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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  • 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

  • Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches To Public

    Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” Launches To Public

    Scrappy outsider startup Unthink.com, which bills itself as the “anti-Facebook,” is opening up its doors today, allowing in its first round of beta testers. The Tampa-based company with $2.5 million in funding from DouglasBay Capital sees itself as a more open, more honest form of social networking – one where its users are the owners of their data, and not the product being… Read More

  • Customer Support Solution Provider UserVoice Launches New Reporting Tools

    Customer Support Solution Provider UserVoice Launches New Reporting Tools

    UserVoice, makers of tools for managing customer support and feedback, is today launching a new reporting tool for businesses using its “Instant Answers” service. The service, which is built into the UserVoice Full Service system, allows companies to automatically connect their help requests to available Knowledge Base entries in order to provide an immediate answer to… Read More

  • GroupLogic Launches MobilEcho 3.0

    GroupLogic Launches MobilEcho 3.0

    Enterprise I.T. company GroupLogic is today unveiling the latest update to its mobilEcho Mobile File Management (MFM) service with the launch of mobilEcho 3.0. Most importantly, the new version now adds support for the iPhone, in addition to the previously supported iPad. And the company says it will have support for Android by next quarter. Read More

  • New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    Open data platform Factual.com is launching a new API for developers of location-based services called Resolve. The API is an entity resolution API that makes partial records complete, matches entities against one other and assists in the process of de-duping and normalizing datasets. What this means is that developers can simply tell Factual what they know about an entity (i.e., a venue in… Read More

  • Sencha Launches Mobile HTML5 Cloud, Sencha.io

    Sencha Launches Mobile HTML5 Cloud, Sencha.io

    Javascript Web app framework provider Sencha is today announcing the public beta launch of Sencha.io, its new HTML5 mobile cloud service. The service will allow Sencha app developers to build “shared experiences” in the browser, without having to write server code or manage hosting. At launch, Sencha.io will provide a set of cloud services, including Sencha.io Data, Sencha.io… Read More

  • Job Search Engine SimplyHired Integrates With Viadeo

    Job Search Engine SimplyHired Integrates With Viadeo

    Job search engine SimplyHired.com, which aggregates jobs listing across the Web, is now adding international professional social network Viadeo to its supported services. The new integration will allow users to see which of their business contacts work at the companies surfaced by job searches on SimplyHired’s website. SimplyHired previously added support for Facebook and LinkedIn to do… Read More

  • Google+ To Integrate With Blogger

    Google+ To Integrate With Blogger

    Up-and-coming social network Google+ will soon be integrated with Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, according to a message now appearing in the “Edit User Profile” section of Blogger’s Settings. The message reads “Connect Blogger to Google+ : Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger,” and includes links to… Read More

  • O.co (Overstock.com) Suit Against Brokerage Firms Set For Trial

    O.co (Overstock.com) Suit Against Brokerage Firms Set For Trial

    O.co, also known as Overstock.com, is today announcing its case against Goldman Sachs and Bank of America subsidiary, Merrill Lynch, will go to court on March 5th, 2012. The company is claiming that the defendants engaged in share price manipulation by “naked short selling” and failing to deliver shares they sold, in order to benefit themselves and their hedge fund clients. Read More

  • Video-Sharing Startup Shelby.tv Launches Into Public Beta With New iOS App

    Video-Sharing Startup Shelby.tv Launches Into Public Beta With New iOS App

    Shelby.tv, the video-sharing startup (and stars of Bloomberg’s TechStars reality show), is today exiting out of its private alpha phase and launching into a public beta. The service, founded by Reece Pacheco, Dan Spinosa, Henry Sztul and Joe Yevoli, aggregates the video links your friends are sharing across social networks in order to offer you personalized video… Read More

  • Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location Labs, a location-as-a-service provider and makers of mobile parental control utility Safely, is today announcing the acquisition of two companies in the mobile space, Wirkle and Volly. Wirkle, a mobile product development firm, and group messaging company Volly will bring their product portfolios, IP and team to Location Labs as a part of their respective deals. Although the terms of… Read More

  • Chartboost Raises $2 Million In Series A Funding, Already Profitable

    Chartboost Raises $2 Million In Series A Funding, Already Profitable

    The new direct-deals mobile advertising marketplace Chartboost is announcing today that it has raised $2 million in Series A funding, after having just launched at the beginning of the October. Investors in this rounded included TransLink Capital, SK Telecom Ventures and XG Ventures, the latter a former investor in Tapulous before its Disney acquisition. Read More

  • Hands On With Everpix, The Service That Centralizes All Your Photos From Desktop & Web

    Hands On With Everpix, The Service That Centralizes All Your Photos From Desktop & Web

    For the past week, I’ve been testing the alpha version of the Everpix service, which aims to automatically centralize and organize all your digital photos, both online and off. I’m happy to report that, so far, it works as advertised. In case you missed it, Everpix, a creation of ex-Apple engineers, was one of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt finalists. Using a small utility… Read More

  • High-End Car-Sharing Service HiGear Expanding To L.A.

    High-End Car-Sharing Service HiGear Expanding To L.A.

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is expanding to L.A. starting November 1st. The move is part of the company’s continued expansion plans that will see it arrive in five additional markets, including Portland and San Diego, by year-end. Unlike other car-sharing services, HiGear specializes in “high-end” auto brands… Read More

  • Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google announced today that its business and educational customers now have a second option for purchasing its new Chrome OS-powered laptops: upfront pricing, sans subscription. Previously, Chromebooks were only available to these institutions by way of a 3-year commitment. That plan didn’t fit in well with some organization’s yearly budget cycle, says Google. Now, those customers… Read More

  • Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa Launches Mobile App Component Marketplace With Support For iOS, Android & Web

    Chupa is a newly launched mobile app component marketplace that joins the ranks of sites like TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Verious and Appcelerator’s Open Mobile Marketplace. However, there is one key difference between competitors’ sites and Chupa: in addition to native applications (iOS and Android), it also supports a variety of frameworks, including Appcelerator’s… Read More

  • BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    BrandTable Concept Shows NFC At The Food Court

    Australian design firm S-Digital has created an interesting concept application for the use of NFC (near field communication) in food courts. Yes, food courts – like those found at your local mall. The project, dubbed “BrandTable,” involves circular stickers containing NFC tags secured to the tabletop that, when tapped with an NFC phone, launch a menu and ordering page for… Read More

  • Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla Launches New Mobile UX Testing Tool

    Usabilla, makers of usability testing tools for websites, is today launching a new mobile tool that lets companies test how their apps or mobile websites perform on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android devices. The new tool overlays questions or notes on top of the mobile app or website’s user interface, like “where would you click to filter the search results?,” for example. Read More