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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  • Constant Contact Acquires Business Listings Startup SinglePlatform, Deal Worth Up To $100M

    Constant Contact Acquires Business Listings Startup SinglePlatform, Deal Worth Up To $100M

    Email marketing company Constant Contact has acquired SinglePlatform, a startup that helps local businesses manage their online presence. The deal is for $65 million cash, plus a $5 million cash and equity earn out for employee retention, as well as another $30 million tied to revenue targets. Constant Contact CEO Gail Goodman says that to get the full revenue earn out, the SinglePlatform… Read More

  • Placecast’s ShopAlerts Platform For Geofenced Offers Hits 10M Active Users

    Placecast’s ShopAlerts Platform For Geofenced Offers Hits 10M Active Users

    Mobile advertising company Placecast says that there are now 10 million active users on its ShopAlerts platform. To be clear, many of those people probably don’t think of themselves as ShopAlerts users, because it’s a white label product — mobile operators and other customers can use the technology to power their own mobile offers programs, which use geofencing technology… Read More

  • Velti Mobile Ad Report: iOS Pulls Way Ahead of Android, iPod Touch Beating iPad

    Velti Mobile Ad Report: iOS Pulls Way Ahead of Android, iPod Touch Beating iPad

    After spending last year engaged in a “tug-of-war” with Android over mobile ad impressions, iOS has been building a big lead in the past few months, according to a new report from mobile marketing company Velti. Velti’s past reports pegged iOS share of mobile ad impressions at 53 percent in March, which increased to 55 percent in April, and now to 59 percent in May. The… Read More

  • Hipmunk Raises $15M Series B, Promises Big Product Improvements

    Hipmunk Raises $15M Series B, Promises Big Product Improvements

    My favorite travel site Hipmunk just announced that it has raised $15 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners, and IVP parter Todd Chaffee will be joining the Hipmunk board. Previous investor Ignition Partners also invested. Read More

  • Bing Adds Qwiki’s Multimedia Presentations To Its Search Results

    Bing Adds Qwiki’s Multimedia Presentations To Its Search Results

    Qwiki seems to be spreading. Last month, it announced a new Creator platform for publishers and bloggers that’s already being used by ABC News and others. Now it’s announcing a partnership with Bing. The companies say that Qwikis, which are essentially multimedia presentations, complete with narration, will now be embedded into Bing results, and they can be played directly inside… Read More

  • Yext Raises $27M More At A $270M Valuation

    Yext Raises $27M More At A $270M Valuation

    Yext, a company that helps local businesses synchronize their listings across 50 different sites, just announced that it has raised $27 million in Series E funding. Yext did not provide a valuation, but a source close to the company tells me that it was $270 million. The round was led Marker, a new fund launched by Rick Scanlon, founder of Crescent Point Capital Group. CrunchFund (whose… Read More

  • InfoArmy: Jigsaw Founder’s New Startup Tackles Competitive Intelligence

    InfoArmy: Jigsaw Founder’s New Startup Tackles Competitive Intelligence

    Jim Fowler has already disrupted one industry by launching Jigsaw, the crowdsourced contact database that was acquired by Salesforce.com for $175 million (higher than initially reported thanks to earnouts). Now he’s hoping to do it again with a company called InfoArmy. This time, Fowler’s looking at the competitive intelligence industry dominated by companies like Dun &… Read More

  • LightSpeed Raises $30M From Accel To Help Retailers Serve Tech-Savvy Shoppers

    LightSpeed Raises $30M From Accel To Help Retailers Serve Tech-Savvy Shoppers

    LightSpeed, a company promising to help physical retailers adapt to the digital age, has raised $30 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners. This is one of those investments where Accel finds an already-successful company that has been bootstrapping for several years, if not longer. (The most recent announcement was Qualtrics, a 10-year-old data collection and analysis company.)… Read More

  • Beyond The Press Release: PR Newswire Launches Agility Dashboard

    Beyond The Press Release: PR Newswire Launches Agility Dashboard

    PR isn’t dead (as some pundits like to claim), but it is changing. PR Newswire (a.k.a. “the site that I use to search for press releases”) is responding to those changes by launching a new product called Agility. Nicole Guillot, PR Newswire’s senior vice president of global product management, says that Agility is largely built around things that the company already… Read More

  • 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