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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  • Who’s The Best Job Candidate? Recmnd.Me Ranks Them For You

    Who’s The Best Job Candidate? Recmnd.Me Ranks Them For You

    Why is everyone trying so hard to reinvent the hiring process? Maybe because referrals and recommendations (still the main way people get jobs) remain incredibly old-school. Sure, there are LinkedIn recommendations, but does anyone trust those? (God, I hope not, since I have zero.) It’s really all about phone calls and emails. Now a startup called Recmnd.Me is unveiling a new… Read More

  • Seesmic: We’re “Passing The Torch” To DoubleDutch On CRM

    Seesmic: We’re “Passing The Torch” To DoubleDutch On CRM

    It looks like always-pivoting Seesmic is wrapping up off its latest shift, from the CRM business to social posting apps. Back in March, the company laid off half its staff to pursue the new direction (which is really a return to one of its old strategies), but there weren’t many details about the transition. Today, Seesmic announced that it has reached an agreement with enterprise… Read More

  • Engage:BDR Launches A Real-Time Bidding Platform With Direct Buying From Publishers

    Engage:BDR Launches A Real-Time Bidding Platform With Direct Buying From Publishers

    Ad network engage:BDR has launched a new platform for real-time bidding that it’s calling First Impression. Real-time bidding is already a big part of the online advertising landscape, but Vice President of Platforms Nick Lynch says engage:BDR is bringing a different approach to the problem. Read More

  • Talk Radio Startup Stitcher Adds An Election Center

    Talk Radio Startup Stitcher Adds An Election Center

    As the Republican primaries wrap up and we head into the Obama vs. Romney stage of the presidential campaign, Stitcher has updated its talk radio app with an Election Center where anyone can track the latest political news. It seems pretty natural for any news-focused app to add an election center, but CEO Noah Shanok says it’s a particularly good fit for Stitcher’s audience, of… Read More

  • Now BrandYourself Users Can See The Companies Googling Them

    Now BrandYourself Users Can See The Companies Googling Them

    BrandYourself, a startup offering a cheap and easy approach to managing your Google results, has added a new feature to answer one of those burning questions: Who are the people Googling me? To be clear, it’s not actually plugging in to Google and sending you an alert every single time someone enters your name. Instead, it’s revealing data about who’s visiting your… Read More

  • 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 sits 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  Mark 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