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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Crunchie-Winner Fotopedia Launches New App With World Bank

    Crunchie-Winner Fotopedia Launches New App With World Bank

    Just a week after winning Best Tablet Application at the Crunchies, Fotopedia is launching its latest iPad and iPhone app. The app lives up to its title Women of the World, showcasing photos of women in more than 75 countries. It was developed in partnership with the World Bank. All of Fotopedia’s apps employ a similar design, creating a beautiful, color-rich interface for browsing… Read More

  • TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.8M

    TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.8M

    TastemakerX, an about-to-launch startup that will help music fans get credit for discovering the next big thing, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding. The company plans to launch its mobile app in early March, at South by Southwest — which seems perfect, given the event’s strong representation from both the music and tech worlds. Co-founder and CEO Marc Ruxin describes… Read More

  • Social Candy Monetizes Cupcakes And More With Social MarketingTools

    Social Candy Monetizes Cupcakes And More With Social MarketingTools

    Yes, it’s another startup that wants to help businesses manage their presence on Facebook. Social Candy CEO Darin Kotalik admits that the’res no shortage of competition, but he’s hoping to differentiate his company by combining ease-of-use and breadth of features. The company just announced that it’s expanding those features with by allowing businesses to offer… Read More

  • Snapjoy’s Flickraft Promised To “Rescue” Flickr Photos — Until It Was Blocked

    Snapjoy’s Flickraft Promised To “Rescue” Flickr Photos — Until It Was Blocked

    Photo startup Snapjoy launched a clever promotional scheme this afternoon to lure users over from Flickr. And it succeeded — perhaps too well. The Y Combinator-backed company aims to be an online repository where users can store all their photos, while also sharing them on a limited basis. That already made Snapjoy a competitor, of sorts, to older photo sites like (Yahoo-owned) Flickr… Read More

  • YippieMove Wants To Become The Twilio Of Email Migration

    YippieMove Wants To Become The Twilio Of Email Migration

    One of the more annoying aspects of starting a new jobs recently was switching email accounts — I tried figure out an easy way to transfer messages and contacts, but after a few minutes of fumbling around with my email client, I gave up, forwarded a few key messages, and then set to work rebuilding my contact list (mostly) from scratch. In other words, I could really have used something… Read More

  • Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

    Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

    In the aftermath of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a long list of organizations have sent a letter to Congress asking members to “take a breath” before they trying to push through new piracy legislation. The letter argues that the “wide variety of important concerns” that were expressed during the SOPA/PIPA protests cannot be addressed… Read More

  • Brightcove Will Price IPO At $10-$12 Per Share

    Brightcove Will Price IPO At $10-$12 Per Share

    Online video service Brightcove will price its IPO between $10 and $12 per share, according to a new filing with the SEC. The company first filed for the IPO back in August of last year, saying it wanted to raise up to $50 million. Now, $50 million is at the lower end of its price range. If Brightcove sells the maximum number of shares (it’s set to sell 5 million shares, plus an… Read More

  • The Phone Stacking Game: Let’s Make This A Thing

    The Phone Stacking Game: Let’s Make This A Thing

    So it’s Saturday night and you’re out with friend. Are they the inconsiderate jerk who can’t stop checking their smartphone? Or is that you? Either way, here’s one way to make dinner a little more interesting. I’ve seen/heard this described as both “The Phone Stacking Game” and “Don’t Be a Dick During Meals”. It’s been mentioned… Read More

  • I’m A New York Times Subscriber, So Where’s My Tote Bag?

    I’m A New York Times Subscriber, So Where’s My Tote Bag?

