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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  • With $1M In Funding, Appsee Promises Mobile Developers Real Insight Into Their Users

    With $1M In Funding, Appsee Promises Mobile Developers Real Insight Into Their Users

    Israeli startup Appsee says it’s taking a different approach to mobile analytics. I wrote about the company more than a year ago under its old name, UserVOD, when it focused on making video recordings of mobile app user activity. Now the company is launching a broader iOS analytics platform, where user recordings are just one feature. Read More

  • Netflix: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is Our Most-Watched Original, But Our TV Exclusives Are Even Bigger

    Netflix: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is Our Most-Watched Original, But Our TV Exclusives Are Even Bigger

    Earlier comments from Netflix suggested that its show “Orange Is The New Black” was a hit — specifically, the company said in July that each of its original shows had a better first week than the one before it. It expanded on that point in today’s earnings report and letter to investors: [Orange Is The New Black] will end the year as our most watched original series… Read More

  • Facebook Adds Video And New Pricing To Its Mobile App Ads

    Facebook Adds Video And New Pricing To Its Mobile App Ads

    Facebook just announced two changes to its mobile app install ads that should make them more appealing to advertisers. First, the company says it will now support video in these ad units. “Video creative has proven to be an effective way to drive engagement in News Feed,” Facebook writes, and it makes sense for app ads since a video can be much more effective than screenshots and… Read More

  • Cooliris Reports Big Growth in Asia And 3B Connected Photos

    Cooliris Reports Big Growth in Asia And 3B Connected Photos

    Over the past year or so, photo service Cooliris has been announcing a number of international partnerships with companies like Renren, Yandex, and most recently Baidu. Earlier this week I met with Cooliris CEO Soujanya Bhumkar and VP of Business Development Sebastian Blum, who told me that these efforts have been paying off. There are now 3 billion photos connected to the Cooliris service, and… Read More

  • Sprylogics Says Its New SDK Makes It Easy For Mobile Developers To Add Local Search

    Sprylogics Says Its New SDK Makes It Easy For Mobile Developers To Add Local Search

    Publishers and developers who want to include local search in their mobile apps have a new tool at their disposal — a software development kit from Sprylogics. CMO William Mougayar (whose social inbox startup Engagio was acquired earlier this year) told me via email that after a developer integrates with the Sprylogics SDK, their app will have local search functionality, and users will… Read More

  • Hulu Names Fox’s Mike Hopkins As CEO

    Hulu Names Fox’s Mike Hopkins As CEO

    Hulu has announced that Mike Hopkins, a board member at Hulu and president of Fox Networks Group, is the company’s new CEO. Hopkins had previously been reported as the likely candidate for the role. It’s been a bumpy year for the online TV site. Then-CEO Jason Kilar left in March and was replaced by acting CEO Andy Forssell who now, according to Hulu, is leaving the company. Read More

  • comScore Says AOL (Including Just-Acquired Adap.tv) Is The Biggest Video Ad Property In The US

    comScore Says AOL (Including Just-Acquired Adap.tv) Is The Biggest Video Ad Property In The US

    We’re number one! We’re number one! And by “we,” I’m referring to AOL, which owns TechCrunch. comScore is releasing its Video Metrix report for September, and while AOL only ranked third among video content properties in the US (behind Google and Facebook), it took the top spot for (the first time) in number of video ads viewed. comScore reports that AOL saw… Read More

  • Mintigo Raises $10M More To Improve Sales And Marketing With Social Data

    Mintigo Raises $10M More To Improve Sales And Marketing With Social Data

    Marketing intelligence company Mintigo is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series C funding. In an email, co-founder and CEO Jacob Sharma compared the company to an “air traffic controller” that points marketers and salespeople to the leads most likely to respond in a given campaign. It also determines the message that’s likely to draw a positive response from… Read More

  • Turn Report Shows Climbing Ad Rates In Display And Social

    Turn Report Shows Climbing Ad Rates In Display And Social

    A new report from online advertising company Turn shows rising or steady eCPMs (the effective price paid by advertisers for every thousand impressions). The Global Digital Audience Report is based on data from Turn’s marketing platform between July and September — the company says the platform has access to 2 trillion ad impressions and makes 100 billion ad impressions each month. Read More

  • Looking Beyond Video, Jun Group Announces Its Overdrive Format For ‘Owned Advertising’

    Looking Beyond Video, Jun Group Announces Its Overdrive Format For ‘Owned Advertising’

    Until recently, advertising company Jun Group focused on video. In recent months, however, it’s been exploring a format that it calls “owned advertising” with a new product called Overdrive. CEO Mitchell Reichgut told me that Jun Group actually “soft launched” Overdrive back in June, and it already accounts for more than 30 percent of the company’s revenue. Read More

