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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  • Tripstir helps you find friends while you’re traveling

    Tripstir is a new app that helps you share travel plans and tips with your friends. Think of it as a way to avoid those exasperating moments when you come back from a trip and you realize that one of your friends was in the same place at the same time — but you’re only finding out when it’s too late. Basically, you use Tripstir by entering information about upcoming trips. Read More

  • Taylor Swift and other big names join the music industry’s campaign against YouTube

    Taylor Swift and other big names join the music industry’s campaign against YouTube

    The music industry is ramping up its campaign against YouTube. Musicians, including Katy Perry and Billy Joel, sent a petition earlier this year to the U.S. Copyright Office to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now there’s an open letter to Congress signed by stars like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and U2 expressing a similar sentiment. Music labels like Sony Music and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Canvas format isn’t just for ads anymore

    Facebook’s Canvas format isn’t just for ads anymore

    Facebook users can expect to start seeing more of the company’s Canvas format. For those of you who haven’t been following all of Facebook’s different ad formats, a Canvas is basically a mobile ad that opens into an interactive, full-screen page. (Like Instant Articles, it’s supposed to circumvent the long load times that can come with mobile web pages) Facebook made… Read More

  • Liftoff delivers personalized ads that are designed to drive actions, not installs

    Liftoff delivers personalized ads that are designed to drive actions, not installs

    Mobile marketing startup Liftoff pitches itself as a way for mobile advertisers to focus on what really matters — not installs, but rather purchases and other actions that result in revenue. It’s not a unique idea. After all, we’re seeing more platforms adopting ads designed for re-engagement — in fact, the format is supposed to be included as part of Apple’s… Read More

  • Marketing tech company Performance Horizon raises $15.4M

    Marketing tech company Performance Horizon raises $15.4M

    Performance Horizon, a company aiming to help advertisers manage their relationships with marketing partners, is announcing that it has raised $15.4 million in Series C funding. The company says that with its software, brands and agencies can bypass the affiliate networks that online publishers usually rely on to get paid by marketers for driving purchases or other consumer actions. Read More

  • Hoodline launches Neighborhood Kits that package local news and data for real estate agents

    Hoodline launches Neighborhood Kits that package local news and data for real estate agents

    After building out an editorial team focused on using data to cover San Francisco’s neighborhood news, Hoodline CEO Andrew Dudley said the startup has begun to explore new ways to make money. Not that Hoodline has been avoiding revenue, but the only way it has monetized until now is through advertising. Dudley told me the team agreed that Hoodline’s long-term business needs more… Read More

  • YouTube’s new Director tools allow small businesses to create video ads on their phones

    YouTube’s new Director tools allow small businesses to create video ads on their phones

    YouTube is launching a new suite of products for advertisers under the umbrella name of YouTube Director. Collectively, these products are supposed to make it easier for businesses (particularly the smaller ones that don’t have their own production capabilities and aren’t going to hire an ad agency) to shoot and edit video ads that can run on YouTube. One of the new products is… Read More

  • Tim Mahlman, head of AOL’s publisher tools, takes charge of the company’s ad-tech business too

    Tim Mahlman, head of AOL’s publisher tools, takes charge of the company’s ad-tech business too

    AOL executive Tim Mahlman is getting a promotion. The titles might not sound all that different — Mahlman was previously AOL’s president of publisher platforms, and now he’s president of AOL platforms. But this means he’s in charge both of AOL’s suite of publisher tools (which it’s built through the acquisition of companies like Gravity and Millennial… Read More

  • Crunchyroll-owner Ellation announces Vrv, a multi-channel, streaming video service

    Crunchyroll-owner Ellation announces Vrv, a multi-channel, streaming video service

    Digital media company Ellation is announcing a big push into streaming video with Vrv, which will offer a variety of channels aimed at gamers and other geeks. Ellation is best known as the parent company of anime service Crunchryoll. Otter Media, the joint venture from Chernin Group and AT&T, acquired a majority stake in the company back in 2013 and invested another $22 million last… Read More

  • Squarespace introduces new analytics for its commerce-focused customers

    Squarespace introduces new analytics for its commerce-focused customers

    Website creation platform Squarespace is introducing new analytics features for its e-commerce businesses. As explained to me by Director of Product Natalie Gibralter, Squarespace’s Commerce product was originally designed for businesses who saw e-commerce as a “secondary goal” of their website — say, a restaurant selling gift cards or a musician selling merchandise. Read More

