Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising. Previously, he worked as a tech writer at Adweek, a senior editor at the tech blog VentureBeat, and a local government reporter at the Hollister Free Lance, where he won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for breaking news coverage and writing. He attended Stanford University and now lives in Brooklyn.

Disclosure: I own shares in VentureBeat.

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  • Rolltape adds Radio feature so you can share voice messages with the world

    Rolltape adds Radio feature so you can share voice messages with the world

    Rolltape is a voice messaging app that’s supposed to help you share personal, emotional moments with friends. Now, with the launch of Rolltape Radio, it can help you share those stories on a broader scale. The change is pretty straightforward. Previously, Rolltape messages (which are recommended to be five minutes or less, but have no hard limit) could only be shared with friends… Read More

  • Influencer marketing startup Captiv8 raises $2M

    Influencer marketing startup Captiv8 raises $2M

    Captiv8 announced today that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Created by the founders of mobile ad exchange Mobclix, Captiv8 is one of a number of companies connecting marketers with influencers on social platforms like Instagram and Twitter. However, the startup says it uses a technology- and data-driven approach, examining things like geography and demographics to predict… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new Bob Marley filter prompts ‘blackface’ backlash

    Snapchat’s new Bob Marley filter prompts ‘blackface’ backlash

    Happy 4/20 day everybody! To celebrate, Snapchat teamed up with the estate of Bob Marley, and the results were … unfortunate. Snapchat created a lens that makes your face look more like the legendary musician’s by adding Marley-like features — a cap, dreadlocks, a beard and darker skin. Amusing? Probably for some users, but it comes with some really awful historical… Read More

  • theSkimm expands beyond newsletters with Skimm Ahead, a subscription calendar service

    theSkimm expands beyond newsletters with Skimm Ahead, a subscription calendar service

    Since launching in 2012, theSkimm has built up a big audience for its email newsletter — founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin told me they have more than 3.5 million active subscriptions, with a daily open rate of 40 percent. Today the New York City startup is launching its first iPhone app, accompanied by its first major service beyond the newsletter, Skimm Ahead. For a… Read More

  • Adtile raises $2M to rethink mobile ads

    Adtile raises $2M to rethink mobile ads

    Mobile ad startup Adtile is announcing that it has raised an additional $2 million in funding. That’s an extension of the $4.5 million Series A that Adtile raised back in 2014, and it comes from undisclosed investors. The San Diego-based startup focuses on a format it calls Motion Ads, allowing marketers to take advantage of smartphone capabilities like the GPS and accelerometer to… Read More

  • RebelMouse’s new Discovery tool helps publishers find the right people to promote their stories

    RebelMouse’s new Discovery tool helps publishers find the right people to promote their stories

    Social media startup RebelMouse has created a new tool for publishers — Rebel Discovery, which helps those publishers identify the social media accounts that they should be sharing stories with for maximum impact. Founder and CEO Paul Berry said that when you publish a story, there are probably many Facebook Pages or Twitter accounts that would be happy to post a link — not… Read More

  • Unreel.me allows creators to build their own video streaming sites and apps

    Unreel.me allows creators to build their own video streaming sites and apps

    Unreel Entertainment is launching a new platform called Unreel.me, which provides tools to build your very own video streaming site and app. Those sites can include videos that were uploaded directly to Unreel.me, as well as content posted to social networks. And they can be monetized advertising, paywalls, subscriptions and merchandise sales. As part of the launch, the company is also… Read More

  • Piano’s new Composer makes it easy for publishers to create a targeted paywall experience

    Piano’s new Composer makes it easy for publishers to create a targeted paywall experience

    Publisher tools and paywall company Piano is announcing a new tool that could give publishers more freedom to experiment with paywalls and other business models. The company was created last year from the merger of Tinypass and Piano Media. While the combined organization continues to offer a paywall system for publishers, CEO Trevor Kaufman has said that the issue is no longer a… Read More

  • Gilt co-founder launches photo-driven shopping startup Project September

    Gilt co-founder launches photo-driven shopping startup Project September

    Alexis Maybank, one of the founders of Gilt Groupe (recently acquired by the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue), has a new startup in the world of fashion and shopping — Project September. Maybank told me her aim is to “make the visual world shoppable.” In other words, if you see a photo with an item of clothing or an accessory that you love, you shouldn’t have to wonder what… Read More

