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.

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  • Two Rallies

    Two Rallies

    Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More

  • Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’ Tapp is a 100 character text and emoji tool that allows you to send… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

  • FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other. Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The… Read More

  • About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    Uber generates lots of revenue. Everyone knows it. The company’s roughly 20 percent cut of ride spend on its platform adds up to big numbers. How big, of course, is the real question. Read More

  • GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro fell more than 9 percent today, after it priced its secondary offering at $75 per share, a discount to its market price. The company ended regular trading today at $71.74 per share, or a several dollar negative delta to the proposed price. The company will sell 1,287,533 itself, while prior shareholders will sell 9,072,967. Underwriters of the sale may purchase 1,554,075 shares as… Read More

  • The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    Earlier this year, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a book titled No Place to Hide, chronicling the Snowden leaks, and breaking new ground on the NSA itself. The book garnered a grip of positive reviews upon publication, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Not bad, all told. But the most recent review of the book is by far the best. Hayden Peake, listed by the CIA’s website as… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10, its next operating system, will contain a single app store that will work across device classes. Don’t make the Lord of the Rings joke. The company also previously promised that organizations will be able to curate their own app experience for their users. Today, it announced that a “Web-based” store will be an option for… Read More

  • Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage. The FREEDOM Act was aimed at ending the… Read More

  • Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06. Analysts had expected $0.13 in adjusted profit on revenue of $1.371 billion. The percentage of its revenue that came from recurring, subscription sources — a key metric for any SaaS business… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft released a set of updates for its Surface Pro 3 tablet today,  including fixes for the tablet-hybrid’s Wi-Fi connectivity, a part of the device’s performance that some have flagged as problematic. I’ve had some Wi-Fi issues with my loaner Surface Pro 3, but haven’t been sure if they stem from Windows 10’s nascency, or the device itself. Paul Thurrott… Read More

  • NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    Well shit. A vote to proceed with the USA FREEDOM Act failed in the Senate after it did not collect the 60 votes that it needed. It failed 58 to 42. Before the vote, I noticed a slight change in the tone of people that I had on the phone: There was optimism that it could make it. It didn’t. You can stick a fork in NSA reform for this year, and this Congress. And, as I’ve said… Read More

  • Senate’s NSA Reform Bill Heads For Uncertain Vote

    Senate’s NSA Reform Bill Heads For Uncertain Vote

    So much for bipartisanship. Earlier today, Senator Mitch McConnell attacked the USA FREEDOM Act, intimating that supporting it would harm the nation in its current struggle with terror-state ISIS. Also today, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden, from the other slice of the aisle, indicated that they would vote for the bill. A few Republicans appear set to support the Act, including the… Read More

  • Tracour Launches To Prove That Some Financial Analysts Are Full Of It

    Tracour Launches To Prove That Some Financial Analysts Are Full Of It

    Financial analysts matter. That’s why you often hear them asking questions at the end of earnings calls, when the CEOs of public companies try to avoid answering them directly. They research, analyze, and make recommendations that the regular person can follow. Too bad they are often so damn wrong. Tracour, co-founded by Brad Sams (Sams is a well-known technology writer, and… Read More

  • White House Says It “Strongly Supports” The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    White House Says It “Strongly Supports” The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying that it “strongly supports” the Senate’s USA FREEDOM Act, which could see a vote this week. The bill would curtail some practices of the United States’ surveillance apparatus. Congress, in this lame duck session, only has so many hours and days to conduct its final business. Before the session, it seemed… Read More

  • For Windows 10, A Feedback Test

    For Windows 10, A Feedback Test

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a large project, and one that is being built partially in plain sight. The software company, leaving behind its former ways, is working to integrate its community into the development process, even highlighting their feedback when it results in new features and changes that were sourced from people outside the firm. Such it was last week… Read More

  • Tech Giants Call For Passage Of Senate NSA Reform Bill

    Tech Giants Call For Passage Of Senate NSA Reform Bill

    A collective of large tech companies has urged the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that it could vote on this week. Reform Government Surveillance, which counts Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter as members, released a letter to the Senate, calling the week’s vote an “opportunity” to pass the “bipartisan” law. The Act will, according to the… Read More

  • Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    The good Senator Ted Cruz from Texas tackled net neutrality again today, with a bit more tact than earlier this week when he called it “Obamacare for the Internet.” It wasn’t immediately clear at that point what the connection between the Affordable Care Act and the preservation of the open Internet was, precisely, but the comment did cause a stir. Today, at a Texas incubator… Read More

  • The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    AT&T announced earlier this week that it would “pause” the rollout of fiber Internet connections to dozens of cities, due to uncertainty in the market caused by potentially stiff net neutrality rules that may be put into place. The president recently caused a ruckus in the debate by calling for reclassification of broadband under Title II. Read More

  • TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    Rising nearly 6 percent in regular trading, TubeMogul spiked 16 percent in after-hours trading after reporting better-than-expected revenue, profit and guidance. Read More

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