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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  • Mobile Ad Startup StrikeAd Raises Another $500K From SoftTech And Others

    Mobile Ad Startup StrikeAd Raises Another $500K From SoftTech And Others

    StrikeAd, a startup that helps advertisers and agencies manage their mobile campaigns, has raised another $500,000 in funding. The round is an addition to the $3 million Series A led by DFJ Esprit that the startup announced in January. More impressive than the amount of funding is who it’s coming from — Jeff Clavier’s firm SoftTech VC, Siemer Ventures, and Applied… Read More

  • More Evidence Shows Apple App Store Search Changes (Including Some Sad Developers)

    More Evidence Shows Apple App Store Search Changes (Including Some Sad Developers)

    We now have more information about the changes to Apple’s App Store search algorithm, thanks to a blog post from Ian Sefferman at MobileDevHQ. TechCrunch broke the news about the change on Saturday , but our story was based on the impressions of individual app developers and some searches of our own. Sefferman, however, actually crawled App Store search results, and offered this summary… Read More

  • Box Brings Its OneCloud Platform To Android With 50 Apps

    Box Brings Its OneCloud Platform To Android With 50 Apps

    Back when Box launched its OneCloud platform for enterprise mobile apps back in March, VP of Platform Engineering Chris Yeh says that virtually all of the user comments boiled down to a single question: What about Android? So today, Box is answering the cry of forlorn Android owners by releasing OneCloud for Android. Read More

  • Need An Intro? Greylock-Backed Cloze Rates Your Connections

    Need An Intro? Greylock-Backed Cloze Rates Your Connections

    Not all social network connections are created equal. My networks on Facebook and LinkedIn certainly include plenty of real friends and colleagues, but they’re mixed in with people I met once at a conference, random folks who sent me a nice note about my writing, and so on. All of that (I hope) is pretty normal, but if I need to find the meaningful messages and connections, well, it can be… Read More

  • FastPay Raises $25M To Tackle Digital Media Cash Flow

    FastPay Raises $25M To Tackle Digital Media Cash Flow

    FastPay, a startup offering credit lines to digital media companies, says it has raised $25 million in new funding. That may sound like a weirdly specific business model, but founder and CEO Jed Simon tells me via email that FastPay is solving a big problem in the online advertising industry — the fact that it can take forever to get paid. According to a survey conducted by the… Read More

  • Domo’s Josh James: We’re Making Every Employee Embrace Social Media, And It’s Paying Off

    Domo’s Josh James: We’re Making Every Employee Embrace Social Media, And It’s Paying Off

    Back in May, Josh James, the co-founder of analytics company Omniture and now CEO of business intelligence startup Domo, announced an eyebrow-raising idea: He was kicking off an eight-week initiative that would require every one of Domo’s 130 employees to become active on social media. Now James says the initiative is paying off, and he has numbers and anecdotes to back it up. Read More

  • Apple Chomps At App Store Search? Developers See Shift In Search Results

    Apple Chomps At App Store Search? Developers See Shift In Search Results

    Apple is making potentially significant changes to the search algorithm in the App Store, at least according to some app developers. If you’re a developer or publisher counting on a well-chosen name to help with visibility, things could get tougher from here on out. But if you’re a popular and well-reviewed app, things might be looking up. This could be an early step in the… Read More

  • Apartment Search Engine PadMapper Gets A Cease-And-Desist From Craigslist, Removes Listings

    Apartment Search Engine PadMapper Gets A Cease-And-Desist From Craigslist, Removes Listings

    It’s been years since I’ve had to look for an apartment, but in that time multiple friends have sung the praises of PadMapper (TechCrunch alumnus Greg Kumparak is a fan too). Usually, they describe it as a mashup of Google Maps and Craigslist. Starting today, unfortunately, they’ll have to scratch “Craigslist” from the equation. According to an account that… Read More

  • Zappos Labs: Retailer’s San Francisco Office Searches For Disruptive New Ideas

    Zappos Labs: Retailer’s San Francisco Office Searches For Disruptive New Ideas

    Zappos left San Francisco way back in 2004, and since then it has become closely associated with its new home in Nevada — in fact, CEO Tony Hsieh is working to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, in part by turning it into a startup hub. At the same time, the online retailer hasn’t entirely severed its connection to the Bay Area — in 2010, it reopened an office in SF, one… Read More

  • GameFounders: An Accelerator For European Game Startups

    GameFounders: An Accelerator For European Game Startups

    There’s a new startup accelerator in town, and by town, I mean Estonia. The accelerator is called GameFounders, and it’s looking to accept up to 10 gaming startups in its inaugural class. GameFounders says it’s the first European accelerator to focus on game developers. It’s offering an investment of 15,000 euros in exchange for 9 percent of the company, and you… Read More

