Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior 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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  • Hero unveils a new home gadget to help you track and dispense pills

    Hero unveils a new home gadget to help you track and dispense pills

    A New York City startup called Hero plans to replace those plastic pill organizers with a high-tech home appliance. As demonstrated for me by the Hero team, it’s easy to load your medicines, vitamins and other health supplements into the machine, then indicate the dosage you’ll need and when you’re supposed to take it. Once you’re all set up, the Hero device… Read More

  • Social media analytics service Crimson Hexagon raises $20M

    Social media analytics service Crimson Hexagon raises $20M

    Crimson Hexagon is announcing that it has raised $20 million in additional equity funding. Founded in 2007, the Boston-headquartered company helps brands and ad agencies track conversations across social media. It says its customer base has grown by more than 75 percent in the last 12 months and now has 10,000 active users. Customers include Starbucks, Walmart and NBC. Crimson Hexagon… Read More

  • Survey says 25 percent of smartphone owners have downloaded ad blockers

    Survey says 25 percent of smartphone owners have downloaded ad blockers

    Mobile marketing company Tune is releasing a new report, where 24.6 percent of survey respondents said that they’d downloaded an ad-blocking app or browser. The company says it surveyed nearly 4,000 smartphone owners in the United States and Europe, and it found that adoption is growing quickly — only 2.4 percent of respondents said they’d downloaded an ad blocker in… Read More

  • Verizon settles with FCC over “supercookie” ad targeting, will pay $1.35M fine

    Verizon settles with FCC over “supercookie” ad targeting, will pay $1.35M fine

    The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it has reached an agreement with Verizon Wireless. The FCC says it’s been investigating Verizon’s use of Unique Identifier Headers (more commonly known as “supercookies,” which serve as a permanent identifier that tracks user behavior even after you’ve deleted your cookies). Investigators found that… Read More

  • ICX Media raises $2.5M to connect video creators with publishers and marketers

    ICX Media raises $2.5M to connect video creators with publishers and marketers

    ICX Media, a Washington, D.C. startup promising to help video creators find an audience and make money, announced today that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The company was founded by Michael Avon, Tom MacIsaac, Steve McCord and Joey McCord (pictured above). Three of the four co-founders previously worked together at mobile ad company Millennial Media, where Avon was chief… Read More

  • Smart mattress cover startup Eight raises $6M

    Smart mattress cover startup Eight raises $6M

    Eight, the startup formerly known as Luna, announced today that it has raised $6 million in Series A seed funding. The company makes a smart mattress cover that can track your sleep, change temperature (the temperature can even vary across different parts of the cover) and send data to other Internet-connected devices. It says it has sold 6,000 units through crowdfunding and… Read More

  • Weebly expands beyond easy-to-build websites, adds easy-to-build marketing emails

    Weebly expands beyond easy-to-build websites, adds easy-to-build marketing emails

    Weebly isn’t just for building websites anymore — it recently launched Promote, a platform for building marketing emails. CEO David Rusenko said this is actually Weebly’s second big expansion, after adding an e-commerce platform. But at least e-commerce is, y’know, part of a website. Why move into emails? “Email marketing is the number two concern for small… Read More

  • GoTenna, the startup that lets you text without cell signal, raises $7.5M and launches with REI

    GoTenna, the startup that lets you text without cell signal, raises $7.5M and launches with REI

    GoTenna, the device for people who want to stay connected when they don’t have cell signal, has found a natural launch partner — outdoor equipment retailer REI. Daniela Perdomo, goTenna’s CEO and co-founder, told me that REI has signed on to be the startup’s exclusive retail launch partner. For the next three months, the only place you’ll be able to buy goTenna… Read More

  • Nanigans brings its social ad tools to Twitter

    Nanigans brings its social ad tools to Twitter

    Social marketing company Nanigans announced today that it’s launching support for Twitter. Nanigans is best known as a Facebook ad automation tool, but CEO Ric Calvillo said last year that one reason for raising the company’s $24 million Series B was to expand beyond Facebook. He’s also started to make good on that by launching on Instagram last August. Read More

  • LinkedIn advertisers can now use their own data to improve targeting

    LinkedIn advertisers can now use their own data to improve targeting

    LinkedIn advertisers are getting a new way to target their campaigns — specifically, a feature allowing them to aim Sponsored InMail and Sponsored Updates toward companies where they’re actually trying to make sales. Read More

