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.

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  • Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Getting featured in the Android Market is starting to have a meaningful impact for mobile app developers. According to the recent news from fitness app maker RunKeeper, the company saw a 637% increase in downloads since November after just a few days of being a featured app in the Android Market “Health & Fitness” section. But is RunKeeper seeing the boost because of the… Read More

  • MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    Today, MetroPCS has announced a partnership with the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) on a new service that will bring live digital television to the carrier’s customers. The service, called Dyle Mobile TV, will be available on phones that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application, starting first with unnamed, Android-based Samsung devices. Read More

  • Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Chicago-based Eved, an online marketplace for the meeting and events industry, has raised $9.5 million in a Series B round by New World Ventures and MK Capital. The funding will be used to scale and expand the company’s proprietary platform which provides those in the event industry supply chain with a sourcing, marketing and e-commerce solution. Read More

  • Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise cloud file sharing company Accellion has raised $12 million in a new Series 3 round from private equity firm Riverwood Capital. The company will use the additional funding to accelerate growth, invest in enterprise mobile file sharing products, pursue partnerships and international expansion. Read More

  • Parse.ly Will Launch Its Pageview-Generating Machine Called “Dash” This Month

    Parse.ly Will Launch Its Pageview-Generating Machine Called “Dash” This Month

    Parse.ly, the stealthy data-driven predictive content optimization platform for publishers, is preparing to launch its first product called Dash at the end of the month, we’ve learned. The startup first emerged from DreamIt Ventures in 2009, with $20K of seed funding in tow. It raised an A round from ff Venture Capital and Blumberg Capital in December 2010 totaling $1.8 million. Dash… Read More

  • Developer Sells iPhone App On eBay, Starting Price: $1

    Developer Sells iPhone App On eBay, Starting Price: $1

    Mobile app developer Neal Schmidt, maker of the scavenger hunt game Buckshot, is selling his iPhone app on eBay where it had a starting price of just $1.00. The app was posted to eBay on December 29th, and, according to the listing is for “complete ownership” of the game, including both the free and paid versions. As of today, the app has received 17 bids and is currently up… Read More

  • Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

    Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

    Netflix is launching a new original series next month called Lilyhammer, which will kick off the company’s foray into original programming for 2012. The series will star The Sopranos actor and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in a “fish out of water” story that takes place in Norway. The story follows New York mobster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano as he… Read More

  • Murdoch’s Wife’s Twitter Account, @Wendi_Deng, Was Fake

    Murdoch’s Wife’s Twitter Account, @Wendi_Deng, Was Fake

    Following media mogul Rupert Murdoch‘s arrival on Twitter this week, wife Wendi Deng (@wendi_deng) showed up shortly afterwards, tweeting alongside her husband, flirting with comedian Ricky Gervais, politely declining to engage with the man who attacked Mr. Murdoch with a pie, pushing @rupertmurdoch to take down a questionable tweet (which he did), and generally being a spicy… Read More

  • iOS Closes Out The Year With 52% Mobile Web Market Share

    iOS Closes Out The Year With 52% Mobile Web Market Share

    Who’s browsing the mobile web the most? Apparently, iPhone and iPad owners are. According to end-of-the-month data from statistics provider NetMarketShare, iOS users ended up with a 52% market share of mobile web browsing in December 2011. More simply put, that means that over half of the mobile web browsing last month took place on an iOS device. Android, meanwhile, had a 16.2%… Read More

  • On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    Social media analytics firm Socialbakers has tracked more than 10 million Facebook Pages and Places plus billions of individual user interactions in order to determine who the most popular, engaging and influential presidential candidates are on Facebook. Not surprisingly, incumbent Obama has the most Facebook fans, which is one way to measure “popularity.” That’s not… Read More

  • WhatsOutt Gives You The ETA On Everything

    WhatsOutt Gives You The ETA On Everything

    If you’re familiar with a site called VideoETA, which tells you when a movie will arrive on DVD, then you’ll get the concept behind the new website called WhatsOutt.com. It’s basically VideoETA for everything. The site keeps track of new and upcoming releases for movies coming to theaters, DVDs, books, music, and games. Read More

  • Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is shutting down due to theft incidents involving its members’ cars. According to CEO Ali Moiz, the company will send out an email tomorrow to its members with a full explanation. The news may come as a shock to some, given that HiGear was seemingly doing so well in recent months. The company… Read More

  • A Web Of Apps

    A Web Of Apps

    It is remarkable to think that we’re in the early days of the app era, when there are already close to 600,000 iOS applications and nearly 400,000 on Android. The growth of these app ecosystems has been rapid, exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As well it shouldn’t: the untapped, addressable market for mobile apps involves hundreds of millions of users. And yet… Read More

  • AngelPad Looks Back: 37 Companies, 31 Funded, $25 Million Raised

    AngelPad Looks Back: 37 Companies, 31 Funded, $25 Million Raised

    AngelPad, the startup incubator launched by seven ex-Googlers in August 2010, is taking a look back at how far it’s come in the months since and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. So far, AngelPad has helped 37 companies get off the ground, but it wasn’t until this year that things really got going: 29 of those 37 startups emerged from AngelPad’s incubator in… Read More

  • Dropbox Automator Is Like IFTTT For Dropbox

    Dropbox Automator Is Like IFTTT For Dropbox

    Thirty-six hours ago, the recently founded software development firm Wappwolf launched Dropbox Automator, which is sort of like an IFTTT for Dropbox. IFTTT, for those of you not up to speed on the latest Internet trends (where have you been?!), is a pretty amazing online tool that automates tasks to trigger when a particular action has occurred. For example: when my Facebook profile… Read More

  • Photo Organization Service Everpix Launches Public Beta

    Photo Organization Service Everpix Launches Public Beta

    Photo organization service (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Everpix has just launched into public beta, bringing with it a number of changes to its backend infrastructure, web interface and its desktop software. The service, for those unaware, automatically organizes and combines all your photos, whether they’re stored on your computer or in the cloud. It then combines them into… Read More

  • Tampa’s TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Opens 2nd Location In Orlando

    Tampa’s TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Opens 2nd Location In Orlando

    Gazelle Lab, the brand-new Tampa Bay-based TechStars Network member which just held its first Demo Day in November, is expanding its operations. The accelerator has just announced the opening of second location in Orlando, Florida, where it will be working with local academic institution Rollins College. The Orlando team will be led by founder Richard Licursi, CEO of… Read More

  • Holiday Shopping Wrap-Up: Apple Makes Top Performing E-Commerce Site List, Amazon Excels On Mobile

    Holiday Shopping Wrap-Up: Apple Makes Top Performing E-Commerce Site List, Amazon Excels On Mobile

    According to the end-of-season benchmarks from Compuware’s web performance division, Apple.com was among the top three best-performing retail websites during the 2011 holiday season. Meanwhile, Amazon made the list for the top m-commerce sites. The sites were ranked from November 21st through Christmas Day using Compuware’s Gomez Performance Index which compares how U.S. Read More

  • Nearly 40% Of Facebook Users Are Mobile App Users

    Nearly 40% Of Facebook Users Are Mobile App Users

    According to new data from Benedict Evans for Enders Analysis, the number of monthly active users of Facebook’s mobile apps recently passed the 300 million mark. This is primarily due to heavy use of the iOS and Android apps, but it also takes into account apps that run on BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Phone, iPad and feature phones. That number equates to roughly 40% of… Read More

  • BP, Shea Ventures, Google Ventures And Others Invest in Cool Planet’s C Round

    BP, Shea Ventures, Google Ventures And Others Invest in Cool Planet’s C Round

    Today, Cool Planet BioFuels, Inc. announced that BP Technology Ventures has made an investment in the company’s C round led by Shea Ventures. Current Cool Planet investors,  General Electric, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, NRG and North Bridge Venture Partners also participated. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Read More