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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  • 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

  • Wingsplay Pays Influencers To Spread Viral Videos, Runs Campaigns For NBC And Oxygen

    Wingsplay Pays Influencers To Spread Viral Videos, Runs Campaigns For NBC And Oxygen

    If a business creates a fun, potentially viral video, what’s the best way to convince people to share it? Wingsplay has a straightforward idea: Pay them. So advertisers pay Wingsplay to promote videos that they want to go viral. “Influencers” with accounts on Wingsplay then visit the site to watch the videos. If they like one, they can post a link to the video on Facebook… Read More

  • Spotify Says It’s Just Like Radiohead, Turntable.fm Says David Bowie

    Spotify Says It’s Just Like Radiohead, Turntable.fm Says David Bowie

    Yes, that’s one of the more random headlines I’ve written, but look — I wasn’t the one who said it. Executives from Spotify and Turntable.fm really did compare themselves to popular musicians, and Pandora and TastemakerX took turns, too. All four companies spoke at the closing panel at ad:tech conference in San Francisco yesterday, and they were all instructed by… Read More

  • Shufflr Brings Its Social Video App To the iPad

    Shufflr Brings Its Social Video App To the iPad

    A startup called Althea Systems wants to reinvent the way we find videos online. Its app Shufflr is already available on desktops, the Web, iPhone, and Android, and today it’s launching on the iPad. Shufflr co-founder Rajnish (he goes by a single name) isn’t shy about his larger ambition. In the same way that companies like Facebook are reorganizing the web around social identity… Read More

  • Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

    Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

    Hey, remember when Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement of shows like South Park and The Daily Show? And YouTube won a summary judgement nearly two years ago, with a judge basically throwing out the case? Well, it looks like the fight isn’t over. Today, an appeals court reversed the earlier decision. That doesn’t mean Viacom has won, but it does mean YouTube-owner Google… Read More

  • Graphicly Kills Its Mobile Apps To Double Down On Publishing Tools

    Graphicly Kills Its Mobile Apps To Double Down On Publishing Tools

    Over the past few months, Graphicly¬†started to abandon its vision of becoming the “iTunes of comics” and instead focused on digital publishing tools for comics and other image-heavy books. Today it’s fully committing itself to that strategy, shutting down the comic store apps that it offered on both iPhone and Android. CEO Micah Baldwin says that decision reflects the… Read More

  • MindMixer Raises $1.9M For Virtual Town Halls, Launches ImproveSF Website

    MindMixer Raises $1.9M For Virtual Town Halls, Launches ImproveSF Website

    If you live in San Francisco, you probably spend a lot of time complaining about the lackluster public transportation. I’m no exception — so today, I was really excited to see a new government website called ImproveSF, where residents can submit and vote on suggestions about how to make Muni better, faster, and more reliable. Not surprisingly, there’s a cool startup behind… Read More

  • Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    E-payments company YapStone just announced that it has acquired ParishPay, a service for donating to faith-based organizations. YapStone’s main product is RentPayment — as you can probably guess, it’s a service for property managers to collect credit card and electronic check payments from their tenants. However, when YapStone raised $50 million from Accel Partners last year… Read More

  • Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Many magazine publishers see the iPad as their salvation. Five of the big ones (Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc.) banded together to create a joint venture called Next Issue Media, and today the company is launching its Android app. CEO Morgan Guenther (formerly president of Tivo) says that despite all the excitement about bringing magazines to tablets, the current system… Read More

  • TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    It looks like there are some big challenges ahead for mobile advertising, as the industry faces increasing scrutiny from the federal regulators, and as Apple phases out the UDIDs used by advertisers and publishers to identify users. Now privacy company TRUSTe is offering a new way for advertisers to address some of these concerns. The program is called TRUSTe Mobile Ads, and it allows consumers… Read More

  • Rumblefish Catalog Grows To 1M Songs, Powers Soundtracks In Socialcam, Animoto, And More

    Rumblefish Catalog Grows To 1M Songs, Powers Soundtracks In Socialcam, Animoto, And More

    Rumblefish, a service where consumers and businesses can easily license music for their online videos, says that its catalog now has more than 1 million songs, making it the largest licensing catalog of pre-cleared music. The idea is pretty simple: When you’re posting a video on a site like YouTube, you might want to flesh it out by adding a soundtrack. However, most people don’t… Read More

  • Quepasa And MyYearbook Rebrand As MeetMe

    Quepasa And MyYearbook Rebrand As MeetMe

    When social networking companies myYearbook and Quepasa merged last year, myYearbook CEO Geoff Cook told employees that his goal was to “build an enduring, global brand for meeting new people.” That’s still the plan, but the company is announcing that it will build that brand under a new name — MeetMe. Cook (who’s now COO) says both the myYearbook and Quepasa… Read More

  • BrightEdge: Here’s How To Make Paid And Organic Search Work Together

    BrightEdge: Here’s How To Make Paid And Organic Search Work Together

    If your company shows up in both the organic and paid search results of a given search term, is that a good thing? Or a waste of money? That’s something that Google itself has been researching, and today, SEO service BrightEdge took a closer look at one advertiser’s approach for balancing search strategies. Specifically, it released a case study about how hotel marketing agency… Read More

  • 1DollarScan Improves Its Book Digitization Service With Fine Tune and Dropbox

    1DollarScan Improves Its Book Digitization Service With Fine Tune and Dropbox

    1DollarScan — the service that offers to digitize books and documents for as little as, yes, $1 — is now promising an improved experience through a service called Fine Tune. The company is a subsidiary of Bookscan Japan, and it launched last August with the goal of bringing the Bookscan service to the U.S. market. Users send their books, documents, photos, and other printed material… Read More

  • Business Audience Marketing Company Bizo Raises $10M

    Business Audience Marketing Company Bizo Raises $10M

    Bizo, a company offering technology to help advertisers reach a business audience, has raised $10 million in a Series B round of funding. The company has now raised a total of $20 million. Crosslink Capital led the round, and the firm’s newest partner David Silverman is joining Bizo’s board of directors. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Venrock also participated. Read More

  • Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    There may be millions of people or more following and commenting on a brand, but how can it find the ones worth reaching out to? That’s the question that Dachis Group is trying to answer with a new product called Advocate Insight. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Dachis (previously the co-founder of interactive agency Razorfish) says the new product will help brands “engage at scale.”… Read More

  • SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, a startup called SoFi is offering a way for alumni to offer students financial assistance and more. Co-founder and CEO Mike Cagney describes the current student loan system as a “classic market failure,” resulting in students who are stuck with high interest rates and heavy debt that they struggle to pay off. He says that if you… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Advertisers looking for higher ROI from their Facebook self-serve ads may soon see some new tools. Facebook tells us its testing new features like “Objectives” which lets advertisers ask Facebook to “Show this to people who are more likely to: [Like my Page] or [Install my app] or [Click on my ad or sponsored story]“. It’s also trying a simpler interface and… Read More

  • SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    Avira, a security company headquartered in Germany, just announced that it has acquired social monitoring startup SocialShield¬†and will be adding the service to its lineup of free security products. “Avira is broadening our security focus from safe-guarding computers to now protecting the people who use them, and that requires us to look beyond viruses and worms and Trojans,”… Read More

  • Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Zite, the newsreading startup acquired last year by CNN, is launching its Android app today. Co-founder Mike Klaas demonstrated the app for me earlier this week. The interface and features should be pretty familiar to anyone using the previous versions. You enter your Facebook or Twitter information, then Zite brings up a stream of stories that are likely to interest you. You can improve… Read More