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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  • New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    New TechStars Network Member MuckerLab Launches In L.A.

    MuckerLab, a new startup accelerator and member of the TechStars Network, is launching today in L.A. The three-month program will provide its selected startups with $21,000 in seed funding, plus the typical incubator benefits like shared office space, legal assistance, infrastructure and hosting, and, of course, mentorship from a network of advisors. Read More

  • Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    Daily Deals Startup BuyWithMe Laying Off Half Its Workforce

    BuyWithMe, a daily deals startup that had been acquiring companies right and left this year, appears to be going under. The startup has failed to find funding and is now laying off half its workforce. CEO Jim Crowley announced yesterday that at least 100 people will be let go today unless the company finds a last minute buyer. Read More

  • Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million

    San Francisco-based Liftopia, an online retailer of lift tickets and mountain resort activities, is today announcing it has raised $1.3 million in a round led by First Round Capital. New investors in today’s round also include Dave Morin and Chris Sacca, who participated with existing investors Erik Blachford and Sam Shank. Today’s investment brings Liftopia’s total raise… Read More

  • YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration

    YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration

    WeVideo, a newly launched cloud-based collaborative video editing platform, is today announcing integration with YouTube. Starting this afternoon, YouTube users will be able to access a basic version of WeVideo’s online service in order to edit their video clips by adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more. The editing tool will be provided directly on YouTube itself… Read More

  • Backupify Snapshot Exits Beta, Adds More Features For Exporting Google Apps Accounts

    Backupify Snapshot Exits Beta, Adds More Features For Exporting Google Apps Accounts

    Backupify, the startup that provides online data backup, archiving and export, is today releasing a new version of its Backupify Snapshot tool with additional features for Google Apps admins. The tool, for those unfamiliar, allows Google Apps administrators to extract and download the complete Google Apps account for a departing company employ and save the data locally. Previously, Snapshot was… Read More

  • The Facebook Hack That Wasn’t? Facebook Says The 10,000 Hacked Accounts Aren’t Ours

    The Facebook Hack That Wasn’t? Facebook Says The 10,000 Hacked Accounts Aren’t Ours

    A hacking group calling themselves “Team Swastika” posted what they claimed was over 10,000 comprised Facebook accounts to Pastebin, a service that serves as an online clipboard. However, according to statements from Facebook PR, these email and password combinations don’t actually represent live Facebook accounts. Instead, it appears that the hackers obtained the accounts… Read More

  • NYC Startup Accelerator Blueprint Health Now Accepting Applications

    NYC Startup Accelerator Blueprint Health Now Accepting Applications

    NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, has just opened applications for its inaugural program starting on January 9th, 2012. This accelerator program is the only TechStars member to exclusively concentrate on healthcare. The program plans to offer access to a large network of healthcare entrepreneurs, VCs and innovators. Its current mentors include… Read More

  • Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Forget about rating restaurants and bars – now you can rate everything! According to this website, Jotly is a new startup that lets you rate everything in your life and share it with everyone. The service is mobile, local and social, and even includes points and contests. Oh, and one more thing: it’s totally fake. That’s right, despite sounding suspiciously like a lot of… Read More

  • Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solar manufacturer Solaria and solar performance monitoring software and hardware provider meteocontrol have today announced a partnership that will see meteocontrol’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM) monitoring system added to Solaria’s projects. The system aims to help Solaria’s customers increase their solar yields through remote management. Read More

  • More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    Today, after the market closes, Apple will release its fourth quarter earnings – the first time the company will do so since the loss of Co-Founder and visionary leader Steve Jobs. It’s expected that the newly launched iPhone 4S will one day soon help to usher in another record-breaking quarter for Apple, given that the company already announced that the iPhone 4S’s… Read More

  • Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me, the new and rapidly expanding startup accelerator and incubator, is working on its first startup. The company is still in stealth mode, and all we know about it is that it’s a social communication service of some sort, but definitely not another social network. It will, however, use existing social networks. And given the name and the landing page (chirping? mobile? the… Read More

  • Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Media company Clear Channel Radio and daily deals service LivingSocial are today announcing an agreement that names LivingSocial as the sole daily deal provider for over 500 Clear Channel-owned radio stations across 90 cities in the U.S. The agreement marks LivingSocial’s expansion from an online and mobile platform to one that now serves listeners, specifically the 80 million listeners… Read More

  • Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0, an organization whose goal is to increase the number of female founders in technology startups, is sharing some good news today: the number of women starting companies has doubled over the past three years. The new data comes from a survey of its own community, which includes everyone from actual founders and co-founders to aspiring entrepreneurs. Back in 2008, Women 2.0 ran the… Read More

  • Adlibrium Launches Daily Deals Service Where Offers Appear As Mobile Ads

    Adlibrium Launches Daily Deals Service Where Offers Appear As Mobile Ads

    Advertising and social media startup Camber Tech is launching its freemium service called Adlibrium Dailies, a daily deal service for mobile that distributes deals through mobile applications. The service displays the offers as standard banner ads within apps through remnant mobile ad inventory via ad exchanges, as well as via email to its own subscriber base. When tapped, the banner ads open… Read More

  • Nokia Launches New NFC-Enabled Games

    Nokia Launches New NFC-Enabled Games

    Over the weekend, Nokia launched a suite of casual games developed at Nokia Research Center which are meant to demonstrate how NFC can enable new forms of mobile gaming. The three new games include Nokia World Flags, Nokia Shakespeare Shuffle and Nokia Nursery Rhyme Shuffle. All can be played now on any Nokia Symbian NFC-enabled phone including the Nokia C7 Astound, C7-00, 600, 603, 700 and 701. Read More

  • Adobe Launches Adobe Reader For iOS

    Adobe Launches Adobe Reader For iOS

    Adobe has just launched a version of its PDF Reader, Adobe Reader for iOS devices, which supports iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new, free application, available here in iTunes, lets users view PDF files opened via email, on the Web or from within any application that supports iOS’s “Open In” functionality. Read More

  • Twitter Brings Promoted Tweets, Trends & Accounts To Twitter Japan

    Twitter Brings Promoted Tweets, Trends & Accounts To Twitter Japan

    Following the September launch of Twitter ads in the U.K., Twitter is now bringing its advertising products known as “Promoted Tweets,” “Promoted Trends” and “Promoted Accounts” to its Japanese version of the service Twitter.jp. According to a post on the official Twitter Japan blog, the rollout began earlier this month. Read More

  • U.K. PM David Cameron Joins Foursquare and LinkedIn

    U.K. PM David Cameron Joins Foursquare and LinkedIn

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron recently joined social networking sites LinkedIn and Foursquare in an effort to expand his digital presence and better connect with both citizens and businesses alike. On LinkedIn, Cameron will network with “people and businesses the PM meets regarding U.K. business, enterprise and manufacturing,” according to the official blog post from the… Read More

  • Facebook, NRDC & Opower To Partner On Energy-Saving Social App

    Facebook, NRDC & Opower To Partner On Energy-Saving Social App

    Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and clean tech startup Opower are today announcing a partnership on a new social networking-based energy application that will help consumers monitor, improve and compare their home’s energy usage with their friends and other Facebook users. The app, designed to improve energy awareness, has the potential to combine the 800… Read More

  • Gorgeous Photos, Tablet Browsing: 500px Debuts New iPad App

    Gorgeous Photos, Tablet Browsing: 500px Debuts New iPad App

    Toronto-based photography community 500px, the Flickr alternative which recently raised $525,000 in Series A, is now available on the iPad in app format. The new app includes all the feeds you would find on the site, including the feeds for Popular, Editor’s Choice, Upcoming and Fresh photos, plus access to your own photos and those belonging to your friends, the ability to like… Read More