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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  • Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google is giving more tools to retail and travel businesses hoping to promote themselves through search results and ads. These new features were announced at a New York City press event this morning, and then outlined in an AdWords blog post. On the retail side, changes include a new Showcase Shopping ad format. The company says those ads are designed for broader shopping search terms like… Read More

  • Healthy meal delivery startup Freshly raises $21M

    Healthy meal delivery startup Freshly raises $21M

    Freshly is announcing that it has raised $21 million in Series B funding. The New York City-based company delivers healthy meals for a price of around $11 per meal — which may make it sound like many other food startups, but CEO Michael Wystrach (pictured below with his co-founder Carter Comstock) said the model is different in some key ways. Unlike a meal kit service such as Blue… Read More

  • Integral Ad Science acquires bot detection company Swarm

    Integral Ad Science acquires bot detection company Swarm

    Integral Ad Science is unveiling some new steps to combat ad fraudsters, including the acquisition of a bot detection company called Swarm. CEO Scott Knoll told me that he was particularly interested in Swarm’s technology for side channel analysis, a technique for examining a web browser to identify whether or not it’s a bot. That’s an area where Integral Ad Science has… Read More

  • IBM survey says ads are the biggest reason people consider canceling their streaming video services

    IBM survey says ads are the biggest reason people consider canceling their streaming video services

    IBM’s Cloud Video division is releasing the results of a new survey looking at the behavior of subscribers to video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu. Perhaps the most interesting answers were about how many people canceled their subscriptions and why. According to IBM, 31 percent of respondents said they’d canceled a streaming video subscription in the past, but that… Read More

  • Twitter adds former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor to its board

    Twitter adds former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor to its board

    Twitter announced today that Bret Taylor is joining its board of directors. Taylor is best-known as one of the founders of social networking startup FriendFeed — and then as the chief technology officer of Facebook, which acquired FriendFeed in 2009. After departing Facebook three years later, he became co-founder and CEO at mobile word processing company Quip. News!: @btaylor is… Read More

  • Knocki turns your tables and walls into smart device controllers

    Knocki turns your tables and walls into smart device controllers

    By most standards, Knocki has had a home run Kickstarter campaign, blowing way past its $35,000 target with more than $1.1 million committed. But it sounds like CEO Jake Boshernitzan is still hoping for more support in the campaign’s final hours (it’s scheduled to end at 3am Eastern on Saturday). After all, he said that Knocki deliberately set the campaign target on the low… Read More

  • Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

    Hyper founder and CEO Markus Gilles said he has a simple goal — to create “the single best video app.” We covered the company last August when it launched its first app on the iPad. Since then, it’s been acquired by millennial-focused publisher Mic, but it’s still going after that big goal — and today, it’s launching on the iPhone. Particularly… Read More

  • ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

    ProducePay raises $2.5M to bring cashflow to farmers

    ProducePay has raised $2.5 million to solve what CEO Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck said is a major issue for farmers — getting paid in a timely manner for their crops. Borquez Schwarzbeck explained that farmers usually have to cover the cost of not just growing the produce, but also shipping — and then they have to wait for it to get sold before they get paid themselves. And since… Read More

  • Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

    Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

    PredictSpring, a startup that helps brands and retailers build mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $11.4 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Nitin Mangtani has said that one of his goals is to help businesses create truly native mobile experiences that make it easy for consumers to shop. Customers include Calvin Klein, Cole Haan and Nine West, and the company says… Read More

  • Lease marketplace Flip raises $1.2M

    Lease marketplace Flip raises $1.2M

    Flip, a startup that helps tenants find someone to take over their lease, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The New York City-based company has created a marketplace where lease holders can post apartments that they need to rent out, and where pre-screened applicants can look at housing before it hits the rental market. (Depending on how badly they need to get out… Read More

  • Twilio opens trading at $23.99 per share

    Twilio opens trading at $23.99 per share

    Twilio is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TWLO. It started trading today about an hour after the NYSE opened, at a price or $23.99 per share. That’s nearly 60 percent above its IPO price of $15. And the price is still climbing. If the stock continues to do well, that could be good news for tech companies and investors, who are likely hoping that a… Read More

