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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  • 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

  • Dropbox Wins Best Overall Startup

    Best Overall Startup Dropbox Looks To The Future

    Dropbox took home two of the big awards at this year’s Crunchies: Best Cloud Service and Best Overall Startup. Both times, CEO Drew Houston came backstage to talk about the company’s growth and its future. When asked about what he’s planning for 2012, Houston offered some very broad thoughts, saying that “one of the most exciting things that’s happened”… Read More

  • LinkedIn: CEO of the Year

    LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Says IPO “Didn’t Really Change Anything”

    LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner won this year’s Best CEO award at the Crunchies, and backstage he talked about LinkedIn’s big milestone from the past year — its IPO. “The event itself was memorable, but for us it was really just a stepping stone,” Weiner said. It’s a common theme from Weiner’s interviews before the IPO, when he would dodge questions about… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Second Chrunchy Award

    Jack Dorsey Defends Twitter’s Tweet-Level Censorship

    After Twitter creator, executive chairman, and product lead Jack Dorsey accepted the company’s award for Biggest Social Impact at the Crunchies, TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis asked him about a recent, controversial decision to block individual tweets on a country-by-country basis. Will that hurt Twitter’s ability to make a positive impact on the future? Read More

  • CFO Defends Amazon From Analyst Skepticism

    CFO Defends Amazon From Analyst Skepticism

    Investors seem pretty disappointed with Amazon’s fourth quarter results (as of 3pm Pacific, the company’s stock is down 8.6 percent in after-hours training), yet for most of this afternoon’s analyst conference call, that disappointment was largely hidden in the normal stream of numbers and financial terminology. Finally, a few minutes before the call ended, one analyst asked… Read More

  • Amazon: Video Game Revenue Down, Physical Book Sales Up

    Amazon: Video Game Revenue Down, Physical Book Sales Up

    Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak offered more details this afternoon during an analyst earnings call about the company’s disappointing fourth quarter When it comes to physical media, Szkutak said the biggest hit to revenue came in the area of video game sales, which includes both console and game sales (but not games sold digitally, say from Amazon’s app store). Even though he didn’t… Read More

  • SoftKinetic And Intel Partner For Minority Report-Style Ads

    SoftKinetic And Intel Partner For Minority Report-Style Ads

    Startup SoftKinetic just announced a new kind of advertising, one that combines its gesture-control technology with Intel’s video analytics. The goal is for people to walk up to a digital display equipped with SoftKinetic’s 3D camera and move their arms (or the rest of their body) to interact with the display, similar to Microsoft Kinect. Then, as you’re moving, Intel’s… Read More

  • Is Bebo Finally Dead? (Update: Not Quite)

    Is Bebo Finally Dead? (Update: Not Quite)

    Largely forgotten social network Bebo may have shut down today. Bebo users certainly seem to think that this is the end. The Bebo website is down, and as a result there’s a steady stream of sad tweets using the “#bebo” and “#ripbebo” hashtags. And if it’s a false alarm, the company isn’t doing much to combat that impression — the most recent posts… Read More

  • Intel Leads $20M Round For Solera Networks

    Intel Leads $20M Round For Solera Networks

    Solera Networks just announced that it has raised $20 million in Series D funding from Intel Capital (the chip-maker’s investment arm) and others. The company says its DeepSee Platform can index and classify all network traffic, giving companies a comprehensive picture of their network security in real-time, either for spotting risks before a security breach or responding quickly once… Read More

  • Curebit Apologizes for Copying 37Signals: “Stupid, Lazy, and Disrespectful”

    Curebit Apologizes for Copying 37Signals: “Stupid, Lazy, and Disrespectful”

    That’s awkward: Just as it was announcing a $1.2 million round of funding, online referral startup Curebit was caught lifting designs and code from 37Signals, the company behind popular collaboration tools Basecamp, Highrise, and others. The copying was called out on Twitter by 37Signals partner David Heinemeier Hansson, who, after an exchange with Curebit co-founder Allan Grant, called… Read More

  • Kindle Sales Growing Faster Than The Nook’s

    Kindle Sales Growing Faster Than The Nook’s

    Barnes & Noble may be challenging Amazon’s dominance of the e-book world, but the Kindle sales are still growing faster than the Nook’s — at least if you connect the dots between some of the numbers included in a recently-published article by The New York Times. Read More

  • Android Dominates Moolah Media’s Mobile Ads

    Android Dominates Moolah Media’s Mobile Ads

    It looks like publishers and advertisers are warming to mobile ad startup Moolah Media. The company says that in 2011, it generated 7 million leads for its advertisers — and 1.9 million of those leads (27 percent of the year’s total) came in December. Also in December, Moolah says its ads reached 45 million Americans. And interest in the company is growing — Moolah projects… Read More

  • Tagged Begins Transformation Of Social Gaming Network hi5

    Tagged Begins Transformation Of Social Gaming Network hi5

    Tagged first announced its acquisition of struggling social network hi5 in December. Now, the company says it’s ready to talk about what’s going to happen to the property. Basically, Tagged will continue operating hi5 as a separate site, but one that starts to look more and more like Tagged — as vice president of sales and marketing Steve Sarner put it, it will become… Read More