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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  • Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Goes Live On iPhone

    Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Goes Live On iPhone

    San Francisco-based Liftopia, an online retailer of lift tickets and mountain resort activities, is launching its iPhone app today. The app’s title is quite the mouthful: “Liftopia Ski Reports, Snow Conditions and Ultimate Lift Ticket Deal Engine App.” Whoa! So there’s the news, I guess – it’s all in the app’s name. Oh you want more info? OK. Read More

  • Flipboard Adds 1 Million Users Its First Week On The iPhone

    Flipboard Adds 1 Million Users Its First Week On The iPhone

    Only one week after Flipboard’s highly anticipated launch on the iPhone (and iPod Touch), the company is announcing it has added 1 million users to its service and has tripled its engagement. According to the company, that means it now has over 5 million users in total using the app across the iOS platform. Before last week’s release, Flipboard had registered 650 million flips… Read More

  • Credit Sesame Brings Your Credit Score To The iPhone. For Free.

    Credit Sesame Brings Your Credit Score To The iPhone. For Free.

    Personal finance service (and TechCrunch Disrupt alum) Credit Sesame is launching its first mobile application today which gives users instant access to their current financial standing and their credit score. For free. And I don’t mean “free” as in free, but if you don’t read the fine print we’ll sign you up for our monthly service. I mean free as in free. Read More

  • Pogoplug Launches New Hardware, Brings Unlimited Storage To Your PC

    Pogoplug Launches New Hardware, Brings Unlimited Storage To Your PC

    Pogoplug is launching the fourth generation of its flagship product today, the Pogoplug Series 4. As with all Pogoplug hardware, the new device lets you attach your hard drives and plugs into your router in order to instantly give you your own personal cloud of online storage. The service also comes with 5 GB of free online storage optimized for mobile users, and allows you to purchase… Read More

  • Google Map Maker Gets A Makeover, Is Now Easier To Use

    Google Map Maker Gets A Makeover, Is Now Easier To Use

    Google Map Maker, the still somewhat undiscovered gem of Google Maps which allows users to create and edit maps, is getting its new Google makeover today. Following the redesigns of other top Google properties including Gmail, Docs, YouTube and Reader, Map Maker’s updated user interface is meant to be easier on the eyes, while also increasing the service’s usability. Read More

  • Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Social networking service Tagged, Inc. announced it has acquired the social game network hi5 today, doubling Tagged’s monthly active users to 20 million. The combination will also increase the total number of registered users to 330 million, up from 100 million. According to The WSJ’s report, the deal’s terms were not disclosed, but include the hi5 website and user base. Read More

  • GroupTalent’s Hiring Marketplace Now Automatically Matches People With Jobs

    GroupTalent’s Hiring Marketplace Now Automatically Matches People With Jobs

    Talent drain? That’s what they’re saying. The explosion of early stage startups has made it harder for companies to find the best engineers and designers because everyone’s trying to do their own startup. GroupTalent (a startup, of course) wants to be the solution for that. In an effort to make the process of finding work even less painful than before, today the company… Read More

  • Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Today, content discovery platform Outbrain is announcing it has secured $35 million in Series D funding in a round led by Index Ventures. Existing investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round. As a part of the deal, Dominique Vidal, partner at Index Ventures, will join the company’s Board of Directors. Read More

  • Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred

    Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred

    Google is acquiring the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, both companies are announcing today. Clever Sense, as you may recall, is the maker of the mobile application “Alfred,” which delivers personalized recommendations for nearby restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms. Terms of… Read More

  • YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

    YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

    YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration company that got its start long before “cloud” was cool, is today launching new mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, plus new Mac (beta) and PC desktop clients. The suite of apps will allow users to securely sync files across devices, while also offering unlimited storage. Read More

  • Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    You remember Jotly, right? The hilarious and absurd spoof of our mobile/local/social app obsession? To refresh your memory, Jotly’s humor was so on target, people wondered if creator Alex Cornell (founder of Nosh) was actually making fun of Kevin Rose’s Oink with this parody video. He swears he was not, just of the “proliferation of absolute ridiculousness when it comes to… Read More

