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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  • AdSemble launches self-serve tools for digital billboard advertising

    AdSemble launches self-serve tools for digital billboard advertising

    “We’re not a media company, we’re a tech company” — that’s a common refrain in the advertising and media business, but it looks like AdSemble has been particularly patient in making that transition. The company was founded back in 2008, and as described by founder and CEO Matthew Olivieri, in its early days it served as “a media buying service that… Read More

  • The entry-level price for the Apple Watch is dropping to $299

    The entry-level price for the Apple Watch is dropping to $299

    While the Apple Watch isn’t the focus of the company’s press event, executives did offer some updates — they showed off new bands and other accessories, and they also announced a new entry-level price of $299. Now, if you wanted to get an Apple Watch for less than Apple’s price of $349, you could already do so thanks to sales at places like Best Buy and Target. Read More

  • Twitter looks back at the evolution of Twitter Ads

    Twitter looks back at the evolution of Twitter Ads

    As part of the flurry of retrospectives tied to Twitter’s 10th anniversary, the company is also looking back at the history of advertising on Twitter. Granted, that probably doesn’t give you the same nostalgic twinkle as Jack setting up his “Twittr,” but, like it or not, it’s still an important part of the company’s story. So in a new blog post, Joel… Read More

  • Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115M in sex tape lawsuit against Gawker

    Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115M in sex tape lawsuit against Gawker

    A Florida jury sided today with wrestling star Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bolea) in his lawsuit against Gawker. Hogan was awarded $115 million — $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress. That’s even more than the $100 million that Hogan was seeking, and the jury’s scheduled to return Monday to deal with punitive damages on top of… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey says Twitter is keeping its 140-character limit, but maybe don’t get too excited

    Jack Dorsey says Twitter is keeping its 140-character limit, but maybe don’t get too excited

    Has Twitter reversed course on plans to increase the character limit on tweets? That’s what you might think when reading the press coverage of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s appearance on The Today Show, but I’m not convinced that there was really a big change of heart. You may recall Re/code’s report in January that Twitter was looking at a “10,000 character limit… Read More

  • Coach gives tutors and other freelancers tools to build an online business

    Coach gives tutors and other freelancers tools to build an online business

    If you’re a tutor looking to offer your services online, a startup called Coach aims to give you the tools you need. CEO Spencer Fry created a similar platform, in some ways, when he co-founded CarbonMade, which offers designers and artists an easy way to showcase their portfolios online. He said there’s a bigger challenge with Coach, though, because there are more pieces to… Read More

  • I tried out Nike’s self-tying shoes, the HyperAdapt 1.0

    I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days with the folks at Nike, who were showing off a whole bunch of new and upcoming products at their Innovation for Everybody event. The big attention-getter was the HyperAdapt 1.0 — namely, self-tying shoes. Nike had already toyed with the idea of emulating Back To The Future Part II by announcing limited edition, self-lacing Nike Mags… Read More

  • Execs from the IAB and AdBlock Plus will discuss the future of ads at Disrupt NY

    Execs from the IAB and AdBlock Plus will discuss the future of ads at Disrupt NY

    Online advertising is one of those subjects that we can rely on to get almost everyone to roll their eyes. And lately, it seems that investors have become skeptical, too. Still, you can’t understand the business of many big, consumer Internet companies without understanding advertising. So at Disrupt New York, which will take place from May 9 to 11 in Brooklyn, we’ll have two… Read More

  • Verizon acquires video capture company Volicon

    Verizon acquires video capture company Volicon

    Verizon Digital Media Services is announcing the acquisition of Volicon, a company offering video capture and monitoring tools for TV broadcasters. Volicon says its products are used for things like compliance monitoring (related to loudness and closed captioning), ad verification, competitive analysis and repurposing video for the web and social media. After Verizon’s AOL acquisition… Read More

  • Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    While most of the discussions around blockchain have focused on its possible uses in finance, startup Blockai is looking at something different — helping artists, photographers and other creators register their work so that they can protect it from potential copyright infringement. CEO Nathan Lands is pitching this as an intermediate step between registering your work with the Library… Read More

