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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  • Lifestyle Web Publisher Zimbio Becomes Livingly Media

    Lifestyle Web Publisher Zimbio Becomes Livingly Media

    Zimbio, which publishes the celebrity news website of the same name, just announced that it has renamed itself Livingly Media. It’s a logical change for the company as it expands beyond Zimbio.com, which was its first property, and which still accounts for the majority of its traffic. Founded in 2006, Livingly (a cross between “living” and “lovingly”) launched… Read More

  • The Makers Of Smartphone-Shot Feature Film Olive Hope To Rethink Movie Distribution

    The Makers Of Smartphone-Shot Feature Film Olive Hope To Rethink Movie Distribution

    Nine months ago, we wrote about Olive, whose makers hoped to make it the first feature-length film shot on a smartphone (specifically a Nokia N8 fitted with a special 35MM lens) that made it into movie theaters. Now, co-director Hooman Khalili says he has a different goal — he and his co-director Pat Gilles have rethought movie production, so they’re hoping to… Read More

  • Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week

    Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week

    Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected. It’s a way for businesses to connect their Facebook ads with the customer lists they may have built up elsewhere. Inside Facebook first reported on the feature after tipsters saw it go live temporarily. A… Read More

  • HR Software Maker Workday Files For $400M IPO

    HR Software Maker Workday Files For $400M IPO

    Workday, a company offering online tools for enterprises to manage human resources, payroll, and finances, just filed an S-1 form declaring its intention to raise up to $400 million in an IPO. Reuters reported in July that the company had quietly filed for an IPO but was able to keep the documents secret for a while longer thanks to the JOBS Act. Now it’s official — the S-1 is… Read More

  • Twitter Expands Ad Program With Interest Targeting And 1 Cent Minimum Bids

    Twitter Expands Ad Program With Interest Targeting And 1 Cent Minimum Bids

    Twitter is announcing a new way for businesses to target their Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts, according to a new blog post from Product Management Director Kevin Weil. By directing their messages at specific user interests, advertisers can now potentially reach a much broader audience. Actually, interest data already plays a role in Twitter advertising. Weil writes that Promoted Tweets… Read More

  • Ticketing Startup SeatGeek Raises $1.65M To Embrace Mobile And More

    Ticketing Startup SeatGeek Raises $1.65M To Embrace Mobile And More

    SeatGeek, the ticketing startup that launched at TechCrunch50 three years ago, has raised $1.65 million in new funding. The round was disclosed in an SEC filing, and co-founder Jack Groetzinger just confirmed it. The company offers a ticket search engine that helps users find the best deals across multiple sites. It’s probably best-known as a site for sporting tickets, but it has also… Read More

  • Rewards Site Swagbucks Now Rewards Users For Shopping, Too

    Rewards Site Swagbucks Now Rewards Users For Shopping, Too

    Swagbucks, a site where users earn rewards for performing tasks like watching videos and taking surveys, is expanding with the launch of a new shopping page. Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Scott Dudelson tells me that there’s clearly money to be made in affiliate shopping programs, but Swagbucks has held off, and instead built “a large reputable loyalty brand around… Read More

  • Placed Expands Its Location Analytics Tools To Include Mobile Websites

    Placed Expands Its Location Analytics Tools To Include Mobile Websites

    Location analytics startup Placed plans to expand its customer base beyond native app developers today by launching support for mobile websites. Placed is supposed to help mobile publishers understand the location context of their users — specifically kinds of businesses they’re near. If you’ve ever tried to use a consumer location service like Foursquare, you’ve… Read More

  • The Talented Ms. Hornstein: How @Shirls Fooled The Valley

    The Talented Ms. Hornstein: How @Shirls Fooled The Valley

    Silicon Valley is full of hustlers, and that’s often a good thing. But there’s a difference between hustling and flat-out lying, and when people deceive company after company, it’s time to call them out. So: If you look up Shirley Hornstein online, you might get the idea that she’s one of the most well-connected people in tech. Here she is at the THRIVEGulu party… Read More

  • Publishers Start Signing Up For PostRelease’s Content Marketing Network

    Publishers Start Signing Up For PostRelease’s Content Marketing Network

    “Content marketing” is a phrase I hear more and more these days, as brands increasingly create their videos, blog posts, and other forms of content to promote themselves, rather than just relying on traditional advertising. Now a startup called PostRelease has built what is, essentially, an ad network for content marketing, so that advertisers can ensure that their content gets… Read More

