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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  • New Calls To Action In Facebook’s Mobile App Ads Can Help Publishers Reconnect With Users

    New Calls To Action In Facebook’s Mobile App Ads Can Help Publishers Reconnect With Users

    The purpose of Facebook’s Mobile App Ads seems pretty clear. They’re supposed to drive installations, right? Well, in a new blog post, the company says its ads can now help with what comes afterward, namely, keeping users engaged and active — and in some cases encouraging them to spend money. To illustrate the challenge on the mobile side, Facebook cites a Localytics study… Read More

  • Exec Drops Prices For Its Home Cleaning Service By 25 Percent

    Exec Drops Prices For Its Home Cleaning Service By 25 Percent

    Exec says that it’s dropping prices for its home cleaning service in all nine markets by 25 percent. Founder and CEO Justin Kan told me that customers will still get a fixed quote for the entire cleaning, but the change effectively lowers Exec’s prices to $22 per hour per cleaner. (Among other things, that makes Exec more competitive with the pricing of Homejoy, which charges $20… Read More

  • Music App-Maker Smule Finally Embraces The Web With Social Network Smule Nation

    Music App-Maker Smule Finally Embraces The Web With Social Network Smule Nation

    Smule has launched a number of popular, music-themed mobile apps, including Sing! Karaoke, Guitar, Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain. Now it’s turning its website into a social network that it calls Smule Nation, highlighting performances from across all of its apps. The apps have always emphasized sharing — one of the posts that I wrote about Smule’s first hit… Read More

  • With HarperCollins Deal, Scribd Unveils Its Bid To Become The Netflix For Books

    With HarperCollins Deal, Scribd Unveils Its Bid To Become The Netflix For Books

    The latest company making a bid to bring the subscription model to the book world is one that may already be familiar to TechCrunch readers — social publishing service Scribd. Scribd first launched in 2007, offering users a platform for users to share documents and other written content. We use it ourselves as a way to upload and embed documents that are relevant to our stories. For… Read More

  • Social Analytics Startup Socialbakers Hires Its First CMO, Former Adobe VP Neil Morgan

    Social Analytics Startup Socialbakers Hires Its First CMO, Former Adobe VP Neil Morgan

    Socialbakers, a social analytics startup headquartered in Prague, is announcing that it has hired its first chief marketing officer — Neil Morgan, who recently left Adobe. The company says it has 190 employees in 10 offices worldwide. When I spoke to founder and CEO Jan Rezab last week, he described it as as the largest independent player in the market (following the acquisition of… Read More

  • Tackk Raises $1.2M For Its Content Creation Tools

    Tackk Raises $1.2M For Its Content Creation Tools

    Tackk, which offers tools for creating content that combines text, images, audio, and video, is coming out of beta today and announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in a second round of seed funding. If the premise sounds a bit general, well, it is. When I wrote about Tackk a year ago, the company described the content that users could create as “e-fliers” — the online… Read More

  • With Gathr’s Custom Bundles, AOL Tries To Build A Subscription Business Beyond Dial-Up

    With Gathr’s Custom Bundles, AOL Tries To Build A Subscription Business Beyond Dial-Up

    One of the more awkward things about AOL is the fact that its profits are still entirely driven by subscriptions and memberships. Given the subscription business’ roots in dial-up Internet, it’s not surprising that those revenues keep falling — but with the launch of a new service called Gathr, the company is trying to turn things around. “It’s really about… Read More

  • Evernote Updates Its Business Product With Social Features And Salesforce.com Integration

    Evernote Updates Its Business Product With Social Features And Salesforce.com Integration

    Evernote today announced version 2.0 of its business product, appropriately called Evernote Business 2.0. CEO Phil Libin introduced the product onstage at Evernote’s EC3 conference and said it will be released next week. In its first nine months, 7,900 companies have signed up for Evernote Business (which was announced at last year’s conference). Libin emphasized that at its… Read More

  • Pin-Digital, The NSFW Startup Behind (Ahem) PinSex And PinGay, Raises $800K

    Pin-Digital, The NSFW Startup Behind (Ahem) PinSex And PinGay, Raises $800K

    Pin-Digital, a Barcelona-based startup that created PinSex and PinGay, says that it has raised $800,000 in funding. The names are pretty self-explanatory — they’re both Pinterest-style sites where users can save, share, and browse adult content. It turns out that there are several Pinterest-inspired for porn sites, including sex.com and Snatchly. Read More

  • Evernote Announces A Market For Physical Products, Including Post-Its … And Socks?

    Evernote Announces A Market For Physical Products, Including Post-Its … And Socks?