  • Director John Hillcoat Says The Film Industry Has “Lost Its Nerve”

    Director John Hillcoat Says The Film Industry Has “Lost Its Nerve”

    While most of the current Hollywood headlines are focused on the Academy Awards, there were some new movies this weekend, too — including Triple 9, a sprawling crime drama with a cast that includes (deep breath) Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. Read More

  • Social Media Marketing Company Clickable Acquires Talkwheel

    Social Media Marketing Company Clickable Acquires Talkwheel

    Talkwheel, a company that offers a unique way to visualize customer conversations, has been acquired by Clickable. I last wrote about Talkwheel in 2014. The company aggregates the online conversation around a given company or topic in a circular format — it’s supposed to help you follow these often complicated and dispersed conversations. The format can then be embedded on a… Read More

  • CREXi Brings Commercial Real Estate Dealmaking Online

    CREXi Brings Commercial Real Estate Dealmaking Online

    It’s a familiar pitch — taking an industry that relies on outdated technology and rethinking it with modern, web-based tools. The industry in this case is commercial real estate, and the startup trying to rethink the process is CREXi, whose name stands for commercial real estate exchange. To be clear, it’s far from the only online marketplace for these kinds of properties… Read More

  • Drawbridge Is Building A Business Beyond Ad Targeting

    Drawbridge Is Building A Business Beyond Ad Targeting

    Drawbridge isn’t just an ad-tech company anymore. We’ve written about how the company, which is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, has built technology to determine when the same person is using multiple devices — so data from one device can be used (in an anonymized way) to target ads another. However, CEO Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan said that… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    LinkedIn’s First TV Ad Says 3M Members Are Qualified To Become An Astronaut

    Okay, be honest. How many of you dreamed of becoming an astronaut when you were a kid? I certainly did — and in my heart of hearts, I still kind of regret that it didn’t happen. Well, that might not be as unrealistic as you might think, at least according to a new ad from LinkedIn. The company says this is actually its very first TV ad, and it will air during the Academy… Read More

  • There Are Now 200K Advertisers On Instagram

    There Are Now 200K Advertisers On Instagram

    Instagram announced today that it has 200,000 monthly active advertisers. To compare, Facebook said a year go that it had more than 2 million active advertisers, while Twitter says it has 140,000 130,000. Probably the most impressive thing about the Instagram number is the fact that the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service only had a few hundred advertisers back in June. Much of that growth… Read More

  • Branded.me Adds Social Features And Blogging To Its Personal Website Builder

    Branded.me Adds Social Features And Blogging To Its Personal Website Builder

    Branded.me* isn’t just a website builder anymore — it’s adding tools allowing users to connect with other users and publish their own content. CEO Nick Macario said the site’s goal is to be “the creative platform for professionals” — in other words, it’s where professionals can take full control of how they present themselves to the online world. Read More

  • BuzzFeed Creates Its First All-Video App

    BuzzFeed Creates Its First All-Video App

    BuzzFeed is launching a new mobile app today called BuzzFeed Video, giving you a chance to see all of its videos in one place. Since pretty much every online media company is ramping up its video production, it makes sense to create an app like this. But it’s also a bit of a left turn for BuzzFeed, given the way its executives have been promoting their “distributed”… Read More

  • Foursquare Will Tell Businesses When Their Ads Bring You Into An Actual Store

    Foursquare Will Tell Businesses When Their Ads Bring You Into An Actual Store

    Foursquare announced a new product today that should help brick-and-mortar advertisers measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. The company has already been expanding the ad side of the business, for example launching new ad targeting product last year and recently bringing on CEO Jeff Glueck to grow its enterprise tools. Now, with Attribution Powered by Foursquare, the company is… Read More

  • Donald Trump Says You Should Boycott Apple

    Donald Trump Says You Should Boycott Apple

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump is stepping up his criticism of Apple over its fight with the FBI. As you can see in the footage below (reportedly shot at a campaign event in Pawleys Island, South Carolina), Trump was discussing the need to bring overseas jobs back to the United States when he gets sidetracked by mentioning Apple. “What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until… Read More

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