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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  • Ran Harnevo On AOL’s Video Strategy And The Web’s “Massive Wave” Of Original Content

    Ran Harnevo On AOL’s Video Strategy And The Web’s “Massive Wave” Of Original Content

    We’re a few weeks away from the Digital Content NewFronts, where the big online companies pitch their upcoming programs to advertisers. So it seemed like a good time to sit down with Ran Harnevo, AOL’s president of video, to talk about the company’s plans, and about broader trends in the industry. Harnevo suggested that House of Cards on Netflix became “a defining… Read More

  • With Its New Samsung App, Health Startup Lark Moves Away From Hardware

    With Its New Samsung App, Health Startup Lark Moves Away From Hardware

    Among the freebies included in Samsung’s just-released Galaxy S5 was a new app from Lark, a health startup that’s been pretty quiet for the past year or so. In fact, co-founder and CEO Julia Hu told me that Lark has been “pretty much in stealth mode” as it worked on the new app. The vision, she said, is still the same — the company is still trying to provide… Read More

  • IAB Report: US Internet Ad Revenue Grew To $42.8B In 2013, Overtaking Broadcast TV

    IAB Report: US Internet Ad Revenue Grew To $42.8B In 2013, Overtaking Broadcast TV

    Online ad revenue in the United States grew to $42.8 billion in 2013, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report. That’s up 17 percent from 2012, and it means that for the first time, the total is higher than broadcast TV, which was at $40.1 billion. “The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as… Read More

  • Genesis Media Raises $6M For Ads That Interrupt But (Hopefully) Don’t Annoy You

    Genesis Media Raises $6M For Ads That Interrupt But (Hopefully) Don’t Annoy You

    Ad company Genesis Media is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series B funding. When I discussed the funding with CEO Mark Yackanich, he described the company as “a data-driven decisioning platform that intercepts users with media” — which even he admitted was a bit of a mouthful. Put more simply, online publishers use the company’s ContentUnlock product to… Read More

  • Social Music App-Maker Smule Raises Another $16.6M

    Social Music App-Maker Smule Raises Another $16.6M

    Smule, maker of popular social music apps including Sing! Karaoke and Magic Piano, is announcing that it has raised $16.6 million in new funding. Founded in 2008, Smule says it continues to grow at a healthy clip, with sales doubling in the first quarter of 2014 (compared to Q1 2013), and the company currently at a $30 million run rate for the year. (Of that total, 80 percent comes form… Read More

  • Listen Is RealNetworks’ New Smartphone App For Ringback Tones, And It’s Launching In The US

    Listen Is RealNetworks’ New Smartphone App For Ringback Tones, And It’s Launching In The US

    Remember ringback tones? You know, those songs and messages that you could customize to play so different people would hear different things when they called you? Well, RealNetworks aims to bring them to your smartphone. The company launched an iOS and Android app called Listen in the United Kingdom last fall, and today it’s bringing the app to the United States. In the US, the app… Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Bigger Ads On Its Right-Hand Column, Says There Will Be Fewer Of Them

    Facebook Rolls Out Bigger Ads On Its Right-Hand Column, Says There Will Be Fewer Of Them

    The ads that you see on the right-hand column of Facebook’s website are about to get bigger, the company says. Facebook is announcing today that it’s rolling out a new design for those ads — some advertisers will see the option later this month, and everyone should be switched over later this year. Facebook says those ads will be larger (taking on the same proportions as… Read More

  • Booktrack Raises $3M To Add Soundtracks To E-Books, Launches Classroom Version

    Booktrack Raises $3M To Add Soundtracks To E-Books, Launches Classroom Version

    E-book soundtrack platform Booktrack is announcing that it has raised $3 million in Series A funding, and that it’s launching an education-focused version of its platform, Booktrack Classroom. The idea may sound a little gimmicky, but co-founder and CEO Paul Cameron argued that the combination of music and ambient sound effects can make the reading experience much more immersive… Read More

  • Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments

    Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments

    Disqus, which says it powers the comment sections on almost 3 million websites, is announcing a new type of ad unit today — a Sponsored Comment. Since Disqus already runs ads through its Promoted Discovery program, the idea of a Sponsored Comment seems like a pretty natural fit. However, in a company blog post, General Manager David Fleck said this actually stems from the launch of… Read More

  • Dropbox Reportedly Secures $500M+ In Debt Financing

    Online storage company Dropbox has raised more than $500 million in debt financing, according to a report in Recode. I’ve emailed Dropbox for confirmation and will update if I hear back. Apparently the Financial Times first broke the news in this (paywalled) story, but Recode says it has confirmed the debt financing with “sources close to the situation.” Read More

