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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  • Litsy is a book-focused social network that goes beyond reviews

    Litsy is a book-focused social network that goes beyond reviews

    If you’re a book lover, Litsy might be the social app for you. The startup was founded by Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who previously launched the book-themed clothing company Out of Print. Lawton told me the idea for Litsy came from connecting with Out of Print fans at events like book festivals and comic book conventions. “We realized that there’s a really passionate… Read More

  • Chatty fiction app Hooked gets an update where readers can write stories, too

    Chatty fiction app Hooked gets an update where readers can write stories, too

    Fiction app Hooked launched last fall, aiming to reinvent fiction with short stories modeled on text message conversations. Next up: Letting readers write their own stories. That arrives today with the launch of Hooked 2.0. Any Hooked reader can now create characters and then write their story one message at a time. They can also include photos and videos. The idea of typing out a full story… Read More

  • Customer communication startup Intercom raises $50M

    Customer communication startup Intercom raises $50M

    Intercom, a startup helping businesses talk to their customers, has raised an additional $50 million in funding. Intercom’s products cover everything from website chat to marketing to customer support. When the company raised funding last year, co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe (pictured above) said integration is one of the big elements of the company’s strategy —… Read More

  • Sharethrough grades your headlines with its new Hemingway tool

    Sharethrough grades your headlines with its new Hemingway tool

    Ask most writers and editors and I’ll bet they agree: Writing headlines is hard. It’s not easy to come up with something exciting and attention-grabbing that also conveys the important information about a story in just a few words. Meanwhile, brands and marketers are creating more of their own content, so they have to worry about this, too. Native advertising company Sharethrough… Read More

  • Google’s Torrence Boone joins the board of stock footage marketplace Pond5

    Google’s Torrence Boone joins the board of stock footage marketplace Pond5

    Pond5, a company allowing users to buy and sell stock videos, photos and other media content, is adding to its board of directors a big name from ad industry — Torrence Boone, Google’s vice president of global agency sales and services. Boone comes from the ad agency world, having previously worked at WPP, Publicis and Avenue A. His appointment could help Pond5 make further… Read More

  • Etsy launches Pattern, a website builder for its sellers

    Etsy launches Pattern, a website builder for its sellers

    With the launch of a new service called Pattern, Etsy is making it easier for people to sell custom goods on their own websites. Apparently, more than one-third of Etsy’s 1.6 million active sellers have said they’re interested in setting up their own site, but they found the process of registering a domain, creating a site, maintaining it and managing the inventory too… Read More

  • Google’s head of ads and commerce is coming to Disrupt NY

    Google’s head of ads and commerce is coming to Disrupt NY

    Yep, ads are going to be a big topic at Disrupt New York. We’ve already announced speakers from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and AdBlock Plus, but we’ll also be joined by Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s vice president of ads and commerce. Despite the transition to mobile, Google remains the big name in online advertising — in fact, a strong earnings report in… Read More

  • Virool raises $12M for native video ads

    Virool raises $12M for native video ads

    Video ad startup Virool has raised $12 million in Series A funding. The company works with publishers including Mashable, Adweek and The Onion. It offers what it calls an Inline video ad unit, which has already been served across more than 2,000 online properties and which creates new ad inventory by launching video ads in the middle of articles and other editorial content. Does that sound… Read More

  • Disney to “broaden the scope” of succession planning as its COO departs

    Disney to “broaden the scope” of succession planning as its COO departs

    Thomas Staggs, chief operating officer at The Walt Disney Corporation, is stepping down. Staggs is widely seen as the successor to CEO Bob Iger, so this makes the entertainment giant’s plans after Iger’s departure seem a lot less certain. Staggs has been at Disney for 26 years, and he was recently promoted from leading the company’s theme park division to COO, a move… Read More

  • Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media

    Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media

    Samir Arora, the longtime CEO of Mode Media, is stepping down, replaced by interim CEO Jack Rotolo. Rotolo has spent more than a decade serving in a number of roles at the company, most recently president of global sales and business operations. “Mode Media is poised to redefine social content for brands thanks in large part to Samir Arora’s dedication and vision,” Rotolo said… Read More

