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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  • Meetup redesigns its mobile apps to focus on your personal interests

    Meetup redesigns its mobile apps to focus on your personal interests

    Meetup is giving users a new way to find the meetups that give the company its name. The New York City-based company is launching new smartphone apps and a (partially) redesigned website with new branding, as well as a new way to browse meetup listings. “We killed the calendar,” CEO and co-founder Scott Heiferman said. Instead, Meetup will recommend listings for you based on your… Read More

  • GoGoGuest helps coffee shops manage their Wi-Fi, customer-by-customer

    GoGoGuest helps coffee shops manage their Wi-Fi, customer-by-customer

    Be honest: Have you ever spent an entire day working at a coffee shop, despite only buying a single cup of coffee? I’ve definitely been guilty of this, and I’ve also been to coffee shops that try to fight back by removing outlets, turning off their Wi-Fi or outlawing laptops on certain tables. A startup called GoGoGuest is taking a different approach that could help coffee shops… Read More

  • The New York Times invests in theSkimm

    The New York Times invests in theSkimm

    Big media companies are backing newsletter startup theSkimm. Following an $8 million round led by 21st Century Fox that was announced in June, theSkimm announced today that it has raised an additional $500,000 from The New York Times, Yannick Bolloré (CEO of ad giant Havas Group), strategic advisory firm MediaLink and actress Mariska Hargitay. The company says it now has 4 million… Read More

  • AppLovin is selling a majority stake to Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B

    AppLovin is selling a majority stake to Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin announced today it has agreed to sell a majority stake of the company to Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4 billion. We first reported that AppLovin was in talks with a Chinese company for a $1.5 billion acquisition back in August. In his blog post announcing the deal, co-founder and CEO Adam Foroughi wrote: While this deal is a tremendous… Read More

  • Science, tech and geek culture site Inverse raises $6M

    Science, tech and geek culture site Inverse raises $6M

    Inverse, a new-ish digital media startup founded by Bleacher Report’s Dave Nemetz, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The Inverse site launched in August 2015 and covers a mix of science, technology and entertainment news — as I write this, the front page features stories on astrobiology, future cities and The Simpsons. Nemetz told me the goal is to… Read More

  • WTF is clickbait?

    WTF is clickbait?

    Let’s settle this, once and for all: Clickbaiting is the intentional act of over-promising or otherwise misrepresenting — in a headline, on social media, in an image, or some combination — what you’re going to find when you read a story on the web. Currently, clickbait is often characterized by wording like, “You won’t believe” or “What… Read More

  • The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

    The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

    It hasn’t been a great couple of days for Facebook PR. For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton… Read More

  • iHeartRadio will launch two paid, on-demand music services

    iHeartRadio will launch two paid, on-demand music services

    iHeartRadio could be getting more competitive with on-demand music services like Apple Music and Spotify next year. Launched by the radio and media company Clear Channel (which has since rebranded as iHeartMedia), iHeartRadio gives users the ability to listen to broadcast radio on their computers and phones, as well as listening to online stations designed around specific musical… Read More

  • SGN becomes Jam City and announces a new Peanuts game

    SGN becomes Jam City and announces a new Peanuts game

    Mobile gaming company SGN announced today that it has a new name, Jam City. This isn’t the first time the company has rebranded — it was called MindJolt before acquiring SGN and then taking on the name in 2012. The change may be an inevitable reflection of the company’s — and the industry’s — transition from social to mobile games. CEO Chris DeWolfe (who… Read More

  • And now there are 500K active advertisers on Instagram

    And now there are 500K active advertisers on Instagram

    For those of you following Instagram’s ad business, my headline might seem a bit familiar — yes, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service announced another advertiser milestone back in February, but at the time there were only 200,000 advertisers, less than half of the 500,000 advertisers that Instagram says it has today. To be clear, the company says that’s the number of… Read More

