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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  • TC’s Original Content podcast watches the Emmys and goes to Disrupt

    TC’s Original Content podcast watches the Emmys and goes to Disrupt

    This week, we’re mixing up the format on TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast. Your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha were both at the Disrupt SF conference this week, which meant that they were able to record the news recap in person. We discussed Hulu’s big victories at the Emmy Awards, other Emmy wins for Netflix and Hulu and CBS’ new Star Trek series… Read More

  • Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

    Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix

    There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More

  • HubSpot acquires chatbot builder Motion AI

    HubSpot acquires chatbot builder Motion AI

    HubSpot announced this morning that it has acquired chatbot startup Motion AI. Motion AI launched in 2015 and offers an editor for building chatbots that work on websites, Facebook Messenger, SMS and Slack, no coding required. Even before the acquisition, the tool was already integrated into HubSpot Free CRM. The entire Motion AI team, including founder and CEO David Nelson, will be… Read More

  • Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor

    Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor

    As content recommendation company Revcontent plans to unveil new tools for online publishers, it’s also working with former AOL Platforms CTO Seth Demsey to develop its broader strategy. Demsey left his role running adtech at AOL (which owns TechCrunch) over the summer, right before AOL-owner Verizon closed its acquisition of Yahoo. He told me that when he was introduced to Revcontent… Read More

  • Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield

    Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield

    We’ve just watched 22 startups take the stage as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, where they showed off their technology and answered tough questions from expert judges. We’ve winnowed them down to the following six finalists, who will be presenting for a whole new panel of judges. At the end of the day, one of them will take home the Battlefield Cup… Read More

  • Agent AI aims to turbocharge its AI tools by offering free CRM

    Agent AI aims to turbocharge its AI tools by offering free CRM

    Agent AI is looking to automate more of the customer service process. To do that, it’s built its own customer relationship management product, as well as AI tools that sit on top — and now it’s making the CRM part available for free. While giant software businesses have been built around CRM, CEO Fred Hsu said the market has changed, with the software becoming less… Read More

  • Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content

    Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content

    The makers of Index are hoping they’ve created the only app you’ll need to access all your files, notes and links. “We’re giving people a full control panel for the digital world,” founder Brian Cox told me. Cox said he actually developed Index for his own personal use five years ago. Read More

  • Video advertising took a big leap in Q2, according to Smaato

    Video advertising took a big leap in Q2, according to Smaato

    Video was the fastest-growing ad format in recent months, according to a new report from mobile ad company Smaato. Smaato says it examined the more than 1.5 trillion ad impressions that it served in the second quarter of 2017 and found that video ad spending was up 142 percent from Q1. And that’s after Q1 represented a 14 percent increase from the final quarter of last year. (Q4 tends to… Read More

  • ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ wins Hulu its first Emmy Awards, including Best Drama

    ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ wins Hulu its first Emmy Awards, including Best Drama

    Hulu’s science-fiction series The Handmaid’s Tale won big tonight at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where it took home the awards for drama series, actress in a drama series (Elisabeth Moss), writing in a drama series (Bruce Miller), directing in a drama series (Reed Morano) and supporting actress in a drama series (Ann Dowd). The show tells the story of Offred (played by Moss), a… Read More

  • Apple defends new ad-tracking prevention measures in Safari

    Apple defends new ad-tracking prevention measures in Safari

    Apple isn’t backing down from a new approach that limits how web visitors can be tracked by online advertisers. The new feature in Safari, called Intelligent Tracking Prevention, was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. It incorporates a number of different ways that Apple is trying to cut back on ad-tracking, for example by limiting the use of… Read More

  • Original Content investigates the mysteries of Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’

    Original Content investigates the mysteries of Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’

    American Vandal takes the investigative approach of shows like Making a Murderer and applies it to something a little less serious — not a murder, but the spraypainting of dicks on teachers’ cars at a fictional California high school. Yes, it’s a Netflix parody of a Netflix show (among other things). The snake eats its own tail! American Vandal was created by Tony Yacenda… Read More

  • The wireless chargers at Starbucks will get updated to support iPhone X and 8

    The wireless chargers at Starbucks will get updated to support iPhone X and 8

    Yes, you should be able to charge your new iPhone X or iPhone 8 at Starbucks. Apple announced earlier this week that its new iPhones will include support for wireless charging through the Qi standard. But as far as charging in Starbucks is concerned, there seemed to be a catch: Starbucks’ charging pads from Powermat support a different standard, PMA. This is a solvable problem, according… Read More

  • DoorDash acquires delivery and logistics startup Rickshaw

    DoorDash acquires delivery and logistics startup Rickshaw

    DoorDash is announcing the acquisition of Rickshaw, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that helps businesses offer same-day delivery by connecting them to a courier network and managing the logistics. DoorDash has been developing a similar platform called Drive, which allows customers to use DoorDash’s network to make deliveries beyond DoorDash’s consumer website and… Read More

  • Clinch raises $3M for personalized video ads

    Clinch raises $3M for personalized video ads

    Clinch aims to create video ads personalized for each viewer, and it’s raised $3 million to bring that technology to the United States. It’s not the only personalized video ad technology on the market, but CEO Oz Etzioni argued, “Nobody is doing what we’re doing.” By that, he means that Clinch’s ostensible competitors started out in display advertising… Read More

  • The iPhone X will include animoji, emojis animated based on your facial expressions

    The iPhone X will include animoji, emojis animated based on your facial expressions

    Apple demonstrated a new type of emoji today at its press event unveiling the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The iPhone X includes a new facial camera system that allows for practical applications like unlocking your phone (and payments) with your face. It’s also used for something that looks fun and maybe a little creepy — it can track your facial expressions and use them to animate… Read More

  • Camera IQ raises $2.3M to tap augmented reality’s marketing potential

    Camera IQ raises $2.3M to tap augmented reality’s marketing potential

    How’s this for a prediction: “Camera media will be bigger than TV.” That’s according to Camera IQ CEO Allison Wood. By “camera media” she means filters, lenses and other augmented reality effects — Wood told me she’s been studying AR and camera effects for years, including a stint as an assistant professor at the Pratt Institute. Last year… Read More

  • J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode IX

    J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode IX

    Disney and Lucasfilm are going with a familiar name to close out the new trilogy of Star Wars films. The currently untitled Episode IX will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who previously directed and co-wrote The Force Awakens. This time around, he’ll be writing the script with Chris Terrio (who won an Oscar for Argo, then worked on Batman v. Superman and Justice League). Episode… Read More

  • Facebook brings its Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories

    Facebook brings its Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories

    Instagram is announcing several new features for advertisers today. The biggest is probably the expansion of the Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories (which supposedly reach 250 million people daily). While businesses have been able to advertise in Instagram Stories since earlier this year, this introduces a new, full-screen, interactive ad format to that mix. “With the ability to… Read More

  • EEVO, a startup powering VR apps for the BBC and others, raises $1.3M

    EEVO, a startup powering VR apps for the BBC and others, raises $1.3M

    EEVO’s goal, in the words of co-founder and CEO Alejandro Dinsmore, is “democratizing the creation and delivery of immersive experiences.” In other words, the Brooklyn startup aims to help publishers and other content creators build virtual reality experiences for smartphones without making a big investment. Read More

  • Crunch Report | So About That Equifax Hack

    Today’s Stories  Here comes the class action lawsuit after Equifax’s massive hack
    FBI probes Uber’s use of software to target rival Lyft Facebook plans to spend up to $1B on original shows in 2018
    Spotify is starting a music event as Apple ends its music festival Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha
    Filmed by: Luke Miller
    Edited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: Tito Hamze is… Read More

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