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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  • Microsoft Band Demo

    Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More

  • Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game. Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed by extra-governmental individuals and groups, the FCC is considering a ‘hybrid’ approach to net neutrality. Others, including Rep. Read More

  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More

  • Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company, Seedrs is most interesting for its ability, with certain caveats, to accept small dollar amounts from regular folks that can be converted via a… Read More

  • GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280 million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusting for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), profits were $14.6 million, or… Read More

  • Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Employees, Continuing Its Announced Layoff Strategy

    Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Employees, Continuing Its Announced Layoff Strategy

    Microsoft took an axe to another slice of its employees today, cutting around 3,000 jobs according to Mary Jo Foley. TechCrunch heard through a separate source that the layoffs were imminent, but was not able to confirm their size. The company released a short statement indicating that it has nearly wrapped “all [of] the 18,000 reductions announced [it] in July.” Today’s… Read More

  • Baidu Posts Mixed Q3 Earnings, Sending Its Shares Sideways

    Baidu Posts Mixed Q3 Earnings, Sending Its Shares Sideways

    Today Baidu reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $2.203 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $1.79. The market had expected the Chinese company to earn $1.69 per share on revenue of $2.22 billion. Excluding the costs of share-based compensation, Baidu earned $1.90 per share (non-GAAP). The company, which fell nearly 2 percent in regular trading, is off… Read More

  • Trulia Falls 6% After Reporting Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $67.1M

    Trulia Falls 6% After Reporting Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $67.1M

    Trulia’s shares are down in after-hours trading following the company’s third quarter earnings report that included in-line losses, and a revenue disappointment. The company lost $0.08 per share on a non-GAAP basis in the period from revenue of $67.1 million. Investors had expected the $0.08 per-share loss, which works out to a deficit of $2.8 million but had expected revenue… Read More

  • MobileIron Spikes 5% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ3 Revenue, Lower Than Expected Loss

    MobileIron Spikes 5% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ3 Revenue, Lower Than Expected Loss

    MobileIron is having a strong after-hours session, after it reported its fiscal third quarter financial performance, including non-GAAP revenue of $33.7 million, GAAP losses per share of $0.20, and non-GAAP losses per share of a more modest $0.15. The market had expected the mobile device management company to lose $0.25 per share. The company’s results were a beat on that metric. Why… Read More

  • Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast has agreed to a $50 million settlement to a case regarding customers in the Philadelphia area. The lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago. Comcast continues to deny the allegations. The original case failed before the Supreme Court, leading to a reduction in its scale. The $50 million includes a $16.7 million cash amount, and $33.3 million in “Settlement Credits” that… Read More

  • Apple Closes At New All-Time High Of $106.74

    Apple Closes At New All-Time High Of $106.74

    Slight amendment: Apple closed today at an all-time split-adjusted high. The company traded for a higher per-share price before its split, but today marks Apple’s highest close since its 7:1 share exchange. The company traded in the low 90s following the split, putting its current value up more than 10 percent since the division. Apple ended today worth $618.97 billion, according to… Read More

  • The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing AT&T for having “misled” millions of customers who purchase “unlimited” data plans for their phones, only to have the carrier later drastically reduce the amount of information they could access. According to the FTC’s complaint, AT&T throttled millions of customers tens of millions of times, sometimes after… Read More

  • Nexmo Announces Verify, An API To Help Developers Confirm Users’ Phone Numbers

    Nexmo Announces Verify, An API To Help Developers Confirm Users’ Phone Numbers

    Nexmo, a company that sells telecom services to developers, announced an early release of its new product ‘Verify’ today, a tool to help apps confirm the phone numbers, and therefore verify the identity of their users. Verify will formally launch in November, but developers can take part in an early-release program if they are in a hurry. Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

    Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

    This evening at a Wall Street Journal technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in its first 72 hours, Apple Pay activated 1 million cards. That figure indicates that Apple Pay is picking up traction outside of the technology, early-adopter set. Apple Pay competes with rival offerings from Google, among others, alongside traditional payment methods. Paying for goods with your… Read More

  • Twitter Has No Short-Term Plans To Monetize Vine

    Twitter Has No Short-Term Plans To Monetize Vine

    Twitter has no short-term plans to monetize Vine, a social product that it purchased in its infancy. The information was shared during the company’s earnings call, following a quarterly financial report that included stronger-than-expected third-quarter performance but soft guidance and user growth that investors found troubling. Twitter is down more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. Read More

  • Twitter Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $361M, But Slowing User Growth Drags Its Shares Down 8%

    Twitter Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $361M, But Slowing User Growth Drags Its Shares Down 8%

    Following the bell, Twitter reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $361 million and earnings per share, on a non-GAAP basis, of $0.01. The street had expected Twitter to report adjusted profit of $0.01 per share on revenue on $351.35 million. Twitter, which broke from the market by falling nearly 3 percent in regular trading, is down sharply following its… Read More

  • Buffer Wants To Raise $3.5M At A $60M Valuation — Here’s The Term Sheet

    Buffer Wants To Raise $3.5M At A $60M Valuation — Here’s The Term Sheet

    Buffer, a social media management company, is raising a $3.5 million Series A round of capital. Most of the money will go to its founders and some early employees. $1 million of the total will be afforded to operations. To date, Buffer has raised $400,000. Buffer, which has monthly revenue of just under $400,000, is profitable. The company wants to have enough cash in the bank to survive any… Read More

  • Microsoft Adds Unlimited OneDrive Storage To All Office 365 Accounts

    Microsoft Adds Unlimited OneDrive Storage To All Office 365 Accounts

    This morning, Microsoft announced that all Office 365 accounts will come with unlimited OneDrive storage. Gone are the 1 terabyte caps that were recently introduced. If you pay for Office, your storage is free. It’s a good, if not surprising, move from Microsoft: The company has worked to improve the value profile of its Office 365, productivity-as-a-service offering for some time. Read More

  • About That Microsoft Quarterly Report

    About That Microsoft Quarterly Report

    Microsoft’s first quarter of its fiscal 2015 was big. The fiscal quarter, corresponding to the calendar third of 2014, brought stronger than expected revenue and profit. The company’s cloud business continued to grow, Windows Phone put points on the board, Surface took off and Office 365 picked up a grip of new paying users. Read More

  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More

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