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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  • PowerInbox Raises Additional $800K In Seed Funding

    PowerInbox Raises Additional $800K In Seed Funding

    PowerInbox, the new email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, just closed an additional $800, 000 in seed funding, bringing its total Series Seed to $1.9 million. The company had previously raised $1.1 million in August, mostly from AngelList investors. Read More

  • Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    General Motors is partnering with a car-sharing startup called RelayRides on a new venture that will allow GM owners to rent out their idle vehicles via the OnStar service and their mobile phone. The program will launch first in California in 2012, before expanding to other markets. Read More

  • Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Tagtile, A Square-Like Mobile Loyalty Service

    Tagtile is a new company (and recent TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant), which is using the Square model involving free hardware to address the issues surrounding customer loyalty, management and rewards for brick-and-mortar merchants. Like mobile payments service Square, which uses a free hardware dongle that attaches to a mobile phone, Tagtile also provides its merchants with a… Read More

  • TechStars Grad ReportGrid Raises $750K Seed Round

    TechStars Grad ReportGrid Raises $750K Seed Round

    ReportGrid, a recent graduate form the 2011 TechStars Boulder class has just raised a seed round in the amount of $750,000. The company, a data analytics as a service offering, is notable for powering its API for analytics and reporting through a cloud-scalable database and visualization engine. Principal investors in the round included Launch Capital, David Cohen, Walt Winshall, Doug Derwin… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App LiveShare Adds News Feed, Local Groups

    Photo-Sharing App LiveShare Adds News Feed, Local Groups

    Cooliris’ photo-sharing app LiveShare is all-new today, with two major additions: a Facebook-like News Feed and enhanced geolocation features that let you share photos with others in your same vicinity. The latter feature, seemingly reminiscent of the failed location-based photo-sharing app from Color, is different in that it doesn’t just work on mobile – it works in a… Read More

  • Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple did not announce a cheaper, mass market version of the iPhone today. Instead, it announced an upgraded iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S. It’s the same on the outside, but with all new insides. However, there are more affordable iPhones now on the market: the old ones. Apple says it’s keeping the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 around. Not only… Read More

  • More Than 1 Billion iOS Apps Are Downloaded Each Month

    More Than 1 Billion iOS Apps Are Downloaded Each Month

    At today’s Apple iPhone 5 event, Apple announced an update on the number of iPhone and iPad applications now available. There are more than 500,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, 140,000 of which have been built specifically for the iPad. “That gives anyone who owns an iPad a better experience,” said Apple’s SVP of iOS software Scott Forstall. That makes the App Store… Read More

  • Tech Job Site Dice Reports Shortage Of .NET Developers

    Tech Job Site Dice Reports Shortage Of .NET Developers

    According to technology job board Dice’s October report, there’s one particular tech talent now in short supply across the U.S.: Microsoft’s .NET. Job postings requiring .NET are up more than 25% year-over-year, the company says – faster growth than the total job postings on all of Dice.com. Read More

  • Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    The spectacular failure of solar manufacturer Solyndra is being held up by some as a shining example of the Obama administration’s failure to properly manage government subsidies after its collapse left taxpayers with $535 million in federally guaranteed loans. But Solyndra’s failure on its own is not remarkable. There are always risks involved when you’re introducing… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Hotmail Android App Goes Live

    Microsoft’s Hotmail Android App Goes Live

    Microsoft’s newly announced Hotmail for Android application is available now in the Android Market. The app, which aims to serve the world’s largest webmail platform, offers a handful of standard features including push email, synced calendar and contacts, support for multiple accounts and more. More interesting, perhaps, is the related news that Hotmail will finally become… Read More

  • Rhapsody To Acquire Streaming Music Competitor Napster

    Rhapsody To Acquire Streaming Music Competitor Napster

    On-demand music service Rhapsody will acquire competitor Napster in an effort to expand its user base, the companies have announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will acquire all Napster subscribers and certain other assets. Meanwhile, Best Buy, Napster’s current owner, will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. Read More

