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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  • Spool Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids

    Spool is a new service aimed at addressing the problem created by the multi-device, multi-screen environment we now live in, where the content consumption experience can vary widely from platform to platform. On iOS devices, for example, you can’t watch Flash videos without serious workarounds. On an iPod Touch or other standalone media player, you need a Wi-Fi signal in order to browse… Read More

  • Dustin Moskovitz at Disrupt SF 2011

    Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Talks About Facebook’s Early Days, And What’s Wrong With Google+

    Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and, more recently, of enterprise collaboration software company Asana, spoke to TechCrunch Editor in Chief Erick Schonfeld at Disrupt this afternoon in a brief interview. The subject of their chat, for the most part, was the early days of Facebook and the changes the Valley has seen in the years since the company’s launch. Erick also asked… Read More

  • On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    On Its One-Year Anniversary, Badgeville Launches A New Product Called Social Fabric

    It’s been a year since social rewards and analytics company, Badgeville took home the prize for Audience Choice Winner at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010. Today, Founder and CEO Kris Duggan spoke at this year’s Disrupt to talk about how far the company has come over the past 12 months. When Badgeville started, he says, it had 4 people, $300,000 in seed funding and 10 beta customers. Read More

  • Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Explains Its Google Docs Outage

    Google Docs suffered an extended outage this week, which raised concerns, yet again, about the reliability involved with storing mission-critical documents in the cloud. Personally, I’d rather trust Google’s redundant server infrastructure than my own hard drive. However, for enterprise users, the problem with cloud outages is that local I.T. staff can’t do anything about… Read More

  • Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google is advising users in Iran to take specific steps in order to re-secure their Gmail accounts after last week’s reveal of the man-in-the-middle attacks that targeted Iranian users. The attackers used fraudulent SSL certificates issued by a compromised root certificate authority in the Netherlands, DigiNotar. These fake certificates allowed hackers to impersonate Google.com and others. Read More

  • Node.js Knockout 2011 Winners Revealed

    Node.js Knockout 2011 Winners Revealed

    Joyent has revealed the winners of Node Knockout, the annual Node.js hacking competition it sponsors. This year’s hackathon, which encourages developers to build apps using the increasingly popular server-side JavaScript environment Node.js, included over 320 teams with more than 700 people competing. That’s a big jump from the 100 teams and 250 participants seen in 2010. The… Read More

  • New Android App Smozzy Lets You Surf The Web Without A Data Plan

    New Android App Smozzy Lets You Surf The Web Without A Data Plan

    Smozzy is a new Android application that lets you search the Web on your mobile phone without a data plan. The app works only in the U.S., only on T-Mobile phones and requires that you have a messaging plan (unless you want to be charged). Despite these restrictions, the app itself is pure genius – it cleverly uses SMS and MMS to send requests and receive the content. And to the end… Read More

  • Who Needs An API? Powerinbox Adds Google+ Client To Its Email Platform

    Who Needs An API? Powerinbox Adds Google+ Client To Its Email Platform

    Powerinbox, the new email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon inside your inbox has today added support for Google+. Despite not having access to an official Google+ API (application programming interface), the company was able to analyze the Google+ protocol by tracking the requests between the official Google+ client and server. Powerinbox then created its… Read More

  • GE And Others Invest $22 Million In Green Builder Project Frog

    GE And Others Invest $22 Million In Green Builder Project Frog

    GE is leading a $22 million investment in San Francisco-based green builder Project Frog, which helps speed up and reduce the cost of traditional construction by using a combination of new technologies. The company improves on current methods by combining semi-custom designs with a pre-engineered kit of energy-efficient building materials. The end result are building that use at least 25%… Read More

  • DreamIt Ventures Launches Its Fall 2011 Philadelphia Class

    DreamIt Ventures Launches Its Fall 2011 Philadelphia Class

    Startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures is introducing its Fall 2011 Philadelphia class today, which includes five minority-owned companies selected in collaboration with Comcast Ventures. In May, DreamIt and Comcast teamed up to provided seed funding, training and mentoring to minority-led startups, starting with DreamIt’s fall program. Read More

  • Taptu Receives $3.5 Million in Series B, Will Launch White Label Social News Aggregator Tapform

