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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  • StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

    StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

    5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon’s first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their mood, 5by’s new apps are meant to encourage users to seek out videos for themselves, get a head’s up about the next viral… Read More

  • Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments

    Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments

    Crafts marketplace Etsy this morning announced a further expansion into the offline world with the launch of an Etsy card reader product designed for sellers who want to take credit and debit card payments in person. The move is centered around Etsy’s larger goal to become a one-stop shop for creative business owners who are often marketing their goods in the real world, at craft… Read More

  • Twitter Launches Digits, A New Way To Sign In To Apps Without Using Passwords

    Twitter Launches Digits, A New Way To Sign In To Apps Without Using Passwords

    Today, Twitter announced the launch of a new service called Digits, aimed at application developers looking for a simpler, password-free login option for their mobile applications. The news was revealed this afternoon at Twitter’s first annual developer conference called Flight, which served not only as the launchpad for a suite of tools aimed at mobile application developers, but… Read More

  • Amazon Gets More Enterprise-Friendly With Launch Of AWS Directory Service

    Amazon Gets More Enterprise-Friendly With Launch Of AWS Directory Service

    Amazon has been moving into the enterprise world with the launch of corporate I.T.-friendly Fire HD and HDX tablets, its own secure storage service Zocalo, its virtual desktop computing platform WorkSpaces, and not to mention the cloud computing behemoth that is Amazon Web Services. Today, the company is making the combination of on-premise and cloud resources, easier to manage with the launch… Read More

  • Glamsquad Raises $7 Million For On-Demand Hair Styling And Beauty Services

    Glamsquad Raises $7 Million For On-Demand Hair Styling And Beauty Services

    New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this year in New York, and is now one of several services that bring professional hair stylists and makeup… Read More

  • Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

    Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

    The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website. There was early buzz around… Read More

  • On The Heels Of Apple Pay, Jumio Launches A Card-Scanning Mobile Checkout Product For Retailers’ iOS And Android Apps

    On The Heels Of Apple Pay, Jumio Launches A Card-Scanning Mobile Checkout Product For Retailers’ iOS And Android Apps

    Computer vision startup Jumio, best known for its payment card and ID-scanning technologies which allow end users to hold up their cards to a mobile device’s camera to simplify the process of entering in that data on small screens, is rolling out a new product today designed to improve the mobile checkout experience for retailers. Called “BAM Checkout,” the product is… Read More

  • Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications

    Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications

    Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning with the launch of redesigned user profiles, following features and notifications. The new profiles offer a variety of information about the poster, including a bio, Twitter handle, and tabs for… Read More

  • Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in… Read More

  • Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    This August, Nokia, the Finnish company that remains after selling its handset business to Microsoft, rolled out new versions of its HERE mapping product to Samsung smartphones, powered by both Android and Tizen. However, at the time, the company wouldn’t provide an ETA as to when other Android devices would gain access to HERE maps. That day, as it turns out, is today. According to a… Read More

  • Mobile Marketing Company Fiksu Takes On $10M In Debt Funding From Silicon Valley Bank

    Mobile Marketing Company Fiksu Takes On $10M In Debt Funding From Silicon Valley Bank

    Mobile marketing and ad tech company Fiksu announced this morning $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, after a year which saw it hiring 100 new employees, bringing its total headcount to 300, and seeing revenues of over $100 million. The company today claims it has 800 customers, including big-name brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, Topps, Dunkin’ Donuts and Groupon using… Read More

  • App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year

    App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year

    Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. For additional context, at Apple’s… Read More

  • CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

    CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

    CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a partnership with domain name registry Rightside. The additional capital comes from New… Read More

  • Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

    Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

    Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the… Read More

  • Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

    Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

    Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just snagged a large handful of new brand partnerships from major players, including Sesame… Read More

  • Dropbox Updated For iPhone 6 And 6 Plus, Gains Touch ID Support

    Dropbox Updated For iPhone 6 And 6 Plus, Gains Touch ID Support

    A week after popular file-sharing site Dropbox confirmed user accounts were compromised but denied claims of its own servers being breached, the company has rolled out an update to its iOS application which introduces support for Apple’s Touch ID. With this change, iOS 8 users will now have the option to unlock and access their Dropbox accounts using their own fingerprints. Dropbox is… Read More

  • ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffs

    ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffs

    E-commerce retailer ModCloth has laid off additional staff across engineering, creative, product, producer, social teams and more in a second wave of layoffs. The news follows earlier cuts confirmed back in July which, at the time, affected around 70 employees, or a little under 15 percent of its then 500-person-plus workforce. Read More

  • Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

    Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

    Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional ZIP codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

  • Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

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