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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  • eVr1 Turns The High Points Of Human Knowledge Into A Portable Codex

    eVr1 Turns The High Points Of Human Knowledge Into A Portable Codex

    A new startup launching today called eVr1┬ásits at the intersection between the digital and physical worlds. In the words of co-founder Brandon Peele, eVr1 has tried to answer the question, “What does it mean to be human being in the context of 16 gigs?” So the team selected what it saw as the most important aspects of human knowledge and literature — the entirety of… Read More

  • Scoople Lets You “Ask Your Friends” About The News

    Scoople Lets You “Ask Your Friends” About The News

    I recently wrote about news gamification app Scoople, and today, the company is releasing a new version with improved social interaction. When you use Scoople, you read news stories (usually aggregated by Scoople from multiple articles) then fill out an associated poll. You can enter your own opinion and also predict the opinion of the larger community — people who do the best are… Read More

  • Get Satisfaction Wants To Spread Community (Widgets) Everywhere With Engage

    Get Satisfaction Wants To Spread Community (Widgets) Everywhere With Engage

    Get Satisfaction was built around the importance of community to businesses. Now, with the launch of a new product called Get Satisfaction Engage, it wants to make those communities embeddable anywhere. Basically, Engage is a new architecture for Get Satisfaction widgets, turning them into customizable versions of a company’s Get Satisfaction community. People can browse the new… Read More

  • Nip That Social Media Crisis In The Bud With uberVU Signals

    Nip That Social Media Crisis In The Bud With uberVU Signals

    uberVU already offers a dashboard for monitoring social media conversations about your company, but CEO ┬áMark Pascarella and founder/Chief Product Officer Vladimir Oane says it’s time to help brands find the crucial signals in the social media noise. So they’re launching a new feature today called, predictably, uberVU Signals. Nowadays, whenever I meet with a social media… Read More

  • Recruiting Is Broken, And Video-Driven Readyforce Wants To Fix It

    Recruiting Is Broken, And Video-Driven Readyforce Wants To Fix It

    Dozens of startups have launched in the past few years claiming to fix the broken recruiting and hiring process. One of them, Readyforce, has already signed up some well-known startups with a relatively straightforward and compelling idea, and it’s opening up its beta test today. When it comes to finding the right job applicant, CEO Alex Mooradian says that “it’s all… Read More

  • The Digg Team Is Going To WaPo, But The Assets Aren’t

    The Digg Team Is Going To WaPo, But The Assets Aren’t

    Has The Washington Post acquired Digg, as reported in The Next Web? Sort of. We’re hearing from multiple sources that the Post has hired the Digg team, but is not acquiring the site or the technology. In other words, this is a talent acquisition, and in fact Digg properties, patents, and assets are still for sale. Read More

  • Kiip Extends Developer Fund Deadline, Sweetens Pot With Services And Advisors

    Kiip Extends Developer Fund Deadline, Sweetens Pot With Services And Advisors

    For game developers who thought about applying for the $100,000 Build Fund from rewards network Kiip but didn’t get around to it yet — good news! The deadline has been extended from today until May 30. And for those of you who weren’t planning to apply, well, the company is adding some features to the fund that may entice you. The goal is to encourage the creation of games… Read More

  • Google Improves App Advertising With New Mobile App Extension

    Google Improves App Advertising With New Mobile App Extension

    Google is announcing some new search advertising features designed to help advertisers drive more app downloads, and to track those downloads. The first feature, an Ad Extension, seems aimed at companies who have both a standard Web presence and an app to promote. Should a company like GrubHub (which was part of the beta test) advertise for its website or its app? Hard to say, since people… Read More

  • Pepsi Puts A Pop Culture “Cheat Sheet” At The Heart Of Its New Campaign

    Pepsi Puts A Pop Culture “Cheat Sheet” At The Heart Of Its New Campaign

    Pepsi is launching a big rebranding campaign today, and the company says social media is going to play a crucial role. Specifically, PepsiCo Global Head of Digital Shiv Singh tells me that the biggest online piece of the campaign is a “social media cheat sheet” called the #NOW board — it has, in fact, taken over the Pepsi website. The board is built on top of Pulse, the… Read More

  • Tumblr President John Maloney Steps Down, Promises “Awesome New Stuff”

    Tumblr President John Maloney Steps Down, Promises “Awesome New Stuff”

    Tumblr President John Maloney just posted (on his Tumblr, natch) that he’s stepping down from a day-to-day operational role at the company. “It’s the right time for me and a good time for Tumblr,” Maloney writes. “We’re in great hands with David and the excellent leadership team we’ve built.” Read More