    Taptu Receives $3.5 Million in Series B, Will Launch White Label Social News Aggregator Tapform

    Taptu, a social media and social search company, announced today its plans to expand beyond its current lineup of mobile apps in order to include a new, white label offering called Tapform. As the name implies, Tapform is a platform for publishers, developers and hardware manufacturers interested in building their own social news aggregator. The launch will be made possible by way of… Read More

  • Watch Out Amazon: GetJar Launches A Full Catalog Of Premium Android Apps For Free

    Watch Out Amazon: GetJar Launches A Full Catalog Of Premium Android Apps For Free

    Today, third-party mobile application store GetJar is publicly launching its GetJar Gold service, which has been in beta testing for the past month. The new service presents a viable challenge to Amazon’s Appstore and its time-limited “free app of the day” by offering an entire catalog of premium Android applications for free. The apps are high quality, ad-free and are… Read More

  • Three Leading NFC Mobile Marketing Firms Form Global Alliance

    Three Leading NFC Mobile Marketing Firms Form Global Alliance

    Today, three NFC (near field communication) specialists are announcing a global alliance to help promote the use of the technology as a viable mobile marketing tool. The firms involved in the NFC World Alliance each represent a different geographic region, and include Blue Bite (America’s region), Proxama (EMEA) and Tapit (Asia-Pacific). All three already have experience in running… Read More

  • Facebook Adds Microformats To “Download Your Info” Feature

    Facebook Adds Microformats To “Download Your Info” Feature

    Facebook has quietly added support for Microformats to its “Download Your Information” feature, it appears. The addition provides developers with a way to parse the profile information, posts, photos and videos contained in a Facebook user’s account. Although the change doesn’t have a direct impact on what a mainstream user can do with their Facebook data – you… Read More

  • Local Business Data Provider Locu Raises Seed Round

    Local Business Data Provider Locu Raises Seed Round

    Locu, a data-focused startup founded by MIT graduates and computer science researchers, is closing a seed round of over $600,000 from East and West coast investors, including Factual founder Gil Elbaz, Google’s Bruno Bowden, Cloudera founder Jeff Hammerbacher, Hubspot’s Dharmesh Shah, Twitter VP of Engineering Michael Abbott, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, MIT’s… Read More

  • Incentivized Installs Not All Bad, Says New Study…But Consider The Source

    Incentivized Installs Not All Bad, Says New Study…But Consider The Source

    Mobile users acquired through “incentivized” installs can be valuable, according to a new study, if managed properly. The term refers to users who download a mobile application in exchange for something else – usually in-game virtual currency or goods. Traditionally, these sorts of users are thought of as somewhat disposable, simply serving as a way to boost an… Read More

  • Google Offers Expands to Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver And Seattle

    Google Offers Expands to Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver And Seattle

    After its debut in June of this year, Google’s deals service Google Offers is now expanding to five more cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle. It’s already up-and-running in the original test market of Portland, plus the Bay Area and New York City. As of today, each of the new cities has at least one offer available, including those for local restaurants, retail… Read More

  • Google Now Lets You Export Google Voice Data

    Google Now Lets You Export Google Voice Data

    Google Takeout, the recently launched “data liberation” service that lets you export files, photos and data from Google services like Picasa and Buzz, now includes support for Google Voice. With the update, users of Google’s Internet-telephony service Google Voice are able to export call history, voicemail messages, greetings, call recordings, phone numbers and text messages. Read More

  • Spanning Adds Gmail Backup To Its Google Apps Backup Service

    Spanning Adds Gmail Backup To Its Google Apps Backup Service

    Austin, Texas-based startup Spanning launched a new version of its Google Apps backup service today, which now includes business-grade backup for Gmail. Previously, the company provided backup for other Google Apps products, including Google Calendar, Docs, and Contacts, but, says, Spanning Cloud Apps founder and CEO Charlie Wood, “Gmail backup has been, by far, the most requested… Read More

  • Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz, a new service that functions as sort of a “play button” for the Web, has just raised a seed round of approximately half a million. The service is similar to former TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki, in that it, too, automatically generates videos on the fly using the content found on a given website. But unlike Qwiki, Wibbitz is positioned as a tool designed specifically… Read More