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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  • Casper announces a new high-end mattress called the Wave

    Casper announces a new high-end mattress called the Wave

    Casper is unveiling a new mattress that co-founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Chapin said responds to your body’s shape, combining the best elements of soft and firm mattresses. The Wave mattress comes with a higher price tag, starting at $1,000 for a twin and extending up to $1,850 for a queen and $2,250 for a California king. (The price for Casper’s regular mattress ranges… Read More

  • Don’t turn comics publishers into IP factories

    Don’t turn comics publishers into IP factories

    This past week’s news that Netflix would purchase independent comics publisher Millarworld is hardly an outlier. It echoes larger moves made by Warner Brothers and Disney, when they purchased the two largest comics publishers, DC and Marvel, respectively, cementing their own cinematic comics universes. And while the specifics of those deals differ, both have kept their comics… Read More

  • LaterPay brings its media payment technology to the US

    LaterPay brings its media payment technology to the US

    LaterPay is offering media companies a business model that goes beyond subscriptions and ads. LaterPay is trying to help monetize “the vast space” between subscriptions and ads, allowing publishers to charge for their content on an à la carte basis. That can meaning charging per article or video, or asking users to buy a pass to their site for a limited period of time. Read More

  • BuzzFeed hires Eric Karp as its first head of licensing

    BuzzFeed hires Eric Karp as its first head of licensing

    Get ready for more BuzzFeed-branded products. The company has hired Eric Karp, previously the general manager of licensing at Crayola, as its first head of licensing. Karp will be working with outside partners to develop new products around BuzzFeed brands. BuzzFeed has already been moving into unusual product areas with things like the Glamspin (a fidget spinner with lip gloss) and the Tasty… Read More

  • Amplitude raises another $30M for its product-focused analytics tools

    Amplitude raises another $30M for its product-focused analytics tools

    Amplitude has raised $30 million to fund what CEO Spenser Skates said is a mission of “helping product people build better products.” That’s not quite how Amplitude pitched itself initially, which was more about undercutting other analytics companies on price. Skates (pictured above with his co-founder Curtis Liu) said this is less a change in direction for the company than a… Read More

  • NBCUniversal is shutting down Seeso, its streaming service for comedy fans

    NBCUniversal is shutting down Seeso, its streaming service for comedy fans

    Subscription streaming service Seeso will be shutting down later this year. The NBCUniversal-owned service made the announcement today on Facebook. It was revealed earlier that several Seeso originals, including HarmonQuest and My Brother My Brother and Me, will be moving to Vrv, a gamer- and geek-focused streaming video service from digital media company Ellation. Read More

  • David Letterman returns to TV with six-episode Netflix deal

    David Letterman returns to TV with six-episode Netflix deal

    David Letterman has signed a deal to host six episodes of a new program for Netflix. The company hasn’t released many details of the topics, format or guests, but it sounds like it won’t just be a standard in-the-studio talk show — Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait… Read More

  • Facebook says it’s removing accidental clicks from its ad network

    Facebook says it’s removing accidental clicks from its ad network

    Advertisers on Facebook’s Audience Network will no longer have to worry that they’re paying for users who accidentally clicked on their ads. I’m betting we’ve all had moments where we were scrolling or swiping or clicking through a website/mobile app and we ended up clicking on an ad without really meaning to. (Those moments probably outnumber the times I’ve… Read More

  • Meet the first eight startups in the Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio

    Meet the first eight startups in the Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio

    Verizon Ventures and R/GA are kicking off the first round of their digital media “venture studio” and unveiling the first lineup of startups. The program was announced back in March, with the goal of helping Verizon find innovation in media and advertising. The company says startups will be connecting — and potentially partnering with — its teams at Oath (the digital… Read More

  • ‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

    ‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli launches a new social app

    Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the enormously successful film Paranormal Activity, is launching a new iOS and Android app designed to help users create, find and join local events. Spot‘s launch might be doubly surprising — not only is Peli launching an app, but it seems like an odd idea to come from someone best known for horror movies (he also produced the Paranormal… Read More