  • CrowdFlower’s Photo Moderation Tool Gets A Little More Flexible

    CrowdFlower’s Photo Moderation Tool Gets A Little More Flexible

    Crowdsourced labor startup CrowdFlower is launching version 2.0 of its Real Time Foto Moderator today, with updates that should make RTFM more useful for apps with adult and edgy content. CrowdFlower first announced RTFM last month, pitching it as a self-serve tool that app developers can use to tap into the crowd and make sure the images shared by their users are appropriate. This was the… Read More

  • Taptu Adds “Magic” Article Recommendations Based On Your Reading Habits

    Taptu Adds “Magic” Article Recommendations Based On Your Reading Habits

    News app Taptu is adding a feature called Magic, starting with a new version of its Android app that just went live. When you name something Magic, it has a lot to live up to. In Taptu’s case, the idea sounds pretty impressive. The app is probably best known for the ability to “DJ your news,” creating customized news streams, either from scratch or by modifying one of… Read More

  • Madefire Reinvents Comics For The iPad, Signs Up True Ventures And Watchmen Artist Dave Gibbons

    Madefire Reinvents Comics For The iPad, Signs Up True Ventures And Watchmen Artist Dave Gibbons

    Comic books have made a pretty smooth transition onto the iPad — in fact, the Comixology app has become my preferred method of reading new issues. But the founders of a startup called Madefire are trying to push things further. They want to create comics designed specifically for tablets, rather than simply converting content that was created for print. You can get a taste of the… Read More

  • BlockBeacon Launches An iPhone App For Staying Up-To-Date With Local Businesses

    BlockBeacon Launches An iPhone App For Staying Up-To-Date With Local Businesses

    Do local businesses really need another social media channel for reaching consumers? Well, here’s the thing: How many restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood businesses do you follow on Twitter? I don’t follow any, and even though I’m probably on the low side, BlockBeacon co-founder and CEO Brandon Mills notes, “You don’t want to friend or follow 200… Read More

  • Bromium Raises $26.5M For Security Through Micro-Virtualization

    Bromium Raises $26.5M For Security Through Micro-Virtualization

    Bromium — an enterprise security and virtualization startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners — is taking the stage today at the Structure conference to unveil its technology. It’s also announcing that it has raised $26.5 million in Series B funding. Read More

  • Former Tumri CEO Calvin Lui Joins Unified As President And Chief Strategy Officer

    Former Tumri CEO Calvin Lui Joins Unified As President And Chief Strategy Officer

    Social ad startup Unified just announced that it has hired Calvin Lui as its president and chief strategy officer. Lui was formerly president and CEO of online ad startup Tumri. He also served as chief operating officer for Internet marketer Connexus and SVP of sales and marketing for Ticketmaster. At Unified, Lui says he’ll be looking at companywide strategy, as well as corporate… Read More

  • Facebook Shows Friend Log In Counts, Passive Aggressively Nudges You To Post

    Facebook Shows Friend Log In Counts, Passive Aggressively Nudges You To Post

    Facebook appears to be testing a new feature — a counter at the top of your news feed (right below the “update status” box) that tells you either that “X friends logged in recently” or “Your friends haven’t seen a post from you X days.” The new features were spotted by Techie Buzz and also tweeted by Huffington Post senior editor Craig Kannally. Read More

  • Prismatic Opens Its News Discovery Service To Everyone, Adds Facebook And Google Reader Sign-Ups

    Prismatic Opens Its News Discovery Service To Everyone, Adds Facebook And Google Reader Sign-Ups

    Prismatic has been in invite-only mode for more than a year, but co-founder and CEO Bradford Cross says that changes today. When I met with Cross earlier this year, he said he chose that approach because he was trying to do something genuinely different — not just bolt social discovery onto existing products, which usually means presenting stuff that was already in your Twitter feed… Read More

  • Navigation App Waze Adds Real-Time Fuel Prices

    Navigation App Waze Adds Real-Time Fuel Prices

    Waze, the impressively-funded navigation app that offers real-time traffic data collected by its users, isn’t just looking to save you time on your commute. With a new feature launching today, it could also save you money on gas. Di-Ann Eisnor, Waze’s vice president of platform and partnerships, says this is “the biggest product update since we launched the company.”… Read More

  • Reading Rainbow Returns As A Startup And An iPad App

    Reading Rainbow Returns As A Startup And An iPad App

    Back in 2009, NPR ran a story titled “‘Reading Rainbow’ Reaches Its Final Chapter.” At the time, that probably seemed like a reasonable headline — after all, after 26 years, the beloved TV show was going off the air, the victim of changing government funding priorities. But it looks like there’s actually a lot more to the Reading Rainbow story, and its… Read More