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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  • 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

  • Viralheat: Our Sentiment API Is Getting 300M Calls Per Week

    Viralheat: Our Sentiment API Is Getting 300M Calls Per Week

    Viralheat is probably best-known for its social media analytics and publishing tools, but it also offers some free APIs. And at least one of those APIs, the one that analyzes sentiment, is taking off, according to CEO Raj Kadam. Read More

  • Recruiting Startup Interview Street Holds “Summer Games” For College Students

    Recruiting Startup Interview Street Holds “Summer Games” For College Students

    Recruiting startup Interview Street is making a move onto college campuses (virtually speaking). The company helps employers recruit programmers by holding online coding contests to test their skills. Right now, co-founder Vivek Ravisankar says the average CodeSprint coder has between zero and 3.5 years of work experience — in other words, they’re pretty fresh out of college. Still… Read More

  • With Simplified Profiles, Twitter Makes It Easier To Browse Celebrity Accounts

    With Simplified Profiles, Twitter Makes It Easier To Browse Celebrity Accounts

    Every once in a while, I’ll stumble on the Twitter account of a celebrity I admire. Once I get past my moment of “OMG, it’s Neil Gaiman!” (or whoever), I try to browse their tweets. Sometimes, the browsing ends with, “Awesome! Follow!” Other times, I’m left thinking, “God, I have no idea what’s going,” because their tweet stream… Read More

  • LocalResponse: Our Ad Network Has 7 Billion Impressions Per Month And Is Almost Profitable

    LocalResponse: Our Ad Network Has 7 Billion Impressions Per Month And Is Almost Profitable

    LocalResponse, a network that targets ads based  on social network data (such as check ins), is sharing some news about its growth. The big number: It says it’s serving more than 7 billion impressions per month. To be clear, it isn’t actually filling all of that inventory, or even close to 100 percent, as CEO and co-founder Nihal Mehta admits. However, he says that if… Read More

  • On The Heels Of Its Funding, Yext Gets A New Interface And Review Monitoring

    On The Heels Of Its Funding, Yext Gets A New Interface And Review Monitoring

    Last week Yext, a service that helps businesses synchronize their listings across the Web, announced a $27 million round of funding. (We heard it was at a $270 million valuation.) Today, it’s launching a new version of that service, aptly dubbed “The Next Yext.” Co-founder and CEO Howard Lerman says there are three main additions to the new version of Yext. First, there’s… Read More

  • Onefinestay Is Like A Super-Fancy Airbnb, And It Just Raised $12M

    Onefinestay Is Like A Super-Fancy Airbnb, And It Just Raised $12M

    Onefinestay, a startup describing itself as “the world’s first unhotel,” just announced that it has raised $12 million in a Series B round of funding. The service allows people who are going out-of-town to rent out their homes to travelers. It may sound a bit like Airbnb, but onefinestay is trying to create a more high-end experience, with a curated list of luxury houses… Read More

  • Bright Unveils A Data-Driven Approach To The Job Search, Raises $6M

    Bright Unveils A Data-Driven Approach To The Job Search, Raises $6M

    Startup Bright has already built a popular job board. CEO Steve Goodman says that over the past 18 months, Bright.com has attracted 8.6 million job seekers who have posted 2.8 million resumes. However, that was just stage one of the company’s plans — in Goodman’s words, it was “the largest scientific resume trial in the history of the industry.” Now Bright has… Read More

  • Klout: We’ve Delivered 700K Perks Across 350 Campaigns

    Klout: We’ve Delivered 700K Perks Across 350 Campaigns

    Do Klout Perks — where brands can offer special goods and services to users with the right Klout scores — work? Well, Klout is releasing some numbers suggesting that the program has considerable momentum. The company says it has been about two years since it launched the Klout Perks program in July 2010. Since then, it has delivered 700,000 perks in more than 350 campaigns. More… Read More

  • WordPress Plugin SlideDeck Adds Multiple Content Sources And Custom HTML

    WordPress Plugin SlideDeck Adds Multiple Content Sources And Custom HTML

    SlideDeck is a WordPress plugin that’s supposed to make it easy for publishers to add “content sliders” (basically a gallery/slideshow interface for browsing content) to their sites, and it’s already attracting some positive notice from tech bloggers. Today Digital Telepathy, which which makes the plugin (as well as the Hello Bar), is releasing a preview version of… Read More

