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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  • 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

  • NYC Continues Its Great Phonebooth Transformation As First Tablets Hit Its Gigabit Wi-Fi Spots

    NYC Continues Its Great Phonebooth Transformation As First Tablets Hit Its Gigabit Wi-Fi Spots

    The plan to turn unused NYC phonebooths into free digital hubs for local neighborhoods continues as Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced the second phase of the city’s LinkNYC program — with the unveiling of new, slightly generic tablets at the city’s newly installed hotspots. LinkNYC demonstrated the android-powered tablet for the press yesterday, taking advantage of a… Read More

  • Twitter’s New Customer Service Features Make It Easier To Send Private Messages And Feedback

    Twitter’s New Customer Service Features Make It Easier To Send Private Messages And Feedback

    If you’re the kind of person who likes to talk to businesses on Twitter, the company is rolling out some new options to improve those interactions. First, businesses can now add a “send a private message” button to their tweets. So you might start a conversation with a business via public tweets, but at a certain point they can ask you to move to direct messaging with just… Read More

  • Fandango Buys Flixster And Rotten Tomatoes

    Fandango Buys Flixster And Rotten Tomatoes

    NBCUniversal-owned Fandango continues to expand beyond movie ticketing, announcing today that it has acquired Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. Entertainment. Flixster allows users to learn more about movies, while Rotten Tomatoes is the best-known aggregator of movie reviews — it’s ubiquitous enough that people complain about its effect on film criticism. Both… Read More

  • Bloglovin’ Embraces Influencer Marketing With Sverve Acquisition

    Bloglovin’ Embraces Influencer Marketing With Sverve Acquisition

    Bloglovin’ is announcing the acquisition of marketing startup Sverve, a move that should the expand monetization options for writers using the Bloglovin’ platform. The New York-headquartered company offers an aggregator where consumers can find and follow fashion and lifestyle bloggers, and where those bloggers can reach and stay connected with a new audience. CEO Giordano… Read More

  • Sprout Social Raises $42M For Its Marketing Tools

    Sprout Social Raises $42M For Its Marketing Tools

    Sprout Social is announcing a big Series C round of funding — the company says it has raised $42 million from Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division and New Enterprise Associates. Brands using the company’s tools for monitoring and publishing to social media include Hyatt, Marvel, Microsoft, Uber, Zendesk and Zipcar. It says it’s currently working with more than… Read More

  • Applause Connects Brands With Livestream Stars

    Applause Connects Brands With Livestream Stars

    We’ve seen startups helping brands tap influencers to promote themselves on social media platforms like Vine and Instagram, so it might be time for a new influencer marketing startup, Applause, that’s focused on live video — particularly Twitter’s Periscope app. It’s certainly a platform that CEO Jon Jacques is familiar with. In addition to working for a couple… Read More

  • Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Lunch breaks! They’re great, right? But they can also turn into a huge time sink — I’ve definitely had moments where I’m frantically flagging down a waiter because everything’s taken longer than expected, leaving me to try to pay the check and get to my next meeting in just a few minutes. One (sad) solution is to eat at your desk, but Allset is taking a… Read More

  • Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia, a startup that pulls real-time, location-based data from social media, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Co-founder and CEO Phil Harris said the company “invented a new way of organizing social data” — most other analytics tools allow businesses to look at the data based on things like keywords and hashtags, while Geofeedia is focused on location. The… Read More

  • Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic is removing a big hurdle in its photo digitizing process — putting albums in the mail. YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative back in 2014. The idea is to recruit a freelance workforce of so-called Legacy Makers who help families digitize their photos. Through digitization, the company says it can preserve memories and make it easier to share those pictures… Read More

  • Yahoo Plans To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce, Reports $4.5B Writedown On Tumblr, Americas And Europe

    Yahoo Plans To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce, Reports $4.5B Writedown On Tumblr, Americas And Europe

    Yahoo confirmed plans today to lay off approximately 15 percent of its workforce. The company made the announcement in conjunction with its its fourth quarter earnings, where it reported revenue of $1.27 billion and earnings per share of 13 cents. That’s ahead of revenue estimates — had analysts had predicted revenue of $1.19 billion and EPS of 13 cents. The Wall Street… Read More

  • NYC Saw $291M In Seed Deals In 2015 (According To NextView Ventures)

    NYC Saw $291M In Seed Deals In 2015 (According To NextView Ventures)

    If you’re wondering about the seed-stage investment landscape in New York City, a new report from NextView Ventures could be a good place to start. Pulling data from a number of sources (including AngelList, CrunchBase and Mattermark), NextView principal Tim Devane found that there were 175 seed-stage deals (defined as rounds of less than $4.5 million) in New York City last year… Read More

  • Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager isn’t just a doctor-on-demand service anymore. We’ve mentioned the New York City-based company as part of a broader group of startups aiming to bring doctors to patients’ homes, and to be clear, you’ll still be able use the app to set up medical house calls. Now, however, that’s just one part of a broader experience. Read More

  • The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism

    Well, that’s one way to respond when someone doesn’t like your startup. After a Stanford student spotted an internship opening at The League, they declared that they were “totally and utterly ashamed that this dating service came out of Stanford,” and asked, “Is it possible to get any more elitist than this? Does it even cross your mind that you are endorsing… Read More

  • Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

    Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

    Doorman can be a useful service for people who hate missing deliveries. Now it can help you get those products in the mail again, too. Rather than coming home from work to find a “missed delivery” slip, Doorman customers can set a delivery time between 6pm and midnight that’s convenient for them (packages get delivered to Doorman first, and then to the consumer). The… Read More

  • Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Lockscreen App Slidejoy Gets A Newsy New Feature

    Slidejoy, a startup that rewards users for putting news and advertising on their Android lockscreens, has unveiled a more comprehensive newsreading experience. Co-founder Sanghoon Kwak led the development of the new Trends feature, and he said that previously, if you were reading news on Slidejoy, you saw one article at a time, and they came from about a dozen publishers. Read More

  • ScribbleLive Acquires Visually To Combine Their Content Marketing Tools

    ScribbleLive Acquires Visually To Combine Their Content Marketing Tools

    ScribbleLive has acquired Visually for an undisclosed price. Toronto-based ScribbleLive was founded in 2008, starting out as a liveblogging platform and eventually growing to a broader set of tools for content marketing — namely, helping businesses promote themselves with blog posts, videos and more. ScribbleLive’s products are pretty broad, covering everything from using data… Read More

  • AdStage Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage Looks Beyond Advertising

    AdStage launched a new product called Automate today — it’s supposed to bring more automation to AdStage advertisers, but CEO Sahil Jain said it also signals the company’s ambitions to become a broader marketing platform. As the name suggests, Automate allows advertisers to create rules that automatically adjust their ad campaigns across Google, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn… Read More

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