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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  • HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    Earlier this week, smartphone maker HTC revealed its first NFC-based device, reportedly called the “HTC Stunning.” The phone is being released in China and will include support for mobile payments through a partnership with China UnionPay, a Chinese bankcard network. What we didn’t know, however, was what kind of phone the Stunning is. Now we do: it’s just the HTC… Read More

  • HTML5 or Flash? With Yokto’s New Video Player, You Don’t Have To Choose

    HTML5 or Flash? With Yokto’s New Video Player, You Don’t Have To Choose

    Yokto is a newly launched video platform which offers an embeddable player that intelligently switches between a Flash-based interface or HTML5, depending on the device being used to view the content. This idea on its own is not original, of course. Similar solutions from companies like Brightcove, Ooyala, Kaltura¬†and SublimeVideo, for example, offer much of the same thing. But where Yokto… Read More

  • W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    Monetization and distribution network for app developers, W3i, is today announcing a program specifically for iOS Game Developers. The new service, now in beta, is simply being called “Games Platform,” the company says. And its goal will be to solve the challenges facing game developers such as server set-up, maintenance, security, storefronts and analytics. Read More

  • Banjo Now Lets You Stalk Locations, And the People There

    Banjo Now Lets You Stalk Locations, And the People There

    Six-week old mobile application Banjo has been updated with a new feature that lets users virtually stalk locations, and the people there, in real-time. Banjo, for those unaware, is a new social discovery service which reveals the social network present at any given location at a particular time. To be clear, it’s not another social network, it’s a layer on top of social networks. Read More

  • Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones

    Google Videos Brings Movie Rentals to Android Phones

    Google’s Videos app, the official video player for Android Market movie rentals, has been updated to work on Android smartphones. Previously, the app was only supported on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the Android tablet operating system. The latest update is not compatible with all Android phones, however, only those running the two latest versions of Android for smartphones: Android 2.2… Read More

  • Facebook Wins “Worst API” in Developer Survey

    Facebook Wins “Worst API” in Developer Survey

    A survey of over 100 developers, previously posted here on Hacker News, aimed to determine which external APIs were the most difficult to integrate into developers’ projects. The winner…or rather, the loser? Facebook. Developers mentioned the Facebook API the most in terms having bugs, poor documentation, never-ending API changes, slow response times, and other headaches. The… Read More

  • Gartner: Android OS Sales Top iOS, RIM and Nokia

    Gartner: Android OS Sales Top iOS, RIM and Nokia

    Gartner just released its new mobile device sales for Q2 2011, and reports that Google and Apple are the “obvious winners” in the smartphone ecosystem. The combined share of iOS and Android doubled nearly 62% in the second quarter of this year, up from just over 31% in same quarter last year. Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Changes to Chat, Other Experiments, Leads to Problems

    Facebook Rolls Out Changes to Chat, Other Experiments, Leads to Problems

    Facebook made changes to the Facebook Chat sidebar feature, several users are reporting. Now, your favorite online friends appear in the top section of Chat, with a separate list titled “More Online Friends” underneath. This makes it easier to find the Facebook friends you chat with often. However, we’ve also seen reports where select users are getting a mini News Feed in… Read More

  • Twitter Begins Testing t.co Shortened Links Today

    Twitter Begins Testing t.co Shortened Links Today

    Starting today, Twitter will begin testing its link-wrapping feature which will automatically shorten all URL’s 20 characters long or greater into t.co-wrapped links. This test will affect a certain percentage of tweets posted publicly through the service, or sent out via direct message. The tests are a “canary in the coal mine,” says Twitter – meaning an attempt to… Read More

  • “Android for Girls?” HTC Bliss Coming to Verizon

    “Android for Girls?” HTC Bliss Coming to Verizon

    Verizon is preparing to launch an Android phone targeted towards women, the HTC Bliss. The device comes in a “pretty” seafoam-like green color, and will include a dangling charm that lights up when you have a missed call or new message. Oh, and here’s the best part – the phone is also rumored to ship with special women-friendly apps, like a calorie counter and an app… Read More

