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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  • 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

  • Playbuzz launches an analytics product to help publishers create viral content

    Playbuzz launches an analytics product to help publishers create viral content

    Playbuzz has been offering publishers tools to create interactive/social media-friendly content like galleries, lists and polls. Now it’s giving them new ways to track the effectiveness of those tools. The company is announcing the launch of its analytics product, Impact — which was previously in beta testing with select partners, but is now available to all Playbuzz partners. Read More

  • Mobile app search company Quixey raises $30M in debt funding

    Mobile app search company Quixey raises $30M in debt funding

    Mobile search company Quixey has raised an additional $30 million in debt funding. The company touts its ability to help users find content within their apps. More recently, it says it has developed technology that can take you straight from the search results to personalized actions like showing nearby friends in Facebook or bringing up your own playlist in Spotify. Read More

  • In-app marketing startup Insert raises $10M

    In-app marketing startup Insert raises $10M

    Insert is the new startup from the team behind app development company Worklight (which was acquired by IBM for $70 million). Today it’s announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Insert CEO Shahar Kaminitz said that where Worklight (where he was founder and former CEO) was focused on “the core development of the application,” he’s come to realize… Read More

  • BrandYourself raises $2M to monitor and improve your online reputation

    BrandYourself raises $2M to monitor and improve your online reputation

    Reputation management startup BrandYourself has raised another $2 million. It’s been two years since the company raised $3.3 million in Series A funding. Since then, co-founder and CEO Patrick Ambron said BrandYourself has grown to an 80-person team, and it’s become profitable. (Ambron also pitched BrandYourself on Shark Tank last year, though he ended up turning down funding… Read More

  • Ripple acquires Hoodline, bringing two local news startups together

    Ripple acquires Hoodline, bringing two local news startups together

    Ripple has acquired Hoodline, a deal that combines two different approaches to covering local news. Founded by former Viki CEO Razmig Hovaghimian, Ripple launched earlier this year and taps community contributors for its coverage. Hoodline, meanwhile, has an editorial team (led by TechCrunch’s former co-editor Eric Eldon) taking advantage of local data to cover neighborhood news. Read More

  • Video distribution startup Zype raises $2M

    Video distribution startup Zype raises $2M

    Zype has raised another $2 million as it helps publishers deliver (and make money from) video across devices. Added to the $1.6 million that Zype announced last year, this brings the New York City startup’s seed round to $3.6 million. The round was led by Revel Partners, with participation from Point Nine Capital, Alpine Meridian Ventures, Berlin Ventures, Entrepreneurs Investment Fund… Read More

  • ‘Silicon Valley’ co-creator Mike Judge is coming to Disrupt SF

    ‘Silicon Valley’ co-creator Mike Judge is coming to Disrupt SF

    Mike Judge is no stranger to Disrupt. The first season of Silicon Valley, the HBO show where Judge is co-creator and showrunner, revolved around fictional startup Pied Piper’s attempt to win our Startup Battlefield. It included a meticulous recreation of the real event, and the climactic joke involved a … creative approach to winning over Disrupt attendees. At the same time, Judge… Read More

  • Shoppable raises $3.5M to build a universal shopping cart — and help publishers make money

    Shoppable raises $3.5M to build a universal shopping cart — and help publishers make money

    E-commerce startup Shoppable is announcing that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The New York City-based startup offers several products that allow publishers and consumers to take advantage of what founder and CEO Heather Marie calls “shoppable moments” — those times when you read about a product or see it featured in a photo or video and, if it was easy… Read More

  • OmniVirt brings 360-degree advertising to big publishers

    OmniVirt brings 360-degree advertising to big publishers

    OmniVirt is promising to help publishers and advertisers tap into the potential of virtual reality. It’s not the only startup working on VR/360-degree ads (other companies in the market include Immersv and VirtualSky), but co-founder and COO Michael Rucker said OmniVirt stands out by offering a 360-degree ad experience in the mobile browser — users don’t have to buy a… Read More

  • Peek inside Brooklyn’s first Apple Store

    Apple is opening its very first store in Brooklyn tomorrow. TechCrunch got a sneak peek at the new spot during a press event earlier this week, as you can see in the video above. The store isn’t quite as grand as some of Apple’s other New York locations, but it has an appropriately Brooklyn-y feel, with plenty of exposed brick, concrete floors and a timber ceiling. The company… Read More

  • Sales and marketing startup LeadGenius raises $10M

    Sales and marketing startup LeadGenius raises $10M

    LeadGenius announced today that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Formerly known as MobileWorks, LeadGenius helps customers find likely sales leads and reach out to them with automated emails. The company says revenue increased 6x in the past 20 months, with customers including eBay, Box and Weebly. LeadGenius has now raised more than $21 million in funding. The new round was… Read More

  • Apple Music picks up Carpool Karaoke as a standalone series

    Apple Music picks up Carpool Karaoke as a standalone series

    So, here’s something I wasn’t expecting: Those Carpool Karaoke segments on James Corden’s Late Late Show are being turned into a standalone show — a show that’s been picked up by Apple Music. According to a number of stories in the Hollywood press, Apple will be airing 16 episodes, one each week, and they’ll be available worldwide through its subscription… Read More

  • Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $55M

    Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $55M

    Scopely is announcing that it has raised a $55 million Series B round of funding. The Los Angeles-based company offers tools for promoting and monetizing mobile games — some of those games are developed in-house, others are created by outside studios. “The vision is creating the most premium experiences on people’s phones across a network of developers,” co-founder and… Read More

  • Verizon Q2 misses on declining sales of $30.5B, beats with EPS of $0.94

    Verizon Q2 misses on declining sales of $30.5B, beats with EPS of $0.94

    Verizon yesterday announced a landmark deal to purchase Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion, but judging from its just-released second quarter earnings report, the telecom giant continues to feel the pressure of declines in its legacy business. The Q2 report shows total operating revenue of $30.5 billion and earnings per share of 94 cents. That’s a miss on revenue, but a… Read More

  • AOL’s Tim Armstrong explains the Yahoo acquisition and what’s next

    AOL’s Tim Armstrong explains the Yahoo acquisition and what’s next

    Following a months-long bidding process, Verizon announced this morning that it’s acquiring Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion. The goal, it seems, is to merge Yahoo with AOL (which Verizon acquired last year) to form a single organization that can compete with digital media giants like Google and Facebook. (AOL, by the way, owns TechCrunch.) The deal is expected to close in… Read More

  • Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter will livestream weekly games from MLB and the NHL

    Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, live streamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The live streams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they’re logged into Twitter or not. Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports. (The Rally… Read More

  • Dots & Co. Tweaks The Dots Game Franchise

    Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion

    Dots & Co., the follow-up to the popular puzzle games Dots and Two Dots, launched on iOS and Android earlier this week. If reading about the new game isn’t enough for you, you can watch me try it out in the video above. In many ways, Dots & Co. should feel pretty familiar to fans of the previous games. Your goal is to clear as many dots as you can by connecting dots of the… Read More

  • ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    Let’s start with the obvious: Star Trek Beyond is a pretty good movie, but it doesn’t quite make it into the top tier of Trek films like The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact. Beyond, which opens today, starts with the crew of the Enterprise in the middle of its five-year, deep space mission. This is exactly what Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris… Read More

  • Monotype will acquire marketing startup Olapic for $130M

    Monotype will acquire marketing startup Olapic for $130M

    Monotype, a publicly traded company focused on font design and technology, announced today that it’s acquiring Olapic, a startup that helps brands promote themselves with user-generated photos. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year — at that point, Olapic will operate as a division of Monotype. The purchase price is $130 million, plus $19 million in… Read More