  • Cute robot Kuri will also work as your family videographer

    Cute robot Kuri will also work as your family videographer

    We’ve written several times about Kuri, a self-driving robot that responds to voice commands. But there’s a big question that still hasn’t been answered. As Chris Matthews, vice president of marketing at Mayfield Robotics put it: “What does Kuri do?” In other words, we know that Kuri is cute and fun, but why would someone pay $799 for it? The answer — at least… Read More

  • Boxed is trying to predict when you’ll run out of snacks and toilet paper

    Boxed is trying to predict when you’ll run out of snacks and toilet paper

    Boxed allows online shoppers to to find the same kinds of deals you’d get at a wholesale retailer like Costco. Now it wants to help you avoid that awkward moment when you realize you’re all out of toilet paper. Co-founder and CTO William Fong said that last week, the company released a new feature called SmartStockup to about a quarter of its users, and it’s in the process… Read More

  • Time Inc. is moving all its websites to a new platform called Element

    Time Inc. is moving all its websites to a new platform called Element

    Time Inc. websites will be getting a new look over the next few months, thanks to a new in-house platform called Element. Ben Ronne, Time Inc.’s executive director, product, platforms, told me that this is part of a broader effort to centralize the company’s technology — for example, he said that in the past year, Time Inc. has gone from 14 content management systems to… Read More

  • Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

    Placecast launches new product to verify the location data in mobile ad campaigns

    Alistair Goodman, CEO of mobile marketing company Placecast, said location data is the “next frontier” when it comes to ad measurement and verification. For example, Goodman pointed to a study by Factual and the Mobile Marketing Association that found that 40 percent of marketers are concerned about the quality of location data. He said there are a number of different… Read More

  • Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective is buying a majority stake in The Atlantic

    Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective is buying a majority stake in The Atlantic

    Emerson Collective, the organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, has agreed to purchase a majority stake in The Atlantic. In a memo to the staff of The Atlantic, chairman and owner David Bradley writes that he started looking for a buyer when he realized his sons were not interested in owning a media company. (Axios, which was backed by both the Emerson Collective and Bradley, obtained… Read More

  • Peer5 raises $2.5M for its peer-to-peer approach to streaming video

    Peer5 raises $2.5M for its peer-to-peer approach to streaming video

    Peer5, which helps publishers stream video to large audiences, is announcing that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. I wrote about the startup earlier this year when it was part of Y Combinator. CEO Hadar Weiss said he raised the funding after YC Demo Day from investors including FundersClub, Oriza Ventures, Tank Hill Ventures, Leorsa Group, Ed Roman and Buddy Anheim. In… Read More

  • BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

    BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

    Here’s a sentence I never expected to write: BuzzFeed is making its first smart appliance, the Tasty One Top, available for pre-order. It sounds a little weird for a digital media company to try to sell you a fancy hot plate, but this is part of BuzzFeed Product Labs, which was created last year following the acquisition of e-commerce startup Scroll. The team’s goal is to… Read More

  • M&A
    Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey becoming Medium’s head of product

    Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey becoming Medium’s head of product

    Medium has a new head of product, while the startup behind the defunct texting app Talkshow appears to be done for good. Talkshow Industries was led by Michael Sippey, who’d spent two years as vice president of product at Twitter. The company’s first product was the Talkshow app, which allowed you to follow other users’ text message conversations. Read More

  • New LinkedIn tool tells businesses about who’s visiting their websites

    New LinkedIn tool tells businesses about who’s visiting their websites

    LinkedIn is giving businesses a new way to see what kinds of audiences they’re attracting with their marketing efforts. The Website Demographics tool allows businesses to break down their website visitors across eight categories including job title, industry, company and location. After all, that’s the kind of data that we’re all providing as LinkedIn users. To connect that… Read More

  • Social media analytics company Synthesio acquires Social Karma

    Social media analytics company Synthesio acquires Social Karma

    Synthesio is announcing its second acquisition of the year — it’s buying Social Karma, a company that uses social data to help marketers understand consumers. Back in January, Synthesio announced that it had acquired presentation software-maker Bunkr. Co-founder and CEO Loic Moisand told me that this is all part of a two-year strategy to buy up companies and technologies that can… Read More

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