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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  • Gilt Groupe Reportedly Acquiring BuyWithMe

    Gilt Groupe Reportedly Acquiring BuyWithMe

    Flash sales giant Gilt Groupe is acquiring the troubled daily deals startup BuyWithMe, which recently saw over half its staff laid off after the company failed to raise the funding it needed to survive. Beginning November 1st, BuyWithMe will officially become a part of Gilt, according to a report from BetaBeat, which has been covering the BuyWithMe saga for the past couple of weeks. Read More

  • New Startup Accelerator Gen Y Capital Partners Will Fund Young Entrepreneurs, Pay Off Student Loans

    New Startup Accelerator Gen Y Capital Partners Will Fund Young Entrepreneurs, Pay Off Student Loans

    This week, with support from the White House and the Obama administration, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) announced the launch of a new startup accelerator and investment company, Gen Y Capital Partners. The new program will provide seed capital for tech-enabled startups created by Gen Y’ers (those under the age of 35). Like many accelerators, Gen Y Capital Partners (GYC) will… Read More

  • Facebook Sees 600,000 Compromised Logins Per Day

    Facebook Sees 600,000 Compromised Logins Per Day

    New figures from Facebook reveal how often the social networking site’s users are hacked. In the blog post announcing the forthcoming “Trusted Friends” feature, Facebook also an included infographic detailing Facebook’s security measures. One figure in particular jumped out at security researchers: every day, “only .06%” of Facebook’s 1 billion logins… Read More

  • Locked Out Of Facebook? Your Friends Will Soon Be Able To Help You Get Back In

    Locked Out Of Facebook? Your Friends Will Soon Be Able To Help You Get Back In

    Facebook says it will soon allow you to get help from your friends when you get locked out of your Facebook account. According to a post on Facebook’s official Security page, you’ll be able to designate three to five friends as “Trusted Friends” who will be sent special codes in the event that you’re locked out of your Facebook account and unable to access… Read More

  • 1000Memories Is About To Fill Facebook With Gen X’s Embarrassing Photos

    1000Memories Is About To Fill Facebook With Gen X’s Embarrassing Photos

    I’m drinking a lot of coffee today because I was up well past my bedtime last night playing around with the test build of the newly launched ShoeBox iPhone application from 1000memories, now live in iTunes. This simple app provides a much-needed function: a way to scan old photographs using your smartphone and post them online. Oh, sure. I know you don’t necessarily need an app to… Read More

  • Social Loyalty Startup Topguest Launching White Label Service With Facebook Integration

    Social Loyalty Startup Topguest Launching White Label Service With Facebook Integration

    Topguest, the hot loyalty program which rewards users for engaging with brands on social networks, now has 5 million Facebook users in its database, the company has just revealed. These customers are collecting airline, hotel and other travel rewards points for their social networking activity, like Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, for example. Today, the company is announcing a new product… Read More

  • Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google has just announced a set of new partnerships with over a dozen niche daily deal providers, which will now be integrated into the Google Offers service, both on the Web and in the Google Shopper mobile applications for iOS and Android. The new Google Offers partners include Dealfind, DoodleDeals, Gilt City, GolfNow, HomeRun, JuiceInTheCity, kgbdeals, Mamapedia, PlumDistrict, PopSugar… Read More

  • MoPub Launches New Marketplace For Real-Time Mobile Ad Bidding

    MoPub Launches New Marketplace For Real-Time Mobile Ad Bidding

    MoPub, the mobile advertising startup founded by former AdMob and Google employees, has been known as kind of a “Doubleclick for mobile” until now. Today, the company is expanding its offerings with the launch of the MoPub Marketplace, which will serve as a virtual trading floor for mobile ads, allowing app publishers to connect with ad buyers in real-time. Read More

  • Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Social discovery service Banjo, which launched its cross-platform mobile application for iPhone and Android earlier this summer, has just introduced a new way to keep track of where your friends are and what they’re doing: automatic friend alerts. Unlike the alerts you see on Foursquare, which ping you every time a friend checks in somewhere, this friend alerting feature works across… Read More

  • Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    A report being released today from mobile analytics firm Distimo finds that the majority of the top 100 brands (91%) now have a presence in at least one of the major mobile application stores, usually Apple’s iTunes. This finding is notable because just 18 months ago, only half (51%) of the top brands even had any mobile applications published. Read More

