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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  • Epic Reddit Prank “Cat Facts” Is Now An App That Lets You Text Troll Your Friends

    Epic Reddit Prank “Cat Facts” Is Now An App That Lets You Text Troll Your Friends

    What do you get when you combine cats and epic-level trolling? Only one of the most popular Reddit posts of all time: the hilarious “Cat Facts” prank from Reddit user “frackyou” is the 8th most popular post on Reddit, and now, it’s a mobile app you can use to automate cat facts-style pranking on your unsuspecting friends. Cat Facts? What’s Cat Facts, you say? Read More

  • After Turning Down A Million In Funding, Over Brings Its Photo-Editing App To Android

    After Turning Down A Million In Funding, Over Brings Its Photo-Editing App To Android

    Over, a popular image editing application for iOS users that has grown to over 9 million installs since its launch, is now available on Android – a move that founder Aaron Marshall claims has been a top request for some time. In the new version, Android users will be the first to receive a few features, including full resolution photo saving, the ability to rotate text, and an improved… Read More

  • iDrive Launches OOLOO, A Voice Search App Powered By People, Not Algorithms

    iDrive Launches OOLOO, A Voice Search App Powered By People, Not Algorithms

    iDrive, a company better known for its data backup and syncing services, is now branching out in a new direction with the launch of a mobile application called OOLOO. (Seriously, we’re running out of names, aren’t we?). The idea for the app can best be explained as something of a “staffed” version of Siri – meaning that instead of algorithms and engines answering… Read More

  • TUNE (Formerly HasOffers) Acquires MobileDevHQ To Expand Into Unpaid User Acquisition

    TUNE (Formerly HasOffers) Acquires MobileDevHQ To Expand Into Unpaid User Acquisition

    Two Seattle-based mobile analytics companies are teaming up today. The ad attribution and analytics company TUNE (previously known as HasOffers), has made its first acquisition with the purchase of MobileDevHQ, a software-as-a-service that helps mobile marketers better understand app store visibility, search ranking, ASO (app store optimization), and competitive intelligence. The company… Read More

  • LeapFrog Buys Kid’s Web Browser Maker KidZui

    LeapFrog Buys Kid’s Web Browser Maker KidZui

    San Diego-based KidZui, the makers of a web browser designed for children, has been acquired by children’s learning and entertainment company LeapFrog. The deal is one that involves bringing a LeapFrog partner in-house, as the two companies already had a close working relationship. Previously, KidZui was powering web search and browsing on LeapFrog’s Wi-Fi enabled… Read More

  • Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    A new mobile application called Phantom is offering a way to post personal photos and videos to blogs and social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, which “self-destruct” like they do in Snapchat, while also offering controls that limit the number of people who can view the content, and more. The idea to allow for ephemeral sharing on Facebook and other sites is interesting… Read More

  • Google Barge Sold For Scrap

    Google Barge Sold For Scrap

    Remember the mystery Google barges? Portland’s barge is no more, it seems. Toward the end of last year, the tech world was abuzz with curiosity about why Google had anchored barges in Portland, Maine and San Francisco. Floating data centers? Secret projects? The search giant finally clued us in: the company was planning to use the barges as interactive spaces to teach people about… Read More

  • Wikipedia Revamps Its iOS App With Offline Access, Support For Editing While On The Go

    Wikipedia Revamps Its iOS App With Offline Access, Support For Editing While On The Go

    Wikipedia has today made a significant update to its iOS application, which most noticeably features a cleaner, “distraction-free” design, as well as the ability to edit Wikipedia articles from your smartphone or tablet device. Under the hood, the app received a number of other improvements as well, including speed increases, offline access, a reading history, and more. Read More

