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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  • Ad Tech Team Up: Clever On Demand Acquires AudienceFUEL And Will Use Its Name

    Ad Tech Team Up: Clever On Demand Acquires AudienceFUEL And Will Use Its Name

    Clever On Demand, a company whose technology allows publishers to manage multiple ad networks, has acquired AudienceFUEL, a publisher-to-publisher marketing platform (more on what that means in a second). The price of the acquisition wasn’t disclosed, but the combined company will do business as AudienceFUEL (which does seem like the better name). Clever On Demand founder and CEO… Read More

  • Plympton Is A Studio For Serialized Fiction, And Yes, It’s Collaborating With Amazon

    Plympton Is A Studio For Serialized Fiction, And Yes, It’s Collaborating With Amazon

    So Amazon launched a new publishing program called Kindle Serials yesterday, but it’s not the only company with serialized fiction on its mind. In fact, three of the eight Kindle Serials launch titles were created in collaboration with a new startup called Plympton. The company was founded by Jennifer 8 Lee (former New York Times reporter, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles) and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Sponsored Results Are Taking Off (According To Social Ad Startup Optimal)

    Facebook’s Sponsored Results Are Taking Off (According To Social Ad Startup Optimal)

    Just a couple of weeks ago, Facebook officially launched its Sponsored Results program, which allows advertisers to place sponsored links in the social network’s search results — and the early results are impressive, according to social advertising and analytics startup Optimal. Optimal has been running Sponsored Results campaigns for its own customers, but it also tracks brand… Read More

  • Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Zazzle Instant Brings Custom Product Creation To Your iPhone

    Custom product website Zazzle is making its first big move into mobile today with the launch of an iPhone app called Zazzle Instant. Apparently, the app started out as a side project by one of Zazzle’s engineers, but then it grew into something bigger and cooler. Basically, you can choose any of the photos on your phone, then apply it to one of the 15 products currently being offered in… Read More

  • The First Third-Party Games Go Live On Zynga.com

    The First Third-Party Games Go Live On Zynga.com

    Zynga first announced its Zynga Platform for social games back in March. Since then, Zynga’s own games have gone live at Zynga.com, and the company has been revealing more details and partners. What seems to have been missing until now, however, were actual games, built by companies other than Zynga and live on the platform,. So today, at a press event highlighting Zynga’s… Read More

  • Amazon Confirms The Launch Of New, Episodic Publishing Format — Kindle Serials

    Amazon Confirms The Launch Of New, Episodic Publishing Format — Kindle Serials

    Confirming the reports that TechCrunch’s Peter Ha was hearing yesterday, Amazon just announced the launch of a new publishing format: Kindle Serials, where a book-length story is delivered over several episodes. Of course, serialized novels are actually an old idea — most famously, it’s how Charles Dickens published most of his books. In the literary world (as opposed to TV… Read More

  • Rocket Fuel’s Audience Accelerator Helps Publishers Deliver More Ad Impressions

    Rocket Fuel’s Audience Accelerator Helps Publishers Deliver More Ad Impressions

    Rocket Fuel, a startup that optimizes ad campaigns using artificial intelligence, is announcing a new product for publishers (and vertical ad networks) called Audience Accelerator. Vice President of Business Development Paul Wenz, who’s leading the Audience Accelerator team, says the goal is to help publishers offer a bigger audience to advertisers without sacrificing the quality of… Read More

  • LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn Unveils Redesigned Company Pages: Simpler, More Visual, And More Relevant

    LinkedIn plans to roll out a new version of its company pages today, part of a broader attempt to redesign and simplify its core products, including its homepage. I went down to the LinkedIn office yesterday to get a preview of the new design. As Senior Product Manager Mike Grishaver jumped back-and-forth between the old company page and the new one, there were some clear differences. The old… Read More

  • Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    Adobe Social Launches To Create And Monitor Social Ads

    After several months in beta testing, Adobe is launching Adobe Social, which it’s pitching as a way to connect social marketing campaigns with real business results. That was the big emphasis when the company first announced the product back in April, and when I got a demo of the current version a couple of days ago, it was the central theme again: In Adobe Social, you can track… Read More

  • With Embeddable Timelines, Twitter Widgets Become More Interactive

    With Embeddable Timelines, Twitter Widgets Become More Interactive

    Twitter announced a new feature today that’s supposed to make it easier for publishers to embed a timeline of relevant tweets — the company describes it as a way for “publishers, writers, developers, and any Twitter user to drop a rich, interactive piece of Twitter into their websites.” You’ve probably seen widgets with content from Twitter before — for… Read More

