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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  • Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to raise $2B for a new video startup

    Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to raise $2B for a new video startup

    As tech giants like Apple and Facebook prepare to spend billions of dollars on movies and TV, longtime Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to write some big checks for original content, too. Katzenberg began his career at Paramount Pictures (where he worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture), but is best known for running Disney’s motion picture division during the period… Read More

  • Smart Mattress Startup Eight Connects Its Tech To Amazon Alexa

    Smart mattress startup Eight shows off its Alexa integration

    Sleep tech startup Eight has always aimed to connect its products (first a mattress cover, then an actual smart mattress) to the broader smart home ecosystem. Most recently, it launched a new Alexa skill that allows Eight owners to use the Echo and other Amazon devices to interact with their mattress, both to control it (say by adjusting the temperature) and to access their sleep data. We… Read More

  • Original Content explores the politics and space battles of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

    Original Content explores the politics and space battles of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

    Star Trek: Discovery, the first Trek TV show in more than 10 years, premiered on CBS this week before making the leap to the network’s new streaming service, CBS All Access (which is where the rest of the season will air). Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the show offers a serialized, morally complex take on the Trek universe. In the latest episode of the Original Content… Read More

  • With the Sphero Mini, you get a robotic ball for just $49.99

    With the Sphero Mini, you get a robotic ball for just $49.99

    It’s been a busy year for Sphero, with the release of products like R2-D2, Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen. But the robotic toy startup is still making non-licensed, non-tie in products too — including the Sphero Mini, its most affordable toy yet. “We wanted to make Sphero products accessible to everyone,” said co-founder and Chief Software Architect Adam Wilson. The… Read More

  • Here are the 12 startups in Techstars NYC’s Summer 2017 class

    Here are the 12 startups in Techstars NYC’s Summer 2017 class

    The 12 startups of Techstars NYC‘s latest class are taking over tonight’s NY Tech Meetup. This “community demo day” is part of Managing Director Alex Iskold attempt to rethink the traditional accelerator demo day. (Don’t worry, the startups will get to meet with investors too, through one-on-one sessions during Techstars’ investor week.) I recently visited… Read More

  • American Airlines teams up with Casper to offer new in-flight sleep products

    American Airlines teams up with Casper to offer new in-flight sleep products

    American Airlines and Casper are announcing a new partnership that could help passengers (like me) who have trouble sleeping on flights. They’re not going as far as putting Casper mattresses on planes. Instead, they say they worked together to create eight new sleep products designed to improve in-flight slumber. Those products include a mattress pad that fits over your seat, a… Read More

  • Twitter is briefing Congress today in election probe

    Twitter is briefing Congress today in election probe

    Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are looking at the spread of misinformation on a number of online services — not just Facebook. In fact, Twitter is meeting with Congressional staffers today. Recode’s Tony Romm says Twitter’s Vice President of Policy Colin Corwell is currently in a closed-door meeting with the… Read More

  • Apple and Google are still the most valuable global brands, according to Interbrand

    Apple and Google are still the most valuable global brands, according to Interbrand

    Tech companies continue to dominate the Best Global Brands list created by Interbrand. The brand consultancy has been releasing the list annually since 2000, and it says the rankings are based on a combination of the financial performance of the brand’s products and services, the brand’s influence on consumer choice and its ability to command a premium price or profits. With the… Read More

  • XO Group, owner of The Knot, acquires wedding photo app Veri

    XO Group, owner of The Knot, acquires wedding photo app Veri

    XO Group has acquired Veri, a startup that allows users to automatically share photos of weddings and other important events. XO Group’s flagship property is The Knot, which has been used by 25 million couples to plan their weddings. So Veri seems like a pretty natural fit — the digital media company says it paid $3.5 million in cash for the startup. Both CEO Michael Steib… Read More

  • ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ presents a murkier vision of the classic franchise

    ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ presents a murkier vision of the classic franchise

    Star Trek: Discovery has a lot riding on it, both for CBS executives (who are counting on the show to help them launch their paid streaming service, CBS All Access) and Star Trek fans (who’ve been waiting more than a decade for a new Trek series). Read More

  • 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