Anthony Ha
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Anthony Ha is a senior writer at TechCrunch, where he covers media and advertising and co-hosts the Original Content podcast. 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. He lives in New York City.Source
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Credder offers Rotten Tomatoes-style ratings for the news

Credder offers Rotten Tomatoes-style ratings for the news

In an age of online misinformation and clickbait, how do you know whether a publication is trustworthy?Startup is trying to solve this problem with reviews from both journalists and regular readers. These reviews are then aggregated into an overall credibility score (or rather, scores, since the journalist and reader ratings are calculated separately). So when you encounter an article from a new publication, you can check their scores on Credder to get a sense of how credible they are.Co-founder and CEO Chase Palmieri compared the site to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It makes...

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May 18, 2019
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Authentic Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians – TechCrunch

Authentic Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians – TechCrunch

Chris McGarry, who previously led music integration at Facebook’s Oculus, is taking a new approach to bringing music into the virtual world with his startup .McGarry pointed to and virtual concerts like as setting the stage for Authentic Artists. In a sense, the startup represents a combination of those ideas, creating virtual musicians who perform their own concerts — initially in Twitch — and can respond to audience requests.“We are very intentionally not trying to create a digital facsimile of what already exists,” he said. “We want to use new tools to create new art, new experiences,...

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Facebook shows off a wrist-based interface – TechCrunch

Facebook shows off a wrist-based interface – TechCrunch

Facebook develops a new way to interact with AR, Uber’s facial recognition policy faces scrutiny and SpaceX’s Starship rocket booster hits a major milestone. This is your Daily Crunch for March 19, 2021.The big story: Facebook shows off wrist-based interfaceThis project comes out of Facebook Reality Labs and is supposed to present , with electromyography sensors to interpret motor nerve signals.In a blog post, Facebook said a wrist-based device “could reasonably fit into everyday life and social contexts,” while allowing the company to “bring the rich control capabilities of your hands into...

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Uber to classify UK drivers as workers – TechCrunch

Uber to classify UK drivers as workers – TechCrunch

Uber changes driver classification following a legal defeat in the U.K., Facebook says it will crack down on rule-breaking Groups and Snap makes an e-commerce acquisition. This is your Daily Crunch for March 17, 2021.The big story: Uber to classify UK drivers as workersFollowing a Supreme Court ruling, — a category between self-employed and employed that entitles those designated to a minimum wage and holiday pay.That doesn’t mean the dispute is fully resolved, however. Uber said that it will calculate working time starting when drivers accept a trip, excluding the time after they’ve signed...

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‘Headless’ e-commerce platform Fabric raises $43M – TechCrunch

‘Headless’ e-commerce platform Fabric raises $43M – TechCrunch

, a startup powering e-commerce for companies like GNC and ABC Carpet and Home, has raised $43 million in Series A funding.The announcement comes less than four months after . CEO Faisal Masud said Fabric hadn’t intended to raise more funding so quickly, but given its growth and investor interest, the startup’s leadership team had to ask, “Do we delay the growth or do we just go now?”The answer is probably self-evident, since you’re reading this funding story. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners, with Norwest’s Scott Beechuk joining Fabric’s board of directors. Redpoint Ventures...

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Hundreds of Google and Alphabet employees unionize – TechCrunch

Hundreds of Google and Alphabet employees unionize – TechCrunch

employees take another step in their activism, Venmo adds a check-cashing feature and Slack has some issues. This is your Daily Crunch for January 4, 2021.The big story: Hundreds of Google and employees unionizeMore than 200 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet have announced that they have .Obviously, that’s only a tiny fraction of Alphabet’s workforce of more than 130,000 employees. But , the group is a “minority union” designed to give more structure to employee activism, rather than one that negotiates for a contract. And it will also be open to contractors.“This is...

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The new stimulus bill makes illegal streaming a felony – TechCrunch

The new stimulus bill makes illegal streaming a felony – TechCrunch

We’ve already written several stories about that Congress approved yesterday, including funding to and .There are, however, other provisions that could also have serious implications for the technology and media worlds. For one thing, the bill includes a proposal from Senator Thom Tillis (a Republican from North Carolina) that would  (rather than just a misdemeanor), with penalties of up to 10 years of imprisonment.When Tillis released a draft of his proposal earlier this month, the open internet/intellectual property nonprofit Public Knowledge released arguing that there’s no need “for...

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Dec 22
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Remembering the startups we lost in 2020 – TechCrunch

Remembering the startups we lost in 2020 – TechCrunch

year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. After the events of 2020, however, no doubt many already lean businesses are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. For every company that saw increased interest in their offerings during the pandemic, there were several that simply couldn’t make it through the finish line.We’ve put this list together for several years now. It’s not a fun task, but it seems worthwhile to commemorate the startups that have closed up shop over the past 12 months. (Some of them were acquired by larger companies before shutting down, but all of them began...

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Prox helps influencers and experts make money by connecting with fans – TechCrunch

Prox helps influencers and experts make money by connecting with fans – TechCrunch

If you’ve got a large online following, as well as knowledge that might be valuable to that audience, is a startup currently in beta testing that’s building tools to help you make money.Michael Mathieu, formerly the CEO of YuMe, joined Prox as CEO in January. The goal, he told me, is to create an entire suite of “back office” tools for experts and influencers, but the company is starting out by offering an easy way to host one-on-one video sessions with fans and “knowledge seekers.”“People who are influencers on social media and on YouTube, they don’t control that customer,” Mathieu said....

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Publisher engagement startup Insticator bets on commenting with Squawk-It acquisition

Publisher engagement startup Insticator bets on commenting with Squawk-It acquisition

Insticator, a startup helping publishers add to their content elements like polls, quizzes and suggested story widgets, has made its first acquisition — a commenting platform called Squawk-It. Insticator CEO Zack Dugow said his platform benefits online publishers by keeping audiences engaged and bringing in new ad revenue (which is split between Insticator and the publisher). And he sees commenting as a natural next step toward his goal to become “the main monetization and community engagement solution for publishers.” While “don’t read the comments” remains one of the most reliable...

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February 3, 2020
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