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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  • Secretary Of State Kerry Offers Snowden A Flight If He Wants To Come Home

    Secretary Of State Kerry Offers Snowden A Flight If He Wants To Come Home

    The U.S. Executive branch still isn’t much of a Snowden fan, despite his leaks spurring calls for change both in the Judicial and Legislative parts of the government. This is hardly surprising given that the NSA is a part of the Executive Branch. But recent comments by Secretary of State John Kerry are worth noting, as they set the tone for future dissidents, and also imply that the… Read More

  • Box Courts Nonprofits With Free And Discounted Cloud Storage

    Box Courts Nonprofits With Free And Discounted Cloud Storage

    Box, a cloud storage provider, today announced Box.org, an effort to offer free and discounted products to nonprofit and development organizations. It’s a simple plan: 10 free licenses per group, and then 50 percent discounted service above that point. Box, which has gross margins of 79 percent as reported in its recent financial filings, can afford the discount. Also, presumably, as… Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Company Will Keep Bing, Xbox

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Company Will Keep Bing, Xbox

    Ready for an update from the no-surprise department? Microsoft isn’t keen to sell either its Xbox or search businesses. Today at the CODE Conference Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that he has no intention to divest Bing, the company’s search property, or Xbox, its gaming and living-room play. This should come as precisely no surprise. It rises to the level of being… Read More

  • Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran has summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to court over privacy concerns involving WhatsApp and Instagram. He won’t go, of course, because the U.S. and Iran do not have an extradition treaty. And because the summons is ludicrous. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Read More

  • Twitter Lands $230M Deal With Omnicom

    Twitter Lands $230M Deal With Omnicom

    Twitter’s MoPub will integrate with Omnicom’s programmatic ad purchasing product in a two-year deal valued at $230 million. According to AdAge, the agreement includes a “‘first look’ at mobile-ad units created by Twitter.” The Omnicom deal could indicate that Twitter’s purchase of MoPub, a $350 million bet into the mobile space, wasn’t a… Read More

  • Twitter Trades Higher On Report’s Indication Of Coming Asian Growth

    Twitter Trades Higher On Report’s Indication Of Coming Asian Growth

    It’s been a rollicking few weeks in the stock market for Twitter, a company that has seen its share price knee-capped as part of a larger retreat of so-called “momentum” technology firms. That said, today Twitter is trending higher on the back of a report that forecasts growth for the firm in Asia, indicating that Twitter’s user base incline may not be the… Read More

  • Bitcoin Rallies As Allegations Of Trading Irregularities Swirl

    Bitcoin Rallies As Allegations Of Trading Irregularities Swirl

    It’s been a torrid few days for bitcoin, the now globally known cryptocurrency. A price rally kicked off that has, over the past week, pushed the value of bitcoin up by around 25 percent. Trading near the $580 mark, bitcoin is still down around 50 percent from its record, late-2013 highs, but the life that it’s showing could once again bolster consumer interest in the stuff. Read More

  • Surface Pro 3 Tablet Review

    Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft’s newest Surface, the Surface Pro 3, is an interesting gadget. Akin to its predecessors, it sits somewhere between a tablet and a laptop. In Microsoft’s estimation, the Pro 3 can replace your laptop while providing the utility of a tablet. It’s a big claim. TechCrunch got its hands on a Pro 3 here in San Francisco, and sat it next to its predecessors and competitors. Read More

  • Twitter Closed At $30.50 Today, Its Lowest Conclusion So Far As A Public Company

    Twitter Closed At $30.50 Today, Its Lowest Conclusion So Far As A Public Company

    Twitter closed out regular trading this afternoon at $30.50 per share. That’s its lowest end-of-day tally yet in its history as a public company. The company traded below the $30 mark earlier this month, but managed to end May 7 at $30.66. The decline of Twitter’s value is impressive. The company ‘s 52-week high — it hasn’t been public that long, keep in mind… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Secret’s Massive Expansion And Why Apple Wants Beats

    CrunchWeek: Secret’s Massive Expansion And Why Apple Wants Beats

    This week our inimitable boss Alexia Tsotsis took to the Round Table with Kyle Russell, one of our latest hires, and your humble servant to dig into the intersection of technology and the personal. Secret, an application that recently expanded to Android and the whole world, is controversial given its consistent dose of public vitriol it fosters. Alexia isn’t leaving TechCrunch. Our… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Windows With Bing

