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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  • 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

  • Chartboost Expands Its Direct Deals Marketplace To Android

    Chartboost Expands Its Direct Deals Marketplace To Android

    Chartboost, the newly launched (already profitable) direct deals marketplace for mobile game developers is today announcing its expansion to Android. The company provides free ad-serving technology for direct deals and cross-promotions via its Chartboost SDK, allowing publishers to retain 100% of the revenue share on their direct deals. Meanwhile, the company’s opt-in ad… Read More

  • Moms Love Daily Deals: Plum District Raises $20 Million, Acquires Chatterfly & DoodleDeals

    Moms Love Daily Deals: Plum District Raises $20 Million, Acquires Chatterfly & DoodleDeals

    Plum District, a daily deals site for moms, is announcing today it has closed $20 million in Series C financing led by General Catalyst Partners, bringing its total funding amount to $30 million. The company is also announcing it has acquired two other startups: the newly launched mobile loyalty platform Chatterfly and a direct competitor, DoodleDeals, a daily deals service for parents. Read More

  • Forecast: 1 Billion HTML5 Phones By 2013

    Forecast: 1 Billion HTML5 Phones By 2013

    There will be one billion HTML5-capable phones sold in 2013, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. The number represents a (huge, huge) increase from the 336 million units sold in 2011. As expected, much of the growth will be driven by sales in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as support from vendors like Apple, Adobe, Google and Microsoft. Read More

  • Now On The iPhone: Opuss, An Instagram For Words

    Now On The iPhone: Opuss, An Instagram For Words

    Attention, hipsters: you can now take your poetry slams mobile. (Do hipsters still like poetry slams? I don’t know). Anyway, there’s a new iPhone app called Opuss, which describes itself as an “Instagram for words.” But to be clear, it doesn’t have to be just for poetry. It can also be used to save and share beloved quotes, jokes, recipes, reviews, stories or… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch A Subscribe Button For Websites

    Facebook To Launch A Subscribe Button For Websites

    Facebook subscriptions are about to blow up! At Le Web, Joanna Shields, VP and Managing Director for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), announced that the company is planning to roll out a “Subscribe” plugin for all websites. The plugin will allow a website’s visitors a one-click way to begin following all of the news from an individual reporter, public… Read More

  • Cloud Application Services Company Iron.io Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round From Baseline

    Cloud Application Services Company Iron.io Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round From Baseline

    Cloud application services provider Iron.io has just closed a $1.4 million round of seed funding, led by Baseline Ventures, the same investors who led the seed rounds for Instagram, TaskRabbit, Heroku, Weebly and many others. Additional investors participating in this round are Ignition Partners, Cloud Capital Partners, Citrix Systems, Jonathan Siegel, Matt Ocko, Jared Kopf and Lance… Read More

  • DreamIt Graduates 14 Startups in Philly, Including 5 Minority-Led Companies

    DreamIt Graduates 14 Startups in Philly, Including 5 Minority-Led Companies

    On Wednesday, startup incubator DreamIt Ventures is graduating fourteen new companies from its Philly 2011 class. It’s the fourth program from DreamIt in Philadelphia, and the fifth graduating class for the accelerator overall. (DreamIt expanded to New York this year, too). This year’s group is notable for featuring several minority-led startups thanks to a collaboration… Read More

  • Mobile Dining Apps LocalEats & BiteHunter Announce Partnership

    Mobile Dining Apps LocalEats & BiteHunter Announce Partnership

    Mobile dining apps for foodies on the go, LocalEats and BiteHunter, are today announcing a new content-sharing partnership. Starting now, LocalEats’ users looking for a dining deal will see information from BiteHunter’s deals database, while BiteHunter’s users will see a restaurant synopsis provided by LocalEats. Since both apps are operating in the same space, but are not… Read More

  • Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to “check-in” via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount. This feature is mentioned in Google Places’s help documentation, but has not yet been made available to business owners using the Google Places service. Read More

  • Need Tunes For An Indie Film? Audiosocket Launches A Fully Hosted Music Storefront

    Need Tunes For An Indie Film? Audiosocket Launches A Fully Hosted Music Storefront

    Audiosocket, the Music-as-a-Service platform provider, is today launching its own Music-as-a-Service Storefront. (Yep, in acronym lingo, that’s a “MaaS.”) The company already powers the backend of the Vimeo’s Music Store, allowing for the integration of appropriately licensed tunes into online videos. Now, with the new hosted service, Audiosocket aims to connect… Read More

  • A New Twist On Gift Cards: Dropost.it Lets You Leave Money For Friends At Any Location

    A New Twist On Gift Cards: Dropost.it Lets You Leave Money For Friends At Any Location

    Dropost.it is a clever little service that allows you to drop gifts for friends which are geo-tagged to specific locations. These gifts, which you can think of as virtual gift cards purchased via the Dropost.it service, can only be accessed when the recipient visits a specifc location. Initially, the service works over PayPal, but the company is working towards deeper integration with… Read More

  • Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident)

    Here’s a funny story: Urban Airship, a backend service provider for mobile developers, recently discovered that its push notifications offering works on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire…by accident. Although the company makes an Android push client called Helium, it had no clue that those notifications would also work on Amazon’s Kindle Fire out of the box. The company only… Read More

  • Nextpeer’s Public Launch Brings Live Multi-Player Tournaments To Any Game

    Nextpeer’s Public Launch Brings Live Multi-Player Tournaments To Any Game

    Today, the new multi-player gaming service Nextpeer is exiting its private beta period and is now available for all iOS developers to try. With the company’s software development kit (SDK), game developers can easily turn their single player games into social, real-time, multi-player tournaments where users compete against each other for top scores, achievements and virtual gold. Read More

  • New Content Sharing Network Spling Launches, Announces $400K Series A

    New Content Sharing Network Spling Launches, Announces $400K Series A

    Spling, a new graduate from this year’s DreamIt Ventures Philly program, has just closed $400,000 in Series A funding in a round led by Deep Fork Capital and several other angel investors. The startup is entering the crowded social networking and content sharing space, with a focus on sharing links with friends. Via the site, you can share links publicly, privately or externally… Read More

  • Don’t Do It! New Siri Port H1Siri Is Illegal, Breaks Your iPhone

    Don’t Do It! New Siri Port H1Siri Is Illegal, Breaks Your iPhone

    iPhone jailbreakers should probably stay away from the latest Siri port, dubbed H1Siri, which brings Apple’s digital assistant to the iPhone 4. The new hack comes from a group of Chinese hackers calling themselves the “CD-Dev Team.” According to the team’s account on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter), the hackers had originally wanted to just run… Read More

  • Retailers Aren’t Ready For iPad Shopping Trend

    Retailers Aren’t Ready For iPad Shopping Trend

    New data from Compuware finds conclusive proof of the popularity of iPads as a shopping device. The firm took a look at the website traffic for 70 U.S. retailers’ delivered to an iPhone or iPad over the start of the holiday shopping season (November 14th through Cyber Monday). On Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, specifically, there were peaks in traffic with a high of… Read More