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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  • Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    After reports earlier this month that LinkedIn was buying contact management service Rapportive, the startup just published a blog post confirming that yes, it has been acquired. For those of you who don’t use it, Rapportive is a Gmail plugin that shows you the latest social network updates from whoever you’re corresponding with. (I’ve gotten so used to seeing the… Read More

  • Tugg Lets Audiences Choose What’s Playing In Theaters

    Tugg Lets Audiences Choose What’s Playing In Theaters

    There’s a new startup called Tugg launching today — it’s led by Nicolas Gonda, who was a producer on The Tree Of Life, and it promises audience members that they can create their own movie screenings at local theaters. When I asked why theaters would want to do this, Gonda and his co-founder Pablo Gonzalez (they’re CEO and COO, respectively) said via email that the… Read More

  • 140 Proof Introduces Video To Its Social Ad Network

    140 Proof Introduces Video To Its Social Ad Network

    140 Proof, a startup that says it delivers targeted ads to more than 50 social apps, is adding a video ad unit to its lineup. Like the company’s existing 140-character text units, the videos can show up in the social stream of any app running 140 Proof ads. Users should be able to click and watch the video without leaving the page, rate it, and bring up a feed of all the tweets… Read More

  • InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

    InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

    New York City startup InVision has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to help companies answer an important question: Are we building something that people will actually want to use? The funding comes from FirstMark Capital. Managing director Amish Jani says he was excited to invest because, for one thing, co-founders Clark Valberg and Ben Nadel are addressing a real problem that they faced. Read More

  • Storify Brings Drag-And-Drop Social Curation To The iPad

    Storify Brings Drag-And-Drop Social Curation To The iPad

    Storify has become one of the main ways that people can create stories from social media — the startup says it has been used by 22 of the top 25 news sites in the United States, and that its users have curated a total of more than 3 million social objects. And now you can do that curation from your iPad. The company was already mobile, in the sense that stories (which are essentially… Read More

  • EVE Online Saw $66M In Revenue Last Year, Mulls IPO

    EVE Online Saw $66M In Revenue Last Year, Mulls IPO

    CCP Games, the makers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online, says the company brought in $66 million in revenue last year. The game, a science fictional adventure set in a star cluster dominated by five major civilizations, first launched in 2003, and its subscriber base (currently about 400,000) has grown every year since launch. Revenue has been growing too, at… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

    BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

    Facebook’s Timeline is a cool idea, but as a representation of my life, it doesn’t have much to say about my experiences before 2004. Now, in its own small way, viral content site BuzzFeed is trying to change that. Specifically, it’s adding buttons to select posts that take advantage of the Timeline’s ability to backdate content. The first post with this feature… Read More

  • OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP, the social game-maker formerly known as iminlikewithyou, says it has another mobile hit — its app Draw Something has been downloaded more than 1 million times in 10 days. Draw Something is based on OMGPOP’s online game Draw My Thing. Described by CEO Dan Porter as a turn-based version of Pictionary, players are assigned things to draw, which can be simple (like a smile)… Read More

  • Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Startup Rocket Fuel claims to apply “rocket science” to ad campaigns, and it sounds like that science is turning into real revenue. The company says it made $44.5 million in revenue last year, compared to $16.6 million in 2010 and $2.4 million in 2009. In fact, CEO George John tells me that in the fourth quarter of 2011, the company was profitable for the first time. Not that he… Read More

  • India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    A few years ago, we saw a wave of startups (such as Cake Financial and Covestor) that tried to reinvent the way people made financial decisions, usually by adding social features or more data and analytics. Now elements of that approach are coming to India with the launch of ET Speed. The site was created by Times Internet Limited, the online arm of India’s Times Group. As the name… Read More

  • Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    We’ve gotten a tip that Solvate, a venture-backed marketplace for hiring freelance work, is shutting down. Apparently, the freelancers who do work through Solvate have been told that the service will end effective March 1. I’ve emailed and called Solvate, and haven’t gotten a response yet. (I will update this post if hear back.) I also tried to sign-up for a new client account… Read More

