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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  • Like Mint For People In Debt: ReadyForZero Now Supports Mortgages & Loans

    Like Mint For People In Debt: ReadyForZero Now Supports Mortgages & Loans

    Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero is rolling out an upgrade to its debt management service today, with new features that will now allow its users to centralize and manage more of their debt using its online application. Previously, the company was focused only on reducing consumers’ credit card debt. Now it’s adding support for mortgages, auto loans and student loans, too. Read More

  • Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Coming To iOS

    Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Coming To iOS

    The popular social gaming network for Android, PapayaMobile, is announcing today that it’s now expanding its gaming platform to iOS. The company is making its social development toolkits available to iOS developers as a beta release, allowing them to connect users on both platforms (iOS and Android) for in-game features including challenges, game invites, leaderboards and more. Read More

  • ZipList’s Grocery List & Recipe Search App Gets Overhauled

    ZipList’s Grocery List & Recipe Search App Gets Overhauled

    Foodies rejoice! ZipList, makers of online and mobile shopping lists and a recipe search service, is out now with a completely revamped iPhone application. The updated app syncs with ZipList.com and its 40 parter sites, including MarthaStewart.com, Women’s Day, $5 Dinners and more, to keep your mobile shopping list up-to-date with your latest recipe finds from across the Web. Read More

  • Augmented Reality App Maker CrowdOptic Scores $500,000 In New Funding

    Augmented Reality App Maker CrowdOptic Scores $500,000 In New Funding

    CrowdOptic, a maker of an augmented reality app and mobile analytics solutions for the enterprise, has raised $500,000 in new funding today in a round led by Bowman Capital. According to CEO Jon Fisher, CrowdOptic will use the new capital to accelerate development of products in the area of mobile-powered technology for live events as well as expand the security features of its platform. Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads Dropped In September, iPhone 4S Anticipation Pegged As Culprit

    iPhone App Downloads Dropped In September, iPhone 4S Anticipation Pegged As Culprit

    Marketing technology company Fiksu’s data for the month of September shows the year’s biggest drop in application downloads, a trend it claims was impacted by mobile consumers holding out for the next Apple iPhone. Last month, the company speculated that a hiatus in sales of older iPhone models was impacting app downloads, and Apple’s recent admission of a drop of 3… Read More

  • Game Maker King.com Now Seeing 1 Billion Plays Per Month, Joins Facebook Top 10

    Game Maker King.com Now Seeing 1 Billion Plays Per Month, Joins Facebook Top 10

    Casual games publisher King.com is today announcing it has passed one billion gameplays per month and is now one of the top 10 largest developers on Facebook’s social network. The company, which offers nearly 200 multi-platform games in 14 languages, is also expanding its reach in North America with the opening of new offices in San Francisco. Read More

  • Local Recommendations App Alfred Now Does Group Recommendations

    Local Recommendations App Alfred Now Does Group Recommendations

    Clever Sense’s local recommendations app Alfred was already doing a great job suggesting restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using its artificial intelligence-based system. But today, it’s going to do something even more extraordinary – it will make suggestions based on who you’re with. This new feature, rolling out today through an app update in iTunes… Read More

  • PROskore’s New Business Network Aims To Be LinkedIn + Klout + Leads Generation

    PROskore’s New Business Network Aims To Be LinkedIn + Klout + Leads Generation

    PROskore is a newly launched business network that ranks your social media activity and influence in combination with your professional experience in order to give you a score denoting your overall professional influence. At first glance, it sounds a lot like Klout, the popular service that measures online influence. But unlike Klout, PROskore takes into account your business connections… Read More

  • Iranians Upset Over Google Reader Changes

    Iranians Upset Over Google Reader Changes

    Last week, Google announced an impending update to its neglected online RSS reader, Google Reader. The service is soon getting a cosmetic overhaul and will see its current social features removed in favor of deeper integration with Google+. Although many TechCrunch commenters lamented alongside me about the forthcoming disappearance of our favorite “human curators,” when I asked… Read More

  • SoundHound Reaches 50 Million Users, 4 Million+ Searches Per Day

    SoundHound Reaches 50 Million Users, 4 Million+ Searches Per Day

    Music search and discovery startup SoundHound is today announcing its usage numbers for the first time, and it looks like they’re worth touting. SoundHound says that it now sees over 4 million music searches per day and user engagement tops 1,000 hits per second. In addition, the company now has over 50 million mobile users on iOS and Android combined. Read More

  • Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches To Public

    Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches To Public

    Scrappy outsider startup Unthink.com, which bills itself as the “anti-Facebook,” is opening up its doors today, allowing in its first round of beta testers. The Tampa-based company with $2.5 million in funding from DouglasBay Capital sees itself as a more open, more honest form of social networking – one where its users are the owners of their data, and not the product being… Read More

  • Customer Support Solution Provider UserVoice Launches New Reporting Tools

    Customer Support Solution Provider UserVoice Launches New Reporting Tools

    UserVoice, makers of tools for managing customer support and feedback, is today launching a new reporting tool for businesses using its “Instant Answers” service. The service, which is built into the UserVoice Full Service system, allows companies to automatically connect their help requests to available Knowledge Base entries in order to provide an immediate answer to… Read More

  • GroupLogic Launches MobilEcho 3.0

    GroupLogic Launches MobilEcho 3.0

    Enterprise I.T. company GroupLogic is today unveiling the latest update to its mobilEcho Mobile File Management (MFM) service with the launch of mobilEcho 3.0. Most importantly, the new version now adds support for the iPhone, in addition to the previously supported iPad. And the company says it will have support for Android by next quarter. Read More

  • 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