  • Weather Channel CEO David Kenny Joins SessionM Board

    Weather Channel CEO David Kenny Joins SessionM Board

    SessionM, a startup aiming to increase mobile app engagement, has a new addition to its board of directors — David Kenny, who’s currently serving as chairman and CEO of The Weather Channel. SessionM co-founder and CEO Lars Albright (who previously co-founded Quattro Wireless, which was acquired by Apple and became the basis of its iAd program) says he got to know Kenny because… Read More

  • After Removal By Apple, Privacy App Clueful Returns Via The Web

    After Removal By Apple, Privacy App Clueful Returns Via The Web

    Back in May, security company Bitdefender launched Clueful, an iPhone app that looked at the other apps on your phone and identified what they were doing with your data. However, according to Bitdefender, Apple removed the app from the App Store in late June without an explanation. Today, Clueful has relaunched … but not on iOS. Instead, it’s now a website where users can search… Read More

  • Founder Steve Perlman Is Leaving OnLive, Investor Gary Lauder Takes Over As Chairman

    Founder Steve Perlman Is Leaving OnLive, Investor Gary Lauder Takes Over As Chairman

    Cloud gaming company OnLive has announced that the company’s founder and CEO Steve Perlman is “departing to work on his myriad of other projects.” Lead investor Gary Lauder is taking over as the company’s new chairman, while Charlie Jablonski, the VP of operations, has become Onlive’s COO and acting CEO. The news follows a fairly convoluted piece of corporate… Read More

  • Twitter Appeals Court Decision Against Occupy Wall Street Protester Malcolm Harris

    Twitter Appeals Court Decision Against Occupy Wall Street Protester Malcolm Harris

    Twitter just filed its appeal against a New York court decision requiring the company to turn over tweets and account information for Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, who is being prosecuted for allegations of disorderly conduct. According to Twitter’s brief, the New York County District Attorney’s office subpoenaed Twitter earlier this year for information related to… Read More

  • Late Labs: A ‘Crowdcoding’ Site Where Developers Trade Code For Equity

    Late Labs: A ‘Crowdcoding’ Site Where Developers Trade Code For Equity

    A new startup called Late Labs wants to connect coders with worthwhile side projects, and to reward them for their work with startup equity. The company lays out the problem on its mission page: “For Hustlers, its hard to find Hackers.  For Hackers, side projects lose traction in the design & distribution phrase, and fizzle . . . out.” Read More

  • Evernote Declares A ‘Cease-Fire’ In Its War With Paper, Partners With Moleskine For Smart Notebooks

    Evernote Declares A ‘Cease-Fire’ In Its War With Paper, Partners With Moleskine For Smart Notebooks

    Evernote CEO Phil Libin said today that he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about competition, but he admits that there has been one “age-old rivalry” — with pen-and-paper. Hearing about people who still take notes on paper is “infuriating,” Libin said, in part because he still does it himself. “This is a fight that many people in the technology… Read More

  • Evernote Announces Evernote Business With Company-Wide Sharing And Phone Support

    Evernote Announces Evernote Business With Company-Wide Sharing And Phone Support

    Evernote CEO Phil Libin just announced a new product aimed at small- and medium-sized companies (or small- and medium-sized teams within large enterprises) — appropriately, it’s called Evernote Business. Libin describes Evernote as your “external brain”, and he says Evernote Business should serve as the external brain for your company. He says the product was built… Read More

  • Tagwhat’s Virtual Tour Guide Gets A Social ‘Superslider’

    Tagwhat’s Virtual Tour Guide Gets A Social ‘Superslider’

    Tagwhat tries to connect online content to real-world locations, and it’s taking that idea step further with a new feature that it calls the Superslider. Co-founder and CEO Dave Elchoness says that there’s an enormous amount of content on the web that’s related to location but not geotagged — which means that you might completely miss the relevance of a neighborhood… Read More

  • New Executives At Mobile Platform Onswipe: Jumptap’s Jared Hand And AOL’s Rich Bloom

    New Executives At Mobile Platform Onswipe: Jumptap’s Jared Hand And AOL’s Rich Bloom

    Onswipe, which optimizes websites for touch interface like the iPad, is announcing two big executive hires today — Jared Hand, who is the company’s first chief revenue officer, and Rich Bloom, its first chief operating officer. CEO and co-founder Jason Baptiste that after a year focused on building product and signing up publishers, Hand and Bloom will lead the company’s… Read More

  • StartX, The Accelerator For Stanford Students, Wins $800K Grant From The Kauffman Foundation

    StartX, The Accelerator For Stanford Students, Wins $800K Grant From The Kauffman Foundation

    StartX, the startup accelerator for Stanford students, has raised its first big piece of funding — an $800,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Under the name SSE Labs, StartX first launched in 2010. Since then, 240 founders launching 90 companies have participated in the program. The accelerator says that 85 percent of its companies attract institutional or angel… Read More