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.

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  • 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

  • Discover The World Around You With New Mobile App Roamz

    Discover The World Around You With New Mobile App Roamz

    Just in time to be one of the first app installs on my freshly arrived iPhone 4S, there comes a new location-based mobile app called Roamz (iTunes link), which will have its official debut on Monday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. As hinted at by the name, the app wants to help you discover the world around you as you “roam” around town. To do so, Roamz digs into… Read More

  • Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More

    Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More

    According to a new post by Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz, on the official company blog, Google is delivering the death blow to several more products and services, including its code search engine, Buzz, Jaiku, iGoogle features and the University Research Program for Google Search, the latter which provides API access to Google Search results for a small number of academic institutions. Read More

  • GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE has announced plans to spend $600 million on a new solar factory located in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado. The factory, which begins operations in 2012, will be capable of producing enough solar panels per year to generate 400 megawatts of power, or enough energy to power 80,000 homes. When completed, the factory will be bigger than 11 football fields – soon to be the… Read More

  • PlugShare Partners With Getaround, Offers Members $50 For Sharing Their Car

    PlugShare Partners With Getaround, Offers Members $50 For Sharing Their Car

    Software company PlugShare, makers of apps for owners of electric cars, is today announcing a partnership with car-sharing service (and TechCrunch Disrupt NYC winner) Getaround to provide $50 to those PlugShare members who sign up to share their car via Getaround’s service. The idea, whose launch has been timed in conjunction with the first-ever “National Plug In Day,”… Read More

  • GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    This week, GM announced it will launch an all-electric vehicle under the Chevrolet brand, the Spark EV. The car is basically an electric version of the Spark mini-car and will be sold in limited quantities in the U.S., including California, starting in 2013. The company also announced it has started working on its new concept vehicle, the Chevrolet EN-V. Read More

  • App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    Mobile advertising startup AppRedeem has just launched App Trailers, a new product that rewards you for viewing videos about mobile apps. The service, available here from the iTunes App Store, doesn’t use the same model as typical incentivized install programs do today. Instead, users are given points for watching a trailer, then are provided with the option to download the app at the end… Read More

  • ChatON, Samsung’s Version Of iMessage, Arrives In Android Market

    ChatON, Samsung’s Version Of iMessage, Arrives In Android Market

    Samsung’s cross-platform messaging application called ChatON has arrived in the Google Android Market this morning. The service, announced in August, is similar to RIM’s BlackBerry BBM or Apple’s iMessage in that it allows for an alternative to SMS or MMS messaging. At present, ChatON supports Android, bada and Samsung feature phones, but the company promises support for iOS… Read More

  • Wave Accounting Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Wave Accounting Raises $5 Million In Series A

    Wave Accounting Inc. has just closed $5 million in financing, in a Series A round led by Charles River Ventures, with the participation of OMERS Ventures. The financing will be used by the company to continue the development of its free online accounting software for small businesses and market it internationally. Wave is a completely free (not freemium, but free) accounting package that… Read More

  • Yahoo Wants Us To Blog About Yahoo News, Promises SEO Boost In Return

    Yahoo Wants Us To Blog About Yahoo News, Promises SEO Boost In Return

    Oh Yahoo!, you silly ol’ thing! According to an email that just came in from Yahoo’s digital marketing agency Something Massive, the struggling content company (platform company? advertising company?) wants us to talk about, tweet about and Facebook about their Yahoo! News Activity feature, and in return it’s promising lots of links and SEO juice. In case we forgot what Yahoo! Read More

  • AisleFinder Launches Supermarket API, An Open Source API For Groceries

    AisleFinder Launches Supermarket API, An Open Source API For Groceries

    Ask any developer working in this space, and they’ll tell you that accurate grocery product information is hard to find via an API. To help solve this problem, the team from shopping list creator AisleFinder have launched Supermarket API, an open source API for the grocery industry. The new API contains product details on over 150,000 grocery items as well as aisle info for over… Read More

  • ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink, a startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images, is today announcing the launch of an internal incubator called ThingLink Labs which will be a dedicated environment to create and productize innovations in the field of image interaction. The Labs’ first project is Rich Media Notes, a printed version of ThingLink images, which will also include NFC tags. Read More

  • New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    Eye-C is a new mobile application for iPhone and Android that lets you “play” Twitter hashtags on your phone, TV, PC or set-top box. The service looks for any media associated with a particular hashtag, then creates a playlist of sorts (a “taglist”) which allows you to watch the videos, listen to the music or view the photos associated with a particular hashtag. For… Read More

  • Crashlytics, A Crash-Reporting Solution For Mobile Developers, Raises $1 Million

    Crashlytics, A Crash-Reporting Solution For Mobile Developers, Raises $1 Million

    Crashlytics, a crash reporting solution for mobile developers, today announced it has closed $1 million in seed funding in a round led by investment firms Flybridge Capital Partners and Baseline Ventures. The new service, available as an SDK for iOS developers (Android soon), is currently in private beta testing. Read More

  • New Mobile App Zoomingo Helps You Find Nearby Sales

    New Mobile App Zoomingo Helps You Find Nearby Sales

    Newly launched Zoomingo is a shopping discovery app that aims to help you find nearby sales using either your Android or iPhone. With a focus on clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, beauty and home products, the app appeals to the everyday bargain shopper, not the daily deal seeker or the gadget guru looking to compare prices on HDTVs, for example. Sales data for major retailers is available… Read More

  • AwayFind Raises $800,000 In Seed Funding, Now Available For Google Apps

    AwayFind Raises $800,000 In Seed Funding, Now Available For Google Apps

    Email productivity tool AwayFind announced today that it has closed its seed round of $800,000, led by 500 Startups and CAP Ventures, with participation from several angels, including Ben Lilienthal, Anton Sutton and Amir Banifatemi. The company is also launching its new product for business, available now in the Google Apps Marketplace. This new service includes an integrated Gmail gadget… Read More

  • DudaMobile Converts Websites To Mobile Sites, Now Right On Your Mobile Phone

    DudaMobile Converts Websites To Mobile Sites, Now Right On Your Mobile Phone

    Mobile website builder DudaMobile is really eating its own dog food with the launch of its mobile site for its mobile website builder at m.dudamobile.com. Got that? You can now convert your existing websites into mobile websites right from your mobile device. Farewell, desktop-based Web! Read More