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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  • Social media startup CultureSphere sues HCL, alleges misuse of confidential information

    Social media startup CultureSphere sues HCL, alleges misuse of confidential information

    Acquisition talks fall through all the time, but a new lawsuit from social media startup CultureSphere accuses global IT company HCL of something more serious — using those talks as a way to get access to confidential information for use in a competing product. HCL, meanwhile, has said the CultureSphere’s allegations are “totally baseless.” We wrote about… Read More

  • Article recommendation startup ZergNet adds sponsored links, but promises to remain “content only”

    Article recommendation startup ZergNet adds sponsored links, but promises to remain “content only”

    ZergNet pitches itself as a higher-quality alternative to content recommendation widgets like Taboola and Outbrain. Now co-founder and CEO Reggie Renner is planning to become a bigger source of revenue for ZergNet publishers with the launch of what the company is calling its Content-Only Monetization Platform. Before this launch, ZergNet’s main selling point to publishers was helping… Read More

  • Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Lola, a startup that connects travelers with live travel agents, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The Boston-based startup was founded by Paul English, who previously co-founded and served as CTO at Kayak. In contrast to many other assistant services that hype their automation and technology, Lola proudly highlights the fact that its iPhone app uses human travel agents —… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

    TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

    Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch the presentations live on TechCrunch tomorrow… Read More

  • SmartyPans tracks your meal’s nutrition as you cook it

    As you can probably guess from the company’s name, SmartyPans is building a smart frying pan — which it just demonstrated onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. As explained to me by CTO Rahul Baxi (he co-founded the company with his sister Prachi Baxi, a nutritionist), SmartyPans aims to make it easier for users to track nutrition and recipe… Read More

  • Uru finds the best places to introduce ads in online videos

    Uru finds the best places to introduce ads in online videos

    New York City-based startup Uru is working on a new way for video publishers to make money. Imagine watching a normal-looking online video — except that on some of the surfaces (say, on the cabinet behind the stars of a cooking video), you’ll see logos or other art promoting a sponsor. Okay, that might actually sound a bit annoying, but Uru co-founder and CEO Bill Marino argued… Read More

  • The Dodo is alive and well with 1 billion monthly video views

    The Dodo is alive and well with 1 billion monthly video views

    Looks like people really do like animal videos. The team at The Dodo (an online publisher focused on those aforementioned animals) told me their videos were viewed 1 billion times in November. That’s an increase of more than a tenfold from January, when Dodo videos received a mere 80 million views. The Dodo follows a “distributed” media strategy, which means that the majority… Read More

  • Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M

    Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M

    Debugging startup Backtrace I/O was launched to solve a real problem that its founders faced when they were engineers at adtech company AppNexus — at least according to Backtrace CEO and co-founder Abel Mathew. Mathew told me Backtrace aims to “solve the process of debugging,” something that most companies tackle by “cobbling together very old, outdated solutions”… Read More

  • Nielsen will acquire Tribune-owned Gracenote for $560M

    Nielsen will acquire Tribune-owned Gracenote for $560M

    Tribune Media Company announced today that it has agreed to sell Gracenote (which provides metadata around TV, music and other media) to Nielsen. Gracenote says it provides the data for 12 million movie and TV listings and more than 200 million music tracks. It was first acquired by Sony in 2008, then sold to Tribune Media (not to be confused with its spinoff Tribune Publishing, now known… Read More

  • Personalization company Dynamic Yield raises $22M and adds Baidu as an investor

    Personalization company Dynamic Yield raises $22M and adds Baidu as an investor

    Dynamic Yield, a company offering tools to help online businesses deliver personalized experiences, has raised $22 million in series C funding. CEO Liad Agmon told me that he started Dynamic Yield (in 2011) because even existing personalization tools tended to be “point solutions for solving tactical problems.” With Dynamic Yield, on the other hand, Agmon wanted to deliver a… Read More