  • NowThis teams up with immigration lobby group FWD.us

    NowThis teams up with immigration lobby group FWD.us

    Video news startup NowThis is partnering with FWD.us, the immigration lobbying group backed by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives, to tackle one of the biggest issues in this year’s election cycle. Last night at South by Southwest, the two organizations announced a partnership where NowThis is creating a video series focused on immigration. NowThis President Athan Stephanopoulos… Read More

  • DoorDash says its new service fee isn’t really a new fee

    DoorDash says its new service fee isn’t really a new fee

    Consider this a public service announcement for DoorDash customers. In the coming weeks, you’re going to start seeing something new on your bills — a service fee. However, a spokesperson for the food delivery service said it’s not actually a new fee, and the total cost won’t change. Read More

  • The New York Times acquires influencer marketing agency HelloSociety

    The New York Times acquires influencer marketing agency HelloSociety

    The New York Times is expanding its native ad studio with the acquisition of HelloSociety, a digital marketing agency owned by Science, Inc. Los Angeles-based Science both invest in startups and builds its own companies. It launched HelloSociety (which it fully owned) back in 2012 as an analytics platform for Pinterest marketers. Read More

  • Now you can get on the standby list with concert subscription service Jukely

    Now you can get on the standby list with concert subscription service Jukely

    Here’s a simple-but-handy-sounding update to Jukely — a standby list. For those of you who haven’t tried it, Jukely offers access to an unlimited number of concerts for $25 per month. (Some caveats: You can only be on one guest list at a time, and you have to pay extra if you want to bring a friend.) The goal is to make it easy for members to discover up-and-coming bands and… Read More

  • Cola launches its app for smarter, more interactive text messages

    Cola launches its app for smarter, more interactive text messages

    Do you sometimes get the feeling that you’re having a looooooong text conversation to accomplish some fairly simple planning? I’ve certainly had tedious back-and-forths where I’m trying to figure out when to meet with someone, and then where, and so on. That’s the problem that a startup called Cola is looking to solve. I first wrote about the company in November, when… Read More

  • Up All Night gets you into concerts and exclusive events for $25 a month

    Up All Night gets you into concerts and exclusive events for $25 a month

    Up All Night, a startup aiming to give your nightlife a boost, is announcing that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding. More exciting than the amount of the funding is who’s involved: Grammy-nominated musician Kaskade, Nihal Mehta of ENIAC Ventures, former Square CTO Bob Lee and Vijay Chattha, founder of marketing agency VSC. The founding team should know events and music pretty… Read More

  • Made-to-measure menswear maker Indochino raises $30M as it eyes the wedding market

    Made-to-measure menswear maker Indochino raises $30M as it eyes the wedding market

    Indochino is following up on the recent appointment of a new CEO with a big new round of funding. The company, which allows you to purchase made-to-measure menswear on its website and in physical showrooms, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from China-based clothing manufacturer Dayang Group. After he became Indochino’s CEO at the end of last year, Drew Green said the… Read More

  • Spot launches to help users share recommendations on local gems and travel tips

    Spot launches to help users share recommendations on local gems and travel tips

    Spot, a startup that says it can help you find “the best places in the world,” is launching to the public. The company emerged from “startup studio” Expa. It’s also announcing today that it has raised $2 million in seed funding from Expa, SV Angel, Ram Shriram, Tim Ferriss, Fenwick & West and others. When I spoke to general manager Luke Groesbeck last summer… Read More

  • Playbuzz makes it easier to skip the boring parts with Video Snaps

    Playbuzz makes it easier to skip the boring parts with Video Snaps

    Tired of watching (relatively) lengthy online videos when there’s only 10, 30 or 60 seconds that you really care about? Well, viral publisher and publishing toolmaker Playbuzz has a solution called Video Snaps. Basically, the Snaps product makes it easy for a publisher or anyone else to take an existing video and divide it into different segments, so viewers can go directly to the… Read More

  • Here’s the future of augmented reality, according to indie science fiction film Creative Control

    Here’s the future of augmented reality, according to indie science fiction film Creative Control

    The first generation of Google Glass may have fizzled out, but the idea of a headset that connects you to the online world is still kind of sexy (and maybe a little unsettling), as shown by this new clip from the upcoming film Creative Control. Directed by Benjamin Dickinson, Creative Control depicts the lives of New Yorkers “5 minutes in the future” and centers on a high-tech… Read More

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