  • Wattpad teams up with Turner and Tales from the Crypt

    Wattpad teams up with Turner and Tales from the Crypt

    Social publishing platform Wattpad is announcing one of the first partnerships as part of its new Wattpad Studios program — the company has struck a deal with Turner to help generate ideas for shows on Turner networks, starting with the upcoming Tales from the Crypt revival on TNT. Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz said it’s too early to reveal all the details of the partnership, but… Read More

  • Nameless.tv tries to bring that live TV thrill to online video

    Nameless.tv tries to bring that live TV thrill to online video

    Nameless.tv is bringing some of the communal feeling of watching regular TV — you know, the sense that people are watching along with you – to the experience of streaming online videos. “Watching videos alone is boring,” argued CEO Kareem Rahma. The New York-based startup was previously known as NYC.TV, and it was supposed to recapture the “anything goes”… Read More

  • Ben Lerer, Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Dunn join the board of nonprofit RaisedBy.Us

    Ben Lerer, Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Dunn join the board of nonprofit RaisedBy.Us

    RaisedBy.Us, an organization that facilitates charitable giving at startups, has added three entrepreneurs and investors to its board of directors — Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer (pictured above), VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk and Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn. The nonprofit works with startups so their employees can donate a set amount of each paycheck to the charity of their choice. (The system… Read More

  • Venture capital pioneer Tom Perkins dies at 84

    Venture capital pioneer Tom Perkins dies at 84

    Thomas Perkins, who co-founded venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has died of natural causes. He was 84 years old. Before becoming an investor, Perkins founded a laser company called University Labs, and was the first general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s computer division. He co-founded Kleiner Perkins with Eugene Kleiner in 1972, helping to lay the foundation… Read More

  • Deepak Chopra launches Jiyo, a wellness-focused mobile app

    Deepak Chopra, a leading figure in the alternative health movement, is moving into the mobile app business with the launch of Jiyo. Chopra and his co-founder Poonacha Machaiah have been talking about Jiyo for a while, but today the app is generally available on iOS and Android. We got a quick demo yesterday, with Machaiah explaining that one of the goals is “no typing”. Using data… Read More

  • Now You See Me 2 director talks stage magic and CGI

    How do you bring stage magic to life with contemporary movie technology? That’s what I asked Now You See Me 2 director Jon M. Chu — after all, you could use CGI to make any trick work on-screen, but doesn’t that ruin some of the fun? “It’s always a challenge to shoot magic in a movie because magic really happens in person,” Chu told me. “You want to… Read More

  • Time Inc. signs up for Wochit’s video creation tools

    Time Inc. signs up for Wochit’s video creation tools

    Time Inc. has an ambitious goal for 2016 — creating 40,000 pieces of video content. Today it’s announcing a partnership with Wochit, which should make it easier for the media company to hit that target. Wochit is a New York City-headquartered startup that’s supposed to make it easier for online publishers to create short videos. To do that, Wochit analyzes the text of an… Read More

  • Analytics startup Amplitude raises $15M

    Analytics startup Amplitude raises $15M

    Amplitude announced this morning that it has raised $15 million in Series B funding. In the past, the web and mobile analytics company has pitched itself as a more affordable alternative to Mixpanel. More recently, CEO Spenser Skates said the bigger vision is to make user data available to everyone in a company, not just data scientists. “It’s so easy to look up any piece of… Read More

  • Warcraft director Duncan Jones: “I wanted to make a great film”

    Warcraft director Duncan Jones: “I wanted to make a great film”

    Oh God, another video game movie? Well, Duncan Jones knows the track record here. “I would struggle to think of any other video game movie that can be described as a great movie,” he told me. “That’s what I wanted to do … I wanted to make a great film that just happened to be based on a video game.” Jones (son of David Bowie) is the director of the… Read More

  • CrowdFlower raises $10M to combine artificial intelligence with crowdsourced labor

    CrowdFlower raises $10M to combine artificial intelligence with crowdsourced labor

    CrowdFlower is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Microsoft, with participation from Canvas Ventures and Trinity Ventures. The San Francisco-based company has now raised a total of $38 million, according to CrunchBase. CrowdFlower launched at the TechCrunch50 conference (today’s Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt) back in 2009… Read More

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