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.

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  • Facebook Tests A Dedicated Shopping Feed

    Facebook Tests A Dedicated Shopping Feed

    Facebook’s where people spend their time on mobile, and now it’s working on several new features to give shopping sites a cut of the attention. The most eye-catching is a test of a Shopping feed that aggregates posts and photos about products on sale from different retailers. It’s also beefing up the fast-loading “immersive ads” it started testing last month… Read More

  • OneGo Goes Nationwide With Its Subscription Plans For Unlimited Flights

    OneGo Goes Nationwide With Its Subscription Plans For Unlimited Flights

    OneGo promises to give subscribers unlimited flights for a monthly fee. I first wrote about the company in June — at the time, its offerings were limited to a West Coast flights. More recently, it’s added plans covering the different regions of the United States, as well as a nationwide plan for $2,950 per month. Read More

  • Twitter Opens Up Its Amplify Video Ad Program

    Twitter Opens Up Its Amplify Video Ad Program

    Twitter just announced an expansion of its Amplify ad program that should make it accessible to more publishers and advertisers. Amplify is the company’s two-year-old program for video ads. Initially, it involved a direct and somewhat complicated relationship — the publisher would embed a short video clip in a tweet, then the advertiser would both include a short pre-roll ad in… Read More

  • New Clip From “Steve Jobs” Movie Asks, “What Do You Do?”

    New Clip From “Steve Jobs” Movie Asks, “What Do You Do?”

    If you’ve watched the trailers for the soon-to-be-released movie “Steve Jobs,” you might remember hearing snatches of a heated conversation between Steve Wozniak and Jobs. Now Universal Pictures has released a clip showing the full exchange, as Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen) demands to know what Jobs (Michael Fassbender) has done to earn his reputation as a genius. Read More

  • SendGrid Launches Threads, A Triggered Email Service For Marketers

    SendGrid Launches Threads, A Triggered Email Service For Marketers

    SendGrid CEO Sameer Dohlakia said he thinks of the company’s new product, Threads by SendGrid, as “the anti-spam.” Basically, Threads allows customers to set up automated emails that get sent based on user activity — so you could send an email whenever a customer views a specific web page, uses a specific feature or performs a certain action in your mobile app. Read More

  • Quantcast Launches Audience Grid To Connect Online And Offline Ad Targeting

    Quantcast Launches Audience Grid To Connect Online And Offline Ad Targeting

    Online advertisers and publishers might get a lot smarter about their audiences’ offline habits, thanks to a new product from Quantcast called Audience Grid. Quantcast CEO Konrad Feldman described this as as “the largest open data marketing platform bridging the gap between offline and online.” As he explained it, Audience Grid connects Quantcast’s online data with… Read More

  • Pypestream Raises $2M To Help Businesses Talk To Their Customers

    Pypestream Raises $2M To Help Businesses Talk To Their Customers

    Pypestream, a new startup from AdGenesis/Genesis Media co-founder Richard Smullen, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. The round was led by Jonah Goodhart, co-founder of Moat and of early-stage investment firm WGI Group. Goodhart told me that Pypestream is trying to solve a big problem: “The call center as a model is absolutely broken.” In other words… Read More

  • Danny Boyle And Aaron Sorkin On Steve Jobs: “Deep Down, Steve Felt Himself To Be Flawed”

    Danny Boyle And Aaron Sorkin On Steve Jobs: “Deep Down, Steve Felt Himself To Be Flawed”

    While Steve Jobs has already been depicted several times on film, I think it’s fair to say that Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs is the Big One, at least for now. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography, with a writer and director who have both won Oscars — Aaron Sorkin took home Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network, while Danny Boyle won… Read More

  • Google Announces Accelerated Mobile Pages Project To Bring You Quick-Loading Articles

    Google Announces Accelerated Mobile Pages Project To Bring You Quick-Loading Articles

    Google unveiled a new open source initiative today that it’s calling the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project. The name kind of spells out the concept: The AMP Project is supposed to result in web pages, particularly news articles, that load more quickly. To achieve this, AMP publishers will follow a technical specification for faster pages, and there will be an option to serve the… Read More