  • AOL expands its TV ad-buying tools

    AOL expands its TV ad-buying tools

    AOL is expanding its television efforts with the launch of self-serve TV ad-buying as part of its One by AOL platform. AOL (which owns TechCrunch, and in turn is owned by Verizon) first announced its programmatic TV offering in 2014, allowing marketers to buy TV ads through AOL’s online system. As explained to me by Dan Ackerman, the company’s senior vice president of programmatic… Read More

  • Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, gets some upgrades

    TechCrunch went out to the ballpark this week — specifically Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Granted, it wasn’t the most tech-centric event, but the stadium has seen some changes between seasons — including the addition of a big LED Coca-Cola sign, which looms over the new Coca-Cola Corner in right field. Apparently, the sign is the second largest “freeform… Read More

  • Reserve acquires mobile payments startup Dash

    Reserve acquires mobile payments startup Dash

    Restaurant reservation startup Reserve announced today that it has acquired Dash. When you make a reservation through Reserve, the app already handles payment (including splitting the bill), but by acquiring Dash, it will be able to integrate with point-of-sale systems like Micros and Aloha. The company wasn’t just attracted by Dash’s payment technology. In a blog post, Reserve… Read More

  • Beatie Wolfe shows off her NFC-powered musical jacket

    The days of CDs and vinyl might be (mostly) over, but singer-songerwriter Beatie Wolfe is making music physical again, in a very literal way. Wolfe stopped by the TechCrunch New York office to show off her jacket designed by Mr. Fish, who also created designs for legends like David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Not only does the jacket look pretty spectacular — it also uses NFC technology… Read More

  • Streaming movie service Tribeca Shortlist comes to Apple TV

    Streaming movie service Tribeca Shortlist comes to Apple TV

    Tribeca Shortlist, the streaming movie service from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises (the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival), is releasing its Apple TV app today. Why does anyone need another movie subscription, even if it only costs $4.99 a month? Tribeca Shortlist President Jeff Bronikowski emphasized his service’s focus on “quality and curation.” “I… Read More

  • Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job

    Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job

    Tim Attia, co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, said there’s “a ticking time bomb” threatening the on-demand economy — namely, insurance and liability. Attia’s tackling that problem with Slice, which will offer insurance for on-demand workers and providers, starting with rideshare drivers and then homeshare hosts. The startup is announcing today that it has raised… Read More

  • Tru Optik aims to improve ad measurement for Internet-connected TVs

    Tru Optik aims to improve ad measurement for Internet-connected TVs

    Andre Swanston, CEO of Tru Optik, argued that there’s been one big obstacle to advertising on Internet-connected TVs — measurement. Naturally, Swanston is pitching Tru Optik’s technology as the solution. The company started out by measuring how video content gets shared through peer-to-peer file sharing, but has since expanded into a broader measurement solution, with… Read More

  • Apple plans unscripted, app-focused show for its first original TV content

    Apple plans unscripted, app-focused show for its first original TV content

    Apple’s plans for its first original TV show don’t make it sound like a swing-for-the-fences, House of Cards-style project. Instead, it’s working on an unscripted TV series about apps and app developers. There are some big names attached, though, including musician Will.i.am and TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. (Silverman was previously co-chairman at NBC… Read More

  • Marketing startup Olapic acquires Pinterest-focused Piqora

    Marketing startup Olapic acquires Pinterest-focused Piqora

    Two visual marketing startups are teaming up — Olapic is announcing that it has acquired Piqora. Both companies promise to help businesses promote themselves through user-generated photos, but Olapic co-founder and CEO Pau Sabria said his company’s strength has been on Instagram (which was its initial focus), while Piqora’s has been on Pinterest (ditto). So he sees the… Read More

  • Redesigned DoorDash app helps you choose restaurants based on delivery quality and speed

    Redesigned DoorDash app helps you choose restaurants based on delivery quality and speed

    DoorDash is unveiling new versions of its website and app today, putting each restaurant’s delivery experience front-and-center. That’s happening through a new “Delight” score, which Head of Design Josh Abrams described as an “industry-first” rating — one that doesn’t just reflect the general quality of the meal, or the experience of dining in… Read More

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