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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  • WTF is fake news?

    WTF is fake news?

    Everyone, even our new president, seems to be talking about “fake news” — just look at how Google searches have spiked over the past few months. But what does fake news actually mean? On one level, the term seems pretty self-explanatory. Fake news is a story that’s completely false, usually invented for traffic and ad revenue, or to advance a political agenda —… Read More

  • Ford’s new “hub” beneath the World Trade Center highlights a transportation future beyond cars

    Ford opened a location that it’s calling the FordHub in the Westfield World Trade Center mall this week — but you won’t be able to buy any cars there. Instead, the location includes a large screen highlighting different ways (bike, subway and otherwise) to reach New York City landmarks, a ramp-and-marble model that illustrates the idea of traffic congestion and another… Read More

  • Conductor’s new mobile app helps businesses understand what customers are searching for

    Conductor’s new mobile app helps businesses understand what customers are searching for

    Conductor is launching a new mobile app that co-founder and CEO Seth Besmertnik described as a way to get quick access to “the voice of the customer.” The New York-based company started with a focus on search engine optimization before broadening to offer a broader range of marketing tools. Now, Besmertnik said, “The core of what we do is understand your customers and… Read More

  • ‘Star Trek Timelines’ game maker Disruptor Beam raises $8.5M

    ‘Star Trek Timelines’ game maker Disruptor Beam raises $8.5M

    Disruptor Beam has raised another $8.5 million to turn some of the best-known entertainment franchises into mobile games. It released its first title, Game of Thrones Ascent, in 2013, with Star Trek Timelines following last year. (The latter offers a particularly novel approach to Star Trek, combining space combat with roleplaying elements as characters from different Trek TV shows and… Read More

  • Reserve raises another $10M and plans new software for restaurants

    Reserve raises another $10M and plans new software for restaurants

    Reserve, a startup offering table and customer management tools for restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. When the company first launched in 2014, it billed itself as a “digital concierge” that would make it easier for diners to get reservations at top restaurants. Last year, it launched a new product called Reserve for Restaurants… Read More

  • Emoji marketing startup Inmoji raises another $1.5M

    Emoji marketing startup Inmoji raises another $1.5M

    Emojis — not just a fun way to avoid writing actual words, but also an opportunity for 💰💰💰? Well, Inmoji, a startup that creates emoji-focused marketing campaigns, is announcing that it has raised an additional $1.5 million, bringing its total funding to $9 million. This comes a week after announcing a self-serve platform that should make these emoji campaigns accessible to… Read More

  • Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Backed by author Amy Tan, mobile fiction startup Radish raises $3M

    Radish is officially launching its mobile apps for reading bite-sized chunks of serialized fiction — and it’s announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. This isn’t the first startup to experiment with new ways to deliver fiction via e-readers and mobile devices. In fact, I wrote about one of them in my very first piece for TechCrunch five years ago. But… Read More

  • Snapchat's new user-friendly design

    Trying out Snapchat’s new universal search capabilities

    Snapchat recently released its redesigned app on iOS; it now has universal search capabilities, so I decided to give it a try — you can watch me fumble around in the video above. The search bar functions like, well, a search bar — if you’re looking for another user, group chat or Discover publisher, you just type them in. It also introduces Quick Chat recommendations, so… Read More

  • The League brings its picky dating app to Android

    The League brings its picky dating app to Android

    The League, the dating app known for its exclusivity, has now officially launched on Android. The company has been accused of elitism, though founder and CEO Amanda Bradford has said her vision is more about creating a service that welcomes ambitious women. The app still makes users apply to join, and it screens them based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, but it also redesigned… Read More

  • Peer5 leverages viewers’ devices for a P2P approach to streaming video

    Peer5 leverages viewers’ devices for a P2P approach to streaming video

    Anyone who’s tried to watch a popular show like Game of Thrones online has probably had moments where everything pauses and you’re stuck watching a spinning wheel or blinking dots as the streaming service struggles to handle viewer demand. Peer5, one of the startups in the current class at incubator Y Combinator, is working to solve this problem — in fact, it’s… Read More

