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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  • Apple Announces New Passbook App To Store Movie Tickets, Retail Cards, And Boarding Passes

    Apple Announces New Passbook App To Store Movie Tickets, Retail Cards, And Boarding Passes

    Apple just announced a new iOS app on-stage at WWDC called Passbook that aims to store all of your “passes” — a category that includes boarding passes, store cards, and movie tickets. The idea is to create one app that replaces a lot of the clutter in your wallet (or, if you’re an early-adopter, unifies an experience that was spread across multiple mobile apps). So you… Read More

  • AMC And Bertelsmann Back Asian Video Startup DramaFever

    AMC And Bertelsmann Back Asian Video Startup DramaFever

    Back in March, video startup DramaFever announced that it had raised a $4.5 million Series B from MK Capital and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, among others. Now the company has added some big media companies to the round, including AMC Networks and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (part of German media giant Bertelsmann AG). The extra money brings the Series B to $6 million and… Read More

  • NetShelter Hires A Raft Of Senior VPs To Help Build Its InPowered Ad Platform

    NetShelter Hires A Raft Of Senior VPs To Help Build Its InPowered Ad Platform

    Tech-focused blog network NetShelter is announcing four new executive hires today, part of what co-founder and CEO Peyman Nilforoush says is a larger company shift to focus on its InPowered Platform. NetShelter first announced InPowered back in December, saying the platform was conceived with advertisers like Samsung. The basic idea is that expert opinion has a much bigger impact than… Read More

  • Mobile Apps Come To AdWords Thanks To AdMob Integration

    Mobile Apps Come To AdWords Thanks To AdMob Integration

    Google today announced that AdWords advertisers will be able to run campaigns in the AdMob network of more than 300,000 mobile apps — a move that could turn out to be lucrative for both mobile app publishers and Google. In a blog post announcing the integration (Google sent me an early copy), the company says that AdMob campaigns will be added to the regular AdWords dashboard. When… Read More

  • True Ventures Raises $205M Third Fund

    True Ventures Raises $205M Third Fund

    Early-stage investment firm True Ventures has raised a $205 million third fund. True says it now has $600 million management, and that it has funded more than 100 companies. It calls out some of those investments in its blog post announcing the fund. From the first fund, there’s WordPress-creator Automattic and ad company BrightRoll. From the second fund, there’s… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Exchange Nexage Raises $10M Led By SingTel Innov8

    Mobile Ad Exchange Nexage Raises $10M Led By SingTel Innov8

    Nexage, a mobile ad exchange using real-time bidding, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The round was led by SingTel Innov8, the venture arm of Asian telecom company SingTel. Nexage CEO Ernie Cormier says Singtel is approaching this like any other venture investment, and that “there’s no requirement int the funding that we do X, Y, and Z for SingTel.” At the same… Read More

  • Freebie Marketplace Listia Wants To Take On Craigslist In Local Swaps

    Freebie Marketplace Listia Wants To Take On Craigslist In Local Swaps

    Listia, the Y Combinator- and Andreessen Horowitz-backed site where people can exchange free goods, is unveiling a new feature called Listia Local in four cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. In a lot of ways, this seems like a natural extension of Listia’s basic concept, where people can earn points by giving away items or participating on the site, then use… Read More

  • Pandora’s Tim Westergren To Congress: “Level The Playing Field” For Internet Radio

    Pandora’s Tim Westergren To Congress: “Level The Playing Field” For Internet Radio

    Pandora founder Tim Westergren testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this morning. His big message: That the same guidelines should be used to determine the royalty rates for all forms of radio. I didn’t see Westergren’s testimony, but Pandora has sent up a summary and some quotes from his remarks, and I also interviewed… Read More

  • ShareThis Launches A Dashboard For Publishers To Measure Their “Social Quality”

    ShareThis Launches A Dashboard For Publishers To Measure Their “Social Quality”

    ShareThis wants to give publishers more insight into how their social sharing strategy stacks up, so it’s launching two new tools — the SQI Analytics Dashboard and SQI Lookup. SQI stands for Social Quality Index, a measurement that ShareThis announced last fall. Using data from any page that has embedded the ShareThis social sharing widget (the company says there are 1.4 million… Read More

  • Social Publisher Wattpad Raises $17.3M From Khosla, Jerry Yang, Others

    Social Publisher Wattpad Raises $17.3M From Khosla, Jerry Yang, Others

    Who says reading is dead? It’s certainly doing well for social publishing startup Wattpad, which just raised a big $17.3 million Series B. The funding was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla’s Andrew Chung (who, in the press release, says the publishing industry is “ripe for digital-native disruption”) joining the Wattpad board. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang also invested. Read More

