Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha

Senior Writer

Anthony Ha is a senior writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising and co-hosts the Original Content podcast. 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. He attended Stanford University and now lives in Brooklyn.

The Latest from Anthony Ha

German Supreme Court dismisses Axel Springer lawsuit, says ad blocking is legal

Germany’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit yesterday from Axel Springer against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. The European publishing giant (which acquired Business Insider in 2015) ar

mParticle hires Adobe’s John Sedlak as chief revenue officer

mParticle, which helps companies like Airbnb and Spotify manage their customer data, has hired four new executives — including John Sedlak, most recently a vice president at Adobe, who’s join

OutVoice makes it dead simple for editors to pay freelancers

One of the biggest headaches for freelance writers is the need to send an invoice for their work, then wait (and wait, and wait) for payment. Matt Saincome, founder of the punk-themed satirical news s

Ad-blocking browser Brave signs up Dow Jones Media Group as a partner

It looks like at least one major news publisher is on-board with Brave, the ad-blocking web browser founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Brave Software and Dow Jones Media Group announced today

Former DreamWorks exec Shawn Dennis joins GoldieBlox as president

GoldieBlox, a startup looking to get girls hooked on engineering and other STEM fields, has hired Shawn Dennis as its first president. Dennis was most recently the head of brand and franchise developm

Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’

Amazon is developing a series based on William Gibson’s science fiction novel The Peripheral. Variety reports the series is being considered for a straight-to-series order, with Scott B. Smith

Guestfriend automates chatbot creation for restaurants

While chatbots might sound like an interesting experiment for restaurants and other small businesses, they probably can’t devote much time or money to building them. So a startup called Guestfri

Here are the 12 startups in Techstars NYC’s Winter 2018 class

The latest startups to participate in Techstars NYC have spent the past week pitching investors, journalists and the broader New York community. I swung by the accelerator’s new office a few d

Watch the new trailer for the 15-year Rooster Teeth documentary

Being an online video star might seem cool or even glamorous these days, but Burnie Burns, co-founder and chief creative officer at Rooster Teeth, can remember when that wasn’t the case. Rooster

ESPN launches its streaming service ESPN+

ESPN’s subscription streaming service ESPN+ arrives today. In addition to being the sports media giant’s first big push into digital subscriptions, ESPN+ is also parent company Disney&#821

Zaius raises $30M to help marketers unify their customer data

Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt’s Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. CEO Mark Gally said that while business-to-business m

Bloglovin’ becomes Activate and names Kamiu Lee as its new CEO

Bloglovin’ has a new name, new funding and a new CEO: Kamiu Lee, who previously served as the company’s vice president of strategy and business development. It sounds the rebrand and Lee&#

Apple is making a show based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ books

Okay, Apple, now you’ve got my attention. Not content with landing an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, multiple series from Reese Witherspoon, a space opera from Ron Moore and much

Lucidity uses the blockchain to bring more transparency to online ads

Sam Kim, co-founder and CEO of Lucidity, said blockchain technology offers a solution to cut down on fraud and bring more transparency to digital advertising. Kim was previously chief operating office

Instapage raises $15M to make landing pages smarter

Landing pages might not sound like the most exciting problem for a startup to tackle, but Tyson Quick, founder and CEO of Instapage, said that they’re a real issue for marketers. Quick was previ

Scribd will get Veronica Roth’s ‘Fates Divide’ on launch day

Scribd is setting its sights on bigger, newer titles. E-book and audiobook versions of The Fates Divide, the second volume in Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark series, will go live on Scribd tomorr

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ revival feels surprisingly heartfelt

Netflix’s revival of Queer Eye transports five gay men around Georgia, where they remake the lives of individuals in sore need of their assistance. Each member of the “Fab Five” has

MoviePass’ parent company acquires Moviefone

Helios and Matheson Analytics, which already owns movie ticket subscription service MoviePass, has acquired Moviefone. Despite the old-school name, Moviefone is now a digital media business with trail

IMAX and Conversive launch an AR app with chatty pandas

While IMAX has become synonymous with enormous theatrical screens, Chief Marketing Officer JL Pomeroy told me the company has “been an innovator at the forefront of technology breakthroughs for

News startup Knowhere aims to break through partisan echo chambers

It’s become a common complaint that social media allows everyone to limit their news consumption to stories that reinforce what they already believe. But the team at Knowhere says it’s fo
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