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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  • AOL Is Acquiring Video Ad Platform Adap.tv For $405M

    AOL Is Acquiring Video Ad Platform Adap.tv For $405M

    TechCrunch-owner AOL just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire video advertising platform Adap.tv in a deal that should be worth a total of $405 million — $322 million in cash and $83 million in AOL common stock. “AOL is a leader in online video and the combination of AOL and Adap.tv will create the leading video platform in the industry,” said AOL Chairman… Read More

  • Engagor Raises $2.6M To Bring Its Social Media Management Tools To The US

    Engagor Raises $2.6M To Bring Its Social Media Management Tools To The US

    Engagor, a Belgian startup that offers tools for large brands to manage their presence on social media, is announcing that it has raised $2.6 million in Series A funding led by Hummingbird Ventures. It’s a pretty crowded market, and it has been for a while — when we wrote about Engagor two years ago, the headline was, “Yet Another Social Media Management Tool, Or A Better… Read More

  • Unroll.me, A Startup That Battles Junk Mail And Manages Subscriptions, Says It Has 100K+ Subscribers

    Unroll.me, A Startup That Battles Junk Mail And Manages Subscriptions, Says It Has 100K+ Subscribers

    We’ve written about Unroll.me, a service that helps users manage their junk email and subscriptions, before — most recently when it was redesigned in April. Now the company is sharing some stats about its growth. For one thing, it says it has more than 100,000 subscribers. It also says that more than 106 million emails have been diverted from inboxes thanks ¬† Unroll.me’s… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos To Acquire The Washington Post For $250M

    Jeff Bezos To Acquire The Washington Post For $250M

    Yes, you read that right. The Washington Post Company just announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its newspaper publishing business to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. “I, along with Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who… Read More

  • Time.com Hires Design Studio Big Human For This Fall’s Big Relaunch

    Time.com Hires Design Studio Big Human For This Fall’s Big Relaunch

    Time is moving forward with its plans for a major redesign and relaunch of the Time.com website this fall, announcing today that it has hired design studio Big Human. It’s an interesting choice, because most of Big Human’s past experience has been on the tech and startup side —¬†past clients include Jetsetter, 1stDibs, and Samsung. (Big Human’s founder Rus Yusupov was… Read More

  • IBT Media Buys Newsweek From IAC

    IBT Media Buys Newsweek From IAC

    I guess today is the day for announcing the sale of struggling media properties: IBT Media just said that it has reached an agreement to acquire Newsweek from IAC. Back in 2010, Newsweek merged with IAC-owned website The Daily Beast. (The magazine subseqeuntly ceased print publication and went digital-only.) However, earlier this year, IAC Chairman Barry Diller said that buying Newsweek was… Read More

  • Obama Administration Vetoes Ban On Certain iPhones And iPads

    Obama Administration Vetoes Ban On Certain iPhones And iPads

    President Obama’s administration has vetoed a decision by the United States International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of a number of Apple products, including models of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The ITC announced the ban in June after finding that those devices had violated a patent held by Samsung. Read More

  • The New York Times Company Sells The Boston Globe (And Related Properties) For $70M

    The New York Times Company Sells The Boston Globe (And Related Properties) For $70M

    The New York Times is selling the Boston Globe and the rest of its New England Media Group to John Henry, the billionaire who’s principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, for $70 million in cash. The news has prompted some rather depressing comments about the Globe’s relative worth. For example, Ken Doctor at the Nieman Journalism Lab noted that the price is $12 million less than… Read More

  • AOL Lays Off Members Of AIM, Video Production, And HR Teams

    AOL Lays Off Members Of AIM, Video Production, And HR Teams

    AOL made another round of cuts today. The news was first reported in Valleywag, which said the layoffs “won’t break any records for AOL” (which owns TechCrunch) and that the cuts include some recent hires. A spokesperson for AOL (which owns TechCrunch) declined to comment, but a source with knowledge of the company confirmed that there were layoffs today, and that, as… Read More

  • Social Media Aggregator RebelMouse Raises $10.25M

    Social Media Aggregator RebelMouse Raises $10.25M

    RebelMouse, the startup that allows users to combine updates from across social networks into what it calls a “social front page,” is announcing that it has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Oak Investment Partners and SoftBank Capital, with participation from Sterling Investment Partners and Buddy Media co-founder Michael Lazerow. Oak and SoftBank… Read More

  • Mobile-Focused Ad Tech Startup Run Raises $1.5M From Verizon Ventures

    Mobile-Focused Ad Tech Startup Run Raises $1.5M From Verizon Ventures

    Run, which offers ad-buying tools and analytics, is announcing that it has raised $1.5 million in funding from Verizon’s strategic investment arm Verizon Ventures. Co-founder and COO Dan Schwartz said that demand-side platforms (which are used by advertisers to buy ads across multiple ad exchanges and data sources) have mostly taken two approaches when it comes to mobile. Read More

