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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  • Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Social publishing platform Wattpad is making its biggest move into Hollywood yet thanks to a new deal with Universal Cable Productions. UCP is a TV production company owned by NBCUniversal — it’s produced shows including USA’s Mr. Robot, SyFy’s The Magicians and Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. As a result of the deal, the company plans to develop… Read More

  • Yep, NBCUniversal has invested another $200M in BuzzFeed

    Yep, NBCUniversal has invested another $200M in BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed just announced that it has raised another $200 million from NBCUniversal. That might sound a little familiar, since the company raised a round of the same size last year. Plus, Recode reported last month that NBCUniversal was doubling down, and the news seemed to be confirmed by a Delaware filing. The funding release points to past collaborations between the two companies, like… Read More

  • The Bridge newsletter brings political news to Silicon Valley and tech news to D.C.

    The Bridge newsletter brings political news to Silicon Valley and tech news to D.C.

    Tech and politics need a translator — at least according to Jamie Corley and Christyn Lansing, founders of The Bridge. Corley and Lansing have worked in both worlds — each of them, for example, has served as press secretary for a US senator (Bob Corker and Rob Portman, respectively), while Lansing was also communications director at Politico. They told me they got the idea for… Read More

  • FilmStruck is a streaming service for lovers of art-house films and foreign classics

    FilmStruck is a streaming service for lovers of art-house films and foreign classics

    It might be time for movie lovers to add another streaming service to their monthly subscriptions — FilmStruck, a new service created by Turner Classic Movies. Services like Amazon and Netflix are building up libraries of originals (starting with TV, but also including films), and they’re striking deals to get high-profile new releases. But if you’re a particular kind of… Read More

  • Debug Politics says it’s time for the tech industry to help solve political problems

    Debug Politics says it’s time for the tech industry to help solve political problems

    Silicon Valley has been lampooned as the place where entrepreneurs like to declare they’re “making the world a better place” when they’re actually just trying to make money. But now a new, nonpartisan initiative called Debug Politics is encouraging the tech industry to live up to the catchphrase — by helping to fix the political system. Jesse Pickard, CEO of… Read More

  • Truffle helps you share food tips with friends

    Truffle helps you share food tips with friends

    If you’re about to eat out and looking to choose a restaurant, you’ve got plenty of food and local recommendation apps to choose from first. But Tom Limongello, CEO of Truffle, argued that none of those apps really capture the experience of word-of-mouth recommendations — of getting that perfect tip from a friend. With Truffle, on the other hand, you can send friends a… Read More

  • AMC Networks backs Funny or Die

    AMC Networks backs Funny or Die

    Comedy site Funny or Die has sold a minority stake to AMC Networks. The deal is intended to strengthen the ties between Funny or Die and AMC’s IFC channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with IFC President Jennifer Caserta joining the site’s board of directors. (Funny or Die already produced the IFC series The Spoils of Babylon and the upcoming series Brockmire.) Funny or… Read More

  • Facebook launches a unified inbox for businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Facebook launches a unified inbox for businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Facebook is unveiling a new feature that should make it easier for businesses to stay on top of conversations across Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Benji Shomair, Facebook’s global head of Pages, described the new functionality as “one of our most frequent requests.” Previously, if a businesses wanted to respond to customers on Facebook and Instagram, they had… Read More

  • Rebelmail launches an API to bring more interactivity to emails

    Rebelmail launches an API to bring more interactivity to emails

    Rebelmail is now making its interactive email capabilities available through an API, allowing developers to take advantage of the technology and incorporate it into other applications. The startup works with customers Airbnb, Casper and HP to help them include things like photo galleries, quizzes and purchasing capabilities in their emails — and make sure the experience works across… Read More

  • Pro-Trump CEO gets booted from Y Combinator over harassment concerns

    Pro-Trump CEO gets booted from Y Combinator over harassment concerns

    Andrew Torba, founder of conservative social network Gab.ai, has been removed from Y Combinator’s alumni network. Read More

  • Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads

    Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads

    It may be tough to remember given all the discussion about the role that Facebook’s News Feed may have played in getting Donald Trump elected, but the company was also criticized recently for its “ethnic affinity” ad targeting. Today, Facebook announced that it’s making some changes. The targeting allows advertisers to focus on users whose Facebook activity… Read More

  • Slice is an app that's all about pizza

    Slice makes it easy for you to order from your favorite pizzeria

    Does the world need another food ordering app? No? Well, what about an app that’s all about pizza? The startup formerly known as MyPizza has already been working with independent pizzerias by helping them to accept online orders. (It’s also provided pizza at TechCrunch meetups.) Recently, it rebranded as Slice and launched a Slice app for iPhone. The goal is to make it as easy… Read More

  • Adobe acquires video ad company TubeMogul for $540M

    Adobe acquires video ad company TubeMogul for $540M

    Adobe has agreed to acquire TubeMogul, a platform for buying and measuring digital video advertising. Adobe says it will pay $14 per share, for a total acquisition price of $540 million. The addition of TubeMogul is supposed to add a strong video component to the Adobe Marketing Cloud, which already covers, search, display and social advertising (and already includes Adobe Primetime, a… Read More

  • Adam Bain departs Twitter, Anthony Noto will take over as COO

    Adam Bain departs Twitter, Anthony Noto will take over as COO

    Twitter just announced that Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain is departing. Bain has been with Twitter since 2010, building the company’s ad business and becoming COO last year at the same time that founder Jack Dorsey was named CEO. Bain tweeted that he’s now “ready to change gears and do something new outside the company,” while adding, “I look at what… Read More

  • 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

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