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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  • Camoji Lets You Create And Send Animated GIFs Via iMessage

    Camoji Lets You Create And Send Animated GIFs Via iMessage

    An iOS application called Camoji, which lets you create your own animated selfies and other GIFs, will be your new favorite toy. Like a number of mobile messaging applications that have come out in recent weeks, Camoji is designed primarily to work with iMessage, as opposed to attempting to establish its own messaging platform that would compete with giants like WhatsApp or Facebook… Read More

  • IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC-owned search company Ask.com has acquired the beleaguered anonymous Q&A social network, Ask.fm. The news was first reported by The New York Times this morning, and IAC and Ask.fm have also confirmed to TechCrunch. Alongside of the deal, IAC has inked an agreement with the attorneys general of New York and Maryland, who have outlined policies to try to curb cyberbullying on Ask.fm… Read More

  • Pinterest Expands Self-Serve Promoted Pins Platform To More Businesses

    Pinterest Expands Self-Serve Promoted Pins Platform To More Businesses

    Pinterest is rolling out its Promoted Pins platform to more businesses, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch, after we received reports from businesses who were newly being invited to join the pilot program. Previously announced earlier this summer, Pinterest’s “self-serve,” performance-based advertising platform is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses looking… Read More

  • Local Lift Is A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

    Local Lift Is A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

    Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms have been a big hit with product makers and creative types, but a new company called Local Lift wants to bring the power of crowdfunding to those in the local, small business community, too. With the Local Lift platform, business owners are able to raise funds directly from their customer base and the community at large by running… Read More

  • Framebench’s New “Mail Markup” Tool Lets You Annotate Files Right In Gmail

    Framebench’s New “Mail Markup” Tool Lets You Annotate Files Right In Gmail

    Framebench, a Google Docs-like platform for creative collaboration, is out today with a new tool for those who regularly need to annotate and markup attachments shared via email. With “Mail Markup,” Gmail users will be able to annotate and leave comments on attachments like PDFs and images without having to first download the files to their computer, then make their changes… Read More

  • Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

    Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

    Apple acquired TestFlight, a popular mobile app testing service earlier this year, and today Amazon is stepping up to compete with its own mobile app testing service aimed at developers targeting the Amazon Appstore. Called “Live App Testing,” the new tool allows developers to quickly distribute their app to a pre-defined list of testers before going live. Test apps can also… Read More

  • Bolt Vs. Bolt: A Speedy, New Photo Messenger Debuts Using A Familiar Name

    Bolt Vs. Bolt: A Speedy, New Photo Messenger Debuts Using A Familiar Name

    There’s another Bolt on the App Store that isn’t Instagram’s experimental photo messenger, and it competes in the same photo messaging space. How will Instagram parent company Facebook react to this new Bolt? Even Bolt’s creator, Nick Bicanic, better known as the founder of mobile dating app Flikdate, doesn’t quite know. Read More

  • Twitter Launches New Ad Product, Promoted Video, Into Beta

    Twitter Launches New Ad Product, Promoted Video, Into Beta

    Twitter announced this morning it will begin beta testing a new feature called “Promoted Video,” which is aimed at brands looking to upload and distribute their videos to the Twitter network. The feature, which expands upon the Twitter Amplify program, was previously revealed during Twitter’s recent earnings announcement, when new CFO Anthony Noto teased the… Read More

  • Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money

    Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money

    In the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the world, 100 people are testing out a debit card that lets them pay with bitcoin and Ripple, and, in the future, regular money and loyalty points. These users are a part of a pilot program run by the Y Combinator-backed startup called Shift Payments, a company working to make it as easy to spend digital currencies, cryptocurrencies and… Read More

  • Meetup Becomes A Messaging App

    Meetup Becomes A Messaging App

    On mobile, everything wants to be a messaging app – even Pinterest, it seems. But in Meetup’s case, the addition of a new Messages feature makes sense. Most people are familiar with Meetup as being the long-time online home for local community groups that organize outings and other activities like hikes or biking trips, cooking classes, playdates for the kids, and much more. But… Read More

  • Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%). That means the app is more popular than Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr among the millennial demographic, which comScore… Read More

  • Parenthoods Debuts A Mobile Social Network Just For Moms And Dads

    Parenthoods Debuts A Mobile Social Network Just For Moms And Dads

    Becoming a parent is an amazing, life-changing experience, but it can also be one that’s isolating and lonely – especially if your pre-baby social activities involved spur-of-the moment invites, happy hours, and nights out on the town. Parenthoods, a new Y Combinator-backed mobile platform, wants to help with the social isolation parenthood can bring by offering a community for… Read More

  • OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable, which first announced its mobile payments pilot program this February in San Francisco, is about to speed things up. The company said this morning that it’s now expanding its mobile payments service to a number of restaurants in New York and plans to introduce payments to 20 more cities before the end of 2014. Read More

  • Online Bridal Boutique Weddington Way Raises $9M Series A

    Online Bridal Boutique Weddington Way Raises $9M Series A

    Online boutique for brides and their wedding parties, Weddington Way, announced today it has closed on $9 million in Series A funding in a round led by Javelin Venture Partners. Existing investors Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Trinity Ventures also participated, bringing the company’s total raise to date to $11.5 million. Other strategic investors include Bonobos founder Andy… Read More

  • Square Targets Small Business With Launch Of Online Booking Tool “Square Appointments”

    Square Targets Small Business With Launch Of Online Booking Tool “Square Appointments”

    Continuing its expansion beyond mobile payments, Square this morning has rolled out Square Appointments, an online appointment booking service aimed at small businesses, like beauty and hair salons, and other individuals looking to connect with their customers online. The program, previously available only to pilot testers, is now open to any merchant, whether or not they use Square to… Read More

  • Vine Competitor Groopie Lets Vloggers Create TV-Style Shows Together

    Vine Competitor Groopie Lets Vloggers Create TV-Style Shows Together

    YouTube stars are more popular among today’s U.S. teens than Hollywood celebs, a recent study found. Hoping to capitalize on this trend, a new social video network called Groopie has just launched on iPhone, allowing the next generation of vloggers to record video shows with friends, which may include both scripted and unscripted content. The L.A. and San Francisco-based startup… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Reseller Snobswap Grabs $700K To Bring Brick-And-Mortar Shops Online

    Luxury Consignment Reseller Snobswap Grabs $700K To Bring Brick-And-Mortar Shops Online

    Snobswap, the D.C.-based online shopping resale site with a funny but memorable name, is one of many new entrants in a growing market focused on bringing the experience of shopping for second-hand clothing and other accessories online. And, as its branding implies, Snobswap is aiming for the high-end, luxury shopper who’s looking for discounts on designer labels, or hoping to relieve… Read More

  • Anonymous Emailing Service Leak Shuts Down

    Anonymous Emailing Service Leak Shuts Down

    In what may be a new record (?), recently launched anonymous emailing service Leak has already crashed and burned. Or, at least, the service has been temporarily suspended while its creators figure out how to port it over infrastructure better designed for the purpose at hand. In case you missed it: Leak rolled out in late July as something of a side project from French… Read More

  • Beauty Data Startup Poshly Scores $1.5 Million

    Beauty Data Startup Poshly Scores $1.5 Million

    A New York-headquartered data company focused on the beauty industry, Poshly, has closed on a $1.5 million seed round of funding, which will largely be used to grow its engineering team in San Francisco. The funding was led by Frontier Equities VC, and included Astia Angels, CPEG Ventures, WI Harper Group, and other private investors. To date, Poshly has raised over $2 million to… Read More

  • Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More