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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  • Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

  • WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo has rebuilt its browser-based video editor using HTML5 instead of Flash. For many of you, the whole debate about HTML5 versus Flash may seem like a weird flashback to 2010. But Flash is taking a while to die completely — Google Chrome, for example, continues to phase out Flash gradually. CEO Krishna Menon said that in the case of WeVideo’s new editor (which launched… Read More

  • BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO

    BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO

    BuzzFeed has a new chief technology officer — Todd Levy, who was already serving as the vice president of engineering. Levy also co-founded and served as CTO at Bitly. He joined BuzzFeed through the acquisition of startup Torando Labs in 2014. As part of the deal, he was tasked with creating a new data engineering team at the company. “It is without hyperbole when I say that… Read More

  • Optimization startup SigOpt raises $6.6M

    Optimization startup SigOpt raises $6.6M

    SigOpt, a company aiming to “optimize everything,” announced today that it has raised $6.6 million in Series A funding. When startups talk about optimization, they often mean trying out a few different variations and then choosing the ones that get the best results. With SigOpt, it’s more of a continual process, where the technology can look at your results and recommend what… Read More

  • Authentication startup Auth0 raises $15M as it beefs up security features

    Authentication startup Auth0 raises $15M as it beefs up security features

    “Identity-as-a-service” startup Auth0 (pronounced “auth zero”) has raised $15 million in Series B funding. CEO Jon Gelsey said that for many website and mobile app developers, integrating with different login systems can turn into a big headache — and also create security risks. So the company helps those developers manage identity and authentication, whether… Read More

  • YC-backed CoinTent says it can help publishers deal with ad blockers

    YC-backed CoinTent says it can help publishers deal with ad blockers

    CoinTent might be the solution for publishers worried about the money they’re losing to ad blockers. The San Francisco-based company started with a focus on paywalls, but it’s recently moved into offering publishers (including GQ) a broader range of solutions to deal with ad blockers. That doesn’t just mean inserting more ads. CEO Bradley Ross described CoinTent as… Read More

  • ScribbleLive acquires SEO company LinkDex

    ScribbleLive acquires SEO company LinkDex

    Content marketing company ScribbleLive announced today that it has acquired Linkdex. In a blog post, ScribbleLive’s Geoffrey Gualano said the deal will combine his company’s content marketing platform with Linkdex’s capabilities in search engine optimization: This acquisition streamlines content marketing and SEO software to empower an all-in-one marketing platform. Marketers… Read More

  • AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Verizon’s Marni Walden are coming to Disrupt SF

    AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Verizon’s Marni Walden are coming to Disrupt SF

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is no stranger to the stage at Disrupt, but his job’s gotten a lot bigger in recent months with the acquisition of Yahoo. So Armstrong will be with us again at Disrupt SF. He’ll be joined by his boss Marni Walden, Verizon’s executive vice president and president of product innovation and new business. The two of them led Verizon’s effort to buy… Read More

  • Analytics company Heap raises $11M

    Analytics company Heap raises $11M

    Heap announced today that it has raised $11 million in Series A funding. We’ve written about the company’s “capture everything” approach to analytics before — it aims to collect data about every tap, swipe and other action that a user takes on a website or app. CEO Matin Movassate said this should allow anyone at a company to answer any question they might have… Read More

  • Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai is supposed to help photographers and artists defend their intellectual property. Now it’s launching a new feature to make that process easier — or at least better-integrated with Twitter. Previously, Blockai users would go to the startup’s website to upload their work, creating a record in a public database (namely, the blockchain) stating that they’re the… Read More

  • Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision has won the auction to acquire Gawker Media’s websites and business. Recode broke the news, reporting the acquisition price was $135 million and would cover all seven of Gawker’s websites. The company’s founder Nick Denton confirmed the deal in an email to reporters: Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision… Read More

  • Vettery raises $9M as it expands its hiring marketplace to San Francisco

    Vettery raises $9M as it expands its hiring marketplace to San Francisco

    Vettery, a startup offering an alternative to the traditional recruiting process, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. On the Vettery website, the company pairs potential job-seekers with a “talent executive” who helps them through the process of creating a profile and looking over interview requests from employers. If they accept a job, Vettery will give them a $1,000… Read More

  • Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Earlier today, we started seeing rumblings about a New York Times op-ed from famed entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel — an op-ed where he’d lay out the case against Gawker. Thiel, of course, quietly poured $10 million into the lawsuit by Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, which bankrupted Gawker Media. Thiel’s financial involvement wasn’t revealed until after… Read More

  • Fans celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary

    Fans celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary

    Here’s something I asked myself a lot last weekend: Am I really a serious Star Trek fan? The obvious answer: Well, sure. I’ve watched hundreds of hours of Star Trek on TV, I’ve seen all of the movies multiple times and I pride myself on being able to recall more random Star Trek trivia than almost (almost!) anyone I know. And if I didn’t love Star Trek, what was I doing… Read More

  • Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to a year in jail

    Gurbaksh Chahal sentenced to a year in jail

    A San Francisco judge has sentenced former RadiumOne and Gravity4 CEO Gurbaksh Chahal to 12 months in county jail. However, the judge also granted a stay on the sentence pending an appeal from Chahal’s lawyer, according to Bloomberg’s Ellen Huet. After being accused of attacking a woman in his apartment, Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges — a deal that… Read More

  • Music video app Triller becomes a social network

    Music video app Triller becomes a social network

    Mobile app Triller isn’t just a simple way to make music videos anymore — it recently added social features that allow users to follow other users and explore their videos. I should probably back up a second and explain what Triller is. It’s an iPhone and Android app that allows you to create a video by taking a snippet of your favorite song, adding a video filter and… Read More

  • AcuityAds acquires social ad targeter 140 Proof for up to $20M

    AcuityAds acquires social ad targeter 140 Proof for up to $20M

    140 Proof, a company that helps advertisers target their campaigns based on social data, has been acquired by AcuityAds for up to $20 million in cash. 140 Proof co-founder and CEO Jon Elvekrog said the deal will combine his company’s strength in social media with AcuityAds’ programmatic ad-buying tech. The 140 Proof brand and team will continue to exist within AcuityAds, Elvekrog said. Read More

  • SeatGeek moves beyond resale tickets with new ‘Open’ platform

    SeatGeek moves beyond resale tickets with new ‘Open’ platform

    Sports teams and live event venues will soon be able to sell their tickets directly through SeatGeek. The company has focused on resale tickets until now — first by aggregating resale options from other sites, then by launching a marketplace where ticketbuyers can sell or transfer their tickets directly. But SeatGeek also showed its interest in “primary” ticket sales with… Read More

  • Disney will invest $1B into MLB’s streaming video business

    Disney will invest $1B into MLB’s streaming video business

    The Walt Disney Company just announced that it’s paying $1 billion for a 33 percent stake in BAMTech, the video streaming company created by Major League Baseball. As a result of the deal, BAMTech is also spinning out of MLB’s broader digital media business, MLB Advanced Media. BAMTech’s clients aren’t limited to baseball (they include HBO Now, the National Hockey… Read More

  • BitTorrent offers creators cash grants and promotional support through its new Discovery Fund

    BitTorrent offers creators cash grants and promotional support through its new Discovery Fund

    Over the past few years, BitTorrent has worked to move beyond its associations with online piracy by giving tools to musicians, filmmakers and other creators so they can distribute and market their work. Now the company’s taking that mission a step further, by funding the work of a select group of creators. Straith Schreder, BitTorrent’s vice president of creative initiatives… Read More

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