  • Luminate Beefs Up FoxSports.com Photos With Stats

    Luminate Beefs Up FoxSports.com Photos With Stats

    The phrase “AdSense for Images” is sometimes used to describe Google Ventures- and Nokia-backed startup Luminate, but a new integration with FoxSports.com shows that the platform is broader than that. Starting this morning, when visitors browse NBA, MLB, and NFL photo galleries on the FoxSports site, they’ll see a small banner of sorts under the picture showing a… Read More

  • More Money For Seattle Startups: Madrona Raises $300M Fund

    More Money For Seattle Startups: Madrona Raises $300M Fund

    Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group just announced that it has raised a $300 million fifth fund. This is the firm’s fifth fund, and its largest yet. The firm says it had planned to raise $250 million, but the fund was oversubscribed, with most of the money coming from existing investors. Read More

  • SeeWhy Creates A Hub For Shopping Cart Recovery Tools With SeeWhy CORE

    SeeWhy Creates A Hub For Shopping Cart Recovery Tools With SeeWhy CORE

    There are plenty of products out there promising to help online merchants reach out to visitors who leave without making a purchase. However, SeeWhy founder and Chief Strategy Officer Charles Nicholls says they’re all too narrow — he describes everything currently on the market as “point solutions” that don’t fix the whole problem. That’s why the company… Read More

  • App Devs, Grab Your Credit Cards: You Can Now Buy Mobile-Only Ads On Facebook

    App Devs, Grab Your Credit Cards: You Can Now Buy Mobile-Only Ads On Facebook

    Facebook just made several changes to its self-serve ad options. The big one: That advertisers can now buy mobile-only news feed Sponsored Stories — potentially huge for app developers looking to buy installs. This could be a key step for Facebook to monetize its massive mobile audience in a significant way — a constant topic among skeptics in the run-up to the company’s IPO. Read More

  • Quepasa, MyYearbook Complete Rebranding As MeetMe, Will Start Trading Today As MEET

    Quepasa, MyYearbook Complete Rebranding As MeetMe, Will Start Trading Today As MEET

    Quepasa, the Latin American social networking company that merged with myYearbook, announced in April that it was rebranding as MeetMe. Now the company says the rebranding is complete, capped off with the fact that Quepasa (which is publicly traded on NYSE Amex), will now trade under the MEET ticker symbol, starting today. At the time of the rebranding, COO Geoff Cook told me that the new name… Read More

  • Clarizen Raises Another $12M For Project Management

    Clarizen Raises Another $12M For Project Management

    Clarizen, a company offering online project management tools, has raised $12 million in Series E funding. The round was led by Vintage Partners, with past backers Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, DAG Ventures, and Opus Capital also investing. Clarizen has now been raised a total of $49 million, most recently announcing a $12 million round about a year ago. Read More

  • Ongage Wants to Help Marketing Emails Make It Into The Inbox

    Ongage Wants to Help Marketing Emails Make It Into The Inbox

    If a company needs to send marketing emails, it choose from a range of email service providers, such as iContact and Exact Target. But a startup called Ongage says that if you want your emails to make it into everyone’s inbox there’s a better approach — instead of choosing one ESP, why not use different providers for different recipients? Read More

  • Facebook Bringing Its Mobile News Feed Redesign To the Web, With Larger Photos And Text

    Facebook Bringing Its Mobile News Feed Redesign To the Web, With Larger Photos And Text

    If you liked the larger photos that Facebook introduced to its mobile news feed last month, here’s some good news: It’s bringing a similar redesign to its Web interface. Specifically, Facebook says photos in the news feed will now be enlarged to up to 2x their previous size, and displayed in a new layout that can bring┬ámore photos from an album into the feed. Text in news feed… Read More

  • Disney Teams Up With Imangi For Movie Tie-In ‘Temple Run: Brave’

    Disney Teams Up With Imangi For Movie Tie-In ‘Temple Run: Brave’

    For the mobile game version of Pixar’s new movie Brave, Disney looked for help from the developers behind a big iOS hit — Imangi Studios, the creators of Temple Run. Bart Decrem, the former Tapulous CEO who now runs Disney’s mobile division, says the company has already done its share of movie tie-in games on mobile, and they all followed a similar pattern — big… Read More

  • Pocket God’s Other Success: Digital Comics

    Pocket God’s Other Success: Digital Comics

    Pocket God is best-known as a hit game for iOS and other smartphone platforms, but Dave Castelnuovo, head of developer Bolt Creative, says the story and characters have been embraced in another medium, too — namely, comic books. Ape Entertainment started publishing the Pocket God comic series (both in print and on iOS) in August 2010, with a total of 16 issues so far, plus a… Read More