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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  • Losing the future

    Losing the future

    There’s a story that Silicon Valley likes to tell about the future. Part of that story, of course, is the idea that technological change will continue to accelerate and make our lives better. But when I talk to entrepreneurs and investors, I hear a broader narrative of progress — a belief that society is becoming more diverse, meritocratic and rational. Things are getting… Read More

  • WTF
    For a brief, glorious moment, you could do weird things to Donald Trump’s website

    For a brief, glorious moment, you could do weird things to Donald Trump’s website

    The internet found a new way to amuse itself in the final hours of the presidential election cycle. Basically, there was a glitch on the press release page of Donald Trump’s website. So whatever text you entered at the end of the URL, it would show up at the top of the page, like so: Fun with URL hacking. https://t.co/UWU2r69DSL pic.twitter.com/KMdW0GQXQ6 — Andy Baio… Read More

  • CrowdFlower announces a scientific advisory board as it works to combine AI and crowdsourcing

    CrowdFlower announces a scientific advisory board as it works to combine AI and crowdsourcing

    When crowdsourced labor company CrowdFlower recently raised funding from Microsoft, co-founder Lukas Biewald told me his team was focused on technology that allows businesses to supplement algorithms and artificial intelligence with human judgment from crowdsourced labor pools. Now CrowdFlower bringing on more experts to shape the development of that technology. Specifically it’s… Read More

  • With 12K engineers screened, Triplebyte says its skills-based recruiting platform is working

    With 12K engineers screened, Triplebyte says its skills-based recruiting platform is working

    Triplebyte is offering companies a different way to hire engineers — as co-founder and CEO Harj Taggar put it, the goal is “ignoring the résumé.” Today the company announced that its platform has been used to screen 12,000 engineers. The Triplebyte process starts with an online programming test, followed by a technical interview — the company says it has… Read More

  • The Happy Home Company shuts down, team members move to Google

    The Happy Home Company shuts down, team members move to Google

    The Happy Home Company is the latest home services startup to call it quits. The company was founded by Doug Ludlow, who sold his previous startup, Hipster, to AOL (which also owns TechCrunch). Its goal was to take some of the confusion out of the home maintenance process — when something broke in your home, Happy Home’s “home managers” would help you find the right… Read More

  • PR analytics startup TrendKite raises $16.3M

    PR analytics startup TrendKite raises $16.3M

    TrendKite announced today that it has raised $16.3 million in Series D funding. The company says it helps businesses understand the impact of their news coverage and public relations strategy — like which articles are driving the most awareness of their brand, the total audience that’s being reached by the coverage and the sentiment of that coverage. TrendKite also shows you… Read More

  • Facebook will test ads on Apple TV and Roku

    Facebook will test ads on Apple TV and Roku

    Facebook’s ad ambitions are expanding to encompass Internet-connected TVs — it will be conducting a test of its ad network on Apple TV and Roku next week. Other online ad companies (including TechCrunch-owner AOL) have explored TV advertising already. In Facebook’s case, the company will use Facebook data to target ads for A+E and Tubi TV — basically, what the… Read More

  • Tribeca Enterprises brings VR to the Westfield World Trade Center

    Tribeca Enterprises brings VR to the Westfield World Trade Center

    Visitors to the Westfield World Trade Center (the recently opened mall below the World Trade Center) will be able to get a hands-on virtual reality experience this month — an experience curated by Tribeca Enterprises, the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca has held a number of VR events before, but programmer Loren Hammonds noted that those events are part of the… Read More

  • Marketing and optimization startup Zarget raises $6M

    Marketing and optimization startup Zarget raises $6M

    Zarget announced yesterday that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Arvind Parthiban said Zarget’s goal is to build a full suite of products for small businesses to track and optimize websites — one that could be used by “a tech-savvy marketer like me, without any coding skills.” The product’s capabilities include A/B testing… Read More

  • Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    With its latest app, millennial-focused publisher Mic said it’s hoping to give you a full newsreading experience from your iPhone lockscreen. The app is an updated version of the MicCheck app, now simply called Mic. Anthony Sessa, the company’s vice president of product and engineering, told me that one of the big goals was to take advantage of the new rich notifications in iOS… Read More

