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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  • Dwolla Launches “Proxi” For Proximity-Based Mobile Payments

    Dwolla Launches “Proxi” For Proximity-Based Mobile Payments

    Online and mobile payment platform Dwolla just launched a new feature called “Proxi” which allows users to send and receive cash-based mobile payments based on their current proximity to another connected device. The technology bypasses the need for special hardware, like Square’s plastic dongles or NFC chips built into a phone, in order to make mobile payments. Instead… Read More

  • Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Hits 25M Users

    Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Hits 25M Users

    Today, PapayaMobile, the social gaming network for Android, is announcing a new milestone: it has topped 25 million users, which represents over 940% growth since the beginning of last year. The company attributes the increase to both the growing demand for mobile social games as well as the rapidly expanding Android install base worldwide. Read More

  • Windows Phone Reaches 30,000 Apps, Opens Marketplace to Mango Submissions

    Windows Phone Reaches 30,000 Apps, Opens Marketplace to Mango Submissions

    There are now 30,000 mobile applications available for Windows Phone, Microsoft’s newest mobile operating system. That’s a huge jump from the 11,500 apps Microsoft reported back in March, but still far short of industry leaders, iOS and Android. For comparison purposes, there are 425,000 iOS apps and over 250,000 on Android, at least according to the latest official reports. But… Read More

  • New Friend-Watch App Lets You Stalk Your Facebook Friends

    New Friend-Watch App Lets You Stalk Your Facebook Friends

    Friend-Watch is a new Facebook application that stalks your friends list, watching for changes you might not otherwise notice. This includes things like people who change their name, add you as a friend, deactivate their account, restore their account, delete you, block you or unblock you. It also tracks general trends, like friend counts and gender breakdowns. In short, it’s like… Read More

  • Touchanote Adds NFC Support to Evernote

    Touchanote Adds NFC Support to Evernote

    Touchanote is a new Android application that ties together NFC technology with the popular note-taking and organizing software Evernote. Created by the Montreal-based startup Wiseleap, the app took home the $50,000 grand prize at Evernote’s recent developer conference in San Francisco. Read More

  • FlyKly Electric Bikes Are Coming To San Francisco

    FlyKly Electric Bikes Are Coming To San Francisco

    Electric bike maker FlyKly is bringing its stylish, powerful and eco-friendly bikes to San Francisco after having a blowout launch in New York earlier this summer. The company, which opened up shop on June 20th, sold out its entire stock of bikes in July at a pop-up store in Soho. Now, the bikes are being made available in San Francisco. Read More

  • From Mobile Games to Connected Cars: Sneak Peek at Gazelle Lab’s First 6 Startups

    From Mobile Games to Connected Cars: Sneak Peek at Gazelle Lab’s First 6 Startups

    Earlier today, new TechStars Network member, the Tampa Bay-based Gazelle Lab, announced its first full round of program participants. This 3-month, mentor-driven program based on the TechStars model is one of the first of its kind to emerge in the Tampa Bay region –  a region that’s been pushing to become a new home to technological and entrepreneurial innovation. This first… Read More

  • New TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Launches in Tampa Bay

    New TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Launches in Tampa Bay

    I’m here in St. Petersburg, Florida this morning to learn more about the newest TechStars Network member, Gazelle Lab. This 3-month, mentor-driven program is Tampa Bay’s attempt to establish itself as a home to entrepreneurial innovation and a place where early stage startups are fostered. Today, the Lab launched its first full round of startups, after having previously launched… Read More

  • Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet?

    Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows…PC, Phone &Tablet?

    Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone? This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now – developers who were once promised that Silverlight was the answer to their cross-platform, cross-browser compatibility woes, only to be later informed that JavaScript and HTML5 will be the tools used… Read More

  • Amazon Registers a Dozen “Cloud Video” Domains

    Amazon Registers a Dozen “Cloud Video” Domains

    Amazon has obtained a dozen new domain names related to its cloud video service, including things like “instantcloudvideo.com,” “amazoncloudvideo.com,” and “primevideocloud.com,” to name just a few. The domains were registered one day prior to the company’s big announcement that its on-demand video library had reached the 100K mark, with 9,000… Read More

  • Social eCommerce Site Zlio Joins the Deadpool

    Social eCommerce Site Zlio Joins the Deadpool

    Zlio, a site which lets users create online shops where they sell goods from other e-commerce services, is joining the deadpool. The 6-year old outlet is going out of business, and will officially closing its doors on September 11th. The company blames Google’s algorithms for its demise, surprisingly, not Zlio’s concept or business model. In an email to users to inform them of… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Mini News Feed Shows Up for More Users

    Facebook’s New Mini News Feed Shows Up for More Users

    Last week, we reported on several Facebook design changes including updates to Facebook Chat and a revamped sidebar. Today, it looks like the new “mini” News Feed is in the processing of rolling out to more users. Tips are starting to roll in of a revamped Facebook, which includes a miniature real-time News Feed on the right side of the page. In some cases, this feed is labeled… Read More

  • SocMetrics Questions Google+’s Mainstream Reach

    SocMetrics Questions Google+’s Mainstream Reach

    A few days ago, traffic analysis firm Experian Hitwise shared the results of a study of over 10 million online users, and concluded from its findings that Google’s new social network, Google+, was headed into mainstream territory. While not entirely disputing that data, social media monitoring firm SocMetrics, comes to a slightly different conclusion today by examining one particular… Read More

  • Google Hires Silicon Valley Tech Blogger Louis Gray as Google+ Evangelist

    Google Hires Silicon Valley Tech Blogger Louis Gray as Google+ Evangelist

    Notable Silicon Valley tech blogger and startup consultant Louis Gray is finally turning his passion for Google’s products and services into a career. Gray has just accepted the position of Product Marketing Manager on the Google+ team, an evangelist role involving the promotion of Google’s new Facebook competitor, Google+. The role is loosely defined, but will involve working… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 App Store

    Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 App Store

    Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, has officially confirmed (somewhat subtly) that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will indeed have an app store. The news was mentioned via a new blog post over on MSDN, where Sinofsky listed the numerous teams which will be contributing to Windows 8′s development. At the top of the list? A team called “App… Read More

  • Citi and Best Buy Launch Mobile Rewards App

    Citi and Best Buy Launch Mobile Rewards App

    Citi and Best Buy have teamed up to launch a mobile rewards application for iPhone and Android devices. The “Citi ThankYou Rewards” app ties together Best Buy’s inventory systems with Citi’s “ThankYou” Rewards program, a service which allows Citi customers to earn points by using their Citi credit card or performing other banking-related activities. Now… Read More

  • Chatterfly Launches Mobile Digital Loyalty App

    Chatterfly Launches Mobile Digital Loyalty App

    Digital loyalty startup Chatterfly today launched its new rewards program for businesses and consumers in the form of a smartphone application for iPhone and Android. Like similar startups, including the now Google-owned Punchd, Chatterfly aims to replace the paper loyalty card with a more modern, digital version. But Chatterfly isn’t only focused on making businesses’… Read More

  • Ford to Sell Solar Panel System Alongside Electric Cars

    Ford to Sell Solar Panel System Alongside Electric Cars

    Ford Motor Company is teaming up with San Jose-based solar panel maker SunPower to offer a rooftop solar system option which will be sold alongside the upcoming Ford Focus EV. The “Drive Green for Life” program, as it’s being called, involves mounting solar panels on a customer’s home. These panels wouldn’t be used just to charge the Focus itself, however. Read More

  • Google Pushes for Greener Buildings, Leads by Example

    Google Pushes for Greener Buildings, Leads by Example

    Google has taken to its public blog this morning to talk about the company’s focus on building greener, more sustainable workplaces for its employees. The company is involved in several green initiatives, including energy and water audits, the use of green building materials, and competitive programs that pit teams against each other to become the greener office. In addition, Google… Read More

  • Skype Launches New Wi-Fi Finder for iOS

    Skype Launches New Wi-Fi Finder for iOS

    Skype just launched a new iOS application that lets users locate Wi-Fi hotspots where they can pay for access using Skype Credit. It currently supports over 1 million hotspots worldwide, including those found in hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants.  The advantage of using this app over buying a voucher directly with the hotspot service provider is that… Read More