  • Twilio’s IPO festivities will include live coding from the New York Stock Exchange

    Twilio’s IPO festivities will include live coding from the New York Stock Exchange

    There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on Twilio‘s initial public offering, like whether or not it will open the door for more tech IPOs. Here’s a small-but-fun one: The company has organized a live coding event from the New York Stock Exchange. Tomorrow morning, Twilio will bring three developers to the NYSE floor, where they’ll be trying to build as many apps as they… Read More

  • Purch acquires small-business site Business.com

    Purch acquires small-business site Business.com

    Digital media company Purch has acquired Business.com — which, in addition to being a pretty great URL, offers advice and other content for small businesses and operates a marketplace for business products and services. Purch owns a number of product-focused sites, including Tom’s Guide and AnandTech. It raised a $135 million round last year and has continued to grow its… Read More

  • Tripstir helps you find friends while you’re traveling

    Tripstir is a new app that helps you share travel plans and tips with your friends. Think of it as a way to avoid those exasperating moments when you come back from a trip and you realize that one of your friends was in the same place at the same time — but you’re only finding out when it’s too late. Basically, you use Tripstir by entering information about upcoming trips. Read More

  • Taylor Swift and other big names join the music industry’s campaign against YouTube

    Taylor Swift and other big names join the music industry’s campaign against YouTube

    The music industry is ramping up its campaign against YouTube. Musicians, including Katy Perry and Billy Joel, sent a petition earlier this year to the U.S. Copyright Office to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now there’s an open letter to Congress signed by stars like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and U2 expressing a similar sentiment. Music labels like Sony Music and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Canvas format isn’t just for ads anymore

    Facebook’s Canvas format isn’t just for ads anymore

    Facebook users can expect to start seeing more of the company’s Canvas format. For those of you who haven’t been following all of Facebook’s different ad formats, a Canvas is basically a mobile ad that opens into an interactive, full-screen page. (Like Instant Articles, it’s supposed to circumvent the long load times that can come with mobile web pages) Facebook made… Read More

  • Liftoff delivers personalized ads that are designed to drive actions, not installs

    Liftoff delivers personalized ads that are designed to drive actions, not installs

    Mobile marketing startup Liftoff pitches itself as a way for mobile advertisers to focus on what really matters — not installs, but rather purchases and other actions that result in revenue. It’s not a unique idea. After all, we’re seeing more platforms adopting ads designed for re-engagement — in fact, the format is supposed to be included as part of Apple’s… Read More

  • Marketing tech company Performance Horizon raises $15.4M

    Marketing tech company Performance Horizon raises $15.4M

    Performance Horizon, a company aiming to help advertisers manage their relationships with marketing partners, is announcing that it has raised $15.4 million in Series C funding. The company says that with its software, brands and agencies can bypass the affiliate networks that online publishers usually rely on to get paid by marketers for driving purchases or other consumer actions. Read More

  • Hoodline launches Neighborhood Kits that package local news and data for real estate agents

    Hoodline launches Neighborhood Kits that package local news and data for real estate agents

    After building out an editorial team focused on using data to cover San Francisco’s neighborhood news, Hoodline CEO Andrew Dudley said the startup has begun to explore new ways to make money. Not that Hoodline has been avoiding revenue, but the only way it has monetized until now is through advertising. Dudley told me the team agreed that Hoodline’s long-term business needs more… Read More

  • YouTube’s new Director tools allow small businesses to create video ads on their phones

    YouTube’s new Director tools allow small businesses to create video ads on their phones

    YouTube is launching a new suite of products for advertisers under the umbrella name of YouTube Director. Collectively, these products are supposed to make it easier for businesses (particularly the smaller ones that don’t have their own production capabilities and aren’t going to hire an ad agency) to shoot and edit video ads that can run on YouTube. One of the new products is… Read More