analytics firm Distimo has taken a look at Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace one year after its launch in November 2010. Now available in 35 countries worldwide, the store has grown consistently in size and scope since its debut, at a rate of 700 new publishers added per month. But its app download volume, in comparison with market leader iTunes, is still quite small. In… Read More

  • Google+ Now Impacting Klout Scores, Active Users See Scores Go Up

    Google+ Now Impacting Klout Scores, Active Users See Scores Go Up

    Love it or hate it, but Klout is one of the key players in today’s influence/reputation market. Even if the whole concept of ranking people based on popularity feels a little icky to you (I feel you), the startup has the potential to form the basis of something bigger, something less spammy, and something less easily gamed by “social media marketers.” Or so we hope. In… Read More

  • Advise.me Partners With LinkedIn & Others, Grows Team Yet Again

    Advise.me Partners With LinkedIn & Others, Grows Team Yet Again

    New startup accelerator Advise.me, home to the global startup initiative which encourages entrepreneurs from around the world to apply for seed funding, is today announcing new partnerships with LinkedIn, GoSquared and SnapEngage. All three companies will provide direct support and/or free subscriptions to their services to the program’s participants. In addition, the team at… Read More

  • Ready For More Social Apps? Socialize’s “Social Action Bar” Hits Version 1.0

    Ready For More Social Apps? Socialize’s “Social Action Bar” Hits Version 1.0

    Socialize, makers of a “Social SDK” for mobile developers, is today launching version 1.0 of its “Social Action Bar.” This action bar is an easy-to-install mobile toolbar of sorts, which allows an app’s users to view the popularity of the app’s content, “like” and comment on items, and share content via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter. In addition… Read More

  • Occipital Brings 360 Panorama To Android

    Occipital Brings 360 Panorama To Android

    It’s a good day for all you Android lovers out there, because today you’re getting a killer app from iOS land: 360 Panorama. The app is from Occipital, the 2008 TechStars grad, also makers of the (now eBay-owned) barcode scanner Red Laser. This is the first real-time panoramic photo capture app for Android, as the others on the Android Market require manual capture of separate… Read More

  • Personal Finance Service HelloWallet Launches On iPhone

    Personal Finance Service HelloWallet Launches On iPhone

    Mint competitor HelloWallet is launching on the iPhone today, with an application that provides at-a-glance spending guidance, budget details and your available cash balance. As a company, HelloWallet aims to differentiate itself from Mint by functioning as a full-service financial advisor, in addition to being a personal finance tracking application. On mobile, this aspect to its service shows… Read More

  • Despite Poor Reviews, Kindle Fire On Track To Be #2 Tablet

    Despite Poor Reviews, Kindle Fire On Track To Be #2 Tablet

    According to new consumer survey data from ChangeWave Research, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is poised to become the first real competitor to the Apple iPad, with one in five planned tablet buyers (22%) indicating they will purchase the Kindle Fire. This is the first time since the original iPad’s launch that the number two device ever achieved a double-digit percentage in terms of… Read More

  • Video Platform Startup Veenome Raises $500K From Ecosystem VC & Angels

    Video Platform Startup Veenome Raises $500K From Ecosystem VC & Angels

    Washington, D.C.-based video indexing and discovery startup Veenome has raised $500, 000 in seed funding from Ecosystem Ventures (investors in Tube Mogul and Facebook), plus private angel investors from Google, Dingman Center Angels, as well as Chegg founder Aayush Phumhra and the founder of WebMetrics Tim Drees. The company uses proprietary automated video recognition technology to scan… Read More

  • Tablets.com Goes Up For Sale

    Tablets.com Goes Up For Sale

    Domain name investment company XF.com Investments is putting one of the most valuable single-word domains up for sale today: tablets.com. The company says it feels like now is the perfect time to release the domain for sale, with the tablet industry projected to be a $70 billion market by 2014, according to the analysts at RBC. No target price, asking price or minimum bid has been set on… Read More

  • Amex Users On Foursquare Get Free Money ($25) On “Small Biz Saturday”

    Amex Users On Foursquare Get Free Money ($25) On “Small Biz Saturday”