  • Social Ad Companies Team Up As Brand Networks Acquires Optimal For $35M

    Social Ad Companies Team Up As Brand Networks Acquires Optimal For $35M

    Social media marketing company Brand Networks is announcing that it’s acquiring Optimal for $35 million in cash and stock. Brand Networks co-founder and CEO Jamie Tedford told me that he sees the two companies as largely complementary. While Brand Networks is trying to address all of a company’s social marketing needs, Optimal has been “laser-focused on ad optimization… Read More

  • Nomi Raises $10M, Accel-Led Round To Bring Online Marketing Data To Offline Businesses

    Nomi Raises $10M, Accel-Led Round To Bring Online Marketing Data To Offline Businesses

    Marketing startup Nomi has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The startup says that it wants to give brick-and-mortar stores and other offline businesses the data they need to become as optimized as an e-commerce website — specifically, it can show them whether marketing campaigns are lead to in-store traffic, and whether that traffic is converting to make actual purchases. Read More

  • SB Nation Partners With BlogTalkRadio For Its Move Into Live Podcasting

    SB Nation Partners With BlogTalkRadio For Its Move Into Live Podcasting

    BlogTalkRadio has signed a big partner to its live podcasting network — sports site SB Nation. The timing might seem interesting, since news broke today that Vox Media, the company behind SB Nation and tech news site The Verge, has raised a $40 million round led by Accel. However, SB Nation shows have actually been live on BlogTalkRadio’s site since September — they just… Read More

  • Yahoo Q3 Barely Beats Estimates With $0.34 EPS, Revenue Flat At $1.08B

    Yahoo Q3 Barely Beats Estimates With $0.34 EPS, Revenue Flat At $1.08B

    Yahoo just released its earnings report for the third quarter of the year, with revenue of $1.08 billion (minus traffic acquisition costs) and earnings per share of 34 cents. That’s in line with analyst estimates on the revenue side ($1.08 billion) and the estimated EPS of 33 cents. Revenue is down 1 percent from the same period last year, while net earnings are down 91 percent, to… Read More

  • PolicyMic Raises $3M, Betting That Millennials Want Substantive News And Commentary

    PolicyMic Raises $3M, Betting That Millennials Want Substantive News And Commentary

    How many younger readers really care about news and politics — as opposed to celebrity gossip, viral videos, and cat GIFs? Well, a site called PolicyMic is built around the proposition that readers under 35 are looking for something more substantive, and it just raised $3 million in new funding. Co-founder and CEO Christopher Altchek argued that most existing sites aimed at a younger… Read More

  • Personalized Video Ad Company SundaySky Raises $20M Round Led By Comcast Ventures

    Personalized Video Ad Company SundaySky Raises $20M Round Led By Comcast Ventures

    SundaySky, a company promising to deliver video ads that are customized and updated for each viewer, has raised $20 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Comcast Ventures, with participation from new investors Liberty Global Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners, as well as existing backers Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, and Norwest Venture Partners. Comcast… Read More

  • iTunes Radio Product Manager Gareth Paul Jones Joins Twitter To Work On Ad Partnerships

    iTunes Radio Product Manager Gareth Paul Jones Joins Twitter To Work On Ad Partnerships

    Apple product manager Gareth Paul Jones is leaving the company to join Twitter, he announced in a tweet. According to Jones’ LinkedIn profile, he was a product manager on iTunes Radio (which recently launched as part of iOS 7), and he’s also worked as a product manager at TRUSTe and as an engineer at Google. We wrote about Jones when he launched a site called TechCompanyPay… Read More

  • Ditto Defeats Patent Claim After Teaming Up With A ‘Troll’

    Ditto Defeats Patent Claim After Teaming Up With A ‘Troll’

    Earlier this year, I wrote about a startup called Ditto, which launched a campaign on Indiegogo to fund patent battles against 1-800-CONTACTS and Lennon Imaging Technology — or, as Ditto characterized it, to “save” the startup from “patent trolls.” Since then, Ditto’s story has taken a couple of turns. Over the summer, the company partnered with IPNav and… Read More

  • Memo From AOL Mgmt Re: Use Of TechCrunch Editorial Branding For Personal Pranks

    Memo From AOL Mgmt Re: Use Of TechCrunch Editorial Branding For Personal Pranks

    Dear [Name Unknown, possibly Chris Smith?], It has come to our attention that you recently used a fake, mocked-up version of our technology editorial “blog” property TechCrunch in a personal prank. Furthermore, it has come to our attention that your friend, a Mr. “Olivier M,” was in fact fooled by the aforementioned prank — or so it seems, based on the email… Read More

  • Klout Deepens Its Bing Integration By Placing ‘Snapshots’ Alongside Your Search Results

    Klout Deepens Its Bing Integration By Placing ‘Snapshots’ Alongside Your Search Results

    Well, here’s another reason to care about your Klout score (and, y’know, actually create an account on Klout) — the company, which aims to measure social media influence, is announcing a prominent new integration with Microsoft’s search engine Bing. About a year ago, Klout took a strategic investment from Microsoft and said it was integrating with Bing, for example… Read More