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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  • 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 more 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

  • Emotion Measurement Platform Affectiva Wins $500K NSF Grant

    Emotion Measurement Platform Affectiva Wins $500K NSF Grant

    Affectiva, a startup that tries to measure the emotional response people have to ads and brands, just announced that it has a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The company spun out of MIT’s Media Lab. This is its second NSF grant — in January 2011, it won another grant to help launch its Affdex service, which uses webcams to track consumers’ responses as… Read More

  • HoozTrippin Helps You Find Travel Buddies

    HoozTrippin Helps You Find Travel Buddies

    If you’ve got a vacation coming up, a startup called HoozTrippin is aiming to make it more fun by connecting you with other travelers. Co-founder and CEO Steven Oh (who was formerly the head of product at Rotten Tomatoes and Movielink), describes the site as “Match.com for travelers,” except broader: “We don’t limit ourselves to just singles.” In some ways… Read More

  • SeatGeek Signs Its First Big Music Partners, Including AOL Music

    SeatGeek Signs Its First Big Music Partners, Including AOL Music

    Ticket search engine SeatGeek is best known as the place to find good deals on sports tickets, but it’s working to dominate ticketing for any live events, including concerts. It just announced its first partnership deals on the music side, with AOL Music (which is, yes, owned by the same parent company as TechCrunch), Pollstar, and Emusic. Now, if you go to AOL Music, for example… Read More

  • AdMob Founder’s Churn Labs To Shut Down, Team Members Lured Away By Their New Startups

    AdMob Founder’s Churn Labs To Shut Down, Team Members Lured Away By Their New Startups

    The end is in sight for Churn Labs, the startup generator created by AdMob founder Omar Hamoui and AdMob’s first engineer Mike Rowehl. Two new companies will be spinning out in mid-July, Hamoui tells me, and they’ll be taking the Churn team with them. Read More

  • Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

    Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

    Startup Bizo tries to help advertisers reach a business audience using methods like retargeting. Now it’s making those retargeting capabilities available in a self-serve product. For anyone who needs a refresher on the nomenclature, if you visit a website but failed to sign up or buy anything, then see ads for that company following you around the Web — well, you can thank retargeting. Read More

  • Salesforce Adds Multilingual Features To Customer Support Service Desk.com

    Salesforce Adds Multilingual Features To Customer Support Service Desk.com

    Salesforce.com is working to make Desk.com, the customer service platform for small and medium businesses that it launched in January, more useful for global companies by announcing support for multiple languages. To be clear, Desk.com isn’t doing the translation for its customers. Instead, it’s adding features that take some of the headache and confusion out of the process. Read More

  • Here Are The Five Startups In i/o Ventures’ Spring 2012 Class

    Here Are The Five Startups In i/o Ventures’ Spring 2012 Class

    i/o Ventures, the incubator and co-working space located in San Francisco’s Mission District, just held the demo day for its latest batch of startups. All of them have been working out of the i/o offices for the past three months, and have also received a $25,000 investment. It’s pretty hard to judge someone based on a short presentation, but if nothing else, all of the ideas… Read More

  • A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

    A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

    Optimizely, the Y Combinator-incubated startup that helps companies A/B test their websites, just announced that it has raised new funding from Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, and InterWest Partners. The startup previously raised $1.2 million from angels including Ron Conway, Chris Sacca, and Ashton Kutcher, but this is its first venture round. Co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker (who was… Read More

  • Larry Ellison Has Learned To Embrace Cloud Computing, Not Convinced It’s An “Incredible New Thing”

    Larry Ellison Has Learned To Embrace Cloud Computing, Not Convinced It’s An “Incredible New Thing”

    Oracle’s Larry Ellison has acquired a reputation as a cloud computing opponent — after all, he famously called the term “complete gibberish” a few years ago. Today, however, he said, “I’m no longer resisting the name. Call it what you want.” In fact, Ellison made it sound like he doesn’t get enough credit for starting the trend: “NetSuite… Read More

  • Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Probably Won’t Be “Cradle To Grave” Biography

    Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Probably Won’t Be “Cradle To Grave” Biography

    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin offered some early thoughts today on the movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, which he has signed on to write. Sorkin was speaking at the D10 conference, and it sounds like he hasn’t actually written any of the screenplay yet — he said the initial stages of the process will look at lot more “like watching ESPN.” Read More

  • Wrike Releases A Free Version Of Its Project Management App

    Wrike Releases A Free Version Of Its Project Management App

    Wrike is hoping to expand its audience today with the launch of a free version of its project management tool. Wrike says it already has 2,000 customers including Accenture, Stanford, and Ticketmaster, but until now, the cheapest pricing level was $49 per month. Even though releasing a free version is an obvious way to get more people to try the product, CEO Andrew Filev says he approached… Read More

  • Atlassian Launches A Marketplace For Project Management Add-Ons

    Atlassian Launches A Marketplace For Project Management Add-Ons

    Atlassian, the Australian company that makes popular software project management tools JIRA and Confluence, has opened a marketplace where customers can download and buy add-ons for the company’s apps. Usually, the launch of a marketplace or app store signals a company’s broader platform ambitions, but Atlassian President Jay Simons says the platform approach has been “part… Read More

  • Interactive Outdoor Ad Startup smartDIGITAL Raises $2.7M

    Interactive Outdoor Ad Startup smartDIGITAL Raises $2.7M

    smartDIGITAL, a startup that makes interactive ad displays, has raised $2.7 million in a Series A round of funding. smartDIGITAL displays are already available in Chicago and Miami, says co-founder and CEO George Burciaga, with plans to roll them out to 10 markets over the next 36 months. They’re essentially large kiosks with multi-touch screens that allow consumers to interact with an… Read More

  • Tim Cook On Apple TV: “We’re Going To Keep Pulling The String”

    Tim Cook On Apple TV: “We’re Going To Keep Pulling The String”

    Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the company’s TV plans tonight at the D10 conference. His comments were all pretty vague, but if nothing else, he hinted strongly that Apple does in fact have plans for future TV products. When interviewers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher pressed Cook on whether he thinks the current Apple TV product is good enough, he said, “We’re going to… Read More

  • An $800M Buddy Media Acquisition Would Be Worth 8X Its Current Revenue

    An $800M Buddy Media Acquisition Would Be Worth 8X Its Current Revenue

    Salesforce.com may be close to acquiring Buddy Media in the largest social media marketing acquisition to date, according to sources close to the company. AllThingsD reported earlier today that Salesforce is getting close to a deal for more than $800 million, and we’d heard acquisition rumors earlier this week too, though Buddy Media declined to comment. Now our sources say the price… Read More

  • Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Lockerz Acquires Fashion Community ‘Chick Approved’

    Social commerce startup Lockerz just announced that it has acquired online fashion community Chick Approved. Lockerz allows its members to earn “PTZ” by sharing content and other activity on the site, which are then redeemed for discounts in the Lockerz store. Fashion, style, and beauty are the company’s fastest growing categories, says founder and CEO Kathy Savitt, and… Read More

  • Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix Raises $8M For Smarter TV Ad Testing

    Ace Metrix, a startup promising brands and agencies a smarter, faster approach to testing their TV ads, has raised $8 million in new funding. CEO Peter Daboll, whose resume includes time as Chief of Insights at Yahoo and CEO of comScore Media Metrix, says the idea behind Ace Metrix is to “apply what we’ve learned in digital targeting and evaluation to television, which is the… Read More