  • Snapchat VP Of Engineering Peter Magnusson Departs Startup After Just 6 Months

    Snapchat VP Of Engineering Peter Magnusson Departs Startup After Just 6 Months

    Snapchat’s VP of Engineering, Peter Magnusson, has left the company only six months after the L.A.-based startup was able to poach him away from Google. Magnusson was a particularly high-profile win for the ephemeral messaging app maker, as he had previously headed up Google’s App Engine, a cloud-based platform that counts Snapchat as one of its largest customers. Read More

  • Audi A7 "Traffic Jam Pilot" Test Drive

    Audi Tests Self-Driving Cars On Florida’s Roads

    Self-driving cars are making their way to Florida. Well, to “connected car” testbeds in Florida, that is. Automaker Audi was recently the first to try out a section of highway in Tampa, which has been designated by the state as a testbed for automated driving. Here, Audi tested an initial version of “Piloted Driving” – something it calls “Traffic Jam… Read More

  • Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

    Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

    Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More

  • Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO & Others Pulled From The App Store [UPDATED]

    Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO & Others Pulled From The App Store [UPDATED]

    Yo, the simplified messaging app backed by an optimistic $1.5 million in funding, has apparently had it with the clones. The company is now trying to get the parody app YOLO and other similar efforts removed from the App Store by filing a complaint with Apple, claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Yo…YOLO? Surely you can see the potential consumer confusion? According to the… Read More

  • Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis… Read More

  • Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, The Pinterest For Creatives

    Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, The Pinterest For Creatives

    Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, a “Pinterest for creative types,” which offered an online collaboration service that allowed users to organize their projects, including not only images, but also articles, files, videos, and other content, and share that content with others. The Barcelona-based company was founded last year, and had a team of just over a half-dozen in both… Read More

  • PayPal’s “Bill Me Later” Service Becomes “PayPal Credit,” As Company Expands Credit Products Globally

    PayPal’s “Bill Me Later” Service Becomes “PayPal Credit,” As Company Expands Credit Products Globally

    Touting its increasing focus on credit products for both consumers and small businesses, PayPal today announced it is rebranding its Bill Me Later service as “PayPal Credit,” while that and its PayPal Working Capital business loans service are now destined for international expansions. PayPal Credit is soon being rolled out to the U.K. and Germany, while PayPal Working Capital… Read More

  • First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    First Data Acquires Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft

    Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, a previous TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company which offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform… Read More

  • Snapchat, In Talks With Alibaba, Joins The $10 Billion Valuation Club

    Snapchat, In Talks With Alibaba, Joins The $10 Billion Valuation Club

    Snapchat’s decision to reportedly rebuff Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer doesn’t look as silly today: according to a new report from Bloomberg out this morning, the ephemeral messaging application may now be valued at $10 billion dollars, as it continues talking with investors, including Alibaba, about a new round of financing for its growing business. This is not… Read More

  • Spotify Adds An Equalizer So You Can Turn Up The Bass

    Spotify Adds An Equalizer So You Can Turn Up The Bass

    A small but notable update to the Spotify iOS application is sure to please music fans: the company has just rolled out a new equalizer feature which lets you adjust your music by choosing from one of several presets, or by dragging the points in the graph using your finger for a more precise and personalized setting. The app also received a a few other features in this latest release… Read More

  • WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-Backed Luvocracy, A Pinterest-Like Marketplace For Product Recommendations

    WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-Backed Luvocracy, A Pinterest-Like Marketplace For Product Recommendations

    Walmart’s Silicon Valley R&D group @WalmartLabs is announcing this morning that it has acquired its 14th startup, social marketplace Luvocracy. As part of the deal, @WalmartLabs will bring in a total of 16 employees from Luvocracy, including founder and CEO Nathan Stoll. Luvocracy offered a Pinterest-like experience where friends and tastemakers can recommend products for others. Read More

  • Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others

    Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others

    Yahoo-owned photo-sharing and storage site Flickr announced this morning the rollout of a new licensing program aimed at the service’s members who are looking to have their work discovered, featured on prominent news sites, including Yahoo’s own properties, as well as generate additional income through commercial licensing. Some photographers may receive a message from… Read More