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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  • Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Dhingana, which offers a free service for streaming Bollywood and other Indian music, said today that its mobile apps have been downloaded 3.5 million times. And the company is hoping to reach an even broader audience with the launch of its mobile website. Through the mobile site, Dhingana said users will be able to listen to its library of more than 500,000 songs in 38 Indian languages, and… Read More

  • Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper, which makes apps for ordering a variety of goods (starting with pizza) from any business, just announced that it has raised a $550,000 round led by Vegas Tech Fund. The company’s flagship product is Order Pizza, an app that allows users to order pizza from any pizzeria that you choose. The app submits orders automatically, via phone call, email, fax, or website (depending… Read More

  • 140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof is expanding its social ad technology today with the launch of a new format called Native Ads for Social Sites, which allows 140 Proof advertisers to run campaigns on blogging platforms like WordPress and Tumblr. The company started out by using social data to determine user interests and then use those interests to target ads in social networking apps. The new native ad units also… Read More

  • Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole, a startup offering tools for brands to manage their “social advocacy” programs, has raised $7.5 million in new funding. The round is a follow-on to the $10 million Series C that Extole raised about a year ago, and it comes from existing investors, including Shasta Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Trident Capital. The company has now raised a total… Read More

  • Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple announced today that there are now 250 million users on its iCloud service. That’s a big increase from the 190 million users that it reported back in October, which itself was up from 150 million in July. The numbers were revealed during this afternoon’s conference call discussing Apple’s earnings for the first quarter of the fiscal year. Read More

  • E-Commerce Platform Gumroad Adds New Publishing Features, Says Some Authors Have Made $100K+

    E-Commerce Platform Gumroad Adds New Publishing Features, Says Some Authors Have Made $100K+

    Gumroad, the Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that allows you to sell anything through a simple link, is announcing some additions to its publishing program today, while also sharing some of its early success stories. Ryan Delk, who leads the company’s growth and partnership efforts, said traditional publishing is “still operating on economics and strategies that were invented 20… Read More

  • ‘Kimora: House Of Fab’ Brings TV Audiences Behind The Scenes At Fashion Startup JustFab

    ‘Kimora: House Of Fab’ Brings TV Audiences Behind The Scenes At Fashion Startup JustFab

    Starting tonight, online fashion service JustFab is going to be starring in its very own reality TV show on the Style Network. Given the hostile reception and dismal ratings of Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (as well as tepid numbers for Cheezburger Network-set LOLWork), another startup-focused show might seem like a really bad idea. But Kimora: House of Fab isn’t about a group… Read More

  • Wordnik Looks Beyond Its Online Dictionary With The Launch Of New Company Reverb

    Wordnik Looks Beyond Its Online Dictionary With The Launch Of New Company Reverb

    Wordnik launched its first big non-dictionary product last month, a tool allowing online publishers to recommend related content to their readers. Now it’s signaling even broader ambitions by launching a new company, which it’s calling Reverb. The new company will have the same team and structure, but CEO and technical co-founder Tony Tam told me it will be “working… Read More

  • LaunchBit Is Ready To Grade Your Email Newsletters

    LaunchBit Is Ready To Grade Your Email Newsletters

    Elizabeth Yin, co-founder of email ad network LaunchBit, said she’s hoping that email newsletters get better this year — and to make that happen, LaunchBit is launching a new service called the 2012 Email Newsletter Report Card. “Email marketing has gotten out of control,” Yin told me via email. “My inbox is so cluttered with too many boring email newsletters… Read More

  • Optimal Raises $7M For Social Media Ads And Analytics

    Optimal Raises $7M For Social Media Ads And Analytics

    Optimal, a startup offering technology and data for social media marketers, just announced that it raised $7 million in Series B funding. The company was previously known XA.net, but it changed names back in April, embracing the term that it was already using for its optim.al social ad campaign manager. The company is part of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Director program, and it… Read More

  • Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World

    Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World

    A new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project looks at the future of libraries. The study, titled “Library services in the digital age,” doesn’t include anything particularly shocking or revelatory, but it suggests that many people still value the role of libraries, and that librarians are thinking about how their services can evolve. Read More

