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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  • Weebly updates its website builder with a focus on e-commerce and marketing

    Weebly updates its website builder with a focus on e-commerce and marketing

    Weebly launched a new version of its platform today. While the company started out as an easy-to-use website creator and editor (I used it to build my own website), CEO David Rusenko said that with Weebly 4, “We feel like for the first time we’re past a website builder — it’s something substantially different.” To be clear, the website editor is still a core part… Read More

  • The Trade Desk finishes strong at $30.10 per share after its first day on NASDAQ

    The Trade Desk finishes strong at $30.10 per share after its first day on NASDAQ

    Things are looking up for adtech companies on Wall Street — or at least for one of them. The Trade Desk debuted on NASDAQ today at a price of $28.75 per share, up nearly 60 percent from its IPO price of $18. And while there wasn’t a dramatic pop, it continued to climb and closed the day at $30.10 per share. That’s a good start, particularly considering that adtech companies… Read More

  • Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    Performance rights group ASCAP announces a new digital team

    There’s a new digital team at the American of Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers. ASCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps songwriters track and get paid for performances of their work. (It says it has 585,000 members, with 2015 revenues topping $1 billion.) The organization hasn’t exactly ignored the online world before this — for one thing, it hired… Read More

  • Facebook makes its dynamic ads more friendly to brick-and-mortar retailers

    Facebook makes its dynamic ads more friendly to brick-and-mortar retailers

    Facebook just announced some new features for its dynamic ads, aimed at making the format more appealing to businesses with brick-and-mortar stores. Facebook’s dynamic ads show you different products based on your activity and interests. Now, the company says it can incorporate data about local product availability, pricing and special offers into these ads. So instead of just showing… Read More

  • Cross-channel ad startup AdStage raises $2M

    Cross-channel ad startup AdStage raises $2M

    AdStage announced today that it has raised an additional $2 million from Verizon Ventures. The company offers tools for businesses to manage their ad campaigns across Facebook, Google, Bing and elsewhere, and it says it’s currently managing $100 million in quarterly ad spend. CEO Sahil Jain recently told me that his goal is to create a broader marketing platform including content… Read More

  • Optimizely targets developers with its new testing platform, Optimizely X

    Optimizely targets developers with its new testing platform, Optimizely X

    Optimizely has helped to popularize A/B testing — the idea of trying out different versions of a website or mobile app to see which one performs better. However, co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker said the practice has largely been limited to marketers testing relatively superficial changes, such as the text or the layout of a page. So today, at its Opticon user conference, the company… Read More

  • Google introduces new app and video ad capabilities

    Google introduces new app and video ad capabilities

    Google is announcing a couple of upgrades to its ad capabilities today as part of the DMEXCO digital media conference in Germany. First up are its Universal App Campaigns, where developers can promote their apps across search, display, Google Play and YouTube advertising. Google says these campaigns have resulted in more than 3 billion app downloads, but earlier this year, it also said… Read More

  • ‘Snow Crash’ author Neal Stephenson is hoping for weird, indie VR

    ‘Snow Crash’ author Neal Stephenson is hoping for weird, indie VR

    Neal Stephenson, who inspired much of the current VR industry with his novel Snow Crash, explained why he’s excited about virtual reality and augmented reality — and it’s for less technical reasons than you might think. In addition to his work as a science fiction writer (he appeared at Disrupt SF today to promote his novel Seveneves), Stephenson is chief futurist at secretive… Read More

  • ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    No one person can take sole credit for Star Trek’s success, not even creator Gene Roddenberry. But Leonard Nimoy could make a pretty strong claim to being the franchise’s heart, or at least its face to the outside world, having portrayed Trek’s most iconic character on the original show, plus the animated series and six feature films. And that’s before his appearance… Read More

  • Rover is closing a $40M round that values the pet-sitting startup at nearly $300M

    Rover is closing a $40M round that values the pet-sitting startup at nearly $300M

    Seattle-based Rover is in the process of closing a $40 million round of funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The Series E round would value Rover at nearly $300 million, and it comes from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and Foundry Group. The company had previously raised more than $50 million. When we reached out to Rover for comment, a… Read More

  • Beeswax raises $11M for customizable adtech

    Beeswax raises $11M for customizable adtech

    Beeswax, a startup founded by a trio of former Google ad executives, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. The company offers what it calls a bidder-as-a-service — a set of customizable technologies that allows customers to participate in real-time bidding for ad inventory. Beeswax’s offerings include access to inventory, bidding algorithms and analytics, but CEO Ari… Read More

  • Restaurant tech startup Salido raises $2M

    Restaurant tech startup Salido raises $2M

    Salido, a startup that describes itself as “the restaurant operating system,” is announcing that it has raised $2 million in additional funding. This round from strategic investors doubles the $2 million in seed funding that Salido announced last year. Phil Suarez, who partnered with French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to launch well-known restaurants including ABC Kitchen and… Read More

  • Sony announces the Pro, a more powerful PlayStation 4 with a $399 price tag

    Sony announces the Pro, a more powerful PlayStation 4 with a $399 price tag

    Sony is revealing the details of an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4. Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House said the new version of the console — dubbed the Pro — is specifically designed to support 4K TVs and high dynamic range video. In other words, it can offer more beautiful, detailed graphics than the existing PS4. Sony’s Mark Cerny said… Read More

  • Google Analytics can now summarize your data with automated insights

    Google Analytics can now summarize your data with automated insights

    Google’s making it easier for Google Analytics users to find the important trends in their data. The change is already live in the Google Analytics app for iOS and Android, where, in the Assistant screen, you should now see automatically generated insights. For example, if your website or app had a sudden jump in new users, Google Analytics will highlight that, and tell you where those… Read More

  • Bill Nye is getting a talk show on Netflix

    Bill Nye is getting a talk show on Netflix

    Bill Nye is getting a new TV show, thanks to Netflix. The streaming video service announced that it will be launching a talk show with Nye next year, called Bill Nye Saves The World. Nye, of course, helped introduced many ’90s kids (including me) to scientific thinking and concepts through the five seasons of his public television show Bill Nye The Science Guy (currently available on… Read More

  • Twitter targets individual creators for its Amplify ad program

    Twitter targets individual creators for its Amplify ad program

    After opening up its Amplify program last fall to a wide range of publishers, Twitter says it’s expanding the video ad program again, this time to individual creators. After creators are approved for the program, the company says that when they’re about to tweet a video, they can just check a box to include a pre-roll ad, with the revenue split between Twitter and the creator. Read More

  • Revelator raises $2.5M to build a business platform for digital music

    Revelator raises $2.5M to build a business platform for digital music

    Bruno Guez has spent decades in the music business — he hosted a show on public radio, founded Quango Music Group and even worked as the creative director of music at Cirque de Soleil. Over that time, he said he’s watched as changes in the music industry outpaced the tools available to artists and labels. “There were no modern platforms for the B2B segment of the… Read More

  • Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

  • WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo has rebuilt its browser-based video editor using HTML5 instead of Flash. For many of you, the whole debate about HTML5 versus Flash may seem like a weird flashback to 2010. But Flash is taking a while to die completely — Google Chrome, for example, continues to phase out Flash gradually. CEO Krishna Menon said that in the case of WeVideo’s new editor (which launched… Read More

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