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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  • PolitiFact Launches News Service To Bring Its Fact-Checking To Print

    PolitiFact Launches News Service To Bring Its Fact-Checking To Print

    Florida-based news outlet the St. Petersburg Times is launching the PolitiFact News Service today, a new venture that brings the Pulitzer-prize winning political database to newspaper publishers. Subscribers will have access to candidate report cards, the Truth-O-Meter, fact-checking and updates and scorecards from the Obameter and GOP Pledge-O-Meter, which track the campaign promises of… Read More

  • Chartboost Launches New Direct-Deal Marketplace For Mobile Game Publishers

    Chartboost Launches New Direct-Deal Marketplace For Mobile Game Publishers

    New direct-deal advertising marketplace Chartboost launches today, allowing mobile game developers to use cross-promotion techniques to increase the size of their game’s user base, and therefore, its revenues. The company was created by former Tapulous employees, Maria Alegre, now Chartboost CEO, and Sean Fannan, CTO. After Disney’s acquisition of Tapulous, the Chartboost… Read More

  • Google Offers Hits Miami

    Google Offers Hits Miami

    Google’s deals service Google Offers launches in Miami, Florida today, with two kickoff specials now available. Offers, Google’s take on the Groupon model, initially launched in June, and expanded last month into five additional cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle. Including its original test market of Portland, plus the Bay Area and New York City, Google Offers… Read More

  • Wildfire Launches Analytics Suite That Integrates With Facebook’s New Page Insights

    Wildfire Launches Analytics Suite That Integrates With Facebook’s New Page Insights

    Social media marketing software maker Wildfire is announcing its integration with the new Facebook Insights data, the update to Facebook’s analytics system for Pages, also announced today. Wildfire had helped advise Facebook on the development of the new Insights system, so it was prepared to provide the new data to its clients via its own suite as soon as it became available. Read More

  • Facebook Partners With Websense To Protect Users From Malicious Sites And Malware

    Facebook Partners With Websense To Protect Users From Malicious Sites And Malware

    Facebook is announcing a partnership with security firm Websense today, in order to protect its users from dangerous links that lead to malicious websites and malware sites. Going forward, when a Facebook user clicks on a link, the new system will first check the link against Websense’s system to determine whether or not it’s safe. If it’s not, a message is displayed warning… Read More

  • Wi-Fi Hotspot App Connectify Gets New Funding From IQT – The Firm That Finds New Tech For CIA

    Wi-Fi Hotspot App Connectify Gets New Funding From IQT – The Firm That Finds New Tech For CIA

    Remember Connectify? The downloadable software that turns PCs into Wi-Fi hotspots in just a few minutes? It looks like the company now has a new investor: In-Q-Tel (IQT), which just so happens to be the strategic investment firm that seeks out new technologies for the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the CIA. Read More

  • Nike VC Arm To Invest In Green Startups

    Nike VC Arm To Invest In Green Startups

    Sports brand and sneaker maker Nike is going to start investing in green startups, through its new VC arm called the Sustainable Business & Innovation Lab. This group will seek out companies focused on sustainable products, sustainable manufacturing and sustainable marketplaces. The fund is designed to support Nike’s goals involving the integration of corporate responsibility into… Read More

  • Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    In 2010, the U.S. installed 887 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV), up 104% from the 435 MW installed in 2009, according to a new recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. However, the U.S. market’s share of global installations fell to 5.1%, down from 6.0% in 2009. In the end of 2011, that’s expected to change, thanks to slowdowns… Read More

  • Video Calling Service Tango Launches On PC

    Video Calling Service Tango Launches On PC

    As promised earlier this summer, mobile video calling app Tango has finally made it to the PC. Today, a year after its launch on iOS and Android, Tango is now available for Windows desktop computers (XP, Vista and Windows 7). The company says a Mac version will be available later this year. Read More

  • Bing Launches Airport Maps For 42 US Cities

    Bing Launches Airport Maps For 42 US Cities

    Microsoft’s search service Bing is today announcing the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time. The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop (some airport maps were previously available on mobile). With this, you can see inside airports in order to locate terminals, check-in counters, restrooms… Read More

  • StoryDesk Brings Sales Catalogs To The iPad

    StoryDesk Brings Sales Catalogs To The iPad

    StoryDesk, a tablet publishing platform for enterprise, is today launching its first product called CatalogApp, an iPad application that lets businesses bring their sales catalogs to the tablet computer. The application is designed to be easy to use, even for those without technical expertise. With StoryDesk’s Web-based content management system, CatalogApp users can enter in or even… Read More