  • Hulk Smash iPad: With Avengers Initiative, Marvel Brings The Avengers To Mobile

    Hulk Smash iPad: With Avengers Initiative, Marvel Brings The Avengers To Mobile

    Starting with Iron Man, Disney-owned Marvel famously built a connected cinematic universe for its superhero movies, and the strategy paid off spectacularly this year with the release of The Avengers. Now the company is revealing universe-building aspirations in mobile and social gaming, with the launch of Avengers Initiative, which it’s describing as its biggest mobile release… Read More

  • Fly Happy: Routehappy Raises $1.5M To Build A ‘Flight Experience Search Engine’

    Fly Happy: Routehappy Raises $1.5M To Build A ‘Flight Experience Search Engine’

    Robert Albert, CEO and co-founder of Routehappy, says that “flying doesn’t have to be a crap shoot.” It looks like investors agree, since the startup just raised $1.5 million in seed funding. Albert says his goal is to build “the world’s flight experience search engine.” Whenever you look for flights online now, it’s basically all about price and schedule. Read More

  • Network Security Company Tenable Raises A $50M Series A From Accel

    Network Security Company Tenable Raises A $50M Series A From Accel

    Tenable Network Security, which was founded back in 2002, has raised its very first round of institutional funding — specifically, a $50 million Series A from Accel Partners. Accel makes it share of normal venture investments, but it also likes to find mature, bootstrapped companies and offer them big checks. (Other deals in this vein include the $60 invested in Atlassian and the $70… Read More

  • Tackk Opens Its Publishing Platform For E-Fliers, Raises $400K

    Tackk Opens Its Publishing Platform For E-Fliers, Raises $400K

    Hey, remember those bulletin boards in your neighborhood coffee shop? The ones where people would post all kinds of fun, random crap? To a certain extent, Craigslist has replaced those boards (heck, you could argue that the entire Internet has replaced those boards) but there’s a new startup called Tackk that’s trying to replicate that experience. It is, in other words, a… Read More

  • GatherContent Launches An Easier Way To Collaborate On Web Content

    GatherContent Launches An Easier Way To Collaborate On Web Content

    When James Deer led digital design agency DEER/digital, he says he encountered the same issue over and over — when his team built content-rich websites, it was largely an email-based process, where they had to dig up images and files from email threads that were months old, or copy content from Word documents that were hundreds of pages long. To reduce their own headaches, Deer’s… Read More

  • Automattic Launches Its Own Liveblog Plugin For WordPress

    Automattic Launches Its Own Liveblog Plugin For WordPress

    One of the staples of tech news sites is the liveblog — not everyone loves them, but for folks who really care about the latest iPhone launch, a liveblog allows you to follow along with every piece of news as it’s revealed on-stage. Here are TechCrunch, we use CoverItLive (which was acquired last year by Demand Media), which is okay. Still, as with any blogging product… Read More

  • Ustream Apologizes For Shutting Down The Hugo Awards Livestream, Says It Will ‘Recalibrate’

    Ustream Apologizes For Shutting Down The Hugo Awards Livestream, Says It Will ‘Recalibrate’

    Maybe you haven’t heard of the Hugo Awards, but to science fiction geeks, especially print science fiction geeks, they’re a big deal. They’re given out at the World Science Fiction Convention, and as io9’s Annalee Newitz writes, they’re “kind of like the Academy Awards,” where “careers are made; people get dressed up and give speeches; and… Read More

  • You’ve Got One More Day To Apply For The Savannah Fund Accelerator

    You’ve Got One More Day To Apply For The Savannah Fund Accelerator

    The Savannah Fund is an African seed investment fund that aims to “bridge the early stage/angel and venture capital investment gap” in the region. A big part of that strategy is the fund’s startup accelerator — and the deadline to apply is Sunday evening. The fund says each session will run for three months and operate out of the iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s… Read More

  • biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu Socializes Its Feature Phone App Platform

    biNu, a startup backed by Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, allows owners of feature phones and lower-end smartphones to access apps like Facebook and Twitter. Now the company is getting more ambitious on the social networking side. CEO Gour Lentell tells me that it wasn’t really his plan to build a social network. Instead, biNu focused initially on making content accessible… Read More

  • Lifestyle Web Publisher Zimbio Becomes Livingly Media

    Lifestyle Web Publisher Zimbio Becomes Livingly Media

    Zimbio, which publishes the celebrity news website of the same name, just announced that it has renamed itself Livingly Media. It’s a logical change for the company as it expands beyond Zimbio.com, which was its first property, and which still accounts for the majority of its traffic. Founded in 2006, Livingly (a cross between “living” and “lovingly”) launched… Read More