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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  • Hearst’s Latest Social Launch: A Redbook App For Father’s Day

    Hearst’s Latest Social Launch: A Redbook App For Father’s Day

    Hearst is best known as print publisher, but this year it has been making a big push into social media. Its latest effort is a Father’s Day themed Facebook app for Redbook magazine. In order to use the Father’s Day app, people need to “like” the Redbook Facebook page. Once you’ve done that, you can bring up a list of all the dads in your network. Then you can post… Read More

  • Marketo Wants To Add A Social Boost To Every Marketing Campaign

    Marketo Wants To Add A Social Boost To Every Marketing Campaign

    Last month, Marketo announced that it was acquiring social marketing startup Crowd Factory to add a social component to its marketing automation tools. Today the company is releasing its first products to come out of the deal. Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez says this represents the two companies’ technology “all put together into a single hybridized product.” Actually, Marketo… Read More

  • Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

    Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

    Qwiki, the startup that won Disrupt in 2010, is announcing a new platform today for bloggers and other online publishers. The company’s initial product basically assembled a multimedia “story” around Wikipedia articles, with images, videos, maps, and more. But the vision was bigger — to present a new kind of information experience. Read More

  • Rubicon Project Acquires Mobsmith To Expand Into Mobile Ads

    Rubicon Project Acquires Mobsmith To Expand Into Mobile Ads

    Online advertising company Rubicon Project just announced that it’s getting into the mobile market by acquiring a startup called Mobsmith. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the initial announcement. I’ve asked Rubicon for more details and will update if I hear back. Read More

  • Target Rolls Out Shopkick Integration Nationwide

    Target Rolls Out Shopkick Integration Nationwide

    shopkick, the location-based shopping app backed by Greylock and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is having its biggest rollout yet — Target says it’s making the service available in its stores nationwide. Target was already announced as a shopkick partner, but until now, it was limited to testing integration in seven cities. Now, thanks to what the company says were… Read More

  • Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball

    Wall Street Survivor Gamifies Financial Education With Help From Bunchball

    If you’re someone who thinks gamification is just a fad, you may want to look away now. To be clear, Bunchball isn’t just jumping on the latest buzzword. The company was founded to deliver gamification tools all the way back in 2005 — founder and Chief Product Officer Rajat Paharia has told me that he probably came to the market too early, and has had to keep the company… Read More

  • Ron Conway Will “Never” Run For Mayor Of San Francisco

    Ron Conway Will “Never” Run For Mayor Of San Francisco

    In case you were wondering: Ron Conway says he will not be running for mayor of San Francisco. Apparently that was on Mike Arrington’s mind when he interviewed Conway and SV Angel partner David Lee on-stage at Disrupt today. He said he heard from more than one source that Conway is considering a run “somewhere down the line,” and asked flat-out if that’s true. Read More

  • Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

    Firebase Raises $1.1M For Real-Time App Infrastructure

    Last month, I wrote about Y Combinator-backed Firebase and its ambitious vision to reinvent the infrastructure of real-time apps. Now the company is announcing that some big investors have signed on to that vision, with a $1.1 million round led by Flybridge Capital Partners. Other investors in the round include Greylock Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Data Collective, Founder… Read More

  • Business Insider’s Henry Blodget Defends Linkbait, Slideshows, And Aggregation

    Business Insider’s Henry Blodget Defends Linkbait, Slideshows, And Aggregation

    If you are so inclined, it’s pretty easy to criticize Business Insider — the all caps headlines, the slideshows, and content that has been “aggregated” from other sites. (And yes, BI has some mean things to say about us too.) But in the course of of the Disrupt panel on new media, BI founder Henry Blodget offered several unapologetic explanations of why he and his… Read More

  • DotLoop Raises $7M From Trinity To Kill Real Estate Paperwork

    DotLoop Raises $7M From Trinity To Kill Real Estate Paperwork

    DotLoop, a startup trying to bring real estate negotiations online, has raised a $7 million Series A from Trinity Ventures. The company says its software is already used by more than 200,000 real estate agents who serve more than 6 million buyers and sellers. To accelerate its growth, DotLoop is now releasing a free version of its product, DotLoop Now, which should make its services accessible… Read More

  • Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing

    Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing

    The team behind Salesforce.com’s enterprise social networking app Chatter is making a big push for real-time communication with two new features — Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing. Chatter Product Marketing Director Dave King demonstrated Messenger and Screensharing for me earlier today and, well, they look like instant messaging and screensharing, just, y’know… Read More

  • Stevie Turns Your Social Feeds Into TV Shows

    Stevie Turns Your Social Feeds Into TV Shows

    We spend more and more time on social networks, but sometimes it can feel like work. I mean, scrolling through your news feed isn’t work work, but it’s not quite as easy as vegging out on your couch and watching TV. That’s where a new startup called Stevie comes in, with a website launching today at Disrupt, along with mobile apps that function as remote controls. Stevie looks… Read More

  • Punch! Launches A Platform For Building Interactive iPad Apps, Sans Developers

    Punch! Launches A Platform For Building Interactive iPad Apps, Sans Developers

    It’s a familiar story in the tech world: A company wants to build a consumer product, finds that the necessary tools aren’t available, creates its own tools, then realizes it has created a broader platform. David Bennahum offers some examples: Zip2. Vignette. TypePad. And yes, his startup Punch!, where Bennahum is co-founder and CEO, and which is launching its publishing platform… Read More

  • CallApp Uses Social Data To Build A Smarter Smartphone Contact Book

    CallApp Uses Social Data To Build A Smarter Smartphone Contact Book

    One of my least favorite moments of the day comes when my iPhone rings and the number isn’t in my contact book. Is it an important call from an entrepreneur? A random PR person pitching me? Or just a telemarketer? I won’t know until I pick up. CallApp, a startup launching today at Disrupt, wants to eliminate those awkward moments, for starters. It’s creating what CEO and… Read More

  • Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

    Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

    Imgur has built a massive audience for the sometimes amusing, sometimes adorable images and memes that it hosts. Now it faces another challenge: Making money. With 2 billion monthly page views, advertising seems like an obvious business plan. The problem, says CEO Alan Schaaf, is that “the Imgur audience has always hated ads.” So yes, the company runs a banner ad on each page, but… Read More

  • Fab.com Has 4.5M Members, CEO Wants To Work With Pinterest (But Doesn’t Actually Use It)

    Fab.com Has 4.5M Members, CEO Wants To Work With Pinterest (But Doesn’t Actually Use It)

    Fab.com CEO Jason Goldberg took the stage today at Disrupt, he laid out a grand vision for the site. He noted that it has been just under a year since the site launched, and it already has 4.5 million members. “That’s not an e-commerce site, that’s a movement,” he said. Read More

  • Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia

    Xfire Raises $3M To Expand Gamer Social Networking In Asia

    Xfire, which offers social networking tools for gamers, just announced that it has raised $3 million in new funding. The round was led by Singapore-based IDM Venture Capital. It’s apparently targeted specifically at expanding Xfire’s presence in Asia — the company recently announced that it’s partnering with China Youth Goyor Technology company to bring its services… Read More

  • ClarityRay Battles Ad Blockers With $500K In Funding

    ClarityRay Battles Ad Blockers With $500K In Funding

    Some of you are probably reading this post with ad blocker right now — and to be honest, I don’t blame you. Sure, there’s the occasional amusing or genuinely useful ad, but not terribly often, so why not install a plugin and avoid the whole mess? Of course, those ads make money, so if ad blockers become widespread enough, it could be a real problem for online publishers (who… Read More

  • The Underwhelming Scene Outside Facebook HQ

    The Underwhelming Scene Outside Facebook HQ

    Well, they warned us. Yesterday, Facebook PR was telling reporters that when the company went public this morning, there wouldn’t be much to see at the Menlo Park headquarters. Nonetheless, I made the drive down from San Francisco, and I wasn’t alone. When I arrived at around 6:30am Pacific, the small parking lot set aside for reporters and news vans was already full. Facebook… Read More

  • Everyme Adds Android, A Web App, and Instagram Integration

    Everyme Adds Android, A Web App, and Instagram Integration

    Everyme, the Y Combinator-backed mobile startup that helps users create groups for private sharing, is launching a whole bunch of new stuff today. For starters, it’s releasing apps for both Android and the Web. Co-founder Vibhu Norby says both products have the same features as the iPhone app. On the Android side, Norby says “worked really hard” to create an app that was… Read More