Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a 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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  • Washington Post Launches Its First Real-Time Ad Campaign

    Washington Post Launches Its First Real-Time Ad Campaign

    Thanks in large part to its personalized news aggregation technology Trove, The Washington Post has recently launched new reading experiences like Social Reader and Personal Post. Now it’s starting to use Trove on the advertising side too, creating ads that pull real-time content from social networks. Specifically, it’s using this technology for a campaign from the Cleveland… Read More

  • Cabana’s Fan Page Mobilizer Turns Facebook Pages Into Mobile Web Apps

    Cabana’s Fan Page Mobilizer Turns Facebook Pages Into Mobile Web Apps

    Mobile development startup Cabana is launching a new product today called Fan Page Mobilizer aimed at small businesses who want to bring their Facebook presence to smartphones. There have been a lot of startups promising easy-to-use mobile app-building tools, to the point where my eyes start to glaze over any time a new one launches. However, Cabana has attracted the backing of impressive… Read More

  • Interview Street Helps Sequoia-Backed Startups Recruit With Its Latest CodeSprint

    Interview Street Helps Sequoia-Backed Startups Recruit With Its Latest CodeSprint

    Interview Street, the startup that helps companies recruit by holding programming contests called CodeSprints, is doing something a little different this week — it’s holding a CodeSprint for 13 different startups, all backed by Sequoia Capital. The CodeSprints started out as big events with a long list of recruiting companies, but while there are still plans for more… Read More

  • Everyme Launches Mobile App That Aims To Get Social Circles Right

    Everyme Launches Mobile App That Aims To Get Social Circles Right

    Everyme, a Y Combinator-incubated startup with a long list of impressive investors, is launching its iPhone app today. Its goal? To create an environment where you feel comfortable sharing whatever you want with specific groups of people. Co-founder and CEO Oliver Cameron demonstrated the app for me over the weekend. At the core of the Everyme experience are Circles — private news feeds… Read More

  • Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

    Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

    Time Out New York is making a big leap into the digital world today, says Aksel van der Wal, who’s president of Time Out North America and chief operating officer of the Time Out Group. Specifically, it’s launching its first iPad app, an updated iPhone app, and a new e-commerce model for all of its properties. As a product, the new iPad app sounds the most interesting. (I… Read More

  • Adobe Online Ad Report: Search Spending Up 16 Percent, Mobile Traffic Quadrupled

    Adobe Online Ad Report: Search Spending Up 16 Percent, Mobile Traffic Quadrupled

    Search may not be the most exciting area of online advertising right now, but it’s still “the biggest driver of return on investment”, according to a new report from Adobe. The report has the elaborate title, “Adobe Digital Index: Global Digital Advertising Update” and it covers the first quarter of this year. Compared to the same period last year, Adobe says… Read More

  • Patent Sale Pushes AOL Stock Up 45 Percent

    Patent Sale Pushes AOL Stock Up 45 Percent

    It looks like investors are ecstatic about the news AOL has sold 800 patents to Microsoft for $1.056 billion. AOL made the announcement this morning, and as of 12:45pm Eastern, AOL stock is trading at $26.76 per share. That’s a 45 percent increase from Friday’s closing price, and the highest that AOL stock has been since November 2010. Read More

  • Yext Spins Off Pay-Per-Call Ad Business As Felix

    Yext Spins Off Pay-Per-Call Ad Business As Felix

    Yext has made the famous startup pivot, shifting focus from its pay-per-call advertising service to a new product called PowerListings. But rather than simply abandoning its old business, the company is announcing today that it’s spinning off the pay-per-call part of the company into a wholly-owned subsidiary called Felix. Yext CEO Howard Lerman says the pay-per-call business was doing… Read More

  • Woopra’s New Dashboard Lets Publishers See Exactly Who’s Visiting Their Site

    Woopra’s New Dashboard Lets Publishers See Exactly Who’s Visiting Their Site

    When you hear the phrase “real-time analytics” you probably think of Chartbeat (at least I do), but it’s not the only company in the field. In fact, a Lebanese startup called Woopra has been offering its own real-time services since 2008. And you may be hearing more about it soon — it recently opened an office in San Francisco, and today it’s launching version 5.0… Read More

