Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha is a senior 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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  • Gravity Fully Launches Its Content Personalization Tools, Making Them Available To Any Publisher

    Gravity Fully Launches Its Content Personalization Tools, Making Them Available To Any Publisher

    A little more than three years after the company was first announced, personalization startup Gravity is doing a big launch today, opening up its suite of APIs so that they’re available to any publisher who wants to use them. Founded by a trio of former Myspace executives, Gravity has created an “interest graph” mapping different topics, which it then uses to recommend… Read More

  • Wishpond Launches Eight Twitter Marketing Apps That Borrow Their Look From Twitter

    Wishpond Launches Eight Twitter Marketing Apps That Borrow Their Look From Twitter

    Wishpond is launching a set of eight new apps that bring the startup’s social marketing campaigns to Twitter. The apps allow businesses to promoted different contests and offers from the Twitter account, such as Photo and Caption contests. I talked to CEO Ali Tajsekandar about the new tools, and it sounds like one of the biggest selling points is the way tehc ontests seem like a… Read More

  • Open Source Gaming Backend OpenKit Plans Private Beta Launch Tomorrow, Raises Another $100K

    Open Source Gaming Backend OpenKit Plans Private Beta Launch Tomorrow, Raises Another $100K

    After being announced in December, mobile gaming backend service OpenKit plans to bring in the first 50 developers into its private beta program tomorrow. Co-founder Peter Relan told me that when the team first publicized the project last month, “not a single line of code” had been written. Instead, it was sussing out developer interest, with plans to focus on the project if more… Read More

  • Brightcove Co-Founder Jeremy Allaire Will Step Down As CEO, David Mendels To Take Over

    Brightcove Co-Founder Jeremy Allaire Will Step Down As CEO, David Mendels To Take Over

    Brightcove co-founder Jeremy Allaire plans to step down from his role as CEO, according to the company’s fourth quarter earnings report. Allaire will continue to serve as the CEO during the “transition period” of the first quarter of the fiscal year, and will then become executive chairman of the board, where the company says he will “continue to be actively involved in… Read More

  • Eventbrite Registration Gets Even Easier With One-Click Sign Ups For Free Events

    Eventbrite Registration Gets Even Easier With One-Click Sign Ups For Free Events

    It’s already pretty darn easy to sign up to attend an event on Eventbrite, but I have to admit that there are still times when I grumble about having to fill out a short form. And if you’re an event organizer, you probably want to eliminate any obstacles for potential attendees. That’s why Eventbrite is starting to roll out an even faster sign-up process. Read More

  • With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Phones Collected, Device Recycler ecoATM Adds Tablets

    With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Phones Collected, Device Recycler ecoATM Adds Tablets

    According to Strategy Analytics, about 1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped in 2012, with 700 million of those being smartphones. That doesn’t even take tablets into account. Compass Intelligence estimates that 18 million new tablets were sold during the fourth quarter of 2012. Naturally, as waves upon waves of new smartphones and tablets hit stores, people need a way of disposing of… Read More

  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg Hints At Bigger, More Media-Rich Ad Formats

    Facebook’s Zuckerberg Hints At Bigger, More Media-Rich Ad Formats

    A lot of the discussion during Facebook’s earnings conference call today revolved around all the stats that the company offered about the fourth quarter performance of various ad units. However, Facebook executives also talked (in a very general way) about their ad plans for 2013, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that the company will be both improving its ad targeting and launching… Read More

  • Facebook Offers Have Been Claimed By 42M Users

    Facebook Offers Have Been Claimed By 42M Users

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg highlighted the growth that Facebook Offers has seen since it launched last year — she said that offers have been claimed by 42 million unique users. Sandberg’s statement came during a larger discussion of Facebook’s ad business during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. Last quarter, Sandberg said that 100,000 small- and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Mobile Ads Grow To More Than $300M — 23 Percent Of Total Ad Revenue

    Facebook’s Mobile Ads Grow To More Than $300M — 23 Percent Of Total Ad Revenue

    As part of today’s fourth-quarter earnings report, Facebook announced that mobile ad revenue has grown to 23 percent of the company’s total $1.33 billion in ad revenue (so about $305 million). That’s up from 14 percent last quarter. One of the biggest sources of investor concern around Facebook has been whether its bottom line will take a blow as its usage becomes… Read More

  • Shirley Hornstein Apologizes, Promises Change

    Shirley Hornstein Apologizes, Promises Change

    Five months after we wrote about Shirley Hornstein and how she fooled a number of startups, Hornstein has responded in a blog post apologizing for her behavior and declaring that she has “made the decision to stop.” My initial post included a legal complaint by Founders Fund against Hornstein alleging that she had been falsely claiming a connection to the venture capital firm and… Read More

