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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  • 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

  • You Can Now “Check In” To Video Games With Playd

    You Can Now “Check In” To Video Games With Playd

    Playd is a new mobile application that lets you check in to games the way Foursquare users check in to venues. Actually, the app is more akin to something like Miso, GetGlue or IntoNow – apps which extend the check-in metaphor to other activities, like watching TV or seeing a movie. The company is one of the first to launch from the NewMe Accelerator, the startup accelerator whose… Read More

  • Logostream Groups Apps By Brands For Easier Discovery

    Logostream Groups Apps By Brands For Easier Discovery

    App discovery company AppsFire is debuting a new iOS application today called Logostream, which offers a curated view of the iTunes application store. The app provides users with an easy way to find new apps to try, through the use of high-level categories and app icons you can flip through with your finger as they stream by. It’s a simplified alternative to what can sometimes be the… Read More

  • Local Recommendations App Alfred Gets A Whole New Look For Its Android Debut

    Local Recommendations App Alfred Gets A Whole New Look For Its Android Debut

    Amid talks of a Groupon acquisition, the smart local recommendations app Alfred has arrived on Android. Alfred serves up personalized suggestions for nearby restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms to develop personal “taste graphs” for its users. Previously an iOS-only app, the big news for… Read More

  • Google+ Is Coming To Gmail & Contacts, Including An Automatically Updated Address Book

    Google+ Is Coming To Gmail & Contacts, Including An Automatically Updated Address Book

    Been avoiding Google+? Too bad! Google announced today that Google+ is being deeply integrated into both Gmail and Google Contacts. Through a widget on the side of your Gmail screen, you’ll be able to see the most recent Google+ post from the person whose email you’re viewing, and you’ll be able to add them to your Google+ Circles right there. You’ll also be able to… Read More

  • Apple Picks Instagram As The “iPhone App Of The Year”

    Apple Picks Instagram As The “iPhone App Of The Year”

    Apple released its iTunes Rewind 2011 and App Store Rewind 2011 today, the company’s annual lists detailing of the top selling apps, music, TV shows, movies and podcasts for the year. This year, the biggest winner on the apps front was Angry Birds, which ran away with the number one spot on the iPhone and iPad in all categories except top free iPhone app, which was awarded to… Read More

  • Mobile Phone Payments Company Bango Signs Deal With Amazon

    Mobile Phone Payments Company Bango Signs Deal With Amazon

    Very interesting, Bango. Sometimes the biggest deals are the ones where everyone is keeping mum. That seems to be the case with this little blip of news coming out of the mobile phone payments company Bango today. The company announced it has signed a deal with Amazon.com, Inc. to provide “services.” And yep, that’s just about all it’s saying. Read More

  • Google Image Search Adds More Tablet-Optimized Improvements

    Google Image Search Adds More Tablet-Optimized Improvements

    Google has updated its Google Image Search experience with a redesign targeted towards users of tablet devices, including the Apple iPad. Now, when you’re browsing through image results on your tablet computer (yep, Android tablets, too), you can tap an image result in the carousel view to expand the image on the screen. You can then begin swiping through the rest of the image search… Read More