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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  • Googler Phil Mui Joins Acxiom As Chief Product And Engineering Officer

    Googler Phil Mui Joins Acxiom As Chief Product And Engineering Officer

    Phil Mui, currently the group product manager for Google Analytics, will be joining marketing services and technology company Acxiom as chief product and engineering officer. According to Acxiom, Mui will report to CEO Scott Howe, lead a team of more than 750 people, and play “a decisive role” in the company’s plans to increase research and development. In the the hiring… Read More

  • Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

    Firebase Aims To Reinvent Real-Time App Infrastructure, And It Already Has 4,000 Sign-Ups

    Firebase is one of those startups with an almost crazily big vision — it wants to simplify the development of powerful, real-time apps, to the point where (as co-founder James Tamplin put it) it’s “jettisoning the whole notion of a server even existing.” The company, which was part of the summer 2011 class at Y Combinator, unveiled its service last week. In the first… Read More

  • TuneUp Takes On Shazam With Free (And Ad-Free) Mobile Music ID App

    TuneUp Takes On Shazam With Free (And Ad-Free) Mobile Music ID App

    TuneUp, the service that cleans up your iTunes or Windows Media music collection, is moving into mobile from an unexpected angle. Unlike the TuneUp iTunes and Windows Media plugins, the main feature of the new iPhone app isn’t its ability to correct song titles and supply missing album artwork. Instead, you can activate the app when you’re listening to music that you… Read More

  • Scribit Digs Up Content For Your Content Marketing

    Scribit Digs Up Content For Your Content Marketing

    If you’re an entrepreneur struggling to find the time or inspiration to udpate the company blog, a new service called Scribit offers a solution. Scribit was developed by a startup called Vertical Acuity, whose initial product helped publishers syndicate their articles to other sites and find fresh content for themselves. President Joe Fiveash used to work at Weather.com, and he says… Read More

  • Internet Ad Revenue Reaches $31B In 2011, Mobile Up 149 Percent (IAB Report)

    Internet Ad Revenue Reaches $31B In 2011, Mobile Up 149 Percent (IAB Report)

    Internet ad revenue revenue grew 22 percent in 2011, to $31 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. That’s an all-time high.The final three months were also the all-time best quarter at $9 billion, an increase of 20 percent from the same quarter in 2010. Read More

  • DealAngel Helps You Find The Best Hotel Deals — Not Just The Cheapest

    DealAngel Helps You Find The Best Hotel Deals — Not Just The Cheapest

    Not all hotels are created equal. That’s why paying $150 for a room at one hotel may be a rip-off at one hotel while it may be a great deal somewhere else — and that, in turn, is why DealAngel is launching a new way to search for hotels. When you go into DealAngel and select your dates, the site provides a list of hotels and prices for your trip. Each of those rooms is assigned… Read More

  • CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”

    CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”

    CEO Scott Thompson outlined a vision today of how Yahoo can start growing as a company again. His big theme: Focus, focus, focus. “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” Thompson said. He was speaking on the conference call covering the earnings report covering his first full quarter as CEO, where revenue was flat while… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Innovator’s Patent Agreement, Gives IP Control To Engineers And Designers

    Twitter Announces Innovator’s Patent Agreement, Gives IP Control To Engineers And Designers

    It looks like Twitter is taking a fresh approach to the huge, expensive mess that is the U.S. patent system, as outlined in a just-published blog post. The post summarizes something that Twitter is calling the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, which would commit the company to only use employee-invented patents defensively — any offensive litigation could only happen through the… Read More

  • Gnip Signs Deal To Syndicate Tumblr Firehose

    Gnip Signs Deal To Syndicate Tumblr Firehose

    Social data startup Gnip has scored another impressive partnership — it says it’s the first company to syndicate the full firehose of content from blogging service Tumblr. Gnip is probably best-known for being the first authorized reseller of the Twitter firehose, but it also offers data from Facebook, Google+, Disqus, WordPress, YouTube, and more. So what does Tumblr add to the mix? Read More

  • SAY Media Has A New Way To Measure Online Ads: “Cost Per Exposure”

    SAY Media Has A New Way To Measure Online Ads: “Cost Per Exposure”

    Back in February, comScore released a statistic that was probably pretty discouraging if you’re an online advertiser: In a study, it found that 31 percent of ads delivered were never actually seen by consumers. If you’re paying by the ad impression, that’s a lot of wasted money. Now online publishing and advertising company SAY Media has come up with one way to solve the… Read More