  • Anti-Tech Protesters Are Telling Kevin Rose’s Neighbors That He’s A “Parasite”

    Anti-Tech Protesters Are Telling Kevin Rose’s Neighbors That He’s A “Parasite”

    Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose says that his San Francisco home was visited by protesters today, who held up a banner calling him a “parasite” and distributed leaflets with the same message. What did he do to deserve this? Well, he invested in startups. Rose posted a photo on Instagram of what he said was a flier distributed to his neighbors. It says, in part: Read More

  • Google Prepares To Launch Android TV (Report)

    Google Prepares To Launch Android TV (Report)

    Google has plans for another smart TV product, according to a report in The Verge. Apparently this set top box will be less ambitious and easier to use than one of the company’s previous initiatives, Google TV. In the words of Google documents that The Verge said it has obtained, “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform.” Read More

  • Amazon Tests Dash Barcode Scanner For Ordering AmazonFresh Groceries

    Amazon Tests Dash Barcode Scanner For Ordering AmazonFresh Groceries

    If you need help assembling your grocery list, well, it seems that Amazon has a product for you. The company is promoting something called Amazon Dash is in a new web page. Apparently it’s a WiFi-connected device that allows users to build a shopping list by scanning bar codes and saying product names out loud. It connects directly with AmazonFresh, the company’s grocery… Read More

  • MobileAppTracking Says It’s The First Platform To Support iAd Attribution

    MobileAppTracking Says It’s The First Platform To Support iAd Attribution

    Earlier this month, mobile ad attribution startup HasOffers spotted what seemed to be an important new feature in the latest iOS update — iAd attribution. Now it looks like the company was right, because it just announced it’s taken advantage of the new feature to support iAd attribution in its MobileAppTracking service. Basically, this means advertisers can see whether their… Read More

  • Eyeview Brings Its Personalized Video Ads To Internet-Connected TVs

    Eyeview Brings Its Personalized Video Ads To Internet-Connected TVs

    Personalized video advertising company Eyeview is announcing that its ads will now work on Internet-connected TVs, specifically those with Roku and Microsoft Xbox devices. Eyeview’s technology allows ads to be customized using viewer data. For example, it allows a big chain to create a national ad that will include local stores and deals depending on where it’s shown. Read More

  • AdsNative Raises $2M To Help Publishers Manage Native Ads

    AdsNative Raises $2M To Help Publishers Manage Native Ads

    AdsNative, a startup that helps online publishers incorporate native ads, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. The company also says that it’s expanding its technology to include a supply-side platform. In other words, instead of just focusing on native ads (such as sponsored posts) that publishers sell directly, AdsNative is also helping publishers work with… Read More

  • Drawbridge Says It Now Supports Video In Its Cross-Device Ad Targeting

    Drawbridge Says It Now Supports Video In Its Cross-Device Ad Targeting

    Drawbridge, the Kleiner Perkins- and Sequoia-backed startup that targets ads across devices, announced today that it has added support for video ads too. It sounds like the targeting technology remains the same. Drawbridge is still looking at user behavior to suggest when multiple devices are likely being used by the same person, which in turn allows advertisers to use desktop data to improve… Read More

  • Fashion And Lifestyle Blog Reader Bloglovin Raises $7M

    Fashion And Lifestyle Blog Reader Bloglovin Raises $7M

    Bloglovin, a site where users can follow their favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs, is announcing that it has raised a $7 million Series A. The company was founded in Sweden back in 2007, but it moved its headquarters to New York last year. It basically started out as an RSS reader, and while it’s not a blogging platform per se, it has added more features for browsing and sharing… Read More

  • Tesla Drivers Are Using Their In-Dash Browser To Keep Up With The News, Quantcast Says

    Tesla Drivers Are Using Their In-Dash Browser To Keep Up With The News, Quantcast Says

    What are Tesla owners actually doing with their in-car web browsers? That’s the question that ad measurement and targeting company Quantcast tried to answer with some just-released data. Apparently, the Tesla Model S (of which there are now more than 25,000 on the road) includes a 17-inch touchscreen with a web browser, and yes, it works when you’re driving. Read More

  • Kim Kadlec Joins AOL As Head Of Relationship Management

    Kim Kadlec Joins AOL As Head Of Relationship Management

    AOL is announcing that Kim Kadlec, most recently worldwide vice president of Johnson & Johnson’s global marketing group, is joining the company as head of relationship management. The newly-created position will involve building strategic distribution deals with large partners, with the aim of growing AOL’s audience, the company says. Kadlec will report to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong… Read More