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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  • Appcelerator Raises $15 Million Series C Round

    Appcelerator Raises $15 Million Series C Round

    Appcelerator, makers of the popular mobile cloud development platform Titanium, has raised $15 million in Series C funding in a round led by Mayfield Fund, Translink Capital and Red Hat. Existing investors eBay, Inc., Sierra Ventures and Storm Ventures also participated in the round. The additional funding will be used to expand Appcelerator’s Titanium product line, with an emphasis… Read More

  • And Here It Is: The New Google Reader Revealed

    And Here It Is: The New Google Reader Revealed

    Today, Google is rolling out its update to Google Reader which features the promised user interface overhaul, and, more importantly, the new Google+ integration. Now, Google Reader users can “+1″ items directly from Google Reader to share it with their friends on Google+. This feature now replaces the “Share” and “Share with Note” options previously present. Read More

  • New Mobile Ad Unit Lets Developers Promote Apps That Are “Coming Soon”

    New Mobile Ad Unit Lets Developers Promote Apps That Are “Coming Soon”

    Mobile marketing platform Appsfire is launching a new ad unit for iPhone that lets app developers promote the applications they’re about to launch. The “Coming Soon” ad doesn’t just announce the forthcoming applications, however, but can also gather early sign-ups from potential users through its “notify me” button. Read More

  • Tumblr Acknowledges Its Growing Spam Problem, Says It’s Doing Everything It Can

    Tumblr Acknowledges Its Growing Spam Problem, Says It’s Doing Everything It Can

    Is Tumblr facing a growing spam problem? For many regular users of the blogging platform, the answer is “yes.” Although Tumblr hasn’t taken to its own blog to provide a public update on its progress in fighting spam, it did recently address the concerns of a high-profile Tumblr user – the associate producer of NPR’s Fresh Air, Melody Kramer, who maintains a blog… Read More

  • LivingSocial’s North American Expansion Brings Deals To 20 New Markets

    LivingSocial’s North American Expansion Brings Deals To 20 New Markets

    Daily deal outfit LivingSocial has just announced an expansion to 20 additional markets in North America, mainly U.S. cities, plus one town in Ontario, Canada. In some cases, the new cities are getting access to LivingSocial’s core Daily Deals product, while in other cases, the addition brings the company’s family deals service, LivingSocial Families, to the area. Read More

  • Test Page For GDrive Appearing In Google Search Results

    Test Page For GDrive Appearing In Google Search Results

    In case there was still any doubt about the long-rumored “GDrive’s” existence, a page now appearing on Google’s search results offers a pretty clear indication that something is going on. On Writely.com – the online word processing service Google acquired in 2006 –  a test page is now appearing with a title that reads “test page for Platypus… Read More

  • New MobiUs Browser For iOS Makes Mobile Web Apps Act More Like Native Apps

    New MobiUs Browser For iOS Makes Mobile Web Apps Act More Like Native Apps

    Mobile development firm appMobi is launching a new HTML5-powered browser for iOS on Monday which will bring additional capabilities typically found only in native apps to the mobile Web. The MobiUs Web App Browser, as it’s being called, works both as a standalone browser alternative or in conjunction with Apple’s mobile Safari, similar to the way browser extensions work on the… Read More

  • W3i Suggests iOS Developers Use MAC Address As UDID Replacement

    W3i Suggests iOS Developers Use MAC Address As UDID Replacement

    Mobile app monetization and distribution network W3i is announcing the results of its tests to determine whether or not an iPhone’s MAC address can serve as a replacement to the UDID (the unique device identifier), which Apple is phasing out as a way for developers to track an app’s users. According to W3i, developers can and should begin tracking the iPhone’s MAC address as… Read More

  • Gilt Groupe Reportedly Acquiring BuyWithMe

    Gilt Groupe Reportedly Acquiring BuyWithMe

    Flash sales giant Gilt Groupe is acquiring the troubled daily deals startup BuyWithMe, which recently saw over half its staff laid off after the company failed to raise the funding it needed to survive. Beginning November 1st, BuyWithMe will officially become a part of Gilt, according to a report from BetaBeat, which has been covering the BuyWithMe saga for the past couple of weeks. Read More

