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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  • Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B

    Today’s Stories  Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha
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  • Crunch Report | Google Home Gets More Personal

    Today’s Stories  Google Home can now recognize up to six voices and give personalized responses Google said to be planning a built-in ad blocker for Chrome GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017 FTC tells ‘influencers’ to quit trying to hide the fact that they’re shilling for brands Shopify launches a free, in-house-designed card reader
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  • Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the company’s tech

    Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the company’s tech

    Jeff Dunn, the former Coca-Cola executive who became CEO of Juicero last year, has responded to a wave of coverage suggesting that the company’s juice press isn’t all that was promised — and he’s offering dissatisfied customers their money back. Read More

  • With revenue of $29.8 billion, Verizon’s first quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    With revenue of $29.8 billion, Verizon’s first quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    Verizon just released its first quarter earnings results, with adjusted earnings per share of 95 cents on revenue of $29.8 billion. Revenue (minus divestitures and acquisitions) is down 4.5 percent from the first quarter of 2016. The numbers also fall short of what analysts had been predicting: EPS of 96 cents per share on revenue of $30.5 billion. Verizon says there was a net decline… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?

    Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program
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  • Optimizely acquires Experiment Engine to offer more collaboration tools for big companies

    Optimizely acquires Experiment Engine to offer more collaboration tools for big companies

    While Optimizely has bought other startups before, co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker said today is the first time it’s acquiring a startup built on Optimizely’s developer platform — namely, Experiment Engine. Experiment Engine describes itself as “the most comprehensive, easy-to-use conversion optimization platform,” which might make it sound similar to… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook Launches Camera Effects Platform

    Today’s Stories  Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything Steve Ballmer’s new project sheds light on U.S. Government spending Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed
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  • Oracle acquires ad measurement company Moat

    Oracle acquires ad measurement company Moat

    Oracle just announced that it has acquired ad measurement company Moat. Founded in 2010, Moat helps advertisers and publishers measure whether people see and interact with online ads. The need to create what CEO Jonah Goodhart has called “the currency for digital advertising” seems increasingly important given advertiser concerns around viewability, fraud and trust, and Moat has… Read More

  • SeatGeek raises $57M to acquire ticketing software company TopTix

    SeatGeek raises $57M to acquire ticketing software company TopTix

    SeatGeek is announcing a deal to acquire TopTix for $56 million. While SeatGeek has made acquisitions before, this is its biggest, and the company funded the deal by raising a $57 million Series D led by Glynn Capital. (Previous investors Accel, Causeway Media Partners, Haystack Partners, Mousse Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures also participated.) Read More

  • Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Flipboard is following the launch of its “smart magazines” by boosting the role of videos. It’s not that videos were totally absent from the news app before this, but they usually showed up as an accompaniment to articles — not exactly prominent placement when compared to the beautiful treatment that Flipboard would often give photos. Now, CEO Mike McCue said videos… Read More

  • Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    We know smartphone cameras have become good enough for casual photographers, but what about the pros? Well, magazines like Billboard and Condé Nast Traveler have recently published covers that were photographed on an iPhone, and now Bon Appétit is joining their ranks. This is basically the final step in bringing smartphone photography into the Condé Nast-owned food magazine. After all… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Uber Might Have To Support In-App Tipping

    Today’s Stories  New York’s Taxi commission to propose in-app tipping requirement for Uber Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia Facebook issues statement after murder suspect shares video of shooting in Cleveland Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines… Read More

  • Bustle acquires Elite Daily

    Bustle acquires Elite Daily

    Elite Daily, the online publisher that (still) describes itself as “The Voice of Generation Y,” has been acquired by Bustle. The news was first reported by Business Insider. The Daily Mail previously acquired Elite Daily as a way for the British news publisher to connect with a millennial audience. At the end of 2016, however, The Daily Mail wrote down a $31 million loss on… Read More

  • Watch the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

    Watch the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

    We’re finally going to hear Luke Skywalker’s voice again. After making us wait months longer than we did for the first Force Awakens teaser, Disney has released a teaser trailer for the sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Read More

  • Narrative simplifies the buying and selling of online data

    Narrative simplifies the buying and selling of online data

    We hear a lot about our online data being bought and sold by advertisers, but Narrative founder and CEO Nick Jordan said the actual process remains “incredibly cumbersome.” And he should know, since he’s spent years in the adtech world, most recently as an executive at Tapad. Jordan explained that from the data buyer’s perspective, you have to go out and strike… Read More

  • IFTTT highlights ‘Applets’ that help publishers stay connected with readers

    IFTTT highlights ‘Applets’ that help publishers stay connected with readers

    IFTTT is best known as a platform for automating some of the tasks performed by smart devices around the home, but the company’s also been working with news organizations like The New York Times and Quartz. To highlight that work, IFTTT has launched a new collection of “Applets for News.” Read More

  • The Shade Room’s Angie Nwandu is coming to Disrupt NY

    The Shade Room’s Angie Nwandu is coming to Disrupt NY

    While many traditional publishers are figuring out their social media strategies, The Shade Room has already built an Instagram-centric media juggernaut. Since its founding in 2014, the startup’s Instagram account (which offers celebrity news aimed at a black audience) has attracted more than 8.9 million followers — compare that to The New York Times’ 2.4 million… Read More

  • Popular Pays raises $3.1M in new funding to connect marketers and creators

    Popular Pays raises $3.1M in new funding to connect marketers and creators

    How can Popular Pays stand out in the influencer marketing crowd? The key, according to co-founder Corbett Drummey, is to focus on content. The approach seems to have convinced investors, with Popular Pays announcing that it has raised an additional $3.1 million, which it rolled up with the $2 million it raised after participating in Y Combinator into a $5.2 million Series A. Read More

  • Lucid raises $60M as it plans to dominate market research

    Lucid raises $60M as it plans to dominate market research

    Lucid is announcing that it has raised a $60 million round led by North Bridge Growth Equity. It’s the company’s first outside funding since raising a relatively tiny $2.8 million back in 2011. Founder and CEO Patrick Comer said that in the years between, he deliberately wanted Lucid to “run really, really lean and pour every dollar into growth of product.” Now… Read More

  • Millennial-focused publisher Mic raises $21M, with Time Warner Investments joining the board

    Millennial-focused publisher Mic raises $21M, with Time Warner Investments joining the board

    Mic has raised $21 million in new funding, which co-founder and CEO Chris Altchek said will accelerate the digital publisher’s investment in video news. The company says it currently reaches 66 million unique readers and viewers each month, and that 75 percent of its daily views come from video — particularly impressive when you consider that it launched its first video… Read More

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