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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  • Blurtt Wants You To Express Yourself With Mobile Memes

    Blurtt Wants You To Express Yourself With Mobile Memes

    A new iPhone app called Blurtt makes it easy to combine words and text — it may not sound like a big deal, but co-founder Jeanette Cajide is pitching it as a new way to express yourself. After all, she says there are some things that just can’t be communicated in text. (Think of a time when you sent a text message or tweeted, then someone misunderstood and you had to explain… Read More

  • BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

    BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

    ATP Capital, the firm that runs JLA Ventures, Clairmont Capital, and BlackBerry Partners Fund, is ready to start investing a new $150 million fund — and it will be doing so under a new name, Relay Ventures. Technically, the new fund will be called the BlackBerry Partners Fund 2, but it sounds like the firm will be deemphasizing the individual funds in favor of the larger Relay… Read More

  • Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

    Adobe Expands Its Social Analytics Lineup With Adobe Social

    Must be something in the air. Less than a day after Google announced that it’s adding social media reports to Google Analytics, Adobe is unveiling its own social analytics tools. Even though the company is best known for design software like Photoshop and development technologies like Flash, Adobe also pitches itself as a digital marketing company — a point that the company… Read More

  • FindTheBest Launches A Data-Driven Approach To The Classifieds

    FindTheBest Launches A Data-Driven Approach To The Classifieds

    FindTheBest, the startup led by DoubleClick co-founder Kevin O’Connor and backed by Kleiner Perkins’ sFund, has been trying to help consumers make the right decisions by giving them lots of data. Now the company is bringing that strategy to a new market — classified ads. “We think classified has a lot of room for improvement,” O’Connor says. “It’s… Read More

  • Google Analytics Update Connects Social Marketing With The Bottom Line

    Google Analytics Update Connects Social Marketing With The Bottom Line

    If you’ve ever been to an online marketing conference in the past year or so, or even read an article on the subject, you’ve probably heard someone ask, “What’s the ROI on social marketing?” (Alternate version: “What’s the value of a Like or a retweet?”) That’s what the new version of Google Analytics is trying to answer. Given the… Read More

  • An Always-Present Recipe Box: ZipList Reaches 1M Users

    An Always-Present Recipe Box: ZipList Reaches 1M Users

    Startup ZipList says 1 million users have used it to find and save more than 4 million recipes. The service launched less than a year ago. Users can search for recipes, save them, and convert them instantly into ingredient shopping lists. There’s a mobile app so you can bring your list in the store. Founder and CEO Geoff Allen says that over time the strategy has shifted away from being… Read More

  • When It Comes To Phones, Men Are More Price-Sensitive (According to Vuclip)

    When It Comes To Phones, Men Are More Price-Sensitive (According to Vuclip)

    For its latest user survey, mobile video service Vuclip decided to look at why people buy the phones they do — specifically, at the differences between men and women. And indeed, there was a real contrast between male and female respondents. When men were asked about the most important factor when choosing a phone, the most popular answer (chosen by 33 percent) was price, followed closely… Read More

  • Adobe Revenue Up To $1.05B, Profits Down

    Adobe Revenue Up To $1.05B, Profits Down

    Adobe’s earnings for the first quarter of 2011 were a mixed bag. The company met earnings expectations and revenue increased, but net income continued to fall. Adobe reported revenue of $1.05 billion, up from $1.03 billion during the same period last year, as well as earnings per share (on a non-GAAP basis) of 57 cents, meeting analyst estimates. Operating income declined to $387… Read More

  • Slated Raises $2M To Bring The AngelList Approach To the Film Industry

    Slated Raises $2M To Bring The AngelList Approach To the Film Industry

    Slated, a site that connects independent film producers with investors, has raised $2 million in a Series B round of funding. The site first launched at the Sundance film festival this year, and it sounds like the idea is catching on with independent film veterans — the company says producers such as Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte (The Kids Are All Right, Thirteen, Laurel Canyon), Lesley… Read More

  • Thumb Offers A Reality Test For SXSW Winners

    Thumb Offers A Reality Test For SXSW Winners

    Every year, before, during, and after South by Southwest, everyone’s eager declare someone the winner of the conference. Then comes the inevitable backlash, with questions about whether Popular App X will ever catch on with “regular people” — or if it’s just useful to techies who are constantly checking their iPhones in search of the next party. For the second year… Read More