  • MightyTV uses a Tinder-style interface to offer personal tips on what to watch next

    MightyTV uses a Tinder-style interface to offer personal tips on what to watch next

    Maybe it’s the modern-day equivalent of endless channel-surfing — turning on Netflix or some other streaming video service, then going through page after page of movies and TV shows, never quite settling on what to watch next. It’s even worse when you add another person, or a whole group, to the decision-making process. Suddenly you’re having loooooong conversations… Read More

  • Sprimo takes a personal approach to purifying your air

    Sprimo takes a personal approach to purifying your air

    We’ve written about a number of air purifiers before, but Sprimo is taking a different approach — instead of trying to clean all the air in the room, it creates a personalized stream of clean air for individual users. Now, a phrase like “personalized stream of clean air” might sound a little silly, but CEO Ray Combs and CTO Harold Han (who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from… Read More

  • Mobile publishing and monetization startup Marfeel adds support for Facebook’s Instant Articles

    Mobile publishing and monetization startup Marfeel adds support for Facebook’s Instant Articles

    Marfeel, a startup that helps publishers adapt to mobile, now supports publishing Instant Articles on Facebook. That might not sound like a big breakthrough — basically, it just means Marfeel can repackage articles for Facebook’s new, native publishing format. However, it illustrates today’s mobile strategy means much more than just creating a mobile website or… Read More

  • Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live could take live video to a new level of popularity. Now third-party developers will get a chance to participate. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company said it’s releasing an API for developers who want to plug into Facebook Live, and it also announced the first partners — including Livestream (maker of the Mevo camera), BuzzFeed, Vidpresso… Read More

  • Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out his hopes for colonizing Mars

    When I met with Buzz Aldrin to discuss his new book No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon, he described himself as possibly “among the luckiest guys.” After all, his mother was born in 1903, the same year the Wright brothers made their first flight, and Aldrin himself was born less than three decades later. Yet in the span of his own life… Read More

  • Altitude Digital raises $17.5M as it launches its new ad platform for publishers

    Altitude Digital raises $17.5M as it launches its new ad platform for publishers

    Altitude Digital says it has poured $20 million into its just-launched Arena platform for publishers. That sounds like a lot of money for one product, but Altitude is also announcing that it has raised $17.5 million in new funding. Arena is Altitude’s customizable, self-serve SSP — that’s the industry acronym for supply-side platform, which is what online publishers use… Read More

  • DocSend raises $8M for smarter document sharing

    DocSend raises $8M for smarter document sharing

    Document analytics startup DocSend has raised $8 million in new funding. Naturally, co-founder and CEO Russ Heddleston said he used his company’s tools to make the deal. DocSend launched in the Startup Battlefield at our Disrupt NY conference two years ago, offering users a different way to send email attachments. The attachments are presented in a web viewer, meaning that you get… Read More

  • Black Panther’s artist and editor on diversity in comics and relaunching the iconic superhero

    Black Panther’s artist and editor on diversity in comics and relaunching the iconic superhero

    Marvel Comics just launched a new Black Panther series, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (that’s right, the well-known journalist and author of New York Times bestseller Between The World and Me) and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the character, he was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s — as a black superhero, he stood out at… Read More

  • New Facebook rules allow publishers and celebrities to share sponsored content

    New Facebook rules allow publishers and celebrities to share sponsored content

    As more and more online content ends up hosted on Facebook, it becomes more important for Facebook to provide ways for publishers and creators to make money. That’s why some changes announced today to the social network’s branded content and ads policies could be a big deal. Under the new rules, verified Facebook Pages can now share branded content (i.e., “any post —… Read More

  • Hands on with Reddit’s new smartphone app

    “Finally” is one of those words that gets overused in tech news stories, but I think it’s fair to say that it’s taken a pretty long time for Reddit to release its first official, native apps for iOS and Android. Until now, the company has made do with Alien Blue, which started out as a third-party app before being acquired by Reddit in 2014. But as Sarah Perez… Read More

  • Mashable cuts staff as it shifts focus from politics and world news

    Mashable cuts staff as it shifts focus from politics and world news

    Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore (pictured above) announced layoffs today in a company-wide email that he also posted on LinkedIn. As part of the cuts, Executive Editor Jim Roberts and Chief Revenue Officer Seth Robin will be leaving the company. Politico reports that the layoffs affected about 30 staffers, including its entire political reporting team, plus “most of its global… Read More