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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  • Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

    Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

    If you’re a parent who’d like to do a better job keeping in touch with your kids when you’re not a home, then a forthcoming product called Ily might be the answer. Ilan Abehassera, founder and CEO of Ily-maker Insensi, has talked about his vision before, but today he’s demonstrating Ily onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield the Consumer Electronics Show. Read More

  • Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

    Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

    Facebook is narrowing the focus of the LiveRail ad platform that it acquired in 2014 — the company says it will no longer be accepting new customers to LiveRail’s ad serving business. Facebook’s head of advertising technology David Jakubowski said that’s not actually a dramatic change, since the LiveRail ad server represents a small part of the business (“tens… Read More

  • Sphero’s New Wristband Will Let You Control BB-8 With Gestures — And Also The Force

    Sphero’s New Wristband Will Let You Control BB-8 With Gestures — And Also The Force

    “We’re giving every Star Wars fan the power of the Force,” said Sphero CEO Paul Berberian. He stopped by the TechCrunch stage at the Consumer Electronics Show today to show off the company’s Force Band, which will allow people to control the company’s BB-8 robotic toy with gestures. When pressed on how it worked, Berberian first said that “the Force works… Read More

  • MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    MyFitnessPal Makes It Easier To Order Healthily At Restaurants

    I’m in Las Vegas for this whole week, which means two things. One, I hate myself. Two, I’m constantly out at restaurants, which makes it even harder than usual to eat healthily. MyFitnessPal, the popular nutrition and fitness app that was acquired by Under Armour last year, is unveiling a new feature today that should help. The app already allows you to log your meals at… Read More

  • Video Distribution Startup VHX Is Now Building Apps For Phones, Tablets And Internet-Connected TVs

    Video Distribution Startup VHX Is Now Building Apps For Phones, Tablets And Internet-Connected TVs

    VHX, a startup that helps customers sell videos online, is taking a big leap into mobile, with new capabilities for publishers to launch their own custom apps. While the startup is officially announcing those capabilities today, as part of its presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, it actually released its first apps back in November. By creating Apple TV apps for Black&SexyTV and… Read More

  • Twitter’s ‘Conversational’ Ad Unit Encourages Users To Participate With Customizable Hashtags

    Twitter’s ‘Conversational’ Ad Unit Encourages Users To Participate With Customizable Hashtags

    Twitter is announcing a new “conversational” ad unit today, where users are prompted to personalize and share a marketer’s message. These ads are similar to Twitter’s existing Promoted Tweets, but with a key difference — the tweet is more like a poll question, where users can weigh in by choosing from multiple hashtags. After they hit one of the call-to-action… Read More

  • JW Player Raises $20M To Expand Its Video Platform

    JW Player Raises $20M To Expand Its Video Platform

    There’s been “a very big shift” in the thinking of many online publishers, according to JW Player President Chris Mahl. Yes, many of them are looking at Facebook and YouTube as platforms where they can build awareness, but he argued that they’re “really concentrating on driving traffic on their own sites.” “That’s where you as the publisher… Read More

  • Audi Leads $28M Investment In Rental Startup Silvercar

    Audi Leads $28M Investment In Rental Startup Silvercar

    Silvercar, a startup rethinking the auto rental experience in airports, already seems pretty tied to Audi — after all, every vehicle that Silvercar rents out is a silver Audi. Now the companies are deepening that relationship with a $28 million Series C investment. Audi led the round, with the company’s North American president Scott Keogh joining Silvercar’s board of directors. Read More

  • Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    If you’re a regular person looking to shoot some video, it’s hard to complain about the many, many options available. Heck, the iPhone camera is good enough at this point that it’s been used to shoot a critically acclaimed feature film. But unless you’re a video professional, there’s still one big limitation — you’re probably recording with a… Read More

  • With Debt Round, Web Publisher LittleThings Plans For More Positivity-Fueled Growth

    With Debt Round, Web Publisher LittleThings Plans For More Positivity-Fueled Growth

    There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of LittleThings, but apparently it’s seeing rapid growth, thanks to a focus on positive and inspirational stories. In fact, according to data from NewsWhip, LittleThings was responsible for the single most popular Facebook post of 2015. The story is basically just a write up of a two-year-old video of Ann and Nancy Wilson… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Deal To Revive Politwoops