  • New Startup Accelerator Gen Y Capital Partners Will Fund Young Entrepreneurs, Pay Off Student Loans

    New Startup Accelerator Gen Y Capital Partners Will Fund Young Entrepreneurs, Pay Off Student Loans

    This week, with support from the White House and the Obama administration, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) announced the launch of a new startup accelerator and investment company, Gen Y Capital Partners. The new program will provide seed capital for tech-enabled startups created by Gen Y’ers (those under the age of 35). Like many accelerators, Gen Y Capital Partners (GYC) will… Read More

  • Facebook Sees 600,000 Compromised Logins Per Day

    Facebook Sees 600,000 Compromised Logins Per Day

    New figures from Facebook reveal how often the social networking site’s users are hacked. In the blog post announcing the forthcoming “Trusted Friends” feature, Facebook also an included infographic detailing Facebook’s security measures. One figure in particular jumped out at security researchers: every day, “only .06%” of Facebook’s 1 billion logins… Read More

  • Locked Out Of Facebook? Your Friends Will Soon Be Able To Help You Get Back In

    Locked Out Of Facebook? Your Friends Will Soon Be Able To Help You Get Back In

    Facebook says it will soon allow you to get help from your friends when you get locked out of your Facebook account. According to a post on Facebook’s official Security page, you’ll be able to designate three to five friends as “Trusted Friends” who will be sent special codes in the event that you’re locked out of your Facebook account and unable to access… Read More

  • 1000Memories Is About To Fill Facebook With Gen X’s Embarrassing Photos

    1000Memories Is About To Fill Facebook With Gen X’s Embarrassing Photos

    I’m drinking a lot of coffee today because I was up well past my bedtime last night playing around with the test build of the newly launched ShoeBox iPhone application from 1000memories, now live in iTunes. This simple app provides a much-needed function: a way to scan old photographs using your smartphone and post them online. Oh, sure. I know you don’t necessarily need an app to… Read More

  • Social Loyalty Startup Topguest Launching White Label Service With Facebook Integration

    Social Loyalty Startup Topguest Launching White Label Service With Facebook Integration

    Topguest, the hot loyalty program which rewards users for engaging with brands on social networks, now has 5 million Facebook users in its database, the company has just revealed. These customers are collecting airline, hotel and other travel rewards points for their social networking activity, like Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, for example. Today, the company is announcing a new product… Read More

  • Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google has just announced a set of new partnerships with over a dozen niche daily deal providers, which will now be integrated into the Google Offers service, both on the Web and in the Google Shopper mobile applications for iOS and Android. The new Google Offers partners include Dealfind, DoodleDeals, Gilt City, GolfNow, HomeRun, JuiceInTheCity, kgbdeals, Mamapedia, PlumDistrict, PopSugar… Read More

  • MoPub Launches New Marketplace For Real-Time Mobile Ad Bidding

    MoPub Launches New Marketplace For Real-Time Mobile Ad Bidding

    MoPub, the mobile advertising startup founded by former AdMob and Google employees, has been known as kind of a “Doubleclick for mobile” until now. Today, the company is expanding its offerings with the launch of the MoPub Marketplace, which will serve as a virtual trading floor for mobile ads, allowing app publishers to connect with ad buyers in real-time. Read More

  • Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Social discovery service Banjo, which launched its cross-platform mobile application for iPhone and Android earlier this summer, has just introduced a new way to keep track of where your friends are and what they’re doing: automatic friend alerts. Unlike the alerts you see on Foursquare, which ping you every time a friend checks in somewhere, this friend alerting feature works across… Read More

  • Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    A report being released today from mobile analytics firm Distimo finds that the majority of the top 100 brands (91%) now have a presence in at least one of the major mobile application stores, usually Apple’s iTunes. This finding is notable because just 18 months ago, only half (51%) of the top brands even had any mobile applications published. Read More

  • 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