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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  • 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

  • Can Kids Love Chores? 500 Startups Alum HighScore House Says Yes

    Can Kids Love Chores? 500 Startups Alum HighScore House Says Yes

    If you’re a parent, it can be a challenge to convince kids to do their chores. (Or so I’m told.) It’s even harder to make them genuinely excited. But a startup called HighScore House says it has found a way. The company is part of the latest class of companies incubated by 500 Startups, and it made its pitch to investors this afternoon as part of 500 Startups Demo Day. Read More

  • Facebook Stumbles — Is Anonymous Responsible? (Oops: No.)

    Facebook Stumbles — Is Anonymous Responsible? (Oops: No.)

    Is Facebook the next target for activist hacker group Anonymous? Depends on who you ask. The group went on the warpath last week following the takedown of file-sharing site Megaupload, with attacks that targeted the Department of Justice website, the MPAA, the RIAA, and others. Then, a few days ago, the group seemed to post a video on YouTube, claiming that Facebook would be next, with an… Read More

  • TheFunded Calls Ben Horowitz The Most Disruptive VC

    TheFunded Calls Ben Horowitz The Most Disruptive VC

    TheFunded, the site where entrepreneurs can anonymously review venture capitalists, sometimes a reputation for being anti-VC (especially in its early days), but it’s not above showing investors a little love. Today it’s the announcing the winners of its awards for Top Investors 0f 2011. Adeo Ressi, founding member at TheFunded, says these awards were determined by user ratings… Read More

  • Bunchball Says Games Turn Twentysomethings Into Better Workers

    Bunchball Says Games Turn Twentysomethings Into Better Workers

    Bunchball has been touting the benefits of its gamification tools for years, and many of its recent efforts are focused on enterprise customers. Now the company has published a white paper arguing that that gamification is a key way to motivate “Generation Y.” As evidence, the paper points to a recent study by MTV saying that millennials (the Bunchball report uses both terms… Read More

  • 33Across Acquires Tynt To Become Social Data Powerhouse

    33Across Acquires Tynt To Become Social Data Powerhouse

    Social ad targeting company 33Across just announced that it has acquired Tynt. What’s Tynt? Well, if you’ve ever tried to copy-and-paste a quote from an article and discovered that there was suddenly some extra text and a link attached (“Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/16/borthwick-twitter-thanks-bit-ly/#ixzz0lIiy3q6f”), you have Tynt to thank for that. Read More

  • Watch And Share The State Of The Union, Thanks to SnappyTV

    Watch And Share The State Of The Union, Thanks to SnappyTV

    If you’re watching President Obama’s State of the Union tonight, SnappyTV has a cool way for you to share your favorite clips with your friends — and we’re including it in this post. We’ve already written about the clip-sharing service, which launched last year. To coincide with the State of the Union, SnappyTV is opening up its Pro Editor, which allows content… Read More

  • App-maker Moonbot Gets An Oscar Nomination

    App-maker Moonbot Gets An Oscar Nomination

    There’s been a lot of talk about the divide between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, but at least one upstart animation studio seems to have one foot comfortably in both worlds — Moonbot Studios, which was just nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short. The film in question, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” was also released as an iPad app, and will… Read More

  • Yahoo Earnings Meet Expectations, More-or-Less

    Yahoo Earnings Meet Expectations, More-or-Less

    Yahoo just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2011, with results that were basically in line with the expectations of Wall Street analysts. The company earned 24 cents per share, which is what analysts estimated. Its revenue, minus traffic acquisition costs, came in a little less than the expected $1.19 billion, at $1.17 billion.That’s also a 3 percent decrease from… Read More

  • Vimeo Gets Its First Facelift Since 2007

    Vimeo Gets Its First Facelift Since 2007

    Popular video site Vimeo is now starting to roll out a big redesign of its website. If you’re a casual user of the site like me, you might not notice some of the changes to the site, and indeed probably don’t think of Vimeo as having a design that was particularly in need of updating. However, CEo Dae Mellencamp says the design actually hasn’t been updated since 2007… Read More