    The New York Times released its latest earnings report earlier this week, spurring another round of discussion about the newspaper’s paywall, which was launched near the beginning of last year. The consensus: Early signs are positive, but it’s not doing well enough to offset plummeting print ad revenue. Read More

  • Peter Thiel Invests (Again) In Xero’s $16.6M Round

    Peter Thiel Invests (Again) In Xero’s $16.6M Round

    Online accounting software maker Xero has raised a new $16.6 million round of funding from existing investors — including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, whose most famous investment, Facebook, just filed for an IPO, Read More

  • MVF Reveals Your Most Valuable Twitter Follower, Facebook Coming Soon

    MVF Reveals Your Most Valuable Twitter Follower, Facebook Coming Soon

    Ever wonder which of your Twitter followers you should be sucking up to? Well, you can go to MVF and find out. Read More

  • Mobile Ad Network Mojiva Reaches 1 Billion Devices

    Mobile Ad Network Mojiva Reaches 1 Billion Devices

    Mobile ad startup Mojiva is the latest startup to start throwing around the word “billion” in its press releases. The company says it now reaches one billion unique devices each month. Of those devices, about 224 million are in the United States, Mojiva says. The United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy, account for 33 million, 10.6 million, and 8.7 million devices, respectively. Read More

  • Mobile TV Apps Shazam, IntoNow Reveal Super Bowl Plans

    Mobile TV Apps Shazam, IntoNow Reveal Super Bowl Plans

    When people watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, they may notice something different about the ads — many of them will be touting a new way to interact with the advertised brands. Shazam, an app that allows people to connect with extra TV content by listening to a few seconds of audio, says it has big plans for Sunday, and IntoNow, a Yahoo-acquired app offering similar capabilities, is… Read More

  • Facebook Ads Becoming (A Little) More Valuable; Mobile May Be Next

    Facebook Ads Becoming (A Little) More Valuable; Mobile May Be Next

    In the S-1 filing for Facebook’s IPO, the company offers a little more insight into its advertising business, which it describes as “the substantial majority” of its revenue (and that’s an understatement). In 2009, advertising accounted for 98 percent of Facebook’s revenue. The number declined to 95 percent in 2010 and 85 percent last year, thanks largely to… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Will Have a $1 Salary, Starting In 2013

    Mark Zuckerberg Will Have a $1 Salary, Starting In 2013

    Here’s another way that Mark Zuckerberg is following his idol Steve Jobs: He will have a $1 salary, starting in 2013. Read More

  • Zynga Makes Up 12 Percent of Facebook’s Revenue

    Zynga Makes Up 12 Percent of Facebook’s Revenue

    Everyone likes to talk about how dependent Zynga is on Facebook, but that relationship cuts both ways. In the social network’s S-1 filing, Facebook says that Zynga accounted for 12 percent of its revenue in 2011, through a combination of virtual goods payments and advertising. Read More

  • Bebo Apologizes For Downtime: “We’re Not Going Anywhere”

    Bebo Apologizes For Downtime: “We’re Not Going Anywhere”

    When social network Bebo went down on Monday, what seemed like a flood of distraught users concluded that the site must be shutting down, and they took to Twitter to commemorate it. Instead, the downtime turned out to be the result of technical problems. The site was down for about 20 hours, and now the company is about to post an apology, advertised site-wide through the banner ad above. Read More

  • Ad Retargeter AdRoll: We Quadrupled Revenue Last Year, Now Profitable

    Ad Retargeter AdRoll: We Quadrupled Revenue Last Year, Now Profitable

    As online ad retargeting becomes more ubiquitous, retargeting startup AdRoll says it’s growing quickly. The company wasn’t willing to reveal exact revenue numbers, but it did share some statistics about its growth. AdRoll says it saw revenue grow 414 percent, while ad impressions served increased 400 percent. The company says it tripled the number of advertisers that it’s… Read More

  • With Redesign, Foodspotting Aims To Be The Pandora For Food

    With Redesign, Foodspotting Aims To Be The Pandora For Food

    CEO Alexa Andrzejewski would like you to know some things about Foodspotting: It’s not just for sharing food photos. And it’s not just for foodies. Andrzejewski has been saying this for a while now, but with the redesigned Foodspotting app launching today, she has a much stronger case. It offers what she calls a “Pandora-like” interface for recommendations, hopefully… Read More

  • Garage Sale App Rumgr Raises $500K From Zappos CEO (And Others)

    Garage Sale App Rumgr Raises $500K From Zappos CEO (And Others)

    Three Zappos alums are trying to replicate the garage sale experience on your smartphone — and their startups Rumgr just raised a $500,000 seed round from a group of investors that includes Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Co-founder Dylan Bathurst said the basic idea came from his own attempts at selling furniture before a move. When users open the app, they’re presented with a list of… Read More