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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  • Streaming Music Service MOG To Be Pre-Loaded On AT&T’s New LTE Phones

    Streaming Music Service MOG To Be Pre-Loaded On AT&T’s New LTE Phones

    Unlimited streaming music service MOG is expanding its footprint yet again with a new AT&T deal that will see its mobile application pre-installed on AT&T’s first new LTE smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. The app will be pre-loaded onto these two AT&T 4G (LTE) phones, and customers will be able to try the service for free for a week. In addition… Read More

  • Siri Experiencing Extended Outage

    Siri Experiencing Extended Outage

    Maybe we need a new website, IsSiriDownForEveryoneOrJustForMe.com, because it looks like Siri is experiencing an extended outage, according to several tipsters, tweets, and our own internal tests. When you try to use Siri on the iPhone 4S right now, the usually perky virtual assistant just responds: “Sorry, I am having trouble connecting to the network” and does nothing. Read More

  • Google’s New Algorithm Update Impacts 35% Of Searches

    Google’s New Algorithm Update Impacts 35% Of Searches

    Today, Google announced a change to its search algorithm that the company says will impact 35% of Web searches. The change builds on top of its previous “Caffeine” update in order to deliver more up-to-date and relevant search results, specifically those in areas where freshness matters. This includes things like recent events, hot topics, current reviews and breaking news items. Read More

  • Google+ Rolls Out YouTube Integration, New Chrome Extensions

    Google+ Rolls Out YouTube Integration, New Chrome Extensions

    Google is shipping more Google+ features today designed to increase user engagement and sharing. These include a YouTube slider that lets you watch and share YouTube videos with your Google+ friends and two new Google Chrome extensions for sharing webpages and tracking your Google+ notifications. Read More

  • Web App Performance Solution Tracelytics Raises $600K From Google Ventures, Battery & Flybridge

    Web App Performance Solution Tracelytics Raises $600K From Google Ventures, Battery & Flybridge

    Application performance and analytics solution provider Tracelytics has just closed a seed round of $600,000 from Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Google Ventures, and several prominent angel investors. The Tracelytics solution, currently in a limited release, is a SaaS-based application performance management (APM) tool that’s used to  provide visibility into… Read More

  • Euclid Elements Emerges From Stealth, Debuts “Google Analytics For The Real World”

    Euclid Elements Emerges From Stealth, Debuts “Google Analytics For The Real World”

    A new startup called Euclid Elements emerged from stealth mode today to debut its customer-tracking solution for brick-and-mortar merchants it’s calling “Google Analytics for the physical world.” The name is an apt description for the new solution, which employs sensors and wireless technology to track customer behavior, as its founding team actually includes former… Read More

  • SoundCloud Debuts Its New HTML5 Widget, Looks So Much Better Than Old One

    SoundCloud Debuts Its New HTML5 Widget, Looks So Much Better Than Old One

    This morning, popular audio platform SoundCloud is debuting its brand-new HTML5 widget which will now be offered in beta format alongside its current Flash widget, but will eventually replace it. The completely redesigned widget allows SoundCloud users to embed their recordings and uploads on their blog or website, view information about the sound, its creator, the likes, comments and plays… Read More

  • Venuelabs Is Launching VenueRank, A “Klout For Storefronts”

    Venuelabs Is Launching VenueRank, A “Klout For Storefronts”

    Venuelabs, a company which got its start as Valuevine before a pivot in early 2011, is launching a new service called VenueRank this week at the Geo-Loco conference in San Francisco. VenueRank, simply put, operates somewhat like a “Klout for storefronts,” as it allows brands with multiple stores to compare those against each other or against their competitors using a single… Read More

  • New Gmail App For iPhone Is Unusable, Shows Errors Upon Launch

    New Gmail App For iPhone Is Unusable, Shows Errors Upon Launch

    Well, that was a big disappointment. Google just unveiled its first native application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch this morning, and the app is a mess. It’s unusable. It doesn’t even launch properly, displaying an error message upon startup. Read More

  • Google Launches Native Gmail App For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Faces Instant Backlash

    Google Launches Native Gmail App For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Faces Instant Backlash

    Google is launching a new native Gmail application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today, which is now available in the iTunes App Store. As recently revealed by TechCrunch writer MG Siegler on his personal blog, one of the app’s most important features is its ability to do push notifications. The app will also include search, autocomplete, support for attachments, priority inbox… Read More