  • Inside Syfy’s ‘Magicians’-promoting Hall of Magic

    Inside Syfy’s ‘Magicians’-promoting Hall of Magic

    Syfy’s fantasy show The Magicians kicks off its second season tonight, but for the next few days, New York City residents also have a chance to explore a real-world installation tied to the show. I stopped by the Hall of Magic last week, where each room offered a different type of fantasy-themed experience. Some of them simply provided fun gimmicks, like the ability to take a photo… Read More

  • Livestream now supports simultaneous live broadcasts on YouTube, Periscope and Twitch

    Livestream now supports simultaneous live broadcasts on YouTube, Periscope and Twitch

    Livestream is getting closer to allowing live video created on its platform to get broadcast anywhere online. Specifically, the company announced that premium and enterprise customers will be able to simulcast to non-Livestream video services that support RTMP. That means a publisher could simultaneously show a live video on YouTube, Periscope, Twitch and elsewhere. CEO Jesse Hertzberg… Read More

  • Verizon fourth quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    Verizon this morning reported adjusted fourth quarter earnings of 86 cents per share, on revenue of $32.3 billion. On the earnings side, that falls short of what Wall Street analysts had expected — EPS of 89 cents per share and $32.1 billion in revenue. That also marks a 5.6 percent revenue decline from the fourth quarter of 2015. Verizon said it added 591,000 postpaid wireless… Read More

  • Time Inc-owned Viant acquires mobile ad company Adelphic

    Time Inc-owned Viant acquires mobile ad company Adelphic

    Viant, the ad tech company acquired by Time Inc. last year, just announced an acquisition of its own. The company has reached an agreement to buy Adelphic, an ad startup focused on mobile and cross-device targeting. “Adelphic will bring superior media execution capabilities to Viant’s advertising cloud platform as one of the only DSPs built mobile-first,” said Viant… Read More

  • Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

    New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but… Read More

  • SeatGeek’s new Pano feature gives ticketbuyers a 360-degree view of the stadium

    SeatGeek’s new Pano feature gives ticketbuyers a 360-degree view of the stadium

    SeatGeek is launching a new way to give ticketbuyers a better sense of exactly what they’ll see from a given seat. The new feature, called Pano, offers a 360-degree view of the empty venue — you can look around in all directions, Street View-style, and you can also jump to different parts of the stadium to compare the view from the different seats. “It’s super… Read More

  • Marketing and investment firm Wareness expands beyond hardware

    Marketing and investment firm Wareness expands beyond hardware

    It’s been about three years since PR firm VSC launched Wareness, a “studio” within the larger organization that provides consulting services and seed funding to hardware startups. Since then, Wareness has backed 14 companies. The next step? Looking beyond hardware — founder and CEO Vijay Chattha told me that the studio is now looking to work with startups in… Read More

  • Mobile data startup Zeotap raises €12M

    Mobile data startup Zeotap raises €12M

    Zeotap, a startup that helps telecom companies sell their data to advertisers, announced today that it has raised €12 million in Series B funding (that’s just under $13 million). Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Projjol Banerjea told me that while there’s “decent data” available for online advertisers targeting desktop users, things are shakier on the mobile… Read More

  • Forbes owners back e-commerce startup Bringhub

    Forbes owners back e-commerce startup Bringhub

    Bringhub, a startup that allows online publishers to add e-commerce capabilities to their stories and ads, is announcing a strategic investment from Integrated Asset Management Limited. You might not be familiar with IAM, but the Hong Kong-based investment firm bought a majority stake in Forbes Media back in 2014. Bringhub, meanwhile, touts its ability to introduce a shopping experience to… Read More

  • Social media startup CultureSphere sues HCL, alleges misuse of confidential information

    Social media startup CultureSphere sues HCL, alleges misuse of confidential information

    Acquisition talks fall through all the time, but a new lawsuit from social media startup CultureSphere accuses global IT company HCL of something more serious — using those talks as a way to get access to confidential information for use in a competing product. HCL, meanwhile, has said the CultureSphere’s allegations are “totally baseless.” We wrote about… Read More

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