  • GetJar Gold Gives Away $1 Million In Free Apps

    GetJar Gold Gives Away $1 Million In Free Apps

    Earlier this month, third-party mobile app store GetJar announced the public launch of its GetJar Gold Program (previously in beta), a catalog of premium Android applications made available for free. Today, the company is providing an update on the catalog’s success: over $1 million in free applications have been downloaded in the three weeks post-launch, Get Jar says. It has also… Read More

  • New NFC Spec Makes It Easier To Swap Contacts, Save Data To Phones

    New NFC Spec Makes It Easier To Swap Contacts, Save Data To Phones

    Mobile users with NFC-enabled devices will no longer need a special application in order to exchange contact details or other types of data between their phones thanks to a new NFC specification which has just been released. The non-profit industry association The NFC Forum has published its 16th specification today, this latest being a standardization of the Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol… Read More

  • Priceline Jumps Into Daily Deals Space (Actually, Nightly Deals Space)

    Priceline Jumps Into Daily Deals Space (Actually, Nightly Deals Space)

    Travel discounter Priceline.com is launching a new daily deals service aimed at helping users find cheap hotel rooms. (Or maybe it would be more accurate to call it a “nightly” deals service?) Starting today, same-day offers for heavily discounted hotel rooms will become available in Priceline’s “Hotel & Rental Car Negotiator” app at 11 AM local time and can… Read More

  • “Plan Your Next Trip” Wins Foursquare Hackathon

    “Plan Your Next Trip” Wins Foursquare Hackathon

    Earlier this month, Foursquare held its second hackathon, with 500 developers from around the world contributing. Today, the company is announcing the winners. The grand prize goes to Plan Your Next Trip, which uses the Foursquare API to help you plan out your upcoming 2-day trip to any city in the world using the recommendations from Foursquare’s “Explore”… Read More

  • Make Facebook Look More Like MySpace With Timeline Cover Photos From FBCovers

    Make Facebook Look More Like MySpace With Timeline Cover Photos From FBCovers

    Last week, Facebook introduced one of the boldest makeovers to the Facebook profile page since the company’s launch with the new Facebook Timeline. The updated profile provides a deeper look into your past, with navigation that lets you time travel back through the previous months and years spent on Facebook. The most noticeable and eye-catching change to your Facebook profile, however… Read More

  • New Startup Accelerator Advise.me Increases Seed Funding, Adds 5 More To Its Team

    New Startup Accelerator Advise.me Increases Seed Funding, Adds 5 More To Its Team

    One week after its launch, new startup accelerator and incubator Advise.me has received over 200 applications for its “Global Startup Initiative,” a program that encourages companies from all parts of the world to apply. Several of those entrants are “pretty compelling,” Solomon Engel, Advise.me Founder and CEO tells us. That may be one of the reasons why the program is… Read More

  • Zenprise Launches New Product To Lock Down iPhones And iPads In Enterprise

    Zenprise Launches New Product To Lock Down iPhones And iPads In Enterprise

    Mobile device management company Zenprise is today introducing its new enterprise-grade mobile DLP (Data Leakage Prevention) that aims to help I.T. departments with the growing “bring your own device” to work trend. The Zenprise Enterprise Mobile DLP will be offered as an optional add-on to the company’s larger solution, the Zenprise Mobile Enterprise Security Framework, when… Read More

  • WooThemes Launches WooCommerce To Turn WordPress Sites Into Online Shops

    WooThemes Launches WooCommerce To Turn WordPress Sites Into Online Shops

    WordPress theme provider WooThemes is launching a new service today called WooCommerce, which lets users install a plugin on their WordPress site in order to turn that site into a professional e-commerce storefront. The system includes a plugin and the company’s theme library, while also offering multiple payment gateway options, settings for configuring shipping rates, coupon support… Read More

  • Distimo’s Latest Report Reveals Mobile App Localization Trends

    Distimo’s Latest Report Reveals Mobile App Localization Trends

    The latest report from mobile analytics firm Distimo examines in detail the trends surrounding the localization of mobile applications. That is, which app stores tend to have a higher or lower number of apps that are published in just one country alone. According to its findings, globally, 27% of the most popular applications are popular exclusively in one country in Apple’s App Store… Read More