  • Mexico City Boards The StartupBus — But It Still Needs Sponsors

    Mexico City Boards The StartupBus — But It Still Needs Sponsors

    A combined hackathon and road trip to South by Southwest, the StartupBus is in its third year and becoming a bit of a tradition — and this time, it won’t be limited to the United States. That’s because, after doubling the number of buses, the organizers decided to choose participating cities a little differently this year. To make sure it wasn’t overlooking any cities… Read More

  • Twitter Begins Self-Serve Ad Sign-Ups, Offers $100 In Free Advertising

    Twitter Begins Self-Serve Ad Sign-Ups, Offers $100 In Free Advertising

    Twitter is now accepting sign-ups from small businesses that want to participant in its self-serve ad program. The self-serve rollout was reported this afternoon by Ad Age and others, and the sign-up page is now live. In a promotion with American Express, Twitter offering a $100 credit for free advertising to the first 10,000 businesses that register — you just have to accept… Read More

  • Google+ Sees 1400% Growth In Brand Followers Since December — BrightEdge

    Google+ Sees 1400% Growth In Brand Followers Since December — BrightEdge

    Brands on Google+ are seeing tremendous growth in followers, according to a new report from SEO and digital marketing startup BrightEdge. Google+ was famously closed to brands when it launched, something that changed with the launch of Google+ Pages in November. Now, the number of users following the top 100 brands on Google+ has increased 1400 percent, from 220,000 in December to 3.1 million… Read More

  • AdClarity Tells Advertisers Exactly What The Competition Is Up To

    AdClarity Tells Advertisers Exactly What The Competition Is Up To

    Israeli company BIScience has a launched a new product called AdClarity, which it says will give advertisers more data than they’ve ever had about their competitors’ advertising plans. CEO Orey Gilliam notes that the online advertising landscape has evolved to the point where there’s rarely a direct link between advertiser and publisher but rather “a complex… Read More

  • Yes, Hipster Is (Almost) Sending Someone Into Space

    Yes, Hipster Is (Almost) Sending Someone Into Space

    Ah, Hipster, the startup whose promotional ideas are either brilliant, obnoxious, or brilliantly obnoxious. This time the company, which allows you to share digital postcards, has outdone itself — it’s promising to send one of its users into space. Technically, Hipster is offering a ticket on a Zero G flight in a modified Boeing 727 — so it’s a space… Read More

  • With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

    With Clik, Your Smartphone Can Control Screens Everywhere

    You’ve probably heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app with the backing of Union Sqaure Ventures and RRE. It turns out Kik was just the beginning of the company’s plans — today it’s launching Clik, which is even more impressive. Put simply, Clik can turn your phone into a remote control for any screen with a browser. CEO Ted Livingston demonstrated the app for… Read More

  • Podio Plugs Google Docs Into Its Collaboration Tools

    Podio Plugs Google Docs Into Its Collaboration Tools

    Startup Podio says it just addressed one of the top feature requests from the 40,000 companies that use its collaboration tools — it now integrates with Google Docs. When TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis wrote about Podio a year ago, she called it “Yammer with its own app store and app builder.” Judging from the demo I saw earlier this week, many aspects of the basic… Read More

  • StockTwits Gets More Interactive With Conversations

    StockTwits Gets More Interactive With Conversations

    StockTwits is unveiling a new feature called Conversations, which should make it easier to not just track the online discussion about a stock, but to join in, too. Co-founder and CEO Howard Lindzon says that StockTwits has “always been about context,” trying to show users all the Twitter discussion about a certain stock ticker symbol in one place. However, that discussion can… Read More

  • Valentine’s Day Procrastination Fuels Mobile Usage On Google

    Valentine’s Day Procrastination Fuels Mobile Usage On Google

    Not surprisingly, Valentine’s Day spurred lots of last-minute Web searches and phone calls — and the Google mobile ads team just published a blog post highlighting how much of that activity happened on smartphones and tablets. For one thing, last-minute searches for national restaurant chains grew across-the-board, but they grew the most on smartphones — between February 7… Read More