  • Cater2.Me Finds A New Way To Feed San Franciscans With Pop-Up BetaKitchen

    Cater2.Me Finds A New Way To Feed San Franciscans With Pop-Up BetaKitchen

    Until now, Cater2.me has focused on using the Web to connect companies (which need to feed their employees) with small restaurants and food carts. Now it’s opening a restaurant of its own — or rather, what it calls the BetaKitchen. The idea, says co-founder Zach Yungst, is to create something that’s to be visible to consumers, not just office managers trying to plan the next… Read More

  • Philip Kaplan’s Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians

    Philip Kaplan’s Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians

    If you’re wondering what Philip Kaplan, a.k.a. Pud, has been up to, wonder no longer: He’s working on a social network for musicians called Fandalism. The site went live at the end of January, and without any publicity or advertising, it has grown to more than 350,000 registered users. You may remember Kaplan as the founder of the blog FuckedCompany and the ad network AdBrite. Read More

  • Wingsplay Pays Influencers To Spread Viral Videos, Runs Campaigns For NBC And Oxygen

    Wingsplay Pays Influencers To Spread Viral Videos, Runs Campaigns For NBC And Oxygen

    If a business creates a fun, potentially viral video, what’s the best way to convince people to share it? Wingsplay has a straightforward idea: Pay them. So advertisers pay Wingsplay to promote videos that they want to go viral. “Influencers” with accounts on Wingsplay then visit the site to watch the videos. If they like one, they can post a link to the video on Facebook… Read More

  • Spotify Says It’s Just Like Radiohead, Turntable.fm Says David Bowie

    Spotify Says It’s Just Like Radiohead, Turntable.fm Says David Bowie

    Yes, that’s one of the more random headlines I’ve written, but look — I wasn’t the one who said it. Executives from Spotify and Turntable.fm really did compare themselves to popular musicians, and Pandora and TastemakerX took turns, too. All four companies spoke at the closing panel at ad:tech conference in San Francisco yesterday, and they were all instructed by… Read More

  • Shufflr Brings Its Social Video App To the iPad

    Shufflr Brings Its Social Video App To the iPad

    A startup called Althea Systems wants to reinvent the way we find videos online. Its app Shufflr is already available on desktops, the Web, iPhone, and Android, and today it’s launching on the iPad. Shufflr co-founder Rajnish (he goes by a single name) isn’t shy about his larger ambition. In the same way that companies like Facebook are reorganizing the web around social identity… Read More

  • Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

    Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

    Hey, remember when Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement of shows like South Park and The Daily Show? And YouTube won a summary judgement nearly two years ago, with a judge basically throwing out the case? Well, it looks like the fight isn’t over. Today, an appeals court reversed the earlier decision. That doesn’t mean Viacom has won, but it does mean YouTube-owner Google… Read More

  • Graphicly Kills Its Mobile Apps To Double Down On Publishing Tools

    Graphicly Kills Its Mobile Apps To Double Down On Publishing Tools

    Over the past few months, Graphicly¬†started to abandon its vision of becoming the “iTunes of comics” and instead focused on digital publishing tools for comics and other image-heavy books. Today it’s fully committing itself to that strategy, shutting down the comic store apps that it offered on both iPhone and Android. CEO Micah Baldwin says that decision reflects the… Read More

  • MindMixer Raises $1.9M For Virtual Town Halls, Launches ImproveSF Website

    MindMixer Raises $1.9M For Virtual Town Halls, Launches ImproveSF Website

    If you live in San Francisco, you probably spend a lot of time complaining about the lackluster public transportation. I’m no exception — so today, I was really excited to see a new government website called ImproveSF, where residents can submit and vote on suggestions about how to make Muni better, faster, and more reliable. Not surprisingly, there’s a cool startup behind… Read More

  • Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    E-payments company YapStone just announced that it has acquired ParishPay, a service for donating to faith-based organizations. YapStone’s main product is RentPayment — as you can probably guess, it’s a service for property managers to collect credit card and electronic check payments from their tenants. However, when YapStone raised $50 million from Accel Partners last year… Read More

  • Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Many magazine publishers see the iPad as their salvation. Five of the big ones (Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc.) banded together to create a joint venture called Next Issue Media, and today the company is launching its Android app. CEO Morgan Guenther (formerly president of Tivo) says that despite all the excitement about bringing magazines to tablets, the current system… Read More

  • TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    It looks like there are some big challenges ahead for mobile advertising, as the industry faces increasing scrutiny from the federal regulators, and as Apple phases out the UDIDs used by advertisers and publishers to identify users. Now privacy company TRUSTe is offering a new way for advertisers to address some of these concerns. The program is called TRUSTe Mobile Ads, and it allows consumers… Read More