  • Spanning Stats Has Scanned 25,000+ Google Drives

    Spanning Stats Has Scanned 25,000+ Google Drives

    Spanning, which already offers a backup service for Google Apps, is now riding the coattails of Google Drive. Two days after the Drive announcement, Spanning released a new, free tool called Spanning Stats that helps users understand what’s in their Google Drive. The company says its report gives you data including the percentage documents in your Google Drive by type, the 10 newest… Read More

  • Klouchebag, Finally Something More Douchey Than Klout

    Klouchebag, Finally Something More Douchey Than Klout

    Today my Twitter friends are going nuts about Klouchebag, the service that takes social media parody (and Klout puns) to the next level, with algorithms and stuff. As with Klout, you enter your Twitter handle and are given a score between 1 and 100. But instead of measuring social media influence, Klouchebag tells you “how much of an asshat you are on Twitter.” Apparently… Read More

  • Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans

    Amazon CFO Dodges Questions On Antitrust, Patents, Kindle Plans

    Amazon just wrapped up its earnings call for the first quarter fo the year, and the most common phrase may have been, “I probably can’t help you.” To be fair, earnings calls are always a dance, where analysts try to pry more financial details and future plans out of executives, while executives don’t want to give anything away. But today’s call felt like a… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Reaches 25M Registered Users, Plans For Global Expansion And API

    StumbleUpon Reaches 25M Registered Users, Plans For Global Expansion And API

    CEO Garrett Camp tells me that content discovery service StumbleUpon hit 25 million registered users earlier this week, and that those users are pretty damn active — the service is now seeing 1.2 billion Stumbles a month. For someone like me, who sees the impressive traffic that StumbleUpon can drive to an article, the growth isn’t a big surprise, but it’s worth remembering… Read More

  • Last-Minute Booking App HotelTonight Goes International With Toronto And Vancouver

    Last-Minute Booking App HotelTonight Goes International With Toronto And Vancouver

    HotelTonight, the smartphone app that lets you book same-day hotel rooms, is moving into international markets for the first time. It now supports bookings in Toronto and Vancouver, and it plans to add other Canadian and international cities this year. The app is built for this moments when you suddenly realize that it would be nice to have a hotel — say if you’re visiting San… Read More

  • ShopLocket Promises Customers They Can Sell Anything, Anywhere

    ShopLocket Promises Customers They Can Sell Anything, Anywhere

    A new startup called ShopLocket says it’s ready to serve people who want to sell things online, but don’t need to create a full-blown storefront. Supposedly, co-founder and CEO Katherine Hague was part of that group herself. She wanted to sell some T-shirts on her blog and website, but she didn’t need to create a full-blown Shopify store, nor did it make sense to pay the… Read More

  • Dropbox’s Drew Houston Weighs In (Briefly) On Google Drive

    Dropbox’s Drew Houston Weighs In (Briefly) On Google Drive

    At the end of Dropbox’s “Hey, we have a huge new office!” event today in San Francisco, some reporters cornered CEO Drew Houston and asked him about the big cloud news of the week — the launch of Dropbox competitor Google Drive. Initially, Houston said he didn’t have time to really comment, because he had to catch a flight (which almost sounds like an excuse to… Read More

  • TubeMogul: We’re Totally The Biggest In Real-Time Video Ads, Delivered 6.6B Streams In A Year

    TubeMogul: We’re Totally The Biggest In Real-Time Video Ads, Delivered 6.6B Streams In A Year

    TubeMogul is releasing some statistics today about the success of its video ad buying platform. The big message: That when real-time video ads, TubeMogul is the biggest buyer. The company initially offered tools to help publishers syndicate and analyze their videos, but it relaunched last year with its current focus on video ads. In the 12 months since, the company says it has delivered… Read More

  • Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

    Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

    As Google continues to push businesses to embrace mobile advertising, it’s trying to make that process a little less intimidating with a new publication titled “The Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning with Mobile.” The playbook is co-written by Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy (he joined through the acquisition of AdMob)… Read More

  • Incubator Lemnos Labs Is Looking For Its Next Class Of Hardware Startups

    Incubator Lemnos Labs Is Looking For Its Next Class Of Hardware Startups

    It seems like everyone’s worried about an incubator bubble, but seriously — Lemnos Labs is doing something different. It’s not just incubating for the latest social network or iPhone app. Instead, it’s looking for startups that build hardware. At first, hardware and incubators sounds like an odd match, since the incubator boom is driven, at least in part, by the way… Read More