  • Like Mint For People In Debt: ReadyForZero Now Supports Mortgages & Loans

    Like Mint For People In Debt: ReadyForZero Now Supports Mortgages & Loans

    Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero is rolling out an upgrade to its debt management service today, with new features that will now allow its users to centralize and manage more of their debt using its online application. Previously, the company was focused only on reducing consumers’ credit card debt. Now it’s adding support for mortgages, auto loans and student loans, too. Read More

  • Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Coming To iOS

    Social Gaming Network PapayaMobile Coming To iOS

    The popular social gaming network for Android, PapayaMobile, is announcing today that it’s now expanding its gaming platform to iOS. The company is making its social development toolkits available to iOS developers as a beta release, allowing them to connect users on both platforms (iOS and Android) for in-game features including challenges, game invites, leaderboards and more. Read More

  • ZipList’s Grocery List & Recipe Search App Gets Overhauled

    ZipList’s Grocery List & Recipe Search App Gets Overhauled

    Foodies rejoice! ZipList, makers of online and mobile shopping lists and a recipe search service, is out now with a completely revamped iPhone application. The updated app syncs with ZipList.com and its 40 parter sites, including MarthaStewart.com, Women’s Day, $5 Dinners and more, to keep your mobile shopping list up-to-date with your latest recipe finds from across the Web. Read More

  • Augmented Reality App Maker CrowdOptic Scores $500,000 In New Funding

    Augmented Reality App Maker CrowdOptic Scores $500,000 In New Funding

    CrowdOptic, a maker of an augmented reality app and mobile analytics solutions for the enterprise, has raised $500,000 in new funding today in a round led by Bowman Capital. According to CEO Jon Fisher, CrowdOptic will use the new capital to accelerate development of products in the area of mobile-powered technology for live events as well as expand the security features of its platform. Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads Dropped In September, iPhone 4S Anticipation Pegged As Culprit

    iPhone App Downloads Dropped In September, iPhone 4S Anticipation Pegged As Culprit

    Marketing technology company Fiksu’s data for the month of September shows the year’s biggest drop in application downloads, a trend it claims was impacted by mobile consumers holding out for the next Apple iPhone. Last month, the company speculated that a hiatus in sales of older iPhone models was impacting app downloads, and Apple’s recent admission of a drop of 3… Read More

  • Game Maker King.com Now Seeing 1 Billion Plays Per Month, Joins Facebook Top 10

    Game Maker King.com Now Seeing 1 Billion Plays Per Month, Joins Facebook Top 10

    Casual games publisher King.com is today announcing it has passed one billion gameplays per month and is now one of the top 10 largest developers on Facebook’s social network. The company, which offers nearly 200 multi-platform games in 14 languages, is also expanding its reach in North America with the opening of new offices in San Francisco. Read More

  • Local Recommendations App Alfred Now Does Group Recommendations

    Local Recommendations App Alfred Now Does Group Recommendations

    Clever Sense’s local recommendations app Alfred was already doing a great job suggesting restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using its artificial intelligence-based system. But today, it’s going to do something even more extraordinary – it will make suggestions based on who you’re with. This new feature, rolling out today through an app update in iTunes… Read More

  • PROskore’s New Business Network Aims To Be LinkedIn + Klout + Leads Generation

    PROskore’s New Business Network Aims To Be LinkedIn + Klout + Leads Generation

    PROskore is a newly launched business network that ranks your social media activity and influence in combination with your professional experience in order to give you a score denoting your overall professional influence. At first glance, it sounds a lot like Klout, the popular service that measures online influence. But unlike Klout, PROskore takes into account your business connections… Read More

  • Iranians Upset Over Google Reader Changes

    Iranians Upset Over Google Reader Changes

    Last week, Google announced an impending update to its neglected online RSS reader, Google Reader. The service is soon getting a cosmetic overhaul and will see its current social features removed in favor of deeper integration with Google+. Although many TechCrunch commenters lamented alongside me about the forthcoming disappearance of our favorite “human curators,” when I asked… Read More

  • SoundHound Reaches 50 Million Users, 4 Million+ Searches Per Day

    SoundHound Reaches 50 Million Users, 4 Million+ Searches Per Day

    Music search and discovery startup SoundHound is today announcing its usage numbers for the first time, and it looks like they’re worth touting. SoundHound says that it now sees over 4 million music searches per day and user engagement tops 1,000 hits per second. In addition, the company now has over 50 million mobile users on iOS and Android combined. Read More