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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  • 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

  • BaubleBar Raises $10 Million For Its “Fast Fashion” Jewelry Business

    BaubleBar Raises $10 Million For Its “Fast Fashion” Jewelry Business

    E-commerce jewelry business BaubleBar has raised $10 million in Series B funding, in a round led by Burch Creative Capital, the investment firm headed by billionaire retail and fashion veteran Chris Burch, known for co-founding his ex-wife’s fashion label, Tory Burch. Other participants in the round include Aspect Ventures, Triplepoint Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and existing… Read More

  • Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live Now On iOS

    Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live Now On iOS

    Kurbo Health, a mobile subscription service focused on fighting childhood obesity through the use of simple food diaries and live coaching, is today opening its doors to all families who want to sign up and try its weight loss program, initially available as an iOS application. The company also just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective… Read More

  • Tango Teases “Music Pix,” A Social App For Making Instant Photo Slideshows

    Tango Teases “Music Pix,” A Social App For Making Instant Photo Slideshows

    Tango, the mobile messaging platform that raised a massive $280 million from Alibaba earlier this year, has quietly rolled out a new photo-sharing application called Tango Music Pix. The app lets you share your photos along with a song, in order to create 30-second customized slideshows. Read More

  • Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. Bolt, a new app from Instagram, is expected out this week, we’re hearing. Meanwhile, the original Bolt’s founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring Instagram to reconsider its name choice to avoid… Read More

  • A Most Dangerous Machine

    A Most Dangerous Machine

    Facebook’s News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I’m not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself – that surely, I was following a nationwide news story… Read More

  • Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon‘s Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company’s Amazon Prime membership program. But you might want to add YouTube to that list of would-be competitors, as Amazon has now introduced a new section to Instant Video focused on… Read More

  • Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    There are a number of third-party applications that offer up a “secret folder” on your iPhone for hiding certain, ahem, private photos from prying eyes. But most of these require a bit of photo management to take place first – you have to import your photos into the app, then delete the original from the Photo Stream. A new app called Overswipe takes a different approach. Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    Everyone’s favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it’s calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Android operating system, the new site has an updated layout that’s easier to read and navigate. News of the site’s debut… Read More

  • Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

    Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

    Amazon‘s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after-hours trading following Amazon reporting net losses that widened to $126 million in the quarter. Amazon has been stretching itself… Read More

  • Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

    Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

    Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu and David King. Headquartered in San Francisco, which also serves as its… Read More

  • Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More

  • Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

    Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

    With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with… Read More

  • Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

    Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

    There are literally dozens of third-party apps for the online community Reddit, from mini meme-makers to feature-rich native clients, like the popular Alien Blue, for example. But we’re getting a kick out of a new app called Karma Swipe (click the link on your smartphone), which offers a simple, swipeable mobile interface for Reddit, heavily focused on Reddit’s visual… Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business – and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and… Read More