    Twitter Announces Deal To Revive Politwoops

    Political gaffes on Twitter will once again be preserved on the website Politwoops, according to an announcement from Twitter. The company blocked API access for Politwoops earlier this year, a move that apparently crippled the service’s ability to archive politicians’ deleted tweets. A number of open government and human rights groups (and not just the ones operating the… Read More

  • Thinga Launches Its Kid-Friendly Search Engine

    Thinga Launches Its Kid-Friendly Search Engine

    Yahoo Kids died a quiet death two years ago, but to BJ Heiney (who worked on the product from 1996 to 2000) the shutdown was a “travesty,” depriving kids and parents of a valuable place to find fun, safe content. He’s aiming to fill that hole with a new search engine called Thinga. Read More

  • Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Is Working With Its Users To Design New Products

    Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Is Working With Its Users To Design New Products

    Massdrop’s investors have argued that the group commerce site is more a community than a straightforward marketplace. Here’s one way that Massdrop is doing things differently — a new initiative called Massdrop Collabs. The startup has built specialist communities for folks such as audiophiles and mechanical keyboard fans, and it offers group-buying opportunities to those… Read More

  • Video Ad Startup Innovid Raises $27.5M

    Video Ad Startup Innovid Raises $27.5M

    Less than a year after its last round, Innovid is announcing that it has raised $27.5 million in new funding. The New York City-headquartered company works with more than 220 advertisers, including Best Buy, Procter & Gamble and Walmart, to create, target and measure their video campaigns. Co-founder and CEO Zvika Netter has said that what really sets Innovid apart is “a… Read More

  • The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company is aiming to eliminate the headaches of home maintenance and improvement, and it’s raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The company has been relatively quiet, at least in terms of talking to the media, since I wrote about it a year ago. CEO Doug Ludlow told me today that this was intentional — he wanted to work out the kinks in the model before making a… Read More

  • Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club For Alleged Patent Infringement

    Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club For Alleged Patent Infringement

    Gillette announced today that it has filed suit against Dollar Shave Club, seeking both damages and an injunction to stop the startup from selling razors that use allegedly infringing technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Gillette patent in question concerns a method for coating razorblades. “We have long invested heavily in innovation, and our talented scientists… Read More

  • Former Ad Tech CEO Rob Leathern Is Building A Subscription Service For Avoiding Ads

    Former Ad Tech CEO Rob Leathern Is Building A Subscription Service For Avoiding Ads

    Rob Leathern is hoping to help publishers embrace ad blocking, and he’s doing it under a familiar name — Optimal.com, which was previously the social ad company where Leathern was founder and CEO. Brand Networks acquired Optimal (okay, so not exactly the same name, but really, really close) in 2013. Leathern left six months later, though he stayed on the Brand Networks board… Read More

  • Social Ad Startup Funnely Raises Seed Funding From Verizon Ventures

    Social Ad Startup Funnely Raises Seed Funding From Verizon Ventures

    Funnely, a startup that helps e-commerce companies automate and improve their ad campaigns on Facebook and Instagram, has raised $988,000 in a seed round led by Verizon Ventures. The product uses businesses’ customer data to create and target ads. The goal is to effectively reach consumers throughout the sales funnel, whether it’s first getting their attention through lead… Read More

  • Online Publisher Purch Acquires ShopSavvy

    Online Publisher Purch Acquires ShopSavvy

    Purch just announced that it has acquired ShopSavvy, the mobile shopping startup backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Purch was formerly known as TechMediaNetwork and operates sites including Tom’s Guide and AnandTech. The company recently raised a $135 million funding round, and has been actively buying up companies — this is its fourth acquisition in the past… Read More

  • Ad Startup Nanigans Enlists MoPub Founder Jim Payne For Its Board

    Ad Startup Nanigans Enlists MoPub Founder Jim Payne For Its Board

    Nanigans is best-known as a Facebook advertising company, but CEO Ric Calvillo said that by adding MoPub founder Jim Payne to its board of directors, it can grow the “non-Facebook” side of its business. “Although Facebook’s done so well and we want to continue to be the best advertising automation platform on Facebook, we think there’s an opportunity to be a… Read More

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