  • Mixpanel Launches Revenue Analytics To Track The Lifetime Value Of Your Customers

    Mixpanel Launches Revenue Analytics To Track The Lifetime Value Of Your Customers

    Back in December, analytics startup Mixpanel made a splash when its co-founder Suhail Doshi and its investor Marc Andreessen called for an end to “bullshit metrics”. What is and isn’t a vanity metric (to put it more politely) can be debatable, but today it’s launching analytics for something that’s squarely in the “not B.S.” bucket — a… Read More

  • Ad Exchange adBrite To Shut Down On Feb. 1

    Ad Exchange adBrite To Shut Down On Feb. 1

    Ad exchange adBrite told partners today that it will be shutting down on Feb. 1. A couple of TechCrunch readers sent us copies of the emails that went out to adBrite publishers and advertisers. Here’s the advertiser version: Dear adBrite Advertiser, Over the last few weeks, adBrite and its management have been evaluating the go-forward plan for the business. Given market conditions… Read More

  • PlayerScale Says Its Gaming Infrastructure Is Being Used By 100M People

    PlayerScale Says Its Gaming Infrastructure Is Being Used By 100M People

    PlayerScale, which provides a range of backend services for game developers, is announcing today that its platform now has more than 100 million players. Since PlayerScale is building the infrastructure rather than the games themselves, it’s unlikely that many of those 100 million actually think of themselves as “PlayerScale users,” or are necessarily aware of the platform… Read More

  • Mobile Ad Platform Aarki Acquires Mobspire To Improve Rich Media Ad Creation

    Mobile Ad Platform Aarki Acquires Mobspire To Improve Rich Media Ad Creation

    Aarki, which offers a platform for creating and delivering mobile ads, just announced that it has acquired another mobile ad startup called Mobspire. The financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Aarki raised a Series A (its size was also undisclosed) led by Walden Venture Capital last year, while Mobspire was entirely self-funded. Read More

  • Cheezburger Creator’s Startup SimpleHoney Shifts Focus From Travel To ‘I Want Wish List’ App

    Cheezburger Creator’s Startup SimpleHoney Shifts Focus From Travel To ‘I Want Wish List’ App

    SimpleHoney, the startup co-founded by Joyce Kim (former CEO of Korean pop site Soompi.com and former co-host of the GigaOm show) and Eric Nakagawa (creator of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog), is pursuing a new goal — creating the perfect app for “wish list commerce.” When SimpleHoney launched in May of last year, its goal was to connect travelers with the right hotel based… Read More

  • Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Indian Music App Dhingana Has Been Downloaded 3.5M Times, Launches On The Mobile Web

    Dhingana, which offers a free service for streaming Bollywood and other Indian music, said today that its mobile apps have been downloaded 3.5 million times. And the company is hoping to reach an even broader audience with the launch of its mobile website. Through the mobile site, Dhingana said users will be able to listen to its library of more than 500,000 songs in 38 Indian languages, and… Read More

  • Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper Raises $550K Led By Vegas Tech Fund, So You Can Order Pizza (And Eventually More) From Anywhere

    Order Mapper, which makes apps for ordering a variety of goods (starting with pizza) from any business, just announced that it has raised a $550,000 round led by Vegas Tech Fund. The company’s flagship product is Order Pizza, an app that allows users to order pizza from any pizzeria that you choose. The app submits orders automatically, via phone call, email, fax, or website (depending… Read More

  • 140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof Brings Its Interest-Targeted Ads To Tumblr And Other Blogging Platforms

    140 Proof is expanding its social ad technology today with the launch of a new format called Native Ads for Social Sites, which allows 140 Proof advertisers to run campaigns on blogging platforms like WordPress and Tumblr. The company started out by using social data to determine user interests and then use those interests to target ads in social networking apps. The new native ad units also… Read More

  • Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole Raises $7.5M To Build Brands’ Word-Of-Mouth On Social Media

    Extole, a startup offering tools for brands to manage their “social advocacy” programs, has raised $7.5 million in new funding. The round is a follow-on to the $10 million Series C that Extole raised about a year ago, and it comes from existing investors, including Shasta Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Trident Capital. The company has now raised a total… Read More

  • Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple’s iCloud Has Grown To 250M Users

    Apple announced today that there are now 250 million users on its iCloud service. That’s a big increase from the 190 million users that it reported back in October, which itself was up from 150 million in July. The numbers were revealed during this afternoon’s conference call discussing Apple’s earnings for the first quarter of the fiscal year. Read More