    Microsoft Confirms Windows With Bing

    Surprising a grand total of zero people, Microsoft confirmed the existence of Windows with Bing today, and its post on the matter is deliciously vague. The core bit, in keeping to earlier reports, is that Windows with Bing will ship on low-cost devices — Paul Thurrott reported that devices under $250 will be eligible — bringing Windows 8.1’s cost profile better in line… Read More

  • Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

    Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

    The Snowden Effect, that mix of consciousness raising and potential legal reform of government surveillance, has another side to it: the impact of Snowden’s revelations on those revealed. The Guardian secured heavily redacted parts of a Pentagon report on the matter, two elements of which are worth reviewing. The report does not detail the impact of what Snowden revealed in relation… Read More

  • The EFF Blasts Twitter For Censoring Itself In Russia And Pakistan

    The EFF Blasts Twitter For Censoring Itself In Russia And Pakistan

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today upbraided Twitter for censoring itself in Russia and Pakistan, stating that the company has stepped “down from the free speech party.” The EFF’s argument is simple: Twitter’s decision to censor content on a country-by-country basis was the “least terrible option” available to it, provided that it only did so… Read More

  • HP Shares Dip As FQ2 ’14 Revenue Disappoints

    HP Shares Dip As FQ2 ’14 Revenue Disappoints

    Today HP’s earnings slipped out earlier than expected, with the company reporting a second quarter revenue tally of $27.3 billion, and earnings per share (non-GAAP) or $0.88. The market had expected the company to report higher revenue of $27.41 billion. Following the disappointment, HP shares fell several points before resurrecting to a decline of just over 2%. That decline in share… Read More

  • Microsoft Challenged A National Security Letter That Included A Gag Order — And Won

    Microsoft challenged a National Security Letter from the FBI last year — and won. The documents relating the case were recently unsealed, making the effort public. The gist is simple: Microsoft received a National Security Letter requesting “basic subscriber information” regarding an “enterprise” customer. That’s how Microsoft characterized the request. Read More

  • JD.com’s IPO Lands Strongly, With Shares Currently Up Over 8%

    JD.com’s IPO Lands Strongly, With Shares Currently Up Over 8%

    After pricing above expectations, JD.com’s IPO has performed well, with its shares currently up more than 8% from its $19 per share debut. JD.com popped higher this morning in its first moments as a public company, but the company has evened out to the $20 to $21 range for now. Is an 8% jump modest? Perhaps, but in the current, choppy market, pricing above range and nearly picking up… Read More

  • Weakened NSA Reform Bill Passes The House Despite Losing Key Votes

    Weakened NSA Reform Bill Passes The House Despite Losing Key Votes

    This morning the House passed the USA FREEDOM Act by a vote of 303 to 121. The bill, aimed at curbing the National Security Agency, was, in the views of privacy groups and the like, neutered late in its life, leaving it as little protection against bulk collection of private data. Read More

  • JD.com Prices At $19, Higher Than Its Initially Proposed Range

    JD.com Prices At $19, Higher Than Its Initially Proposed Range

    JD.com, fresh off rumors that its IPO is massively oversubscribed, priced at $19 per share, higher than its initially proposed range of $16 to $18 per share. The pricing indicates market appetite for shares in the Chinese company that is analogous to Amazon. Read More

  • Weibo Drops 5% After Reporting In-Line Q1 Revenues Of $67.5M, Better-Than-Expected $0.03 Loss Per Share

    Weibo Drops 5% After Reporting In-Line Q1 Revenues Of $67.5M, Better-Than-Expected $0.03 Loss Per Share

    This afternoon Weibo reported the financial results of its first quarter, including revenue of $67.5 and non-GAAP earnings per share of -$0.03. The market had expected the company to lose 5 cents per share on revenue of $67.45 million. The company, up more than 6 percent in regular trading, has fallen around 5 percent in after-hours trading. Read More

  • The White House Throws Its Weight Behind Weakened NSA Reform Bill

    The White House Throws Its Weight Behind Weakened NSA Reform Bill

    In the wake of criticism that the USA FREEDOM Act had been so neutered that it has lost sight of its initial goals of limiting NSA mass-surveillance, the Obama Administration today stated that it “strongly supports” its passage in the House. Citing “strong bipartisan effort,” the White House says that the bill “ensures our intelligence and law enforcement… Read More