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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  • 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

  • Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News

    Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News

    Roger Ailes has officially resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News, according to an announcement from parent company 21st Century Fox. The resignation follows a lawsuit alleging that Ailes sexually harassed Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor. (Ailes claimed that the suit was retaliation for Fox’s decision not to renew Carlson’s contract.) There are reports that an… Read More

  • Bookshelf GPS adds interactive, personalized content to VitalSource’s textbook library

    Bookshelf GPS adds interactive, personalized content to VitalSource’s textbook library

    Personalized learning company Cerego is teaming up with VitalSource, the ed-tech arm of book distribution company Ingram. VitalSource says its BookShelf platform already offers access to a library of more than 1 million electronic textbooks from 1,000-plus publishers. Now with Bookshelf GPS, it’s adding interactive content to those textbooks, tailored to individual students. So… Read More

  • Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

    Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

    Brandcast, a startup allowing marketers and designers build mobile-friendly websites without having to write code, announced today that it has raised $13.9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Correlation Ventures. (Brandcast co-founder and chief strategy officer Hayes Metzger previously worked at Salesforce… Read More

  • Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering Snapchat-exclusive sunglasses

    Warby Parker is offering its very first Snapchat-exclusive product — limited sunglasses that are only available for purchase to its Snapchat followers. The eyeglass retailer said it just shared a Snapchat story with its followers with a unique URL where, for a limited time, they can buy “head-turning Haskell in Crystal, now with new silver mirrored lenses” for $95. (I… Read More

  • NYC’s chief digital officer Jessica Singleton is heading to business school

    NYC’s chief digital officer Jessica Singleton is heading to business school

    This is Jessica Singleton’s last week as chief digital officer of the City of New York. Singleton became the city’s digital director in January 2014, then took on an expanded role as chief digital officer last year — at the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said she would “encourage public participation in City-led technology initiatives, focus on… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX

    Goldman Sachs leads $10M investment in Brazilian trucking startup CargoX

    CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as “Uber for trucks,” is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX’s investors — he’s certainly seen his share of “Uber for X” pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to… Read More

  • Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

    Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating articles that load more quickly, particularly on mobile. (They also can be sped up by loading from Google’s cache.) At the time the program was announced, Google said it would… Read More

  • SeatGeek will calculate how much that ticket is worth

    SeatGeek will calculate how much that ticket is worth

    Have you ever bought sweet tickets for a ballgame, a concert or some other live event, only to find out that you couldn’t make it? The internet certainly offers plenty of ways for you to unload the tickets… but how much should you charge? Ticketing startup SeatGeek has launched a new way to help you figure it out. In a way, SeatGeek has been offering this since last fall, when… Read More

  • Adweek acquired by private equity firm Beringer Capital

    Adweek acquired by private equity firm Beringer Capital

    Adweek is changing owners again. The ad- and media-focused industry magazine is being sold by MediaBistro Holdings to private equity firm Beringer Capital, with Beringer co-founder Brian F. Martin becoming Adweek’s chairman. This follows last year’s spin out of Adweek and other media properties from Guggenheim Partners/Prometheus Global. An Adweek spokesperson told me that… Read More

  • Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

    Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

    Immediately, a startup that built mobile sales tools, will be shutting down at the end of the month, while part of the team will move on to cloud-monitoring company New Relic. According to the official announcement, both the Immediately app (which offers a number of features, including phone logging and detecting when emails are opened) and the company’s Gong app (a “pocket… Read More

  • Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

    Legion Analytics is looking to make your sales team more productive with the help of artificial intelligence. We covered the startup last year when it was part of Y Combinator’s fellowship program and offered to help companies find sales leads. CEO Jamasen Rodriguez told me that the company’s vision has expanded — it’s not just focused on lead generation anymore, but… Read More

  • SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls

    SpareMin helps you fill your extra time with spontaneous phone calls

    Even though TechCrunch readers can get really busy with their jobs, their side hustles and everything else in their lives, you’ll probably still have a few moments of downtime today — maybe when you’re driving home from work. A new startup called SpareMin aims to help you fill that time with phone calls. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, was created by… Read More

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