  • Weebly updates its website builder with a focus on e-commerce and marketing

    Weebly updates its website builder with a focus on e-commerce and marketing

    Weebly launched a new version of its platform today. While the company started out as an easy-to-use website creator and editor (I used it to build my own website), CEO David Rusenko said that with Weebly 4, “We feel like for the first time we’re past a website builder — it’s something substantially different.” To be clear, the website editor is still a core part… Read More

  • The Trade Desk finishes strong at $30.10 per share after its first day on NASDAQ

    The Trade Desk finishes strong at $30.10 per share after its first day on NASDAQ

    Things are looking up for adtech companies on Wall Street — or at least for one of them. The Trade Desk debuted on NASDAQ today at a price of $28.75 per share, up nearly 60 percent from its IPO price of $18. And while there wasn’t a dramatic pop, it continued to climb and closed the day at $30.10 per share. That’s a good start, particularly considering that adtech companies… Read More

  • Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    There’s a new digital team at the American of Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers. ASCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps songwriters track and get paid for performances of their work. (It says it has 585,000 members, with 2015 revenues topping $1 billion.) The organization hasn’t exactly ignored the online world before this — for one thing, it hired… Read More

  • Facebook makes its dynamic ads more friendly to brick-and-mortar retailers

    Facebook makes its dynamic ads more friendly to brick-and-mortar retailers

    Facebook just announced some new features for its dynamic ads, aimed at making the format more appealing to businesses with brick-and-mortar stores. Facebook’s dynamic ads show you different products based on your activity and interests. Now, the company says it can incorporate data about local product availability, pricing and special offers into these ads. So instead of just showing… Read More

  • Cross-channel ad startup AdStage raises $2M

    Cross-channel ad startup AdStage raises $2M

    AdStage announced today that it has raised an additional $2 million from Verizon Ventures. The company offers tools for businesses to manage their ad campaigns across Facebook, Google, Bing and elsewhere, and it says it’s currently managing $100 million in quarterly ad spend. CEO Sahil Jain recently told me that his goal is to create a broader marketing platform including content… Read More

  • Optimizely targets developers with its new testing platform, Optimizely X

    Optimizely targets developers with its new testing platform, Optimizely X

    Optimizely has helped to popularize A/B testing — the idea of trying out different versions of a website or mobile app to see which one performs better. However, co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker said the practice has largely been limited to marketers testing relatively superficial changes, such as the text or the layout of a page. So today, at its Opticon user conference, the company… Read More

  • Google introduces new app and video ad capabilities

    Google introduces new app and video ad capabilities

    Google is announcing a couple of upgrades to its ad capabilities today as part of the DMEXCO digital media conference in Germany. First up are its Universal App Campaigns, where developers can promote their apps across search, display, Google Play and YouTube advertising. Google says these campaigns have resulted in more than 3 billion app downloads, but earlier this year, it also said… Read More

  • ‘Snow Crash’ author Neal Stephenson is hoping for weird, indie VR

    ‘Snow Crash’ author Neal Stephenson is hoping for weird, indie VR

    Neal Stephenson, who inspired much of the current VR industry with his novel Snow Crash, explained why he’s excited about virtual reality and augmented reality — and it’s for less technical reasons than you might think. In addition to his work as a science fiction writer (he appeared at Disrupt SF today to promote his novel Seveneves), Stephenson is chief futurist at secretive… Read More

  • ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    No one person can take sole credit for Star Trek’s success, not even creator Gene Roddenberry. But Leonard Nimoy could make a pretty strong claim to being the franchise’s heart, or at least its face to the outside world, having portrayed Trek’s most iconic character on the original show, plus the animated series and six feature films. And that’s before his appearance… Read More

  • Rover is closing a $40M round that values the pet-sitting startup at nearly $300M

    Rover is closing a $40M round that values the pet-sitting startup at nearly $300M

    Seattle-based Rover is in the process of closing a $40 million round of funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The Series E round would value Rover at nearly $300 million, and it comes from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and Foundry Group. The company had previously raised more than $50 million. When we reached out to Rover for comment, a… Read More

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