  • Twitter unveils new options for customer service

    Twitter unveils new options for customer service

    Twitter has been expanding the customer service side of its product, with recent additions including a Customer Service settings page for businesses. Today it’s adding a couple more features — namely, an automated welcome message that shows up whenever a customer starts a Direct Message conversation with a business’ account, and “quick replies” that ask the… Read More

  • Digital ad revenue up 19 percent in first half of 2016, according to IAB report

    Digital ad revenue up 19 percent in first half of 2016, according to IAB report

    Digital advertising spend increased to $32.7 billion during the first six months of 2016, according to the latest Internet Advertising Revenue Report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for digital publishers and advertisers). That’s up 19 percent from the same period last year, and it represents an all-time high. David Doty, the IAB’s executive vice president… Read More

  • AirPR raises $5M to bring more data to PR

    AirPR raises $5M to bring more data to PR

    AirPR is announcing that it has raised $5 million in Series B funding. The company started out as a marketplace that matched up startups with public relations professionals, but is focus has since shifted to building analytic tools that measure the impact of PR — in fact, it sold the marketplace side of the business last year. AirPR has now raised a total of $10 million. The Series B… Read More

  • Facebook draws criticism for ‘ethnic affinity’ ad targeting

    Facebook draws criticism for ‘ethnic affinity’ ad targeting

    ProPublica pointed to some potentially problematic Facebook ad capabilities today — specifically, the ability to include or exclude users from a given ad campaign based on their “ethnic affinity.” These capabilities have existed for a while (Facebook told ProPublica’s Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr. it began offering them within the past two years as part of its… Read More

  • Verizon acquires subscription video service Vessel, will shut it down on Oct. 31

    Verizon acquires subscription video service Vessel, will shut it down on Oct. 31

    Verizon is buying Vessel, the subscription video service founded by Jason Kilar (Hulu’s former CEO) and Richard Tom (its former CTO). Vessel enlisted YouTube stars and other video creators, offering early access to their videos for $2.99 a month. It raised more than $130 million from investors, including Benchmark, Greylock, Bezos Expeditions and Institutional Venture Partners. Tom… Read More

  • IrisVR raises $8M to bring virtual reality to architecture and design

    IrisVR raises $8M to bring virtual reality to architecture and design

    New York City startup IrisVR is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. The company has built virtual reality tools for the architecture and design industries. Iris Prospect allows customers to take their 3D plans and blueprints and turn them into VR experiences viewable on devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, GearVR and Cardboard. Iris Scope, meanwhile, converts… Read More

  • The New York Times acquires gadget recommendation site The Wirecutter

    The New York Times acquires gadget recommendation site The Wirecutter

    The New York Times just announced that it has acquired The Wirecutter and its sister publication The Sweethome. The sites were founded by former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam, who The Times says will stay involved in an advisory role. Ben French of The Times’ Beta development team will serve as interim general manager, while Jacqui Cheng and Christopher Mascari will remain on-board as editor… Read More

  • Doctor Strange’s science consultant talks about consciousness and the multiverse

    Why does Doctor Strange need a science consultant? The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly known for its scientific accuracy, and with his psychedelic, magic powers, the character of Doctor Strange (created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, and played in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch) goes even further into fantasy. Nonetheless, astrophysicist Adam Frank served as science consultant on… Read More

  • With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

    With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

    How do you make things funny in virtual reality? That’s the question CollegeHumor is exploring with 1600 in 360°, a new video series depicting some of the, um, highlights of U.S. presidential history. Apparently, Google approached IAC-owned CollegeHumor about creating 360-degree content for YouTube and for its DayDream VR platform. Sam Reich, president at CollegeHumor’s… Read More

  • Klout’s Joe Fernandez is back with Joymode, an equipment rental startup with a focus on experiences

    Klout’s Joe Fernandez is back with Joymode, an equipment rental startup with a focus on experiences

    Joymode is a startup for people who want to do fun things like host a backyard movie night or go on a camping trip — but don’t necessarily want to buy all the requisite equipment, especially if they’re only going to use it once. The company was founded by Joe Fernandez, Waynn Lue and Keith Walker. Fernandez previously founded social influence startup Klout and sold it to… Read More

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