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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  • Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Partners With Digital Agency VivaKi

    Kiip continues to build its relationships with the ad world, announcing today that it has partnered with VivaKi, the digital innovation arm of Publicis Groupe. The startup pitches its model, where brands can offer rewards at key moments in mobile games and other apps, as a new form of advertising. Kiip announced last year that Interpublic Groupe (which, like Publicis, is one of the four big… Read More

  • Social News Startup Nuzzel Opens To Everyone, Announces Former Friendster Exec Kent Lindstrom As COO

    Social News Startup Nuzzel Opens To Everyone, Announces Former Friendster Exec Kent Lindstrom As COO

    Nuzzel, the social news service created by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, is leaving beta testing and opening to all users. Previously, you had to request an invite before you could use Nuzzel. In the year-plus since I first covered the company, Abrams said Nuzzel has brought on about 3,000 testers, but now it’s time to see whether the product appeals to a broader audience. Read More

  • YC-Backed Boostable Offers A New Way For Online Sellers To Advertise

    YC-Backed Boostable Offers A New Way For Online Sellers To Advertise

    Boostable, which is part of the current class of startups at incubator Y Combinator, says it’s giving the individual sellers on online marketplaces a smarter way to promote themselves. If someone’s trying to promote (say) their products on Etsy, or their events on Eventbrite, or their housing on Airbnb, they can already buy ads for themselves. However, co-founder and CEO Selcuk… Read More

  • Percolate Raises $24M Round Led By Sequoia To Help Brands Create Social Media Content

    Percolate Raises $24M Round Led By Sequoia To Help Brands Create Social Media Content

    Percolate, a startup that helps marketers create content and share it on social networks, is announcing that it has raised a $24 million Series B led by Sequoia Capital. Co-founder James Gross told me that the big round from Sequoia is an endorsement of Percolate’s claim that it’s not just another social media management system. That’s because it’s not just allowing… Read More

  • Lotame Acquires Mobile Ad Targeting Startup AdMobius

    Lotame Acquires Mobile Ad Targeting Startup AdMobius

    Data management platform Lotame just announced that it’s acquiring startup AdMobius. AdMobius was founded by three alums for Apple’s iAd program and from Quattro Wireless, the company that Apple acquired to build iAd. I first wrote about it back in 2012 — the company said it aggregated data to create audience segments that mobile ad networks, publishers, and demand side… Read More

  • CTO Tom Conrad Shifting To Advisory Role At Pandora

    CTO Tom Conrad Shifting To Advisory Role At Pandora

    Pandora’s Chief Technology Officer Tom Conrad announced on the company blog that he’s shifting to an advisory role, and that Vice President of Engineering Chris Martin will be taking his place as CTO. In an email to the company that Conrad included in his blog post, he noted that he’s been at Pandora for 10 years now. He started thinking about leaving “maybe 18… Read More

  • Google Announces New AdMob Features To Expand Support For In-App Purchases

    Google Announces New AdMob Features To Expand Support For In-App Purchases

    Google is announcing a number of updates today to its AdMob mobile ad platform — the most-requested ones, according to Jonathan Alferness (Google’s direct of product management for mobile ads), are integration with Google Analytics and ads for in-app purchases. Alferness said that after Google acquired AdMob in 2010 and started integrating it with Google platforms including… Read More

  • Crowdfunding Platform Realty Mogul Says Its Users Have Invested $14.6M In Real Estate Worth $100M+

    Crowdfunding Platform Realty Mogul Says Its Users Have Invested $14.6M In Real Estate Worth $100M+

    Real estate crowdfunding startup Realty Mogul is sharing a bunch of numbers about its growth since it first launched just about a year ago. The most impressive one: More than $100 million, which represents the total value of properties that have been backed through the Realty Mogul platform. That represents 58 properties located in 14 states, in which the 6,000 Realty Mogul members invested… Read More

  • Tapjoy Says Its New nGen Platform Can Deliver The Right Mobile Ads At The Right Moment

    Tapjoy Says Its New nGen Platform Can Deliver The Right Mobile Ads At The Right Moment

    Mobile advertising company Tapjoy is launching a new platform today that it calls nGen, and CEO Steve Wadsworth told me it reflects a broader transformation at the company. “In a lot of ways, it’s a new company,” said Wadsworth, who took over at the end of 2012. “We’ve been rebuilding the senior management team … We have done a lot of things to build the… Read More

