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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  • 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

  • Leading Mobile Device Makers Pledge Support For Carrier-Led NFC Venture Isis

    Leading Mobile Device Makers Pledge Support For Carrier-Led NFC Venture Isis

    Isis, the carrier-led joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is today announcing support for its mobile wallet system from the majority of leading device makers, including HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, as well as from NFC hardware provider Device Fidelity. All of the handset makers are now committed to introducing handsets that will include Isis’ NFC… Read More

  • Formspring Adds Photo Support To Its Q&A Service

    Formspring Adds Photo Support To Its Q&A Service

    Today, Formspring is adding support for photos to its Q&A service in an update the company is touting as the biggest in the nearly two years since its launch. With the addition, Formspring users will be able to post a photo both when asking a question or when providing a response. Read More

  • Social Q&A Site Sharecare And Healthline Announce Partnership On Health Search Services

    Social Q&A Site Sharecare And Healthline Announce Partnership On Health Search Services

    Exclusive – Social Q&A site Sharecare.com, created by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz, is partnering with Healthline Networks, a provider of intelligent health information services. Healthline currently powers the health platforms at Yahoo Health, AARP, Aetna, United Health Group and others. Going forward, it will power Sharecare’s search services too. Read More

  • Piston Cloud Launches pentOS, An Enterprise OpenStack Distribution

    Piston Cloud Launches pentOS, An Enterprise OpenStack Distribution

    Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is today emerging from stealth and introducing its new enterprise-ready cloud operating system for private clouds called pentOS. The new OS is built on OpenStack, the open source IaaS cloud computing project that now has over 1,450 contributors and 110 participating companies, including NASA, Rackspace, Citrix, Intel, Cisco, Arista Networks, Microsoft and Dell. Read More

  • Facebook’s New Timeline: Data Goes In, But Can It Ever Leave?

    Facebook’s New Timeline: Data Goes In, But Can It Ever Leave?

    At last week’s Facebook developers conference, f8, the company introduced the radically redesigned profile page now called the Facebook Timeline. Instead of a single column stream of status updates, shares and photo uploads, the new Timeline provides a deeper look into your past. You navigate your Timeline through right-side navigation that lets you click into the months and years all… Read More

  • Facebook To Provide Up To $10 Million In Free Advertising For U.S. Businesses

    Facebook To Provide Up To $10 Million In Free Advertising For U.S. Businesses

    Facebook has teamed up with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an effort it claims will help grow American small businesses and create jobs. Starting in January 2012, Facebook will give businesses up to $10 million in free Facebook advertising in the form of ad credits. The goal is to provide 200,000 businesses in the U.S. with a $50… Read More

  • USA Today Twitter Account Hacked By “The Script Kiddies”

    USA Today Twitter Account Hacked By “The Script Kiddies”

    A group calling itself “The Script Kiddies” hacked USA Today’s Twitter account this weekend and used it to solicit requests for future targets and even to promote its own Facebook page. Although this recent hack seems like more of a childish prank, this group is being taken seriously by the FBI due to its earlier hacks involving false terrorism claims posted to… Read More

  • Evri Comes To iPad With New Topic-Based News Reader

    Evri Comes To iPad With New Topic-Based News Reader

    Realtime semantic startup Evri is debuting its brand-new iPad application today, where it joins the crowded “iPad news magazine” space filled with the likes of Flipboard, The Daily, Zite, Pulse, NewsMix, AOL Editions, News360 and others. To differentiate itself from the pack, Evri’s app employs a combination of social news and topical streams, allowing readers to follow… Read More

  • 350Green To Add 400 More EV Charging Stations Across U.S.

    350Green To Add 400 More EV Charging Stations Across U.S.

    California-based electric vehicle charging station developer 350Green will purchase and install over 400 charging stations from manufacturer Coulomb Technologies, the company has announced. The new additions will be rolled out across the U.S. to help build out 350Green’s network to over 1,000 stations. In addition, the stations will be powered by the ChargePoint Network… Read More

  • Deal Decor To Launch A Groupon For Furniture

    Deal Decor To Launch A Groupon For Furniture

    I’m not often the fan of startups that are “the this, for that,” but I think I could get into something like Deal Décor: it’s the Groupon for furniture. This San Francisco-based startup is using the group-buying model made popular by Groupon to connect customers with factory-direct deals from overseas furniture manufacturers. The company is launching on Monday in… Read More

  • Conceptboard Debuts Better Whiteboarding For Google+ Hangouts

    Conceptboard Debuts Better Whiteboarding For Google+ Hangouts

    It’s only been a few days since the launch of the official Google+ Hangouts API (application programming interface), but we’re already starting to see some interesting implementations make their debut. Case in point: online whiteboarding service Conceptboard has introduced a Hangouts extension that puts Google’s own newly integrated Sketchpad to shame. Read More

  • StartApp’s New Monetization Platform For Android Bundles Search With Apps

    StartApp’s New Monetization Platform For Android Bundles Search With Apps

    StartApp is a new monetization and distribution platform for Android applications designed to address the challenges the platform has created in terms of revenue generation for developers. Using the new StartApp SDK (software development kit), developers can receive $10 – $50 per 1,000 downloads, the company claims. This is higher than the $4 average per 1,000 downloads  developers… Read More

  • Fampus Launches Social Events Site For Universities

    Fampus Launches Social Events Site For Universities

    Good startups often emerge from situations where the founder is attempting to solve a problem they themselves have. That was certainly the case with collegiate events site Fampus, created by 22-year old Brittany Brody, now a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a new arrival to the university in 2008, Brody wanted to get involved on campus, but was frustrated by the lack of a… Read More