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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  • 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

  • Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

    Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

    Google will begin using website encryption, or HTTPS, as a ranking signal – a move which should prompt website developers who have dragged their heels on increased security measures, or who debated whether their website was “important” enough to require encryption, to make a change. Initially, HTTPS will only be a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global… Read More

  • Why The Gmail Scan That Led To A Man’s Arrest For Child Porn Was Not A Privacy Violation

    Why The Gmail Scan That Led To A Man’s Arrest For Child Porn Was Not A Privacy Violation

    No one will argue against the outcome of a case which saw a man arrested on child pornography charges, after Google tipped off authorities about illegal images found in the Houston suspect’s Gmail account. But the nature of how the discovery came about led some to questions about the methodologies used behind the scenes. Was Google actively scanning Gmail for illegal activity? Was… Read More

  • Unclouded App Lets You See What’s Eating Up Your Cloud Storage

    Unclouded App Lets You See What’s Eating Up Your Cloud Storage

    Back when the PC was king, a number of software programs were available that would let you analyze your hard drive utilization, allowing you to delete and relocate files in order to free up more storage space. But now that we’ve moved to using cloud services, where overuse isn’t just an annoyance, but incurs additional monthly charges, gaining that same sort of visibility is… Read More

  • With Newly Announced Expansions, Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Service Now Outpaces Competitors

    With Newly Announced Expansions, Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Service Now Outpaces Competitors

    Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery service is expanding again, the company has announced, and will now be arriving in a half-dozen more cities and metro areas, including Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and the D.C. metro area. Amazon Prime customers in these markets, and others that already have access to the “Get It Today” option, are able to order… Read More

  • AOL Beats On Revenue, But Profit Falls

    AOL Beats On Revenue, But Profit Falls

    TechCrunch parent company AOL released its Q2 earnings before the market opened this morning, reporting profit down by 1%, but revenue that beat expectations thanks to a 60% jump in advertising revenue from the company’s third-party advertising platform, which reached $194.3 million in the quarter. Meanwhile, ad revenue increased 20% to $451.7 million, also aided by the acquisition… Read More

  • Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

    A company known as Zip Phone is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the limited number of cellular minutes that come with their smartphone’s voice plan. That’s a more common problem outside of North America where unlimited calling plans are prevalent, though these consumers can still benefit from Zip Phone… Read More