    Foursquare is giving away a free $25 credit to American Express cardholders through a new promotion taking place on November 26th, aka “Small Business Saturday.” (Yes, everyone has their own Black Friday spinoff now). To get the credit, Foursquare users have to spend $25 at a local merchant and check-in using the mobile app. Read More

  • Google Launches Google Supplier Directory Beta To Connect Companies With Suppliers In China

    Google Launches Google Supplier Directory Beta To Connect Companies With Suppliers In China

    Who says Google has stopped experimenting? With little fanfare, the company has launched a new service, the “Google Supplier Directory Beta” earlier this month to connect companies with Chinese manufacturers. The service, a part of the AdWords program, lists several Chinese-based firms, their product details, export markets, annual revenue (in RMB), and more. Read More

  • Like Twitter, Google+ Now Has Trending Topics

    Like Twitter, Google+ Now Has Trending Topics

    Google quietly added a trending topics section to Google+ last night which now shows up when you perform a search on the social network. The new “Trends” section appears on the right-hand side of the page, and currently lists the top 10 items under heavy discussion like “Natalie Wood” and “Breaking Dawn,” for example. Read More

  • Chumkee Launches New App For Social Photo & Video Conversations

    Chumkee Launches New App For Social Photo & Video Conversations

    An odd but interesting new photo-and-video sharing iPhone app called Chumkee is officially announcing its public launch today. I know, I know. Another photo-and-video sharing app – just what you need. But Chumkee is doing something a little different here with its concept, user interface and design. This app isn’t about simply “sharing photos with your friends.”… Read More

  • Pushpins Relaunches As Full-Featured Grocery Shopping App

    Pushpins Relaunches As Full-Featured Grocery Shopping App

    Today, Pushpins, the mobile app for saving on groceries, is relaunching as Pushpins 2.0, now a fully featured grocery shopping assistant. Previously, the app was focused only on delivering savings in the form of digital coupons and rewards to users who scanned UPC barcodes at the grocery store. With the update, the app offers everything a grocery shopper needs, including digital shopping… Read More

  • Tampa’s New TechStars Network Incubator, Gazelle Lab, Launches 6 Companies

    Tampa’s New TechStars Network Incubator, Gazelle Lab, Launches 6 Companies

    It’s Demo Day for Gazelle Lab, the new Tampa Bay-based TechStars Network member, which is seeing its first class of startups launch this morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The accelerator, based on the successful TechStars model, was founded in early 2011 with three goals: build an entrepreneurship community in the Tampa Bay area, create a seed stage pipeline (something… Read More

  • AdMob Dominates Android Ad Network Market Share

    AdMob Dominates Android Ad Network Market Share

    Mobile analytics firm Xyologic has released a market share breakdown that estimates the mobile ad and ad exchange network breakdowns on Android. According to its research, AdMob was found to be the dominant player on the Android platform, with an 89% market share, based on an analysis of all the downloaded ad-supported Android apps in the month of October. Millennial Media, Inmobi, AdMob… Read More

  • Seed Edition Launches Free Subscription Billing Platform For Seed Stage Startups

    Seed Edition Launches Free Subscription Billing Platform For Seed Stage Startups

    Because getting to the first million is the hardest, stealthy new startup Seed Edition is launching a subscription billing platform designed specifically for seed stage companies. And it’s giving it away for free. According to Co-founder TJ Laher, it’s never been easier for two guys in a garage to build a product using Amazon Web Services, Ruby, etc., but it’s never been… Read More

  • GetSatisfaction Joins HTML5 Bandwagon With New Mobile Web App

    GetSatisfaction Joins HTML5 Bandwagon With New Mobile Web App

    Just yesterday, we were applauding online retailer Wine.com for finally figuring out that having a mobile app is not enough – you still need a mobile website, too. Today, another big name announces the launch of its own HTML5 efforts: GetSatisfaction. The popular customer support company says its new Web app will bring the full functionality of its online community platform to its now… Read More

  • Task Management Solution IssueBurner Sees Commercial Release

    Task Management Solution IssueBurner Sees Commercial Release

    IssueBurner, the combination task management and helpdesk solution from Webyog Inc. is now exiting beta and launching as a commercial product. The service, from the data management company behind CloudMagic and Visifire, was originally cooked up by the company’s developers as an internal solution to deal with their own “inbox overload” situation. Last year, the product… Read More