  • Veronica Mars And The Case Of The Totally Adequate Kickstarter Movie

    Veronica Mars And The Case Of The Totally Adequate Kickstarter Movie

    On Friday night, I was in a Manhattan movie theater watching Veronica Mars. I’d contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that funded the film’s production, so I actually received a download code for the full movie earlier that day. But I didn’t want to watch it at home, on a TV. I wanted to see it a theater packed with other fans on opening night. The fact that the movie… Read More

  • AOL Lays Off “Double Digit” Number Of Employees

    AOL Lays Off “Double Digit” Number Of Employees

    AOL had a round of layoffs today affecting a “double digit” number of employees, according to a source with knowledge of the company. We reported on larger AOL layoffs (with hundreds affected) in August of last year, and then again in January. Those cuts stemmed mostly from the challenges at hyperlocal news effort Patch, which was eventually spun out into a joint venture with… Read More

  • Garrett Camp’s Expa Raises $50M To Build New Startups

    Garrett Camp’s Expa Raises $50M To Build New Startups

    Expa, a self-described “startup studio” created by StumbleUpon and Uber founder Garrett Camp, is announcing that it has raised $50 million in funding from some big names, including Virgin founder Richard Branson and HP CEO Meg Whitman. What’s a startup studio? Well, Expa says it will be working with founders “from inception toward product-market fit,” and… Read More

  • 9th Dot Aims To Be The App For Consumer Feedback And Suggestions

    9th Dot Aims To Be The App For Consumer Feedback And Suggestions

    Got a great idea for your favorite business? A startup called 9th Dot has created an app where you can share that idea, with potential rewards if your idea actually gets used. There are plenty of other options for businesses that want to collect customer suggestions. Many of them take the form of crowdsourced “idea” sites like My Starbucks Idea, where users can submit and vote… Read More

  • CEO Sean Rad Says Dating App Tinder Has Made 1 Billion Matches

    CEO Sean Rad Says Dating App Tinder Has Made 1 Billion Matches

    Tinder is announcing that it has made 1 billion matches between its users. As most (all?) of you know, Tinder works by giving users a stack of potential matches and allowing them to swipe right or left to show their interest. If two users express mutual interest, then the app will connect them, allowing them to send each other messages — those are the matches that Tinder is counting. Read More

  • Facebook Launches Its 15-Second, Auto-Playing Video Ads

    Facebook Launches Its 15-Second, Auto-Playing Video Ads

    Facebook just announced that it’s starting to run the video ads that it started testing last fall. In a company blog post, Facebook says it’s working with “a select group of advertisers,” and that users can expect to start seeing the ads “over the next few months.” The 15-second videos will start auto-playing without sound as they enter your screen, and if… Read More

  • Fundable Acquires LaunchRock To Combine Crowdfunding And User Acquisition

    Fundable Acquires LaunchRock To Combine Crowdfunding And User Acquisition

    Fundable, an equity crowdfunding platform for businesses (including startups), just announced that it has acquired LaunchRock. LaunchRock, as the name implies, was initially focused on helping startups create launch pages to acquire users, though it eventually expanded its product to cover other aspects of finding and building a relationship with users. Both Will Schroter (founder and CEO… Read More

  • iOS Update Reportedly Includes New Capability For iAd Attribution

    iOS Update Reportedly Includes New Capability For iAd Attribution

    As part of iOS 7.1, the recent update to its mobile operating system, Apple appears to have added a new feature to its iAd program, allowing the company to take credit for the app downloads driven by its ads. In a company blog post, mobile ad attribution startup HasOffers says there’s no mention of these changes in Apple’s documentation, but there is API code that seems to indicate… Read More

  • Trulioo Raises $6M To Verify Online Profiles

    Trulioo recently announced that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Tenfore Holdings, with participation from BDC Venture Capital and previous investor Blumberg Capital. Trulioo has now raised a total of $8.3 million. Read More

  • Facebook Campus Locked Down On Tuesday Night Due To “Unsubstantiated” Threat

    Facebook’s Menlo Park campus was temporarily locked down last night, with employees “held at the site” for about an hour, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department. The department says it received a “possible threat” at 7:10pm. The threat was “determined to be unsubstantiated and not credible” and Facebook employees “began… Read More

  • Video Ad Company YuMe Launches “Video Reach” For Brand Advertisers

    YuMe, a video ad company that went public last year, today announced the launch of a new brand called Video Reach. Senior Vice President of Marketing Ed Haslam told me via email that, like YuMe’s Connected Audience Network, Video Reach enables programmatic buying and selling of video advertising. The difference, he said, is that Video Reach was built for agency trading desks and TV… Read More