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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  • App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    Mobile advertising startup AppRedeem has just launched App Trailers, a new product that rewards you for viewing videos about mobile apps. The service, available here from the iTunes App Store, doesn’t use the same model as typical incentivized install programs do today. Instead, users are given points for watching a trailer, then are provided with the option to download the app at the end… Read More

  • ChatON, Samsung’s Version Of iMessage, Arrives In Android Market

    ChatON, Samsung’s Version Of iMessage, Arrives In Android Market

    Samsung’s cross-platform messaging application called ChatON has arrived in the Google Android Market this morning. The service, announced in August, is similar to RIM’s BlackBerry BBM or Apple’s iMessage in that it allows for an alternative to SMS or MMS messaging. At present, ChatON supports Android, bada and Samsung feature phones, but the company promises support for iOS… Read More

  • Wave Accounting Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Wave Accounting Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Wave Accounting Inc. has just closed $5 million in financing, in a Series A round led by Charles River Ventures, with the participation of OMERS Ventures. The financing will be used by the company to continue the development of its free online accounting software for small businesses and market it internationally. Wave is a completely free (not freemium, but free) accounting package that… Read More

  • Yahoo Wants Us To Blog About Yahoo News, Promises SEO Boost In Return

    Yahoo Wants Us To Blog About Yahoo News, Promises SEO Boost In Return

    Oh Yahoo!, you silly ol’ thing! According to an email that just came in from Yahoo’s digital marketing agency Something Massive, the struggling content company (platform company? advertising company?) wants us to talk about, tweet about and Facebook about their Yahoo! News Activity feature, and in return it’s promising lots of links and SEO juice. In case we forgot what Yahoo! Read More

  • AisleFinder Launches Supermarket API, An Open Source API For Groceries

    AisleFinder Launches Supermarket API, An Open Source API For Groceries

    Ask any developer working in this space, and they’ll tell you that accurate grocery product information is hard to find via an API. To help solve this problem, the team from shopping list creator AisleFinder have launched Supermarket API, an open source API for the grocery industry. The new API contains product details on over 150,000 grocery items as well as aisle info for over… Read More

  • ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink, a startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images, is today announcing the launch of an internal incubator called ThingLink Labs which will be a dedicated environment to create and productize innovations in the field of image interaction. The Labs’ first project is Rich Media Notes, a printed version of ThingLink images, which will also include NFC tags. Read More

  • New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    Eye-C is a new mobile application for iPhone and Android that lets you “play” Twitter hashtags on your phone, TV, PC or set-top box. The service looks for any media associated with a particular hashtag, then creates a playlist of sorts (a “taglist”) which allows you to watch the videos, listen to the music or view the photos associated with a particular hashtag. For… Read More

  • Crashlytics, A Crash-Reporting Solution For Mobile Developers, Raises $1 Million

    Crashlytics, A Crash-Reporting Solution For Mobile Developers, Raises $1 Million

    Crashlytics, a crash reporting solution for mobile developers, today announced it has closed $1 million in seed funding in a round led by investment firms Flybridge Capital Partners and Baseline Ventures. The new service, available as an SDK for iOS developers (Android soon), is currently in private beta testing. Read More

  • New Mobile App Zoomingo Helps You Find Nearby Sales

    New Mobile App Zoomingo Helps You Find Nearby Sales

    Newly launched Zoomingo is a shopping discovery app that aims to help you find nearby sales using either your Android or iPhone. With a focus on clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, beauty and home products, the app appeals to the everyday bargain shopper, not the daily deal seeker or the gadget guru looking to compare prices on HDTVs, for example. Sales data for major retailers is available… Read More

  • AwayFind Raises $800,000 In Seed Funding, Now Available For Google Apps

    AwayFind Raises $800,000 In Seed Funding, Now Available For Google Apps

    Email productivity tool AwayFind announced today that it has closed its seed round of $800,000, led by 500 Startups and CAP Ventures, with participation from several angels, including Ben Lilienthal, Anton Sutton and Amir Banifatemi. The company is also launching its new product for business, available now in the Google Apps Marketplace. This new service includes an integrated Gmail gadget… Read More

  • DudaMobile Converts Websites To Mobile Sites, Now Right On Your Mobile Phone

    DudaMobile Converts Websites To Mobile Sites, Now Right On Your Mobile Phone

    Mobile website builder DudaMobile is really eating its own dog food with the launch of its mobile site for its mobile website builder at m.dudamobile.com. Got that? You can now convert your existing websites into mobile websites right from your mobile device. Farewell, desktop-based Web! Read More

