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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  • iTunes Rival Rdio Launches Gift Cards, Available Online And At Target

    iTunes Rival Rdio Launches Gift Cards, Available Online And At Target

    Streaming music service Rdio from Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is today launching two new music gifting options – physical gift cards and online credits. Consumers will be able to purchase the virtual gift card options in $10, $25, $50 and $100 values or in user-selected amounts. Meanwhile, physical cards in the $10 and $25 values will be sold in over 600 Target… Read More

  • CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad

    CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad

    There have been a flurry of efforts in recent days aimed at getting a workable version of Android up-and-running on the webOS-based HP TouchPad. The mission has been funded in part by modding community called HackNMod, which is hoping to give the tablet’s early adopters an operating system with a more certain future: Android. It appears that the CyanogenMod team has finally made… Read More

  • NFC Mobile Advertising Startup Tapit Raises Seed Funding

    NFC Mobile Advertising Startup Tapit Raises Seed Funding

    Tapit is a new mobile advertising startup, founded in March 2011, that enables content sharing and offer delivery simply by tapping an NFC-enabled phone anywhere the Tapit logo can be found. The company has now raised a seed funding round from Sydney Angels in record time – just 22 days from the pitch until the round was subscribed for. This is the fastest investment to date for… Read More

  • Post Citrix Acquisition, Cloud.com’s CloudStack Goes 100% Open Source

    Post Citrix Acquisition, Cloud.com’s CloudStack Goes 100% Open Source

    After being acquired by Citrix Systems in July for more than $200 million, Cloud.com’s CloudStack cloud management framework is being open-sourced. The software currently supports over 60-large scale production clouds, including those run by GoDaddy, GreenQloud, KT, Nokia, Tata Communications and Zynga. With the release, CloudStack has also added support for additional hypervisors… Read More

  • Samsung To Launch ChatON, A Cross-Platform Mobile Chat Service

    Samsung To Launch ChatON, A Cross-Platform Mobile Chat Service

    Samsung is launching ChatON, a cross-platform mobile chat service similar to RIM’s BlackBerry BBM. The service, which is expected to launch in September, will be showcased at this week’s consumer electronics-focused IFA Conference. ChatON is an interesting launch for Samsung because it will support a variety of mobile operating systems, including Samsung’s own bada… Read More

  • OpenFeint Announces Replacement for UDIDs on iOS

    OpenFeint Announces Replacement for UDIDs on iOS

    On the heels of Apple’s decision to phase out developer access to the UDID (unique device identifier) on iOS devices, mobile social gaming network OpenFeint is offering up a an alternative solution. The company announced today that it’s launching a single sign-on system for social game developers that will replace UDIDs on iOS. The system will become available later this fall. Read More

  • Apple Hires iPhone Hacker Nicholas Allegra (@Comex)

    Apple Hires iPhone Hacker Nicholas Allegra (@Comex)

    Apple has just hired yet another member of the iPhone jailbreaking community, Nicholas Allegra, also known as “@comex” on Twitter. Allegra is best known for the JailBreakMe website which made the process of jailbreaking the iPhone as simple as visiting a webpage using mobile Safari. The 19-year old hacker from Chappaqua, New York, posted the news of his hire on Twitter, stating that… Read More

  • Apple Patent Describes Solar-Powered iPhone, Notebook Charger

    Apple Patent Describes Solar-Powered iPhone, Notebook Charger

    Among the 16 new patents granted to Apple this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was this fairly interesting one describing a solar-powered charging system for electronic devices. The patent details a system that includes a voltage converter and controller that would work alongside a solar power source. Read More

  • GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    Auto maker General Motors and LG Group will be working together to design and engineer electric vehicles thanks to a new partnership that expands on LG’s earlier work for GM in lithium-ion batteries.  Previously, LG delivered batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and later for a demo fleet of Chevrolet Cruze electric vehicles. According to the companies, their goal is to… Read More

  • Nextpeer Lets Mobile Developers Turn Single-Player Games Into Multi-Player Games

    Nextpeer Lets Mobile Developers Turn Single-Player Games Into Multi-Player Games

    Nextpeer is a newly launched mobile developer toolkit that lets game developers quickly and easily add multi-player gaming to their single-player games. With Nextpeer’s tournament and social SDK (software development kit), developers can add customizable features that enable their game’s users join real-time, social tournaments where they compete against other users for top scores… Read More

  • Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot is a geeky and incredibly interesting technology that uses bots, algorithms, computer vision and artificial intelligence to process the content on the Web the way a human being can. “The entire Internet can be broken down into 30 different page types” explains Co-founder Mike Tung, also known as “Diffbot Mike,” and “Diffbot can identify them all.”… Read More

  • Jumio Comes To WordPress, Turns Blog Readers’ Webcams Into Credit Card Readers

    Jumio Comes To WordPress, Turns Blog Readers’ Webcams Into Credit Card Readers

    Jumio, the new technology that turns webcams into credit card readers, is now offering a plugin for WordPress websites. The new Jumio Netswipe add-on allows website visitors to pay for products or make donations quickly and easily, just by holding up their credit card to their computer’s webcam. For WordPress publishers, adding Netswipe to their site is simple – just download… Read More

  • Tim Cook’s Letter to Apple Staff

    Tim Cook’s Letter to Apple Staff

    Tim Cook, new Apple CEO, has sent out the following memo to Apple staff, according to a source at Ars Technica. Cook says he shares “Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future,” and that Apple will continue to be “the magical place that it is.” Whew! Full text of the letter is below. Read More

  • Webs.com Adds Mobile Site Syncing To Its DIY Site Builder

    Webs.com Adds Mobile Site Syncing To Its DIY Site Builder

    Webs.com, a popular DIY website creation service, is announcing a new mobile site builder today that automatically keeps a smartphone-friendly website in sync with your main website. Previously, mobile application creation was an option only available in the company’s App Store, which provides additional enhancements for site owners. But as of now, this product has been fully integrated… Read More

  • HP TouchPad Android Port Bounty Now Over $2,000

    HP TouchPad Android Port Bounty Now Over $2,000

    The bounty to get a workable version of the Android operating system installed on the now-discontinued HP TouchPad is up to $2,000+, as of today. As we previously reported, the goal of this project is to get some version of Android 2.x onto the TouchPad and, most importantly, stable. If successful, this effort will help keep the HP tablet a little more relevant to those unfortunate early… Read More

  • TinyPay.Me Social Media Marketplace

    Tinypay.me Raises $1 Million, Moving HQ to San Francisco

    E-commerce platform Tinypay.me, which emerged from 2010’s Le Web conference as a sort of Twitter for e-commerce, has just raised $1 million from Aksoy Internet Ventures. The money will be used, in part, to relocate company headquarters from the Netherlands to the heart of the action: San Francisco. Read More

  • Google to Settle with U.S. Government for $500 Million

    Google to Settle with U.S. Government for $500 Million

    Today, regulators will announce a $500 million settlement with Google over charges related to advertisements for illegal online pharmacies. The pharmacies appearing in Google ads were operating outside the law, leading to a Department of Justice investigation into Google’s advertising practices – an investigation which decreased Google’s profits by 22%, reports the The New… Read More

  • 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