  • YC-Backed Submittable Makes It Easy For Publishers To Manage Submissions

    YC-Backed Submittable Makes It Easy For Publishers To Manage Submissions

    If you’re a publisher looking for submissions (whether they’re stories, essays, videos, or whatever), what’s the best way to manage the process? It sounds relatively straightforward, but once those submissions start piling up, trying to track and sort them can turn into a headache. It’s a problem that Submittable, part of the latest class of startups incubated by Y… Read More

  • ClickTale Brings Its Visitor Tracking Tools To The Mobile Web

    ClickTale Brings Its Visitor Tracking Tools To The Mobile Web

    Israeli company ClickTale promises customers a better understanding of what visitors are actually doing on their websites, through tools like visitor recordings and heatmaps showing mouse movements and clicks. Today, it’s launching a mobile product in private beta. ClickTale’s senior technology evangelist Shmuli Goldberg says that on a conceptual level, the company is trying to… Read More

  • On Ubokia, Buyers Post What They’re Looking For — And Now It’s Embeddable On Partner Sites

    On Ubokia, Buyers Post What They’re Looking For — And Now It’s Embeddable On Partner Sites

    Looking for a cool new bike? Or a dress of a specific color and style? Instead of making you search for it, a startup called Ubokia lets you post what you’re looking for, then wait for the sellers to come to you. The site has been making progress recently, crossing the 100,000 user mark (the company says via email that it’s now “well on our way to 200K users and over 400K… Read More

  • Yahoo Mobile Sales Head Paul Cushman Joins Ad Targeting Startup Drawbridge

    Yahoo Mobile Sales Head Paul Cushman Joins Ad Targeting Startup Drawbridge

    Drawbridge, a cross-device ad targeting startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, announced today it has hired Yahoo’s former mobile sales head as its new vice president of sales and business development. The hire in question is Paul Cushman, whose official title at Yahoo was senior director of mobile sales strategy. Despite the turmoil at the top of… Read More

  • Hearsay Social Offers Fresh Content For Brands In New Content Exchange

    Hearsay Social Offers Fresh Content For Brands In New Content Exchange

    Hearsay Social, a startup backed by New Enterprise Associates and Sequoia Capital, has tried to solve many of the challenges facing large brands that need to manage the social media presence of local branches or franchises. Its latest step: Launching a “Content Exchange” where brands can find and share articles. “Content is the currency of social media,” says VP of… Read More

  • Social Aggregator RebelMouse’s First Week: 12K Sign-Ups, 8K Active Websites

    Social Aggregator RebelMouse’s First Week: 12K Sign-Ups, 8K Active Websites

    RebelMouse, the social media aggregator founded by former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry, launched a little more than a week ago. We missed out on covering it (apparently because Berry’s email got lost in a vacationing reporter‘s inbox), but there was still a bunch of articles — and more importantly, plenty of user sign-ups. Read More

  • New Memolane Features Help You Share (Online) Memories With Facebook Friends

    New Memolane Features Help You Share (Online) Memories With Facebook Friends

    Founder Eric Lagier is hoping to make his Internet time machine service Memolane more social today by allowing users to create shared “lanes” with their Facebook friends. The idea behind Memolane: People are usually sharing content on multiple sites, but it’s not always easy to browse old content, or to look at content from multiple sites in one place. So for example, after… Read More

  • Akkadian Ventures Raises $22M For Secondary Stock Purchases

    Akkadian Ventures Raises $22M For Secondary Stock Purchases

    Akkadian Ventures has raised a $22 million fund for purchasing stock in private companies from entrepreneurs, early employees, and angel investors. Secondary sales have had a higher profile recently as a way for investors to get into hot tech companies like Facebook, Zynga, and Twitter before they went public, often through secondary market sites like SecondMarket. Co-founder and chief… Read More

  • FuzeBox Launches A Powerful Video Conferencing App For The iPhone

    FuzeBox Launches A Powerful Video Conferencing App For The iPhone

    FuzeBox has squeezed its online meeting experience into a new iPhone app called Fuze Join for iPhone. The company already has an iPad app that Apple named one of the best business apps for 2011. In fact, it even had an earlier iPhone app, but CEO Jeff Cavins says the company realized that it wasn’t as good as it needed to be, so the team took the app down last year and started working on… Read More