  • Mobile Ad Network Greystripe Makes Ads More Social & Interactive With New Ad Boosters

    Mobile Ad Network Greystripe Makes Ads More Social & Interactive With New Ad Boosters

    Mobile ad network Greystripe is making ads more social and more interactive with today’s launch of new ad units called “Ad Boosters.” There are two types of Ad Boosters available. The first is an industry-focused ad unit with features specific to vertical markets like retail, package goods, automotive, travel, tech, health or restaurants. These units are customizable… Read More

  • Tagattitude Launches “NFC2.0″ Technology (And No, It’s Not Actually NFC)

    Tagattitude Launches “NFC2.0″ Technology (And No, It’s Not Actually NFC)

    Paris-based Tagattitude, an electronic transactions company, is today announcing the availability of something it calls “NFC2.0,” which is a software-based NFC-like service. Similar to the technology known as NFC, or near field communication, Tagattitude’s solution also lets you make contactless transactions over short distances. But with NFC2.0, no special hardware is… Read More

  • CEOs From Evernote, Adly, CloudFlare, Graphic.ly & More Join Advise.me Team

    CEOs From Evernote, Adly, CloudFlare, Graphic.ly & More Join Advise.me Team

    Startup accelerator Advise.me is on a roll, having already increased its seed funding size and its advising team only a week after launch. Today, it’s adding six more high-profile executives to the team, including CEOs from notable startups like Evernote, Adly, CloudFlare, Graphic.ly and more. Read More

  • IBM Announces New SmartCloud Services, Partnership With Nirvanix

    IBM Announces New SmartCloud Services, Partnership With Nirvanix

    IBM has today expanded its cloud computing services for enterprise with the launch of new IBM SmartCloud services. These new offerings include SmartCloud Application Services, IBM’s new PaaS for enterprise, a portfolio of hardware and software called SmartCloud Foundation, and SmartCloud Ecosystem, which includes new services for IBM partners and ISVs. The company plans to support around… Read More

  • Backend Service Provider StackMob Comes To Android

    Backend Service Provider StackMob Comes To Android

    StackMob, the backend service provider for mobile developers, has big news today: it’s now available on Android. With today’s launch (still in private beta – see below for invites), StackMob will extend full access to its services to Android developers, including an open-sourced Android SDK and support for Android Push Notifications. Read More

  • #OccupyWallSt Twitter Analysis Shows Tweets Peaking On Weekends

    #OccupyWallSt Twitter Analysis Shows Tweets Peaking On Weekends

    Social media marketing agency Attention has turned its attention (groan) to the U.S. protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, aka #OccupyWallSt on Twitter. According to data revealed today, Twitter is the network of choice for sharing information related to the protests, with 82.5% of the mentions, compared with just 2.8% on Facebook, 0.5% on YouTube and 12.5% on personal blogs. The… Read More

  • Grooveshark Signs Deals With DashGo & NuGroove Records

    Grooveshark Signs Deals With DashGo & NuGroove Records

    Streaming music service Grooveshark is today announcing it has signed new licensing deals with worldwide distribution network DashGo and indie label NuGroove Records. DashGo is the larger deal, representing 115 labels, more than 4,5000 banks and over 50,000 tracks. NuGroove, meanwhile, is a small label with just over two dozen signed artists. Read More

  • Zenprise Raises $30 Million In New Funding

    Zenprise Raises $30 Million In New Funding

    Mobile device management company Zenprise, Inc. today announced it has raised $30 million in new financing. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based Greylock Partners, with participation from all of Zenprise’s existing investors. The investment will be used to support the company’s growth and accelerate product development, sales and marketing efforts. Read More

  • First Look At ImageSocial, The Photo-Sharing Network That Just Scored $15 Million In Funding

    First Look At ImageSocial, The Photo-Sharing Network That Just Scored $15 Million In Funding

    Earlier this month, Australian-based Mooter Media took in $15 million from San Francisco investment firm La Jolla Cove Investors, Inc. in order to launch a new social photography platform. The platform, called ImageSocial, will be built with technical development partner Hot Shot Media and, unlike traditional photo-sharing networks, will also include a gaming element. Instead of just… Read More