  • tumblecloud Unveils A Collaborative Take On Slideshows

    tumblecloud Unveils A Collaborative Take On Slideshows

    An startup called tumblecloud is launching the public beta test today for its easy way to create high-quality slideshows. Founder and CEO Brian Andreas (an artist who also runs the boutique publishing house StoryPeople) describes the company’s “clouds” as a new form digital storytelling, but they’re probably easier to think of as multimedia slideshows. tumblecloud… Read More

  • CEO Invests Another $500K In CrowdOptic’s “New Social Medium”

    CEO Invests Another $500K In CrowdOptic’s “New Social Medium”

    Jon Fisher, co-founder and CEO of startup CrowdOptic, just told me that he has invested another $500,000 so the company can build out what it’s calling a “new social medium.” The idea is to create automatic clusters of people based on their location and line of sight. I met with the CrowdOptic team this weekend — they demonstrated the technology by whipping out their… Read More

  • Google+ Allows Pseudonyms, But Only If They’re “Established”

    Google+ Allows Pseudonyms, But Only If They’re “Established”

    Google’s Bradley Horowitz just announced that as part of a more “inclusive” naming policy, Google+ will now be allow people to employ pseudonyms as their user names. The company’s previous insistence on real names has been the subject of much discussion — and Google itself said earlier that it’s trying to refine the policy to encompass different use cases. Read More

  • Thanks To Santa, Tablets And E-Readers Are (Almost) Everywhere

    Thanks To Santa, Tablets And E-Readers Are (Almost) Everywhere

    Ownership of tablets and e-book readers saw a big spike over the holidays — in fact, it nearly doubled in the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The study was based on telephone surveys conducted in mid-December and January, which found that ownership of both device types nearly doubled in just a month. Now a… Read More

  • Clearstream Promises to Bring Transparency to Video Ads

    Clearstream Promises to Bring Transparency to Video Ads

    A new startup called Clearstream says it’s time to tame the “Wild West” of online video advertising. According to co-founder Brian Mandelbaum, the idea for the company came from his time at ad agencies including Razorfish and Saatchi & Saatchi. The problem, he says, is that there’s no good way to distinguish between the high- and low-quality ad placements. When you… Read More

  • Summify Shutdown Means Big Gains for News.me

    Summify Shutdown Means Big Gains for News.me

    When social news startup Summify announced Thursday that it was being acquired by Twitter, it looked like the Summify’s existing users were out-of-luck — the company said the current version of the service would be shut down. Enter News.me. The company is best-known for its iPad newsreading app (which was developed at The New York Times, then commercialized by incubator betaworks)… Read More

  • Dave McClure Isn’t Worried About The “Series A Crunch”

    Dave McClure Isn’t Worried About The “Series A Crunch”

    In recent months, there’s been some hand-wringing about a “Series A Crunch” — namely, a glut of startups raising seed and angel funding, then struggling once they need to raise a proper Series A. But in a recent interview, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure said the complaints are misguided. Read More

  • Heyzap Announces Mobile Gaming Partners: PocketGems And More

    Heyzap Announces Mobile Gaming Partners: PocketGems And More

    Gaming startup Heyzap first launched its social discovery service for mobile games nearly a year ago. Now it’s unveiling the first list of partners who are using the service. Some of these partnerships weren’t exactly a secret before — you could just open up the Heyzap app and see which games were available. But now the startup is really trumpeting those partnerships, in part… Read More

  • Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook Culture: It’s in the Posters

    Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook Culture: It’s in the Posters

    For the latest episode of her Valley Girl web show, Jesse Draper (daughter of venture capitalist Tim Draper) managed to score an interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. For the first half of the interview, Sandberg talks about her work-life balance and her desire to see women in high-profile executive roles — it’s engaging and informal, though it largely covers the same ground… Read More

  • Anonymous Reacts to Megaupload Takedown With “Largest Attack Ever”

    Anonymous Reacts to Megaupload Takedown With “Largest Attack Ever”

    Hacker group Anonymous isn’t happy about the takedown of file-sharing site Megaupload, and as a result, it’s targeting some big companies and government agencies are going to Earlier this afternoon, interspersed with a stream of anti-SOPA and PIPA tweets, Anonymous the main Anonymous Twitter account declared, “The government takes down #Megaupload? 15 minutes later… Read More