  • SocialTwist Reaches 100,000 Websites, Former Googler Sanjeev Agrawal Appointed President

    SocialTwist Reaches 100,000 Websites, Former Googler Sanjeev Agrawal Appointed President

    Social marketing company SocialTwist announced today that it has now reached 100,000 websites, including those run by major brands like ConAgra Foods, P&G, Sara Lee, Barnes & Noble, Jamba Juice, Intel and others. The sites use SocialTwist’s enterprise-grade platform to identify and grow their audiences, including core brand influencers. Over the past 12 months, more than 4.8… Read More

  • WTF
    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Satirical, bizarre and amusing news website Fark has kicked the fark out of a patent troll called Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC. The original lawsuit was leveraged in January, claiming Fark infringed on a patent that covered a “method of inputing news releases into a web form, which would then compile the news release and email it to media outlets.” The patent, for those who… Read More

  • HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    Smartphone maker HTC has committed to launching its first NFC phone, the HTC Stunning, which will debut in China sometime later this year. The phone will be an 4-inch, Android-based device, and will support bank card network China UnionPay’s mobile payment standard. This will enable the phone to perform mobile payments at point-of-sale, using the contactless technology known as NFC… Read More

  • Personalized News Aggregation: News360 Launches Version 2.0

    Personalized News Aggregation: News360 Launches Version 2.0

    Cross-platform newsreader application News360 launched into version 2.0 today, a significant update that introduces its new personalization features. The news reader now learns from your activity on social Web services, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Evernote, in order to present you with stories that fit your interests. But unlike some of its competitors, which there are now… Read More

  • DreamIt Ventures Graduates 15 Startups in New York

    DreamIt Ventures Graduates 15 Startups in New York

    Tech Accelerator DreamIt Ventures is holding its Demo Day for its New York class of startups today. The 15 companies include students and alumni from top academic institutions like Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University. Several of the founders also have past work experience at companies including Yahoo… Read More

  • Google+, the Mac App

    Google+, the Mac App

    Sully Taylor, Creative Director for Teens in Tech Labs and Founder & CEO at Sully Creative, has released a Google+ application for Mac users. The app is a very simple one, however. “Just a ported browser,” he says, “not a native app.” Yes, we know that you can use Fluid.app to do pretty much the same thing – that is, if you prefer to do the work yourself. Read More

  • New Website Posts Photos of Rioters, Will Forward ID’s to Police

    New Website Posts Photos of Rioters, Will Forward ID’s to Police

    Just this morning we reported on the creation of a Google Group whose members are discussing how to use facial recognition technology to identify looters from London’s riots in online photos. Now, a second site has come to our attention which makes the process of identifying rioters even easier, no special technologies needed. The site, called Zavilia.com, is simply posting all the… Read More

  • GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    General Electric Co. (GE) bought a minority stake in the California-based solar company eSolar this week. As a result of the deal, Paul Browning, President and CEO of Thermal Products for GE Energy, will join eSolar’s Board of Directors. ESolar already had a licensing agreement with GE Energy, which granted it exclusive worldwide rights to eSolar’s modular technology for its… Read More

  • GROU.PS Lets You Create Your Own Private Facebook

    GROU.PS Lets You Create Your Own Private Facebook

    Social groupware platform GROU.PS just introduced several new features, the most notable of which is a Facebook template called “theBook” that lets you create your own private network with the same look and feel as Facebook. According to GROU.PS founder Emre Sokullu, the use of the template has already increased the engagement rates within groups by over 50%. Read More

  • Nielsen Acquires Marketing Analytics, Inc.

    Nielsen Acquires Marketing Analytics, Inc.

    Today, Nielsen announced it’s acquiring Marketing Analytics, Inc., a leader in analytics and advanced planning software. The company currently has 52 employees, all of whom will join the Nielsen team. The deal also involves the acquisition of other assets, including software and ongoing client projects. The acquisition’s goal is to enable Nielsen to better provide marketers of… Read More