Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm
Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. In the past, he helped grow The Next Web into a leading publication. Alex also worked for midVentures in Chicago, where he attended school, and co-founded Contenture, a startup focused on micropayments and the monetization of digital content. Alex lives in San Francisco. CrunchBase profile →

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  • SWAT Team Detains Popular Gamer Who Was Live-Streaming ‘Counter-Strike’

    SWAT Team Detains Popular Gamer Who Was Live-Streaming ‘Counter-Strike’

    An incredible video showing the apparent swatting of a video game player who operates under the moniker ‘Kootra‘ was published today. Swatting is a prank that involves falsely telling the police of a dangerous situation so that a SWAT — special weapons and tactics (SWAT) — team is deployed in response, erroneously. The police are led to believe that they need to roll… Read More

  • Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    In keeping with prior expectations, Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out its Surface Pro 3 tablet-hybrid to 25 new markets over the next 24 hours. With the 25 new markets all live, Surface Pro 3 will be available in a total of 28 markets. The rollout of the device has therefore been quite constrained to date. Microsoft also detailed in a post today that the new Surface dock… Read More

  • Broad Range Of Public Tech Firms Trade For Record Prices

    Broad Range Of Public Tech Firms Trade For Record Prices

    All the talk of a bubble isn’t slowing down public interest in technology shares. Today, Apple, TubeMogul and Arista Networks set new record highs. TubeMogul and Arista both recently went public. Other firms, like Microsoft are trading near local maximums. MobileIron set an all-time high yesterday, managed a new intra-day high today, and is up strongly in the past few trading sessions. Read More

  • LendingClub Files For $500M IPO

    LendingClub Files For $500M IPO

    LendingClub, a company that provides an online loan marketplace, filed today to go public. According to its S-1 document, the company intends to raise up to $500 million in its flotation. LendingClub, as with many technology companies currently seeking the public markets, has quickly growing revenues but isn’t profitable. Read More

  • Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

    Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

    Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99. Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent. The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    The issue that is causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to restart and tell users that they are overheating is an error, according to Microsoft. The company has promised a fix in short order. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet hybrid by $100, leaving the consumer-facing device with a price tag as low as $349. That price, however, doesn’t include a keyboard attachment that is generally viewed as mandatory to use any Surface tablet. Other Surface 2 models, including the LTE-powered, higher-storage SKU have also received price reductions. The timing, as some… Read More

  • With Money Tight, HubSpot Looks To Tap Public Markets

    With Money Tight, HubSpot Looks To Tap Public Markets

    With $7.3 million in cash on hand, and losses of $17.77 million in the first half of 2014, HubSpot has filed to go public. HubSpot’s slim cash load and expanding losses — the firm had a deficit attributable to common shareholders of $16.37 million in the first six months of 2013 — are contravened by its rising revenues: HubSpot had revenue of $51.27 million during the first… Read More

  • NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    A set of classified documents published by The Intercept on Monday shows how the National Security Agency (NSA) makes more than 850 billion records about various forms of communications available to other U.S. governmental agencies through a portal similar in look and feel to a traditional web search engine. The search tool, called ICREACH, provides access to all communications… Read More

  • Amazon Will Buy Twitch For Over $1 Billion

    Amazon Will Buy Twitch For Over $1 Billion

    Amazon, not Google will be the corporate host of Twitch, the popular game streaming service. The deal, which was first reported by The Information and confirmed by our sources, will likely be announced today. The final price tag will top $1 billion we’ve heard. Google was widely expected to purchase the firm for around $1 billion and that deal was generally thought to be sewn up. That… Read More

  • MobileIron Pops Following Positive Analyst Note

    MobileIron Pops Following Positive Analyst Note

    MobileIron, a recently public tech company that still loses money, is spiking today after Deutsche Bank reiterated a buy rating on its shares. The company, which focuses on mobile device management, according to the bank, should benefit from a boost stemming from companies moving off of BlackBerry. BlackBerry, a long-suffering mobile brand, could take a dent if Apple boosts… Read More

  • Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is taking Oracle to court. The state of Oregon — my home state, go fightin’ rain and trees — is unhappy with the performance of the website that Oracle built for its Obamacare rollout. The site, frankly, didn’t work as expected. The cost of the Oracle effort? Hundreds of millions of dollars. The best part to all of this is… Read More

  • Y Combinator Solves Big Problems, Ballmer Leaves Microsoft, Aereo Loses

    CrunchWeek: Fusion, Ballmer Takes Flight, And Aereo’s Fight To Stay Alive

    Happy Friday everyone. It’s time for CrunchWeek. This week Kyle Russell and Cat Zakrzewski sat at the round table with your humble servant to sift through Y Combinator’s tackling of big problems, Ballmer’s exit from Microsoft, and Aereo’s most recent legal setback. It isn’t clear how much more fight Aereo may have in it. On a happier note, today’s… Read More

  • Salesforce Spikes 7.34% After Its FQ2 Earnings Beat Expectations

    Salesforce Spikes 7.34% After Its FQ2 Earnings Beat Expectations

    In the immediate period after it reported its earnings yesterday after the bell, Salesforce slipped around 1 percent. Today, the company closed regular trading up more than 7 percent. Salesforce is now worth $33.87 billion. The share price rise comes on the tail of Salesforce’s revenue and earnings beat — $1.32 billion and $0.13 on a non-GAAP basis, respectively — and its… Read More

  • Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    The Tor Project, an effort to allow users to browse the Internet anonymously, thinks that it is receiving tips from spies focused on finding its flaws. Tor’s Andrew Lewman alleges that the folks tasked with finding ways to break Tor, are supplying the group with the information that they uncover. Not all, of course, but according to a quote published by the BBC, Lewman claims that… Read More

  • Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    When Microsoft signaled that it would move to a more rapid release cycle for Windows code, it meant it. The coming technical preview of Windows 9 — the operating system codenamed ‘Threshold’ — could contain a rapid-upgrade feature to keep users who are stress testing the software up to date. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, current internal testers of Windows 9… Read More

  • Botlr The First Hotel Robot

    This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More

  • Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to earn $0.12 per share — excluding certain costs — on revenue of $1.29 billion. In its sequentially preceding quarter, Salesforce’s… Read More

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    Today in a video and accompanying post, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked Reddit users to help come up with new branding for net neutrality. The term ‘net neutrality,’ while useful, is being misused by some, according the Congresswoman. A new phrase — or word, perhaps — could clear the air, and help the average person grok just what it is we in tech are talking… Read More

  • HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

    HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

    HP shares are off nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading despite posting better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue, and in-line earnings per share. In its fiscal third, HP had revenue of $27.585 billion, ahead of an expected tally of $27.01 billion. The company earned $0.89 per share on a non-GAAP basis, matching expectations precisely. On a GAAP basis, not excluding certain costs… Read More