  • Red Bear Angels Backs Startups From The Cornell Community

    Red Bear Angels Backs Startups From The Cornell Community

    How’s this for school spirit? A group of alums have come together to invest in startups connected to Cornell. Chairman and founder Sam Sezak (also a partner at Blue Heron Capital) has both a BS and an MBA from Cornell. He said the idea began a few years ago, after he attended a cornell entrepreneurship event — the event impressed Sezak with the community’s entrepreneurial… Read More

  • Video Collaboration Startup Frame.io Raises $2.2M

    Video Collaboration Startup Frame.io Raises $2.2M

    Frame.io, a startup that improves the collaboration process around video production, is announcing that it has raised a $2.2 million seed round led by Accel Partners. Co-founder and CEO Emery Wells previously worked in video post-production, and he said Frame.io emerged from his own frustrations about the tools available to work with clients, team members and other collaborators. Read More

  • Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

    Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

    Well, it happened. Google is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of a new parent company called Alphabet. The company announced its plans for a new corporate structure back in August. Google itself will continue to exist under the leadership of CEO Sundar Pichai, while Alphabet serves as “a collection of companies” led by CEO Larry Page. Read More

  • Hungryroot’s Vegetable-Based Pastas Are Now Available On The West Coast

    Hungryroot’s Vegetable-Based Pastas Are Now Available On The West Coast

    Does the idea of a transforming vegetables into noodles sound weird but kind of appetizing? Well, that’s what a startup called Hungryroot is offering, and now it’s expanding. The company launched earlier this year with operations in New York’s Long Island City. Co-founder and CEO Ben McKean told me Hungryroot recently opened a similar facility in San Francisco — so it… Read More

  • Website Builder Weebly Gets A Revamp And Its First App Center

    Website Builder Weebly Gets A Revamp And Its First App Center

    Weebly is launching the third generation of its product today, which it calls Carbon — CEO David Rusenko described it as the “first big step” in a new direction. Until now, Weebly has been known as an easy-to-use tool for building websites and online stores. It’s been successful too, with 30 million people creating sites on the platform, and 250 million visitors to… Read More

  • Netflix-Style Magazine App Next Issue Relaunches As Texture

    Netflix-Style Magazine App Next Issue Relaunches As Texture

    Next Issue, the publisher-backed subscription service offering unlimited access to 160 magazines, is launching a revamped app with new features and a new name — Texture. A joint venture from publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc., Next Issue launched more than three years ago. It raised $50 million from KKR at the end of 2014, and CEO John Loughlin said… Read More

  • Social News Aggregator Nuzzel Enlists Investors From The Media Industry

    Social News Aggregator Nuzzel Enlists Investors From The Media Industry

    Nuzzel, the social news startup led by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, is announcing a bunch of new investors today, including Matter, the Knight Foundation-backed incubator for media startups. Read More

  • Farmigo Raises $16M For A New Approach To The Farmers’ Market

    Farmigo Raises $16M For A New Approach To The Farmers’ Market

    Farmigo, a startup rethinking the local farmer’s market, has raised $16 million in series B funding. Founder and CEO Benzi Ronen said the company started out by building software for farmers, but its focus has shifted to a consumer marketplace where you can order farm-fresh groceries, then pick them up from local “food communities,” such as a nearby school or office. Read More

  • YouTube Introduces Shopping Ads

    YouTube Introduces Shopping Ads

    YouTube videos are going to get more shoppable, with the company announcing a new ad unit today called Shopping ads. The Google-owned video site has been moving in this direction for the past few months, with the introduction of Cards for related content (including merchandise) and the launch of TrueView for shopping, which allows advertisers to automatically turn their Google merchant data… Read More

  • DC’s Vertigo Becomes The First Comics Publisher On Wattpad

    DC’s Vertigo Becomes The First Comics Publisher On Wattpad

    Attention comics fans: Social reading app Wattpad is giving you a new way to connect with your favorite publishers and writers. Well, one publisher and four writers initially — the publisher is Vertigo, which has enlisted Survivors’ Club writers Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen to launch their profiles today and share lists of their favorite horror movies. Gail Simone and Holly… Read More

  • Amino Raises $6.5M To Build Mobile Communities

    Amino Raises $6.5M To Build Mobile Communities

    Amino, a startup that’s built 41 different mobile community apps (so far), is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. I first wrote about the company a little more than a year ago, when it raised a $1.65 million seed round. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson told me that the idea was to reinvent the traditional online forum with a smartphone-optimized experience… Read More

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