  • Albumatic Relaunches Photo App To Focus On Albums (Not Location), Shares Details On Its $4.2M Funding

    Albumatic Relaunches Photo App To Focus On Albums (Not Location), Shares Details On Its $4.2M Funding

    Albumatic launched a new version of its photosharing app today which co-founder Adam Ludwin said is “redesigned and reimagined from the ground up.” When Albumatic first launched in February, it was focused on the idea of capturing events with friends in the moment. The idea was conveyed in the promotional video that I included with my initial launch coverage, where someone… Read More

  • Hipmunk Adds Last-Minute Hotel Deals With Its New ‘Tonight Only’ Feature

    Hipmunk Adds Last-Minute Hotel Deals With Its New ‘Tonight Only’ Feature

    Travelers who are looking to book a hotel at the last-minute should be able to find better deals with travel startup Hipmunk starting today, thanks to the launch of a new feature called Tonight Only. The feature, which is available in Hipmunk’s mobile app only, will include hotels deals that offer rooms with as much as a 60 percent discount on standard rates. Those deals can be viewed… Read More

  • Zynga’s Threatened At Least One “… With Friends” Startup Before, And It Went Nowhere (So Far)

    Zynga’s Threatened At Least One “… With Friends” Startup Before, And It Went Nowhere (So Far)

    The news broke this morning that Zynga is suing the makers of the Bang With Friends app for allegedly infringing its With Friends trademark. There’s been plenty of media discussion about the case (I was particularly amused by Will Oremus’ suggestion that Zynga has become “the Lindsay Lohan of Silicon Valley startups“), but one thing that I haven’t seen mentioned… Read More

  • Stipple Partners With Getty Images For Smarter In-Image Advertising

    Stipple Partners With Getty Images For Smarter In-Image Advertising

    Stipple is announcing a partnership with Getty Images that integrates Stipple’s technology for in-image advertising with Getty’s library of photos. Technically, there was nothing before that stopped someone who published Getty’s photos from including Stipple ads inside those photos. However, the new integration should make those campaigns more effective, particularly by… Read More

  • Personalized Video Ad Platform Eyeview Raises $8.1M

    Personalized Video Ad Platform Eyeview Raises $8.1M

    Eyeview, a company with technology that personalizes video ads, has raised $8.1 million in Series C funding. You can see some examples of Eyeview’s personalization below. For example, the visuals in an ad for a national retailer could be tailored to highlight local stores and deals. The examples in the video are mostly focused on location, but CEO and co-founder Oren Harnevo said ads… Read More

  • Matt Edelman Is Stepping Down As CEO Of Digital Magazine Platform Glossi

    Matt Edelman Is Stepping Down As CEO Of Digital Magazine Platform Glossi

    Glossi, the maker of the digital magazine platform of the same name, is announcing that CEO Matt Edelman is stepping down from his current position and taking an advisory role with the company. Edelman first took the reins of the company in 2010, back when it was called ThisNext and focused on social commerce. The company launched Glossi at the end of last year, pitching it as an easy way for… Read More

  • Yobongo Co-Founder Caleb Elston Aims To Reinvent Customer Feedback With New Startup Delighted

    Yobongo Co-Founder Caleb Elston Aims To Reinvent Customer Feedback With New Startup Delighted

    Early last year, the team behind mobile chat app Yobongo was acquired by calendar- and photobook-printing company Mixbook, where it led development efforts for Mixbook’s iPhone app Mosaic. Now Yobongo co-founder Caleb Elston is announcing that he, along with two other members of the Mosaic team, is working on a new startup called Delighted. Elston said Delighted is trying to solve a… Read More

  • Lifelogging App Saga Adds Social Features, So You Can Share Every Life Detail With Your Friends

    Lifelogging App Saga Adds Social Features, So You Can Share Every Life Detail With Your Friends

    Saga, an app created by Seattle startup A.R.O., is introducing a social layer in today’s update. In other words, all the data that Saga collects about you can now be shared with friends who are also using the app. The Saga app quietly tracks your location and activity through your smartphone sensors (it’s available for both iPhone and Android, and CEO Andy Hickl told me the team… Read More

  • Bitly Hires Former AOL And Outside.In Exec Mark Josephson As Its New CEO

    Bitly Hires Former AOL And Outside.In Exec Mark Josephson As Its New CEO

    Bitly is announcing that Mark Josephson, who was most recently senior vice president of Patch Labs at AOL, has joined the link shortening and tracking company as its new CEO. Peter Stern, who served as CEO for about a year, stepped down in March to “pursue other interests.” (Chief scientist Hilary Mason also left recently to become data scientist in residence at venture firm… Read More