  • Read-Me-The-News App Umano Launches On Android

    Read-Me-The-News App Umano Launches On Android

    Umano, an app that provides commuters (and others) a curated selection of articles read by voice actors, launched a few months ago on the iPhone. Now it’s available to Android users too. It seems pretty inevitable for a mobile app to go cross-platform, especially since it was created by former Googlers. But Ian Mendiola, co-founder and CEO at Umano-maker SoThree, said he realized… Read More

  • Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    It’s getting more tempting to give away used goods on Listia, the marketplace startup backed by Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz (among others), thanks to a new partnership with Best Buy. When you give away “old stuff” on Listia, you earn points, which can be redeemed for items that other users are giving away, as well as new goods offered through the company’s… Read More

  • Social Network Fandalism Adds A Cheap Way For Musicians To Upload Songs To iTunes And More

    Social Network Fandalism Adds A Cheap Way For Musicians To Upload Songs To iTunes And More

    Fandalism, a social network for musicians, is adding a new feature that should undercut the market for “aggregators” like CD Baby and Tunecore (which allow independent artists to sell their music on iTunes and other digital stores). To do that, founder Philip Kaplan (who also founded the FuckedCompany blog and ad network AdBrite, as well as co-founding social shopping startup… Read More

  • Telcentris Raises $5.3M For Calling, Chatting, Faxing (And More) App VoxOx

    Telcentris Raises $5.3M For Calling, Chatting, Faxing (And More) App VoxOx

    Telcentris, the maker of “unified communications” app VoxOx, says it has raised $5.3 million in its first institutional funding. The VoxOx desktop and iPhone apps combine features like VoIP calling, texting, chatting, faxing, as well as aggregated contact info from Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere, plus Google Voice-style support for calling multiple phones with one number. Back… Read More

  • NextSpace Raises $825K To Fund More Coworking Communities

    NextSpace Raises $825K To Fund More Coworking Communities

    NextSpace, a network of coworking spaces in Northern and Southern California, has raised $825,000 in new funding. Co-founder and CEO Jeremy Neuner said the first NextSpace location opened back in 2008, in Santa Cruz (where Neuner is a former economic manager and his co-founder Ryan Coonerty is a former mayor). It has now expanded to six locations, including two in San Francisco. The plan is to… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Startup Celtra Raises $4M Led By Softbank Capital

    Mobile Ad Startup Celtra Raises $4M Led By Softbank Capital

    Celtra, a company offering tools for rich media ad creation, mobile ad serving, and analytics, just announced that it has raised $4 million in new funding. The round was led by SoftBank Capital, and SoftBank’s Ron Fisher is joining the board. Existing investors GrandBanks Capital and Fairhaven Capital also participated in the new funding. Read More

  • ‘Native’ Ad Startup Sharethrough Partners With SimpleReach To Find Social Media Friendly Content

    ‘Native’ Ad Startup Sharethrough Partners With SimpleReach To Find Social Media Friendly Content

    Sharethrough, a startup that helps brands deliver their video ads in a way that feels “native” to the sites where they’re appearing, has started offering new data and targeting to advertisers thanks to a partnership with SimpleReach. According to Sharehtrough CEO Dan Greenberg and SimpleReach CEO Edward Kim, Sharethrough is using SimpleReach technology to identify… Read More

  • Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Gets A Strategic Investment From Ad Giant Interpublic

    Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Gets A Strategic Investment From Ad Giant Interpublic

    Kiip just announced that it has received funding from ad holding company Interpublic. Brian Wong, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, said the investment was actually included in the $11 million round that he announced last year, and it’s part of a partnership between the two companies. Kiip and IPG were still working out the details of the partnership, so they couldn’t announce… Read More

  • Hipster’s Doug Ludlow Joins AOL Ventures As Its First ‘Innovation Partner’

    Hipster’s Doug Ludlow Joins AOL Ventures As Its First ‘Innovation Partner’

    Doug Ludlow, formerly the CEO of AOL-acquired photosharing startup Hipster, is leaving the company’s mobile team (where he was a senior director) to become the first innovation partner at AOL Ventures. Since this is a new role, it sounds like a lot of the details are going to be figured out on-the-job. Ludlow said the position arose from discussions he had with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and… Read More