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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  • Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Immigration reform, conventional wisdom goes, becomes less likely to pass the closer we come to the midterm election cycle. Despite that, and recent reticence of House Republicans to put the issue on the agenda at all, the Mark Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us lobbying group is spending $250,000 to air new advertisements on cable.
    Why? According to the group, to “prod” the lower chamber… Read More

  • Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Speaking at the Southland Conference, former Vice President Al Gore declined to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a traitor for leaking tens of thousands of secret government documents to journalists. Read More

  • Hybrid Storage Provider Egnyte Turns To Google’s Cloud To House Future Customer Data

    Hybrid Storage Provider Egnyte Turns To Google’s Cloud To House Future Customer Data

    Egnyte, a company that sells a hybrid storage solution that includes a cloud-based component, is turning to another provider to help house its growing set of customer data: Google. Why might a cloud company turn to another cloud provider to host its data? Google, through its Google Ventures arm, is an investor in Egnyte, making the union reasonable. Egnyte does not intend to move its… Read More

  • GoDaddy Files For $100M IPO

    GoDaddy Files For $100M IPO

    Today GoDaddy, the popular domain and web-services company, filed its S-1 document to go public. The company has seen quick revenue growth in recent years and massive losses measured using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The company’s 2013 revenue totaled $1.13 billion. The company lost $199.88 million during that period. The company had revenue of $910 million in 2012… Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    Apple’s 7-for-1 split went live today, and its share price dipped under the $100 mark as the technology company greatly increased its share count. The market is up today, but Apple has picked up more than twice the bounce that the NASDAQ has received, climbing north of 1 percent. It’s not a massive rally, but no one anticipated more. Apple’s split is noteworthy given its… Read More

  • The Platform Wars

    The Platform Wars

    During its WWDC keynote this year, Apple took on the world: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive for cloud storage; WhatsApp, Snapchat and BBM for messaging; Skype and your cell phone for calls; Google for search; and so on. Hell, Apple even took on Objective-C. Read More

  • NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

    NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

    Google recently made waves by introducing the framework for a tool that will bolster email encryption through a coming plug-in for its Chrome browser. TechCrunch noted the complexity of the problem that Google is taking on, and that it seemed like a worthy task. Read More

  • Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Call On The Senate To Strengthen NSA Reform

    Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Call On The Senate To Strengthen NSA Reform

    At the roughly one-year anniversary of the NSA leaks, Reform Government Surveillance, a group backed by a number of notable tech companies, is publishing a letter demanding the Senate strengthen the NSA reform bill that recently passed the House. According to the letter, in the coming weeks, the upper chamber of Congress has the “opportunity to demonstrate leadership and pass a version… Read More

  • Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

    Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

    Marking the one year anniversary of the NSA leaks saga, Microsoft today called for broad change in how the United States Government and its intelligence agencies operate, and what they collect. Microsoft is not alone among technology companies in calling for reform. Its blog post today, however, is interesting given its breadth and specificity. The company wants the government to end bulk… Read More

  • GoPro Hires Former Skype CEO Tony Bates To Be Its President

    GoPro Hires Former Skype CEO Tony Bates To Be Its President

    Today GoPro named Tony Bates its president and new member of its board of directors. GoPro recently filed for a $100 million initial public offering. Bates will report to founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. Bates is best known for his tenure as Skype’s CEO and then as an executive vice president at Microsoft after it bought Skype. After being a mentioned name in CEO bingo, Bates left… Read More

  • Android Likely To Get Touch-Friendly Office Before Windows

    Android Likely To Get Touch-Friendly Office Before Windows

    Earlier today, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that the tablet-touch build of Office for Android will land before the touch-ready build for Windows. Yes, this is the real world. Microsoft declined to comment. Keep in mind that Microsoft building an Office suite for Android tablets isn’t news. This is a timing issue. Read More

  • NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    Despite Congressional bloviation, the NSA doesn’t think that Edward Snowden is a foreign spy. NSA Chief Michael Rogers doesn’t think it likely that Snowden is working for Russia, or any other country’s intelligence apparatus. “Could he have? Possibly. Do I believe that’s the case? Probably not,” said Rogers. Read More

  • You Can Buy 50 Cent’s New Album With Bitcoin

    You Can Buy 50 Cent’s New Album With Bitcoin

    50 Cent’s new album isn’t doing too well critically, but commercially the rapper is trying to take all comers and is even accepting bitcoin as payment for the record. Read More

  • Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    If you’re going to sell shares in your business and are soliciting for funds publicly, there are rules you have to follow. And Erik Voorhees recently found out there are rules to follow even if you’re selling shares for bitcoin. Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that after raising $15,843.98 for his ventures SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds, Voorhees will… Read More

  • Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1″ Devices

    Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1″ Devices

    Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design ‘2-in-1′ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids. The chip maker, increasingly betting on mobile in the face of a immiserated personal computer market, wants to grow its market share in the tablet industry. The idea of a ‘2-in-1′ — hereafter called 2-1 — is simple: Have a tablet… Read More

  • WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    Today in its WWDC keynote, Apple announced a sheaf of changes to its iMessage service, including messages that will self destruct over time, sending short audio and video messages, and group messaging capabilities. Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    This morning at its WWDC event, Apple announced that the coming update to OS X, dubbed Yosemite, will have a public beta period this summer. Developers will get their hands on the code today, but Apple is charting a new path by bringing its operating system preview to the public. Read More

  • Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Are you ready for the Start Menu? You may want to put on your waiting pants, as Microsoft isn’t set to release the revamped Start Menu until 2015, according to the superlative Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft gave a demo of sorts of the forthcoming Start Menu at its Build conference earlier this year, but the product was shown briefly, and likely wasn’t much more than a mockup. Therefore… Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 has finally bested its predecessor, with its market share edging higher than Windows 8’s in May, according to NetMarketShare. In May, Windows 8.1 ended with 6.35% global desktop market share, while Windows 8 managed a slimmer 6.29%. As The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski notes, that’s an aggregate gain of 0.40% for Microsoft’s new Windows 8.x… Read More