  • Menswear Startup American Giant Gets Into The T-Shirt Business

    Menswear Startup American Giant Gets Into The T-Shirt Business

    American Giant, a startup offering affordable, American-made apparel for men, is expanding into T-shirt sales today. The company launched at the beginning of February. CEO Bayard Winthrop has decades of experience in the apparel industry, including a stint as the CEO of Chrome, the preferred laptop bag-maker for hipsters. Winthrop says he started to realize that even though manufacturing… Read More

  • Path Announces $30M+ Round Of Funding, Investors Include Sir Richard Branson

    Path Announces $30M+ Round Of Funding, Investors Include Sir Richard Branson

    Following a wave of rumors and reports, Path just announced that it has raised more than $30 million in new funding. “We are delighted to announce that last week we closed a significant round of funding with a new set of investor partners,” CEO Dave Morin said in the press release. “It is important to us to work with investment partners who share common values… Read More

  • Twitter Acquires Social Analytics Startup Hotspots.io

    Twitter Acquires Social Analytics Startup Hotspots.io

    Hotspots.io, a startup promising to deliver “social media intelligence that you’ll actually use”, just announced on its home page that it has been acquired by Twitter. It looks like Hotspots was still in private beta, and as a result, the site doesn’t have any product details. However, you can see one example of the analytics in-action through the data the company… Read More

  • Chartbeat Raises $9.5M, Launches Engagement-Focused Redesign

    Chartbeat Raises $9.5M, Launches Engagement-Focused Redesign

    Real-time analytics startup Chartbeat is making two big announcements today. The first should be pretty obvious to anyone who uses the service — it’s unveiling a big redesign. And it’s not stopping there, since the second announcement is a $9.5 million Series B round of funding. The redesign is pretty similar to the preview that I saw about a month ago. The big goal is to… Read More

  • Estimize Takes Stock Gamification One Step Further With Challenges

    Estimize Takes Stock Gamification One Step Further With Challenges

    Estimize is a startup trying to discover the true “whisper number” of public stocks — not just the official analyst consensus, but what Wall Street really believes. To make that happen, it’s encouraging investors to post their own estimates — and they’re getting a little more incentive starting today, thanks to the new Estimize Challenges. CEO and… Read More

  • FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation Delays

    FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation Delays

    In its investigation of whether Google’s Street View cars illegally collected personal data from WiFi networks, the Federal Communications Commission has reached a decision that seems like a mix of good news and bad news for the search giant. The good news: The FCC did not fine Google for violating electronic eavesdropping laws. Instead, it concluded that there was no precedent for… Read More

  • There Are Now 200,000 People In Everyme Circles

    There Are Now 200,000 People In Everyme Circles

    On Tuesday, Everyme launched its iPhone app for people to share with limited circles of friends, family members, and coworkers. Today, CEO Oliver Cameron says the response has been “crazy.” Specifically, he says that 24,000 people have created Everyme accounts in the first 48 hours. Because of the way Everyme is designed, that’s only a small part of its social footprint. The… Read More

  • Mobile Social Startup CrowdOptic Raises Another $500K, Plans Consumer Launch

    Mobile Social Startup CrowdOptic Raises Another $500K, Plans Consumer Launch

    CrowdOptic, a startup trying to create a new way for people to interact via line-of-sight “clusters”, has raised another $500,000 in debt financing. CEO Jon Fisher says this brings the company’s total funding to $2.5 million (including $500,000 that Fisher himself invested in January), and that the round serves as a bridge to CrowdOptic’s profitability, which he plans… Read More

  • Stumbling Gets More Social: StumbleUpon Releases Facebook Timeline App

    Stumbling Gets More Social: StumbleUpon Releases Facebook Timeline App

    Content discovery service StumbleUpon is the latest company hoping to claim some space in your Facebook Timeline. A StumbleUpon spokesperson says the thinking behind Timeline integration is pretty straightforward: It’s “based on our finding that many of our users find Stumbling more enjoyable when the things they discover become social objects” — and Timeline is a… Read More

  • PayDragon May Be The Easiest Way To Order Food On Your Phone

    PayDragon May Be The Easiest Way To Order Food On Your Phone

    A new iPhone and Android app called PayDragon is trying to bring the one-click shopping experience to buying meals on your phone. The app was created by Paperlinks, a Y Combinator-backed startup that helps businesses create QR code-enabled materials. CEO Hamilton Chan demonstrated PayDragon for me last week, and it sounds like a great fit for anyone who’s trying to grab lunch or dinner… Read More