  • Ex-Google Reader Product Manager Posts Scathing Review Of Reader Redesign

    Ex-Google Reader Product Manager Posts Scathing Review Of Reader Redesign

    Former Google Reader Product Manager Brian Shih has posted a scathing, but fairly accurate, review of the update to Google Reader. The update, which removed Reader’s own social sharing features in favor of Google+, was unpopular among Google Reader’s most active users because it destroyed their niche community built up over the years. But in Shih’s opinion, that’s only… Read More

  • Womply’s New Deals Startup Loads Local Offers Onto Your Credit Cards

    Womply’s New Deals Startup Loads Local Offers Onto Your Credit Cards

    Womply’s “Efortless Offers” is a new offers platform that links local merchants’ discounts to all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Live now in the D.C. area, with plans to roll out to five additional markets by early January, the service feels like a daily deal site for consumers, but works like… Read More

  • Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Confirming earlier reports, luxury deals site Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, Inc., is acquiring the assets of failed daily deals site BuyWithMe, after the latter saw massive layoffs following its failure to raise additional funding. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Former members of BuyWithMe will now have access to all of Gilt’s offerings, including… Read More

  • Unthink’s “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Reaches 100,000 Users

    Unthink’s “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Reaches 100,000 Users

    Unthink, the social networking platform whose marketing campaign involves a lot of Facebook bashing, has reached 100,000 registered users, the company is now reporting. As you may recall, the site quickly crashed after TechCrunch sent its usual heavy stream of traffic to the network, and it took Unthink over a day to recover. Now the number of visitors to the site is doubling daily, including… Read More

  • Personalized News Reader News360 2.0 Arrives On iPhone

    Personalized News Reader News360 2.0 Arrives On iPhone

    News360, the cross-platform news reader, is arriving on the iPhone today in version 2.0, after having been previously available on virtually all other platforms, including Android, the iPad, Windows Phone, the Web and even the BlackBerry PlayBook. With today’s launch, News360 is also adding support for logins, allowing you to sync your reading trends and behavior, (aka your… Read More

  • Advise.me Partners With Xero, GetSatisfication, Zendesk & SEOmoz, Adds 8 More To Team

    Advise.me Partners With Xero, GetSatisfication, Zendesk & SEOmoz, Adds 8 More To Team

    New startup accelerator Advise.me has today formalized partnerships with the law firm Perkins Cole, plus Xero, Zendesk, GetSatisfaction, and SEOmoz all of which will provide services to its startup participants for free. The incubator, which is encouraging global entrepreneurs to apply to its program, has also just added eight more members to its team, including folks from GetSatisfaction… Read More

  • GarageBand Arrives On The iPhone And iPod Touch

    GarageBand Arrives On The iPhone And iPod Touch

    GarageBand, Apple’s music creation app, is now available on the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod Touch, after its introduction on the iPad earlier this year. Like the iPad version, the new app has Touch instruments like keyboards, pianos, organs, drums, guitars and basses. It also allows you to plug in your electric guitar to record music or a mic to record vocals. Read More

  • Google’s GoMo Launches To Help Businesses Go Mobile

    Google’s GoMo Launches To Help Businesses Go Mobile

    As was previously leaked, Google is now launching its new GoMo service, which aims to help businesses easily create a mobile-friendly website. The website for the service was discovered earlier this week, but the details sat behind a password-protected front page. Today, Google is making GoMo available to the public. Read More

  • CanIStream.it Shows You Where You Can Stream, Rent, Download Or Buy Movies

    CanIStream.it Shows You Where You Can Stream, Rent, Download Or Buy Movies

    Add this site to your bookmarks because I guarantee you, at some point, you’re going to need it. CanIStream.it is a new search engine that shows you where you can stream, rent, download and buy movies. The site checks the libraries at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and Hulu and provides links to the appropriate listings. And if a movie isn’t available, you can sign up for CanIStream.it, set… Read More

  • Pontiflex Brings Its “Signup” Mobile Ads To iOS5, Android Tablets

    Pontiflex Brings Its “Signup” Mobile Ads To iOS5, Android Tablets

    Mobile advertising Pontiflex is releasing an update to its AppLeads Smart SDK today, which brings its online “signup” platform to iOS5 devices and Android tablets, including the Kindle Fire. Previously, the system worked on older versions of iOS and Android smartphones. These signup ads are a different type of mobile advertising – one where the click-through is not the goal… Read More