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 Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google announced today that its business and educational customers now have a second option for purchasing its new Chrome OS-powered laptops: upfront pricing, sans subscription. Previously, Chromebooks were only available to these institutions by way of a 3-year commitment. That plan didn’t fit in well with some organization’s yearly budget cycle, says Google. Now, those customers… Read More

  • Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa is a newly launched mobile app component marketplace that joins the ranks of sites like TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Verious and Appcelerator’s Open Mobile Marketplace. However, there is one key difference between competitors’ sites and Chupa: in addition to native applications (iOS and Android), it also supports a variety of frameworks, including Appcelerator’s… Read More

  • BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    Australian design firm S-Digital has created an interesting concept application for the use of NFC (near field communication) in food courts. Yes, food courts – like those found at your local mall. The project, dubbed “BrandTable,” involves circular stickers containing NFC tags secured to the tabletop that, when tapped with an NFC phone, launch a menu and ordering page for… Read More

  • Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla, makers of usability testing tools for websites, is today launching a new mobile tool that lets companies test how their apps or mobile websites perform on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android devices. The new tool overlays questions or notes on top of the mobile app or website’s user interface, like “where would you click to filter the search results?,” for example. Read More

  • Google Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends

    Google Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends

    Today Google announced its long-ignored RSS app Google Reader is getting an update. Most notably, it’s getting a fresh new design along the same lines as Google’s other products, like Docs, Maps, Search and Gmail. While I’m not entirely thrilled about this change (I prefer the utilitarian look for the service), I understand Google’s need to maintain user… Read More

  • Changers Launches Mobile, Social Solar Charging System For $149

    Changers Launches Mobile, Social Solar Charging System For $149

    Changers is today launching its new solar powered gadget-charging system designed to power up your USB devices, including iPhones, iPods, Android phones and Kindles, using a simple, one-button device. The Changers Starter Kit, which includes the company’s “Kalhuohfummi” (TM) solar battery and Changers “Maroshi” (TM) solar module, can generate up to four Watts… Read More

  • Vanity Phone Number Provider Zoove Raises Additional $5 Million

    Vanity Phone Number Provider Zoove Raises Additional $5 Million

    Vanity phone number provider Zoove is today announcing it has raised an additional investment of $5 million from Rogers Ventures to help it further accelerate its U.S. operations. The startup is the exclusive provider of “StarStar numbers” (e.g. **FLOWERS) for the four largest mobile operators in the United States, reaching over 250 million consumers. Mike Lee, VP of Roger… Read More

  • New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    MuckerLab, a new startup accelerator and member of the TechStars Network, is launching today in L.A. The three-month program will provide its selected startups with $21,000 in seed funding, plus the typical incubator benefits like shared office space, legal assistance, infrastructure and hosting, and, of course, mentorship from a network of advisors. Read More

  • Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    BuyWithMe, a daily deals startup that had been acquiring companies right and left this year, appears to be going under. The startup has failed to find funding and is now laying off half its workforce. CEO Jim Crowley announced yesterday that at least 100 people will be let go today unless the company finds a last minute buyer. Read More

  • Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    San Francisco-based Liftopia, an online retailer of lift tickets and mountain resort activities, is today announcing it has raised $1.3 million in a round led by First Round Capital. New investors in today’s round also include Dave Morin and Chris Sacca, who participated with existing investors Erik Blachford and Sam Shank. Today’s investment brings Liftopia’s total raise… Read More

  • YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration

    YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration

    WeVideo, a newly launched cloud-based collaborative video editing platform, is today announcing integration with YouTube. Starting this afternoon, YouTube users will be able to access a basic version of WeVideo’s online service in order to edit their video clips by adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more. The editing tool will be provided directly on YouTube itself… Read More

  • Backupify Snapshot Exits Beta, Adds More Features For Exporting Google Apps Accounts

    Backupify Snapshot Exits Beta, Adds More Features For Exporting Google Apps Accounts

    Backupify, the startup that provides online data backup, archiving and export, is today releasing a new version of its Backupify Snapshot tool with additional features for Google Apps admins. The tool, for those unfamiliar, allows Google Apps administrators to extract and download the complete Google Apps account for a departing company employ and save the data locally. Previously, Snapshot was… Read More

  • The Facebook Hack That Wasn’t? Facebook Says The 10,000 Hacked Accounts Aren’t Ours

    The Facebook Hack That Wasn’t? Facebook Says The 10,000 Hacked Accounts Aren’t Ours

    A hacking group calling themselves “Team Swastika” posted what they claimed was over 10,000 comprised Facebook accounts to Pastebin, a service that serves as an online clipboard. However, according to statements from Facebook PR, these email and password combinations don’t actually represent live Facebook accounts. Instead, it appears that the hackers obtained the accounts… Read More

  • NYC Startup Accelerator Blueprint Health Now Accepting Applications

    NYC Startup Accelerator Blueprint Health Now Accepting Applications

    NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, has just opened applications for its inaugural program starting on January 9th, 2012. This accelerator program is the only TechStars member to exclusively concentrate on healthcare. The program plans to offer access to a large network of healthcare entrepreneurs, VCs and innovators. Its current mentors include… Read More

  • Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Forget about rating restaurants and bars – now you can rate everything! According to this website, Jotly is a new startup that lets you rate everything in your life and share it with everyone. The service is mobile, local and social, and even includes points and contests. Oh, and one more thing: it’s totally fake. That’s right, despite sounding suspiciously like a lot of… Read More

  • Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solar manufacturer Solaria and solar performance monitoring software and hardware provider meteocontrol have today announced a partnership that will see meteocontrol’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM) monitoring system added to Solaria’s projects. The system aims to help Solaria’s customers increase their solar yields through remote management. Read More

  • More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    Today, after the market closes, Apple will release its fourth quarter earnings – the first time the company will do so since the loss of Co-Founder and visionary leader Steve Jobs. It’s expected that the newly launched iPhone 4S will one day soon help to usher in another record-breaking quarter for Apple, given that the company already announced that the iPhone 4S’s… Read More

  • Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me, the new and rapidly expanding startup accelerator and incubator, is working on its first startup. The company is still in stealth mode, and all we know about it is that it’s a social communication service of some sort, but definitely not another social network. It will, however, use existing social networks. And given the name and the landing page (chirping? mobile? the… Read More

  • Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Media company Clear Channel Radio and daily deals service LivingSocial are today announcing an agreement that names LivingSocial as the sole daily deal provider for over 500 Clear Channel-owned radio stations across 90 cities in the U.S. The agreement marks LivingSocial’s expansion from an online and mobile platform to one that now serves listeners, specifically the 80 million listeners… Read More

  • Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0, an organization whose goal is to increase the number of female founders in technology startups, is sharing some good news today: the number of women starting companies has doubled over the past three years. The new data comes from a survey of its own community, which includes everyone from actual founders and co-founders to aspiring entrepreneurs. Back in 2008, Women 2.0 ran the… Read More