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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  • Google Now: Contextual Results With Real-Time Reminders And Data

    Google Now: Contextual Results With Real-Time Reminders And Data

    Android users are about to get access to real-time notifications and data through a cool-looking new feature called Google Now. It’s one of the new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled this morning at Google I/O. To explain how it works, Googlers demonstrated how Google Now might assist them in the course of a regular day. First of all, Google Now will remind you about… Read More

  • Software Is Feeding The World: Agriculture Startup Solum Raises $17M Led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Software Is Feeding The World: Agriculture Startup Solum Raises $17M Led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Solum, a startup building tools for a more data-driven approach to agriculture, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and partner John O’Farrell will be joining the Solum board. The company’s PR team sent me a copy of the blog post that O’Farrell has written about the funding, where he reveals that his team’s nickname for… Read More

  • Former DailyCandy CEO Launches Link Management Startup LinkSmart, Raises $4.7M

    Former DailyCandy CEO Launches Link Management Startup LinkSmart, Raises $4.7M

    You may not think much about the links that punctuate nearly every piece of online content (including this one), but Pete Sheinbaum, the founder and CEO of a new startup called LinkSmart, says they present an untapped opportunity. “The text link is this little innocuous thing that’s been on the Internet since the beginning of time, with all this latent potential,” Sheinbaum says. Read More

  • The Latest Project From Siri-Creator SRI: Lola, An Intelligent Banking Assistant

    The Latest Project From Siri-Creator SRI: Lola, An Intelligent Banking Assistant

    I just got out of a meeting at SRI International, where representatives from both SRI and international banking group BBVA showed off something they’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Currently, SRI is best known as the research institute where Siri was developed before spinning out into a separate company and eventually being acquired by Apple, where it powers the Siri… Read More

  • Celtra Revamps Its Mobile AdCreator With 70+ New Features

    Celtra Revamps Its Mobile AdCreator With 70+ New Features

    Celtra, which offers tools for creating rich media mobile ads, is launching version 3 of its AdCreator today. Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Matevz Klanjsek claims this isn’t just an incremental improvement, but rather a “totally different” version of the product, with more than 70 new features and new architecture. Klanjsek and his co-founder/CEO Mihael Mikek gave me… Read More

  • Chartbeat’s New Heads Up Display Shows Stats Right On A Publisher’s Website

    Chartbeat’s New Heads Up Display Shows Stats Right On A Publisher’s Website

    Following a big redesign of Chartbeat’s real-time analytics service, CEO Tony Haile says the company has returned its attention to providing features that are specifically useful for online publishers. And it’s launching a big one today. With the new Heads Up Display, Chartbeat is making its data directly visible on websites — as Haile puts it, publishers no longer have… Read More

  • Nook Tablets And Nook Color Get Graphic Novels From DC, New Zoom View Feature

    Nook Tablets And Nook Color Get Graphic Novels From DC, New Zoom View Feature

    Owners of the Nook Tablet and Nook Color (plus Android tablets with the Nook app) will now be able to catch up on the adventures of Superman, Batman, Sandman, and other characters published by DC Entertainment. Barnes & Noble announced today that more than 100 of DC’s graphic novels are available through Nook Comics. To facilitate the reading experience, Barnes & Noble also… Read More

  • Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud

    Google Ventures-Backed Cliqr Brings Old-School Business Apps To The Cloud

    In all the talk of cloud computing, Cliqr Technologies CEO Gaurav Manglik says there’s one area of enterprise technology that’s been sitting out the transition — business applications. The cloud has led to an explosion of new apps, but (to pick two random examples) chip design and medical imaging apps are still running on old-fashioned servers. Read More

  • Zendesk Brings Customer Support To 20K Businesses, Gets Localized In 11 Languages

    Zendesk Brings Customer Support To 20K Businesses, Gets Localized In 11 Languages

    Online customer service company Zendesk is announcing a new feature that could help its customers achieve their global ambitions. Specifically, Zendesk is announcing 11 fully localized versions of its product, in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian-Portuguese, Spanish, and both simplified and traditional Chinese. To be clear, Zendesk customers could already… Read More

  • 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