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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  • Birchbox Raises $60 Million

    Birchbox Raises $60 Million

    The company that led to dozens of startups describing themselves as a “Birchbox for X,” beauty sample box provider Birchbox, has raised $60 million in Series B funding, valuing the company at $485 million. News of the deal was first reported by Fortune. The new funding was led by Viking Global Investors, and saw participation from First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect… Read More

  • SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

    SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

    You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad’s case, the company is entering its fifth day under attack, after a series of on and off again hits began on Thursday night… Read More

  • Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

    Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

    There’s no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience – for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets… Read More

  • Taking On Amazon, Target Expands Online Subscriptions Program To More Categories, Lowers Prices

    Taking On Amazon, Target Expands Online Subscriptions Program To More Categories, Lowers Prices

    Target has significantly expanded its subscription-based e-commerce service, first launched last fall as a response to Amazon’s popular “Subscribe and Save” program, by increasing the number of online items available for subscription purchase from just 200 to now 1,500. While the company’s original focus was on baby-care items, the now revamped service offers… Read More

  • Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

    Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

    Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart, says Google via a blog post detailing the feature. However… Read More

  • App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

    App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io

    Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out… Read More

  • LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users

    LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users

    LinkedIn announced this morning that the company now has 300 million registered users worldwide, over half of which come from outside the U.S. Stateside, the site has 100 million members, its says. LinkedIn revealed these and other figures via a company blog post, in addition to laying out its vision for growing its presence through strategic initiatives on mobile, in Asia, and… Read More

  • Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom And Document Collaboration Service Hackpad

    Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom And Document Collaboration Service Hackpad

    Only days after revealing its first dedicated photo management and sharing application Carousel, Dropbox is announcing it has acquired cloud photo storage and sync service Loom, a favorite among iOS users. The company, which currently offers apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as an online experience, says it will no longer be enrolling new users and will work to transition existing… Read More

  • A Million Little Facebook Pieces

    A Million Little Facebook Pieces

    Facebook, massive and successful as it is, is no longer a company that defines new social experiences. It either copies them outright or it just buys them. (See also: $19 billion for WhatsApp). Read More

  • In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

    In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

    The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the… Read More

  • Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

    Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

    The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make superimposed, silhouetted and double image exposures, as well as remove backgrounds… Read More

  • Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product

    Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product

    Pinterest’s upcoming news event, dubbed “Choose Your Own Adventure,” may not be directly related to the company’s efforts in the personalization space, but rather the announcement of a consumer-facing travel product, we’re hearing. The launch will be aimed at attracting more men to Pinterest’s service, which is today overwhelmingly female. Read More

  • Instagram Reassigned Inactive “Kathleen” Username To An Employee But Will Give It Back

    Instagram Reassigned Inactive “Kathleen” Username To An Employee But Will Give It Back

    Is Instagram going around stealing users’ account and distributing them to employees? That’s the far-out claim from designer Brian Hoff, who says his wife’s Instagram account, with the likely much-desired username of “@kathleen” was taken from her control and is now being used by another Kathleen, who also happens to be a current Facebook/Instagram employee. Shock! Read More

  • Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC

    Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC

    Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop screen-sharing service, which allows you to share your desktop’s screen… Read More

  • Twitter And Tumblr-Focused Analytics Provider Union Metrics Now Does Instagram, Too

    Twitter And Tumblr-Focused Analytics Provider Union Metrics Now Does Instagram, Too

    Union Metrics, the social analytics platform whose most recent claim to fame was being the first to receive Tumblr’s blessing, is today rolling out a similar service for Instagram, as well as introducing a new suite which will pull Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram into one platform. The company had previously been testing the Instagram analytics service in a private beta with around 15… Read More

  • Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive

    Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive

    Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to manage the items as you would any other file, including being able to organize, share… Read More

  • Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World

    Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World

    Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Drive Photos For iOS Gets A New Look, Better Navigation & More

    Amazon Cloud Drive Photos For iOS Gets A New Look, Better Navigation & More

    Amazon’s Cloud Drive suite of services – file storage and sync, streaming music, and online photos – have always felt like something of an also-ran compared with market leaders like Google, Dropbox, Yahoo, and others. But things are slowly changing. With yesterday’s upgrade of Cloud Drive Photos for iOS, the company has introduced a host of changes making its mobile… Read More

  • App Search Startup Xyo Scores Deal With Deutsche Telekom To Power App Discovery, Widgets And Install Ads

    App Search Startup Xyo Scores Deal With Deutsche Telekom To Power App Discovery, Widgets And Install Ads

    Berlin-based app search engine and discovery service Xyo is announcing today a significant deal which will see it powering app searches in Deutsche Telekom’s own app recommendation service, TopApps. The service, the mobile operator’s alternative to Google Play, launched to U.S. users on T-Mobile several years ago, and is also live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with other… Read More

  • Etsy Details Pricing For Wholesale Business, Now Nearing Public Launch

    Etsy Details Pricing For Wholesale Business, Now Nearing Public Launch

    Etsy announced a new channel for its online crafts marketplace last year, with the launch of Etsy Wholesale. The service, which allows sellers to connect with qualified retailers around the U.S. and elsewhere, is now nearly ready to exit from beta testing, the company says today, with a public launch set for later this summer. More importantly, Etsy is now announcing the pricing for this… Read More