    Evernote, the popular note-taking app with 75 million users, today unveiled the latest chapter in its bid to become the go-to place for people to store all their memories — a decisive move into physical merchandise. It’s entering a partnership with 3M and its Post-it note brand to develop a special line of notepads and a camera to take notes, record them, and then seamlessly… Read More

  • With 28M Users, Art Community deviantART Gets Strategic Funding From Autodesk

    With 28M Users, Art Community deviantART Gets Strategic Funding From Autodesk

    Online art community deviantART is announcing that it has received a strategic investment from software company Autodesk. The financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but deviantART co-founder and CEO Angelo Sotira told me this makes Autodesk his company’s largest investor. Autodesk’s vice president of consumer products Samir Hanna will be joining the deviantART… Read More

  • Image-Sharing Site Imgur Says It Reaches 100M Unique Visitors Per Month

    Image-Sharing Site Imgur Says It Reaches 100M Unique Visitors Per Month

    Meme-heavy image-sharing site Imgur says that it has now grown 100 million unique monthly visitors. The company also says it’s profitable, with paid Pro subscriptions and some promising-if-early results from big advertisers. “More than a quarter” of its traffic is supposedly direct, so it’s not just depending on other sites that use its image hosting (such as online… Read More

  • Chute Makes It Easy For Brands To Ask Fans For Permission To Use Their Photos

    Chute Makes It Easy For Brands To Ask Fans For Permission To Use Their Photos

    Chute is a startup aiming to become a “complete visual platform” for brands and publishers, initially by helping customers collect and publish user images and videos. Today it’s taking an important step in that direction by adding tools for companies to actually get user permission to republish their content. There are companies, including Chute’s customers, who… Read More

  • RealNetworks Bets On Cross-Device Video Sharing With RealPlayer Cloud

    RealNetworks Bets On Cross-Device Video Sharing With RealPlayer Cloud

    RealNetworks is announcing a big expansion beyond its RealPlayer media player today with the launch of a new service called RealPlayer Cloud, which is supposed to make it easy for users to access and share their videos from any device. Founder and interim CEO Rob Glaser described this as “the biggest product release we’ve done in a long time.” Glaser returned to the CEO role… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer Says That She Won’t Read This

    Marissa Mayer Says That She Won’t Read This

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seems to be on a bit of a press tour, and as result, a lot of her comments on-stage today at the IAB MIXX conference won’t be a big surprise to folks who have been following her recent public appearances and the broader coverage of her time at Yahoo. One thing that did surprise me: Mayer said (a couple of times, in fact) that she doesn’t read what the… Read More

  • In Its First Acquisition, StumbleUpon Buys Video Recommendation Startup 5by

    In Its First Acquisition, StumbleUpon Buys Video Recommendation Startup 5by

    Content discovery service StumbleUpon is announcing that it has acquired 5by, a video startup based in Montreal. The financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but the companies say the entire six-person 5by team will be moving to San Francisco to work out of StumbleUpon’s headquarters, where it will continue to develop 5by as a standalone product — so this… Read More

  • WPP’s Martin Sorrell Sees Growing Relevance For Ad Agencies In A Tech-Centric World

    WPP’s Martin Sorrell Sees Growing Relevance For Ad Agencies In A Tech-Centric World

    Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of ad holding company WPP, weighed in on the digital media landscape today at the IAB MIXX conference in New York. One of his main arguments: That tech companies are also in the media business. That may seem pretty obvious, since companies like Facebook and Google make most of their money from ads. However, Sorrell recalled being at an industry event where he asked… Read More

  • AdStage Expands Its Cross-Network Ad Platform With App Partnerships And New Formats

    AdStage Expands Its Cross-Network Ad Platform With App Partnerships And New Formats

    When AdStage launched earlier this year, the big selling point was the ease with which small businesses could create ads that ran across Google, Bing, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Today it’s launching what co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said is “an entirely new platform product,” which should expand the customer base to broad range of advertisers. To illustrate that point, Jain told… Read More

  • With LiveAd, Ustream Customers Can Promote Their Video Content With Interactive Ads

    With LiveAd, Ustream Customers Can Promote Their Video Content With Interactive Ads

    Live video company Ustream has been quietly transforming itself, according to co-founder and CEO Brad Hunstable, who said the company has switched from being an ad-supported media business to a technology provider that makes money from software-as-a-service subscription fees. Today Ustream is introducing a new service to its SaaS customers — advertising. Hunstable said that as… Read More

  • Confirmed: Cella Irvine Is No Longer CEO At Vibrant Media

    Confirmed: Cella Irvine Is No Longer CEO At Vibrant Media

    Cella Irvine has stepped down as CEO of ad tech company Vibrant Media, according to a source with knowledge of the company. I emailed and called the company earlier this evening, but I haven’t heard back yet. (I did manage to speak to someone at Vibrant for a few seconds, but they immediately transferred me to a spokesperson who didn’t pick up.) Irvine joined the company in… Read More