  • DIY SEO Startup BrandYourself Has Nearly 6,000 Sign-Ups

    DIY SEO Startup BrandYourself Has Nearly 6,000 Sign-Ups

    BrandYourself made the famous startup pivot earlier this month, and now it’s sharing some data about the initial results. The company started out as a way for people to control the impression they made online, both through search results and on social networks. It even recommended articles that you could read and share in your chosen subject area. Co-founder and CEO Patrick Ambron says… Read More

  • Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

    Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

    The episode and transcript of the This American Life episode retracting Mike Daisey’s piece about Apple and Foxconn are now live. If this is an issue you care about, you should listen to the whole thing. As host Ira Glass announced yesterday, the show found “significant fabrications” in the story, to the point where “we can’t vouch for its truth.” For… Read More

  • Video Site DramaFever Raises $4.5M, With Backing From YouTube Co-Founder

    Video Site DramaFever Raises $4.5M, With Backing From YouTube Co-Founder

    DramaFever wants to build a site where North American audiences can watch TV from around the world, and it has won the support of some key figures from YouTube’s past. The company just announced that it has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by MK Capital, a firm whose portfolio also includes Movieclips and popular gaming video site Machinima. YouTube’s… Read More

  • “Social Ideation” Startup AHHHA Turns Users’ Ideas Into Real Products

    “Social Ideation” Startup AHHHA Turns Users’ Ideas Into Real Products

    You know those random ideas for new inventions that occasionally pop into your head? The ones you never do anything with? A startup called AHHHA wants to help you turn them into actual products — and about a little more than a year after launching, its announcing the first four “AHHHAs” (i.e., “aha!” moments) that it’s commercializing. The AHHHA idea… Read More

  • Dogster Gets A SAY Media Makeover

    Dogster Gets A SAY Media Makeover

    SAY Media launched a redesigned version¬†yesterday of Dogster, its community for dog owners, as well as sister site Catster. Via email, the team gave me more details about their vision and where they go from here. SAY was created after video ad company VideoEgg acquired blogging platform Six Apart. Dogster was its first acquisition, and since then SAY¬†been redesigning or launching sites as… Read More

  • Twitter To Musicians: Share Tweet-Friendly Media, And Skip The Publicists

    Twitter To Musicians: Share Tweet-Friendly Media, And Skip The Publicists

    As South by Southwest transforms from a massive tech party to a massive music festival, Twitter has unveiled Twitter for Musicians and Artists, a page offering tips on how musicians can use the service to connect with their fans. Even if you’re not a world-famous musician, many of the suggestions will be pretty familiar. (Use hashtags! Reply to your fans!) Perhaps the most interesting… Read More

  • With Artists.MTV, Musicians Will Take Over Their MTV Profiles

    With Artists.MTV, Musicians Will Take Over Their MTV Profiles

    MTV is handing musicians the new keys to a new website called Artists.MTV. Van Toffler, president of Viacom’s Music Group, was scheduled to announce the initiative during his speech at South by Southwest this afternoon. Beforehand, I got on the phone with VP of Digital Music Strategy Shannon Connolly to talk about MTV’s plans. She said Artists.MTV comes out of a larger discussion… Read More

  • SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    BrightEdge, a startup that offers tools for large companies to manage their search engine rankings, has raised $12.6 million in a Series C round of funding. The round was led by new investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing backers Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures, and Illuminate Ventures. CEO Jim Yu says that brings BrightEdge’s total funding to a little more than $21… Read More

  • Tout’s Plans For Turning Video Status Updates Into A Business

    Tout’s Plans For Turning Video Status Updates Into A Business

    Since launching about a year ago, Tout has been used by celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Survivor host Jeff Probst to post short video status updates. Now co-founder and CEO Michael Downing is sharing some details about how the company has grown and where it goes from here. The Tout concept is pretty straightforward — users post video messages of up to 15 seconds. People… Read More

  • Austin City Limits Brings Its Concert Archive To The iPad

    Austin City Limits Brings Its Concert Archive To The iPad

    As South by Southwest Interactive is ending and the music festival is begins, there’s a new app offering a fans a chance to explore Austin’s musical history. The app is called ACL Archive, and it comes from Austin City Limits, the public television show that first started in 1976 to showcase live performances. I was actually a fan of the show when I was a teenager — or, as I… Read More