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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  • Photobucket Raises $3.6 Million, Plans To Acquire A Mobile Photo-Sharing App

    Photobucket Raises $3.6 Million, Plans To Acquire A Mobile Photo-Sharing App

    Denver-based Photobucket, one of the web’s older brands which offers a photo and video-sharing service online and on mobile, has closed on $3.6 million in new funding, an SEC filing reveals and the company confirms. The additional capital is part of a larger, still-in-progress round, which sees the photo sharing service seeking around $8.1 million in new funding. Read More

  • Corgi For Feedly Puts News Right On Your Android Phone’s Lock Screen

    Corgi For Feedly Puts News Right On Your Android Phone’s Lock Screen

    There are a growing number of startups taking advantage of Android’s flexibility to deliver content directly to the smartphone’s lock screen, enabling things like alerts, ads, and even messaging – without requiring users to first unlock their phone and launch an app. A new startup called Corgi, available now on Google Play’s store, is one of these new efforts, as it… Read More

  • Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile App Search Service Quixey Confirms $60 Million In New Funding

    Mobile app search company Quixey, which has been focused on solving the challenges with app discovery, and counts among its customer base names like Ask.com and Sprint, confirmed today it has raised $60 million in a strategic Series C1 funding round led by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba. Other investors in the round included SoftBank, GGV, Goldman Sachs. To date, this additional… Read More

  • Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Studypool, a 500 Startups-backed startup offering an online marketplace that connects students with tutors on a per question basis, has just closed on $1.2 million in seed funding, after growing its site to include some 22,000 tutors and nearly double that in terms of student users. The new round, which makes co-founder Richard Werbe the youngest founder ever to raise over a million at… Read More

  • Google Launches A New Tool To Sell Car Insurance To U.S Web Searchers

    Google Launches A New Tool To Sell Car Insurance To U.S Web Searchers

    Confirming earlier reports that Google has been plotting a move to help sell consumers auto insurance in the U.S., the search giant announced this morning it’s launching a new feature called “Google Compare for Auto Insurance,” a comparison-shopping site that lets you compare the rates from different insurance providers. The option to compare rates will begin popping up after… Read More

  • Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin’s New App Blends Secure Private Messaging With Cloud Storage

    Mustbin, the mobile application that began as a secure organizer for personal documents and other information captured by your smartphone’s camera, is today making a larger move to compete in the private mobile messaging space with the launch of Mustbin 2.0. The new app is now offering a solid handful of features that differentiate it from many competitors, including the ability… Read More

  • Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

    Google’s Newest Search Feature Tells You How To Make A Cocktail

    Wondering how to make a Moscow Mule or a Margarita? Google this morning is rolling out a new search feature that will tell you how to make any cocktail, offering step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and even serving suggestions like type of garnish or drinkware. The addition is one of many ways that Google is trying to turn its search service into more of a virtual assistant for… Read More

  • YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

    YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

    With the shift to mobile devices, businesses today have a need to reach their customers wherever they are – and that includes marketing to their customers outside of email alone. A Y Combinator-backed startup called Outbound wants to help today’s marketers run campaigns that go beyond just tracking “opens and clicks,” and can also reach customers using… Read More

  • Yahoo Mail Gets Automatically Updating Smart Contact Cards

    Yahoo Mail Gets Automatically Updating Smart Contact Cards

    Yesterday, Google announced a well overdue revamp of its Google Contacts service which introduced a redesign and a handful of new features, and today Yahoo is following up with some contacts-related news of its own. The company is now rolling out new “Contacts Cards” in Yahoo Mail, which are small cards that pop up when you hover over a person’s name in a message, showing… Read More

  • AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer. Specifically, AmbyGear’s… Read More

  • Sling TV Brings AMC, IFC And EPIX To Its Subscription Service For Cord Cutters

    Sling TV Brings AMC, IFC And EPIX To Its Subscription Service For Cord Cutters

    Dish’s newly launched streaming video subscription service Sling TV announced this morning the addition of two more channels, AMC and IFC, which will now become available as part of its $20 core package aimed at cord cutters. In addition, Sling TV customers will also be able to optionally subscribe to a new movie-focused add-on pack called “Hollywood Extra” for $5 per… Read More

  • Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter’s Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their phone… Read More

  • HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today

    HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today

    Just ahead of the April 12 premiere of one of its more popular shows, Game of Thrones, HBO announced this morning that its streaming service HBO GO is now available on the PlayStation 4. The new application, which has been available on the PS3 for nearly a year, will be made available to PS4 owners as of today, the company says. Read More

  • Hulu’s Latest Kids’ Deal Brings Disney Jr. Content To Its Service For The First Time

    Hulu’s Latest Kids’ Deal Brings Disney Jr. Content To Its Service For The First Time

    Hulu announced this morning an expanded deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group which will see the streaming service gain the exclusive rights to one of Disney Junior’s top-rated shows, Doc McStuffins as well as Bunnytown, in addition to the non-exclusive rights to stream all the episodes from another Disney Junior title, Handy Manny. What’s notable about the deal is that it… Read More

  • Paperspace Lets Anyone Access A Better Personal Computer That Lives In The Cloud

    Paperspace Lets Anyone Access A Better Personal Computer That Lives In The Cloud

    Imagine never having to buy new and expensive hardware to upgrade your personal computer with more speed and storage space. That’s the vision behind Y Combinator-backed Paperspace, a new company launching today, which is building a full, personal computer that lives in the cloud, which you access from any web browser. Similar, to some extent, to enterprise-grade solutions like… Read More

  • Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

    A pair of Twitter vets today launched a handy mobile application called OneShot that makes it easier to share screenshots of text to Twitter, along with your comment and a link to the page in question. The new app also optionally allows you to crop the image, highlight a selection of text, and even add a brightly colored background to make your screenshot stand out better when displayed in… Read More

  • Cloze Debuts A Smart, Personal Assistant App For Managing Your Professional Relationships

    Cloze Debuts A Smart, Personal Assistant App For Managing Your Professional Relationships

    Cloze today is rolling out a new application aimed at business professionals. It promises a smarter view of your contacts by allowing you to automatically track email messages, phone calls, meetings, notes, social updates and more in a single application on iPhone, iPad and the web. The idea is to offer individuals whose business requires them to maintain relationships an easy way to… Read More

  • New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch

    New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch

    Word has it that last month’s launch of Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which connects the messaging app’s users to news stories and other media packaged in a way that’s ideal for consumption in quick bursts, has been driving millions of pageviews per day for its publishing partners. But the evidence pointing to Discover’s popularity has been… Read More

  • Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

    Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

    Visa announced today that it’s planning to acquire Mountain View-based TrialPay, an e-commerce payment platform which sits in between payments and advertising, providing consumers with an alternative way to pay for items by agreeing to take advantage of another merchant’s offer. For example, in mobile applications, TrialPay allows gamers to unlock premium content by agreeing to… Read More

  • Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

    Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

    Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration… Read More

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