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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  • Storify Adds SoundCloud Support, Lets You Add Audio To Streams

    Storify Adds SoundCloud Support, Lets You Add Audio To Streams

    Audio platform SoundCloud and social media story-making tool Storify are partnering up today to allow the collection of sounds into Storify streams alongside tweets, Facebook posts, photos and videos. This news comes only a day after SoundCloud was taken down by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which kept the service offline and unstable for over a day. (It’s back up now, so it… Read More

  • ZipPay To Launch New Mobile Payments Service Cheaper Than Square

    ZipPay To Launch New Mobile Payments Service Cheaper Than Square

    The easiest way to describe stealthy mobile payments startup ZipPay is to say it’s like Square and Venmo had a baby, and this was the result. Like Square, the startup aims to address the needs of individuals and small business owners who can’t afford the high fees associated with having their own merchant accounts by allowing them to accept credit card payments using their phone. Read More

  • Mobile App Downloads To Reach 98 Billion By 2015

    Mobile App Downloads To Reach 98 Billion By 2015

    According to new research from Berg Insight, the number of mobile application downloads will reach 98 billion by 2015. The number will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.6% between 2010 and 2015, the analyst firm reports. App store revenue will also grow, to reach € 8.8 billion in 2015, or $11.8 billion in U.S. dollars. Read More

  • Cleantech Venture Investment Up 12% From Previous Quarter

    Cleantech Venture Investment Up 12% From Previous Quarter

    According to the latest from the Cleantech Group, a global research firm tracking innovation in the cleantech sector, venture investment in the industry grew 12% in Q3 2011 ($1.98 billion) compared to the previous quarter, and is up 23% since Q3 2010 ($1.81 billion). Worldwide, there were 189 deals totaling $2.23 billion. In Q2 2011, there were 179 deals, for comparison purposes. Of this… Read More

  • Zero-Day Vulnerability On American Express Website Now Closed

    Zero-Day Vulnerability On American Express Website Now Closed

    American Express say it shut down the webpage that left a portion of its website open for anyone to access in what’s being a called a zero-day security vulnerability, the company says in statement. The security issue was first discovered by developer Niklas Femerstrand, who attempted to reach out to American Express via Twitter in the hopes of being pointed to an email address he could… Read More

  • Alien Dalvik 2.0 Launches, Adds Support For Running Android Apps on iPad

    Alien Dalvik 2.0 Launches, Adds Support For Running Android Apps on iPad

    Today, the Myriad Group is announcing the launch of Alien Dalvik 2.0, its port of the Dalvik virtual machine found in Google’s Android operating system. This new release will allow Android applications to run on non-Android devices, including TVs, e-book readers, and even on tablet computers, like Apple’s iPad. The company says it will demonstrate the technology in action at… Read More

  • Rdio Announces Ad-Free, On-Demand Music Streaming

    Rdio Announces Ad-Free, On-Demand Music Streaming

    Rdio, the digital music service created by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is today announcing the launch of an on-demand, ad-free music service here in the U.S. Now, when users sign up online to join Rdio, they’ll have access to all the full tracks from Rdio’s catalog of 12 million songs. Previously, Rdio only provided its full catalog to paying users. Read More

  • Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    While not entirely surprising, yesterday’s announcement of the new iPhone 4S did not include a mention of NFC (near field communication). Although many hoped for the inclusion of the short-range wireless technology which serves as the backbone for current and planned mobile wallet systems, Apple still has plenty of time to integrate NFC into future handsets. It’s possible that… Read More

  • PowerInbox Raises Additional $800K In Seed Funding

    PowerInbox Raises Additional $800K In Seed Funding

    PowerInbox, the new email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, just closed an additional $800, 000 in seed funding, bringing its total Series Seed to $1.9 million. The company had previously raised $1.1 million in August, mostly from AngelList investors. Read More

  • Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    General Motors is partnering with a car-sharing startup called RelayRides on a new venture that will allow GM owners to rent out their idle vehicles via the OnStar service and their mobile phone. The program will launch first in California in 2012, before expanding to other markets. Read More

  • Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Tagtile is a new company (and recent TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant), which is using the Square model involving free hardware to address the issues surrounding customer loyalty, management and rewards for brick-and-mortar merchants. Like mobile payments service Square, which uses a free hardware dongle that attaches to a mobile phone, Tagtile also provides its merchants with a… Read More

  • TechStars Grad ReportGrid Raises $750K Seed Round

    TechStars Grad ReportGrid Raises $750K Seed Round

    ReportGrid, a recent graduate form the 2011 TechStars Boulder class has just raised a seed round in the amount of $750,000. The company, a data analytics as a service offering, is notable for powering its API for analytics and reporting through a cloud-scalable database and visualization engine. Principal investors in the round included Launch Capital, David Cohen, Walt Winshall, Doug Derwin… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App LiveShare Adds News Feed, Local Groups

    Photo-Sharing App LiveShare Adds News Feed, Local Groups

    Cooliris’ photo-sharing app LiveShare is all-new today, with two major additions: a Facebook-like News Feed and enhanced geolocation features that let you share photos with others in your same vicinity. The latter feature, seemingly reminiscent of the failed location-based photo-sharing app from Color, is different in that it doesn’t just work on mobile – it works in a… Read More

  • Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple did not announce a cheaper, mass market version of the iPhone today. Instead, it announced an upgraded iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S. It’s the same on the outside, but with all new insides. However, there are more affordable iPhones now on the market: the old ones. Apple says it’s keeping the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 around. Not only… Read More

  • More Than 1 Billion iOS Apps Are Downloaded Each Month

    More Than 1 Billion iOS Apps Are Downloaded Each Month

    At today’s Apple iPhone 5 event, Apple announced an update on the number of iPhone and iPad applications now available. There are more than 500,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, 140,000 of which have been built specifically for the iPad. “That gives anyone who owns an iPad a better experience,” said Apple’s SVP of iOS software Scott Forstall. That makes the App Store… Read More

  • Tech Job Site Dice Reports Shortage Of .NET Developers

    Tech Job Site Dice Reports Shortage Of .NET Developers

    According to technology job board Dice’s October report, there’s one particular tech talent now in short supply across the U.S.: Microsoft’s .NET. Job postings requiring .NET are up more than 25% year-over-year, the company says – faster growth than the total job postings on all of Dice.com. Read More

  • Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    The spectacular failure of solar manufacturer Solyndra is being held up by some as a shining example of the Obama administration’s failure to properly manage government subsidies after its collapse left taxpayers with $535 million in federally guaranteed loans. But Solyndra’s failure on its own is not remarkable. There are always risks involved when you’re introducing… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Hotmail Android App Goes Live

    Microsoft’s Hotmail Android App Goes Live

    Microsoft’s newly announced Hotmail for Android application is available now in the Android Market. The app, which aims to serve the world’s largest webmail platform, offers a handful of standard features including push email, synced calendar and contacts, support for multiple accounts and more. More interesting, perhaps, is the related news that Hotmail will finally become… Read More

  • Rhapsody To Acquire Streaming Music Competitor Napster

    Rhapsody To Acquire Streaming Music Competitor Napster

    On-demand music service Rhapsody will acquire competitor Napster in an effort to expand its user base, the companies have announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will acquire all Napster subscribers and certain other assets. Meanwhile, Best Buy, Napster’s current owner, will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. Read More

  • Fuse Corps Will Pair Entrepreneurs With Government, Hopes To Achieve Large-Scale Social Change

    Fuse Corps Will Pair Entrepreneurs With Government, Hopes To Achieve Large-Scale Social Change

    New social venture Fuse Corps is launching a platform to connect entrepreneurial professionals with governors, mayors and community leaders across the U.S. in an effort drive meaningful social change. The group will identify projects in various communities that address a national issue like education, health care or economic development, then recruit and pair a selected entrepreneur with… Read More