  • Comunitee: A New Social News Site For Mainstream Readers

    Comunitee: A New Social News Site For Mainstream Readers

    Does the world need another social news site? That’s the big question about today’s launch of Comunitee, a new beta destination for tracking the news you want to follow, commenting and sharing stories with your friends. I mean, it’s not like we already have Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for this, right? Well, not exactly. For those who want the full, real-time firehose of… Read More

  • Life360’s Family Safety App Grabs $3.5 Million Series A

    Life360’s Family Safety App Grabs $3.5 Million Series A

    Family safety startup Life360, which makes a freemium mobile security app by the same name, is today announcing it has secured $3.5 million in Series A funding. The round included investment from Fontinalis Partners, Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venture51, Bullpen Capital, Social Leverage and Eghosa Omoigui’s EchoVC Partners, as well as existing investors… Read More

  • Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Sometimes, reporting startup news can make a person feel old. Case in point: Woozworld, the virtual world maker for tweens, is launching a social networking service called WoozIn, which I’m saying with a straight face. I swear. WoozIn. It’s essentially a Facebook-lite/virtual world mashup that allows prepubescent youth to share, comment and like their friends’ updates… Read More

  • Evernote’s Skitch Sees 3 Million Downloads On Android

    Evernote’s Skitch Sees 3 Million Downloads On Android

    Continuing today’s theme of awesome Android apps (how did that happen?), Skitch also has something to announce: it has reached 3 million downloads of Skitch for Android. Given its Android launch occurred just three and half months ago, the company says that’s equivalent of a new download every 1.5 seconds. Skitch has also added a new feature to its Android app – image rotation. Read More

  • Adaptu Takes On Mint With Mobile Wallet Launch

    Adaptu Takes On Mint With Mobile Wallet Launch

    It’s hard to take on the entrenched incumbent Mint when it comes to delivering personalized financial management tools (just ask Wesabe), but Adaptu thinks it has found a niche where it can compete. With today’s launch of Adaptu’s mobile wallet, the company is focusing on a few differentiating factors, including its predictive analysis of cash flow, tools to help prevent… Read More

  • Lightbox App Debuts New Photo Journal: It’s A Lazy Man’s Tumblr

    Lightbox App Debuts New Photo Journal: It’s A Lazy Man’s Tumblr

    Lightbox, the beautifully designed social photo app for Android backed by $1.2 million in seed funding from Index, Accel, SV Angel, 500 Startups, and others, is today launching a revamped web interface that’s like a lazy man’s Tumblr. As with the hot blogging startup Tumblr, the idea with Lightbox’s new photo journal feature is to provide a stream of updates others can… Read More

  • Urbanspoon Adds Check-ins With New “Dineline” Feature For iPhone

    Urbanspoon Adds Check-ins With New “Dineline” Feature For iPhone

    Urbanspoon, the mobile restaurant recommendations and reservations application, is today adding a new feature called “Dineline,” which allows users to check-in to restaurants in order to track their dining habits. While most check-in apps are meant to register your presence at a venue for the purpose of game play, social networking, or receiving offers or discounts, Dineline is… Read More

  • Adzerk Launches AdOS, An App Store For Ad Tech

    Adzerk Launches AdOS, An App Store For Ad Tech

    Adzerk, the ad-serving technology startup which raised $650K in seed funding this July, is launching its next phase, called adOS. The new platform is intended as an evolution of its current product, and is offering improved ad-serving code plus a marketplace where publishers can find third-party apps to install. Yep – it’s an app store for ad tech. Read More

  • Andreessen Says He Has No Plans For “An Operating Role” At Yahoo

    Andreessen Says He Has No Plans For “An Operating Role” At Yahoo

    VC Marc Andreessen has taken to his personal blog to quell the rumors that he’s in the running for the position of chairman of the board at Yahoo. The rumors have been widely reported by a number of news outlets based on unknown sources. Serious speculation has ensued, even leading people to wonder what the VC’s first move at Yahoo as chairman of the board will be. (Hint: find a… Read More