All posts by Anthony Ha

‘Gremlins’ and ‘Innerspace’ director Joe Dante sees the good and the bad in CGI

joe dante Director Joe Dante made some of the most best-loved movies of the ’80s, including Gremlins and Explorers, so I was eager to ask him about how movies have evolved. This weekend, Dante will receive the very first Sierra Spirit Award at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. Shira Dubrovner, the festival’s executive director, said Dante was chosen for his persistently independent… Read More


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Comixology CEO shows off new Unlimited subscription service

comixology Comixology recently launched Comixology Unlimited, a subscription plan that offers unlimited access to thousands of digital comics for just $5.99 per month.
Given the “all you can read” model, it’s natural to compare the new service to Netflix, but CEO David Steinberger told me that Amazon Prime’s video offerings are a closer match — and no, not because of the… Read More


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KitSplit brings its peer-to-peer, creative equipment rentals to Washington, D.C.

video greenscreen KitSplit aims to help creative professionals rent the equipment they need, whether it’s basic video gear or something a little more high-tech, say a 360-degree camera or an Oculus Rift. The service launched last year in New York, and now it’s ready to expand, starting with its launch in Washington, D.C., followed by Philadelphia and Boston. Co-founder Kristina Budelis said KitSplit… Read More


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Facebook will shut down FBX, its desktop ad exchange

facebook mobile Facebook plans to shut down FBX, the ad exchange that allows advertisers to buy retargeted desktop ads using third-party tools like Criteo and AppNexus. The news was first reported in the Wall Street Journal and we’ve confirmed it with Facebook. In an emailed statement, Vice President of Monetization Product Marketing Matt Idema suggested that this is part of Facebook’s shift to… Read More


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Wavii founder and former Googler Adrian Aoun is working on a new healthcare startup, Forward

Adrian Aoun Here’s a new startup to keep an eye on — Forward, which plans to use sensors and other technology to rethink the healthcare experience. What exactly does that mean? Well, it’s hard to say. For now, the Forward website is pretty much a blank sign-up page. But the startup already has more than 30 employees and has enlisted a number of big-deal executives as investors,… Read More


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Metadata raises $2M to help advertisers target users who resemble their existing sales leads

target / bullseye / dartboard Ad targeting startup Metadata is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Co-founder and CEO Gil Allouche said the company’s technology offers an effective way for businesses that sell to other businesses to find and target new potential customers through advertising. Companies connect their Salesforce and other CRM accounts, then Metadata uses third-party data to help… Read More


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UberMedia connects cross-channel ad impressions to actual store visits

mobile payments Mobile ad company UberMedia is expanding its measurement and attribution business in a big way. You may remember UberMedia as the company that owns social apps like Echofon and UberSocial. While that’s still the case, it has shifted its attention over the past few years to its mobile ad platform, which uses the apps as a source of data — and which can tell advertisers whether… Read More


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Now you can embed Reddit posts on other websites

reddit Reddit posts are going to get the chance to live beyond Reddit itself, thanks to new embedding capabilities.
If you’re an online writer or publisher, that means you can start including live Reddit content in your stories. If you’re a reader, that means you might start to see more Reddit posts on other sites, the same way you can see embedded tweets and YouTube videos.
After all… Read More


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Public radio marketplace PRX spins out a new mobile app company, RadioPublic

radio PRX, the nonprofit organization that operates a marketplace for public radio programming like This American Life, announced today that it’s spinning out a for-profit company, RadioPublic. For public radio fans, this means you’ll soon get mobile apps that offer access to the full PRX catalog, including The Moth Radio Hour and the Radiotopia podcast network. And even if you’re… Read More


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SocialRank, the startup that analyzes your followers, adds premium features and pricing

socialrank premium SocialRank is a startup that helps brands, agencies and celebrities understand their social media followers — not just in aggregate, like most social analytics services, but on an individual level. Today it introduced more features as part of a new SocialRank Premium plan. As a refresher: SocialRank helps customers find things like their “most valuable” followers on Twitter… Read More


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