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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  • 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

  • With Punch, Tablets Get Their Own Humor Magazine

    With Punch, Tablets Get Their Own Humor Magazine

    Have you ever wanted a chance to dress Rick Santorum? What about listening to a playlist of your favorite dictators tackling your favorite musical standards? Now you can, thanks to a new app called Punch. Punch Media co-founder and CEO David Bennahum says the goal was to create “culturally relevant content that could only exist on a tablet” — not on a website or a printed… Read More

  • Adfonic Announces TV-Style Mobile Ad Units

    Adfonic Announces TV-Style Mobile Ad Units

    London-headquartered Adfonic is getting into the video side of the mobile ad business today with the launch of its first video ad units. Chief Marketing Officer Paul Childs says that as smartphone and tablet usage grows, advertisers should be able to treat mobile as just another channel for their campaigns — so Adfonic wants to provide an easy way for them to bring the video content… Read More

  • Condé Nast Buys Recipe Startup ZipList

    Condé Nast Buys Recipe Startup ZipList

    Publisher Condé Nast has acquired ZipList, an online service that allows users to save recipes and turn them into ingredient shopping lists. AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka is reporting that the acquisition price was $14 million, including earnouts for some employees. I’ve asked a company spokesperson to confirm the amount, but I haven’t heard back. Last month, the company… Read More

  • Velti Report: iOS Regains The Mobile Ad Lead, New iPad Growing Fast

    Velti Report: iOS Regains The Mobile Ad Lead, New iPad Growing Fast

    iOS edged out Android in mobile ad marketshare last month, according to a new report from mobile marketing company Velti. The report is based on data collected from 33,405 apps via the Mobclix Exchange, which Velti acquired in 2010. It says that at the end of 2011, iOS and Android both had 50 percent marketshare, but that iOS pulled ahead in March, with 53 percent marketshare for the month. Read More

  • Washington Post Launches Its First Real-Time Ad Campaign

    Washington Post Launches Its First Real-Time Ad Campaign

    Thanks in large part to its personalized news aggregation technology Trove, The Washington Post has recently launched new reading experiences like Social Reader and Personal Post. Now it’s starting to use Trove on the advertising side too, creating ads that pull real-time content from social networks. Specifically, it’s using this technology for a campaign from the Cleveland… Read More

  • Cabana’s Fan Page Mobilizer Turns Facebook Pages Into Mobile Web Apps

    Cabana’s Fan Page Mobilizer Turns Facebook Pages Into Mobile Web Apps

    Mobile development startup Cabana is launching a new product today called Fan Page Mobilizer aimed at small businesses who want to bring their Facebook presence to smartphones. There have been a lot of startups promising easy-to-use mobile app-building tools, to the point where my eyes start to glaze over any time a new one launches. However, Cabana has attracted the backing of impressive… Read More

  • Interview Street Helps Sequoia-Backed Startups Recruit With Its Latest CodeSprint

    Interview Street Helps Sequoia-Backed Startups Recruit With Its Latest CodeSprint

    Interview Street, the startup that helps companies recruit by holding programming contests called CodeSprints, is doing something a little different this week — it’s holding a CodeSprint for 13 different startups, all backed by Sequoia Capital. The CodeSprints started out as big events with a long list of recruiting companies, but while there are still plans for more… Read More

  • Everyme Launches Mobile App That Aims To Get Social Circles Right

    Everyme Launches Mobile App That Aims To Get Social Circles Right

    Everyme, a Y Combinator-incubated startup with a long list of impressive investors, is launching its iPhone app today. Its goal? To create an environment where you feel comfortable sharing whatever you want with specific groups of people. Co-founder and CEO Oliver Cameron demonstrated the app for me over the weekend. At the core of the Everyme experience are Circles — private news feeds… Read More

  • Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

    Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

    Time Out New York is making a big leap into the digital world today, says Aksel van der Wal, who’s president of Time Out North America and chief operating officer of the Time Out Group. Specifically, it’s launching its first iPad app, an updated iPhone app, and a new e-commerce model for all of its properties. As a product, the new iPad app sounds the most interesting. (I… Read More

  • Adobe Online Ad Report: Search Spending Up 16 Percent, Mobile Traffic Quadrupled

    Adobe Online Ad Report: Search Spending Up 16 Percent, Mobile Traffic Quadrupled

    Search may not be the most exciting area of online advertising right now, but it’s still “the biggest driver of return on investment”, according to a new report from Adobe. The report has the elaborate title, “Adobe Digital Index: Global Digital Advertising Update” and it covers the first quarter of this year. Compared to the same period last year, Adobe says… Read More

  • Patent Sale Pushes AOL Stock Up 45 Percent

    Patent Sale Pushes AOL Stock Up 45 Percent

    It looks like investors are ecstatic about the news AOL has sold 800 patents to Microsoft for $1.056 billion. AOL made the announcement this morning, and as of 12:45pm Eastern, AOL stock is trading at $26.76 per share. That’s a 45 percent increase from Friday’s closing price, and the highest that AOL stock has been since November 2010. Read More

  • Yext Spins Off Pay-Per-Call Ad Business As Felix

    Yext Spins Off Pay-Per-Call Ad Business As Felix

    Yext has made the famous startup pivot, shifting focus from its pay-per-call advertising service to a new product called PowerListings. But rather than simply abandoning its old business, the company is announcing today that it’s spinning off the pay-per-call part of the company into a wholly-owned subsidiary called Felix. Yext CEO Howard Lerman says the pay-per-call business was doing… Read More

  • Woopra’s New Dashboard Lets Publishers See Exactly Who’s Visiting Their Site

    Woopra’s New Dashboard Lets Publishers See Exactly Who’s Visiting Their Site

    When you hear the phrase “real-time analytics” you probably think of Chartbeat (at least I do), but it’s not the only company in the field. In fact, a Lebanese startup called Woopra has been offering its own real-time services since 2008. And you may be hearing more about it soon — it recently opened an office in San Francisco, and today it’s launching version 5.0… Read More

  • Cater2.Me Finds A New Way To Feed San Franciscans With Pop-Up BetaKitchen

    Cater2.Me Finds A New Way To Feed San Franciscans With Pop-Up BetaKitchen

    Until now, Cater2.me has focused on using the Web to connect companies (which need to feed their employees) with small restaurants and food carts. Now it’s opening a restaurant of its own — or rather, what it calls the BetaKitchen. The idea, says co-founder Zach Yungst, is to create something that’s to be visible to consumers, not just office managers trying to plan the next… Read More

  • Philip Kaplan’s Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians

    Philip Kaplan’s Social Network Fandalism Has Quietly Grown To 350K Musicians

    If you’re wondering what Philip Kaplan, a.k.a. Pud, has been up to, wonder no longer: He’s working on a social network for musicians called Fandalism. The site went live at the end of January, and without any publicity or advertising, it has grown to more than 350,000 registered users. You may remember Kaplan as the founder of the blog FuckedCompany and the ad network AdBrite. Read More