  • ‘Rogue One’ transports viewers to a bigger Star Wars universe

    ‘Rogue One’ transports viewers to a bigger Star Wars universe

    For months, I insisted that I wasn’t going to see Rogue One. I was kind of a whiner about it: Yes, I did see The Force Awakens, and yes, I mostly liked it, but I kept telling friends that I didn’t need to buy a ticket to a new Star Wars movie every year for the rest of my life. I repeated that speech right up until I found out that a certain TechCrunch editor had… Read More

  • IAB study says majority of IoT owners are okay with ads on their devices

    IAB study says majority of IoT owners are okay with ads on their devices

    It might seem a little weird to think about seeing ads on, say, your smart refrigerator — but according to a new study, Americans are actually pretty open to the idea of advertising on “Internet of Things” devices. The study was released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online publishers and advertisers) and conducted by MARU/VCR&C, which says… Read More

  • GumGum Sports helps teams and advertisers calculate the value of sponsorships

    GumGum Sports helps teams and advertisers calculate the value of sponsorships

    While GumGum is best-known as an in-image advertising company, CEO Ophir Tanz told me, “Advertising, in my mind, was just one aspect of what we did.” In other words, he sees plenty of other applications for GumGum’s computer vision technology, which is why the company released a social media product earlier this year, and why it’s now launching GumGum Sports. The aim… Read More

  • Amino Apps raises $19.2M to build more mobile communities

    Amino Apps raises $19.2M to build more mobile communities

    Amino Apps, a startup aiming to reinvent online forums for the mobile world, has raised $19.2 million in Series B funding. The New York City-based company started out by building individual apps focused on topics like anime and Doctor Who, but earlier this year it launched a new, all-purpose Amino app that allows anyone to launch a community. Now more than 250,000 communities have been… Read More

  • The Daily Beast brings Cheat Sheet news summaries to its mobile app and Alexa

    The Daily Beast brings Cheat Sheet news summaries to its mobile app and Alexa

    The Daily Beast launched a new version of its iOS app today, incorporating one of the IAC-owned news site’s main features — the Cheat Sheet, which provides brief (150 to 200 word) summaries of the day’s top stories. The Cheat Sheet gets prominent placement in the app. In fact, it’s now one of two main sections, along with Top Stories. And that’s not the only… Read More

  • Edward Snowden says “the central problem of the future” is control of user data

    Edward Snowden says “the central problem of the future” is control of user data

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey interviewed Edward Snowden today, and the big topic was technology. During the Q&A (which was broadcast live from the Pardon Snowden Periscope account) Snowden discussed the data that many online companies continue to collect about their users, creating a “quantified world” — and more opportunities for government surveillance. “If you are… Read More

  • Opera Mediaworks will change its name to AdColony

    Opera Mediaworks will change its name to AdColony

    Opera Mediaworks will have a new name in the new year — AdColony. Mediaworks started as the ad-focused subsidiary of mobile browser company Opera, but it split off when a Chinese consortium acquired the browser business (and took the Opera name with it) earlier this year. AdColony, meanwhile, was a mobile video ad startup that was acquired by Opera. It continued to operate within… Read More

  • Segment adds Google BigQuery to expand its customer data platform

    Segment adds Google BigQuery to expand its customer data platform

    Segment helps businesses manage all their data from services like Google Analytics, Mixpanel and Salesforce — and send that data to a variety of destinations, whether it’s an attribution product or a data warehouse. The company announced yesterday that it’s expanding its offerings by integrating with BigQuery, Google’s data warehousing service. This might seem like… Read More

  • BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed has a new vice president leading its data science team. Gilad Lotan has a long résumé in the field, having most recently served as chief data scientist at New York-based startup studio Betaworks, and before that working in data-related roles at SocialFlow, Microsoft and Endemol. Publisher Dao Nguyen told me that this is a new role at BuzzFeed — the closest equivalent being… Read More

  • European Commission clears the way for Microsoft-LinkedIn deal

    European Commission clears the way for Microsoft-LinkedIn deal

    Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn looks like it’s ready to go. The company’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith just announced that the deal has been cleared by the European Commission — the last regulator that needed to sign off on the deal. “As a result, we’ve now obtained all of the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition… Read More

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