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.

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  • GatherContent Launches An Easier Way To Collaborate On Web Content

    GatherContent Launches An Easier Way To Collaborate On Web Content

    When James Deer led digital design agency DEER/digital, he says he encountered the same issue over and over — when his team built content-rich websites, it was largely an email-based process, where they had to dig up images and files from email threads that were months old, or copy content from Word documents that were hundreds of pages long. To reduce their own headaches, Deer’s… Read More

  • Automattic Launches Its Own Liveblog Plugin For WordPress

    Automattic Launches Its Own Liveblog Plugin For WordPress

    One of the staples of tech news sites is the liveblog — not everyone loves them, but for folks who really care about the latest iPhone launch, a liveblog allows you to follow along with every piece of news as it’s revealed on-stage. Here are TechCrunch, we use CoverItLive (which was acquired last year by Demand Media), which is okay. Still, as with any blogging product… Read More

  • Ustream Apologizes For Shutting Down The Hugo Awards Livestream, Says It Will ‘Recalibrate’

    Ustream Apologizes For Shutting Down The Hugo Awards Livestream, Says It Will ‘Recalibrate’

    Maybe you haven’t heard of the Hugo Awards, but to science fiction geeks, especially print science fiction geeks, they’re a big deal. They’re given out at the World Science Fiction Convention, and as io9′s Annalee Newitz writes, they’re “kind of like the Academy Awards,” where “careers are made; people get dressed up and give speeches; and… Read More

  • You’ve Got One More Day To Apply For The Savannah Fund Accelerator

    You’ve Got One More Day To Apply For The Savannah Fund Accelerator

    The Savannah Fund is an African seed investment fund that aims to “bridge the early stage/angel and venture capital investment gap” in the region. A big part of that strategy is the fund’s startup accelerator — and the deadline to apply is Sunday evening. The fund says each session will run for three months and operate out of the iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s… Read More

  • biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu, a startup backed by Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, allows owners of feature phones and lower-end smartphones to access apps like Facebook and Twitter. Now the company is getting more ambitious on the social networking side. CEO Gour Lentell tells me that it wasn’t really his plan to build a social network. Instead, biNu focused initially on making content accessible… Read More

  • 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