  • Fuse Corps Will Pair Entrepreneurs With Government, Hopes To Achieve Large-Scale Social Change

    Fuse Corps Will Pair Entrepreneurs With Government, Hopes To Achieve Large-Scale Social Change

    New social venture Fuse Corps is launching a platform to connect entrepreneurial professionals with governors, mayors and community leaders across the U.S. in an effort drive meaningful social change. The group will identify projects in various communities that address a national issue like education, health care or economic development, then recruit and pair a selected entrepreneur with… Read More

  • PolitiFact Launches News Service To Bring Its Fact-Checking To Print

    PolitiFact Launches News Service To Bring Its Fact-Checking To Print

    Florida-based news outlet the St. Petersburg Times is launching the PolitiFact News Service today, a new venture that brings the Pulitzer-prize winning political database to newspaper publishers. Subscribers will have access to candidate report cards, the Truth-O-Meter, fact-checking and updates and scorecards from the Obameter and GOP Pledge-O-Meter, which track the campaign promises of… Read More

  • Chartboost Launches New Direct-Deal Marketplace For Mobile Game Publishers

    Chartboost Launches New Direct-Deal Marketplace For Mobile Game Publishers

    New direct-deal advertising marketplace Chartboost launches today, allowing mobile game developers to use cross-promotion techniques to increase the size of their game’s user base, and therefore, its revenues. The company was created by former Tapulous employees, Maria Alegre, now Chartboost CEO, and Sean Fannan, CTO. After Disney’s acquisition of Tapulous, the Chartboost… Read More

  • Google Offers Hits Miami

    Google Offers Hits Miami

    Google’s deals service Google Offers launches in Miami, Florida today, with two kickoff specials now available. Offers, Google’s take on the Groupon model, initially launched in June, and expanded last month into five additional cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle. Including its original test market of Portland, plus the Bay Area and New York City, Google Offers… Read More

  • Wildfire Launches Analytics Suite That Integrates With Facebook’s New Page Insights

    Wildfire Launches Analytics Suite That Integrates With Facebook’s New Page Insights

    Social media marketing software maker Wildfire is announcing its integration with the new Facebook Insights data, the update to Facebook’s analytics system for Pages, also announced today. Wildfire had helped advise Facebook on the development of the new Insights system, so it was prepared to provide the new data to its clients via its own suite as soon as it became available. Read More

  • Facebook Partners With Websense To Protect Users From Malicious Sites And Malware

    Facebook Partners With Websense To Protect Users From Malicious Sites And Malware

    Facebook is announcing a partnership with security firm Websense today, in order to protect its users from dangerous links that lead to malicious websites and malware sites. Going forward, when a Facebook user clicks on a link, the new system will first check the link against Websense’s system to determine whether or not it’s safe. If it’s not, a message is displayed warning… Read More

  • Wi-Fi Hotspot App Connectify Gets New Funding From IQT – The Firm That Finds New Tech For CIA

    Wi-Fi Hotspot App Connectify Gets New Funding From IQT – The Firm That Finds New Tech For CIA

    Remember Connectify? The downloadable software that turns PCs into Wi-Fi hotspots in just a few minutes? It looks like the company now has a new investor: In-Q-Tel (IQT), which just so happens to be the strategic investment firm that seeks out new technologies for the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the CIA. Read More

  • Nike VC Arm To Invest In Green Startups

    Nike VC Arm To Invest In Green Startups

    Sports brand and sneaker maker Nike is going to start investing in green startups, through its new VC arm called the Sustainable Business & Innovation Lab. This group will seek out companies focused on sustainable products, sustainable manufacturing and sustainable marketplaces. The fund is designed to support Nike’s goals involving the integration of corporate responsibility into… Read More

  • Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    In 2010, the U.S. installed 887 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV), up 104% from the 435 MW installed in 2009, according to a new recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. However, the U.S. market’s share of global installations fell to 5.1%, down from 6.0% in 2009. In the end of 2011, that’s expected to change, thanks to slowdowns… Read More