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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  • LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn plans to roll out a new version of its company pages today, part of a broader attempt to redesign and simplify its core products, including its homepage. I went down to the LinkedIn office yesterday to get a preview of the new design. As Senior Product Manager Mike Grishaver jumped back-and-forth between the old company page and the new one, there were some clear differences. The old… Read More

  • Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    After several months in beta testing, Adobe is launching Adobe Social, which it’s pitching as a way to connect social marketing campaigns with real business results. That was the big emphasis when the company first announced the product back in April, and when I got a demo of the current version a couple of days ago, it was the central theme again: In Adobe Social, you can track… Read More

  • With Embeddable Timelines, Twitter Widgets Become More Interactive

    With Embeddable Timelines, Twitter Widgets Become More Interactive

    Twitter announced a new feature today that’s supposed to make it easier for publishers to embed a timeline of relevant tweets — the company describes it as a way for “publishers, writers, developers, and any Twitter user to drop a rich, interactive piece of Twitter into their websites.” You’ve probably seen widgets with content from Twitter before — for… Read More

  • Hulk Smash iPad: With Avengers Initiative, Marvel Brings The Avengers To Mobile

    Hulk Smash iPad: With Avengers Initiative, Marvel Brings The Avengers To Mobile

    Starting with Iron Man, Disney-owned Marvel famously built a connected cinematic universe for its superhero movies, and the strategy paid off spectacularly this year with the release of The Avengers. Now the company is revealing universe-building aspirations in mobile and social gaming, with the launch of Avengers Initiative, which it’s describing as its biggest mobile release… Read More

  • Fly Happy: Routehappy Raises $1.5M To Build A ‘Flight Experience Search Engine’

    Fly Happy: Routehappy Raises $1.5M To Build A ‘Flight Experience Search Engine’

    Robert Albert, CEO and co-founder of Routehappy, says that “flying doesn’t have to be a crap shoot.” It looks like investors agree, since the startup just raised $1.5 million in seed funding. Albert says his goal is to build “the world’s flight experience search engine.” Whenever you look for flights online now, it’s basically all about price and schedule. Read More

  • Network Security Company Tenable Raises A $50M Series A From Accel

    Network Security Company Tenable Raises A $50M Series A From Accel

    Tenable Network Security, which was founded back in 2002, has raised its very first round of institutional funding — specifically, a $50 million Series A from Accel Partners. Accel makes it share of normal venture investments, but it also likes to find mature, bootstrapped companies and offer them big checks. (Other deals in this vein include the $60 invested in Atlassian and the $70… Read More

  • Tackk Opens Its Publishing Platform For E-Fliers, Raises $400K

    Tackk Opens Its Publishing Platform For E-Fliers, Raises $400K

    Hey, remember those bulletin boards in your neighborhood coffee shop? The ones where people would post all kinds of fun, random crap? To a certain extent, Craigslist has replaced those boards (heck, you could argue that the entire Internet has replaced those boards) but there’s a new startup called Tackk that’s trying to replicate that experience. It is, in other words, a… Read More

  • 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