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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  • Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Response to a recent report detailing surveillance of Muslim-Americans by the U.S. government has been swift and negative, with condemnation piling up from privacy and religious organizations alike. Delivering on a long-held promise, journalist Glenn Greenwald today published the names of five prominent Muslim-Americans who were under governmental surveillance for years. The group included… Read More

  • Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

  • Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Phone 7.8. As… Read More

  • Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

    Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

    The Senate Intelligence Committee today approved a cybersecurity bill that would encourage companies to share information about threats with each other and the federal government. The Senate group voted 12 to 3 to advance the bill. It should see a full vote this year. Read More

  • Inside Box’s Updated S-1

    Inside Box’s Updated S-1

    After much ado and pomp, Box released its updated S-1 document yesterday, revamping some of its usage statistics, and detailing the results of its fiscal first quarter. The company posted revenue of $45.3 million in the period, up 93.6 percent year-over-year. Its net loss totaled $38.5 million in the quarter, up a slimmer 13 percent. Read More

  • Twitter Tanks More Than 7%

    Twitter Tanks More Than 7%

    Following more executive changes, Twitter’s shares are down sharply today, sliding nearly 8 percent in morning trading. The company, which saw its share price soar following its IPO to more than $70 per share, is back under the $40 mark. The slide comes on the heels of news that the social company has made Katie Jacobs Stanton its new global media boss, and made Gabriel Stricker its… Read More

  • TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    When TubeMogul first filed to go public, it indicated that it would offer up to $75 million of its shares for sale. That figure was soft. Today, TubeMogul decided on a price range for its shares — $11 to $13 per unit — meaning that it could sell up to $93.4 million of its stock in the flotation. The company’s revenue has grown quickly, as had its losses until recently. It… Read More

  • Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    This afternoon, Box pulled the trigger on its updated S-1 document, detailing its fiscal first quarter financial performance. For the three-month period, Box had revenue of $45.3 million, and a loss of $38.5 million. The revenue figure is up 93.6 percent, and the loss total is up a more modest 13 percent. Read More

  • Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box, a file-storage and management firm, has raised another $150 million from TPG and Coatue, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company had previously raised $414.1 million, making its total funding in excess of $550 million. TechCrunch has confirmed the amount through a source. Previously, Box filed to go public, with its S-1 document detailing rapid revenue growth. Its top line… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft is bringing Yammer to more of its Office 365 SKUs, making the latter a more tempting offer. Educational and medium-business packages of Office 365 now come with Yammer. Microsoft added the social product to enterprise Office 365 SKUs late last year. Read More

  • Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    The U.S. got caught paying a German intelligence operative $34K to spy on the German group created to investigate the U.S.’s spying on Germany — at least according to the most recent crop of embarrassing allegations into the NSA’s surveillance activities. And German Chancellor Merkel is not pleased. Earlier today in China, the Chancellor stated that if the allegations prove… Read More

  • Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    A recent report in the Washington Post delved into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Section 702 surveillance activities, and although it found that the program returns useful information to the agency, it also revealed broad use of the legal authority to collect data and communications from non-target parties. It also indicated that “unmasked identities remain in the… Read More

  • California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

    California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

    Let’s see if we can do this without making any puns. In May, California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN), asking that .wine and .vin domain not be assigned to “any applicant,” provided that worries concerning protections against cybersquatting can’t be resolved. Congressman… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

    The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple… Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft seized 23 domains this week from No-IP, a provider of dynamic DNS services, after filing a civil suit alleging that the domains in question were used to distribute malware. The domains, according to Microsoft, were used 93 percent of the time for distributing the Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware families. A court granted Microsoft custodianship — DNS authority — of the… Read More

  • The EFF Sues The NSA For Details On How The Government Discloses Security Flaws

    The EFF Sues The NSA For Details On How The Government Discloses Security Flaws

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) over government disclosure of security flaws that have been uncovered by the intelligence community. In the wake of the Heartbleed fiasco, and pointed reports that the NSA both knew about the vulnerability and had exploited it, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) denied any prior… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Prepare another entry into your File Of No Surprise: Microsoft is moving ahead with its efforts to bring the highly lucrative Office franchise to Android tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently prepping a private beta of the new software. A sign-up page has been mostly taken offline since the news broke. A full Office suite for Android tablets is roughly as surprising as… Read More

  • The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) isn’t enthused with a report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) concerning government surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The current report generally upheld the program, offering a few motes of potential reform as suggestions. The report was, I think it fair to say, expected to… Read More

  • Bring On The Blogging Robots

    Bring On The Blogging Robots

    Earlier today TechCrunch reported that the Associated Press (AP) will employ robots to produce some of its earnings coverage. Given how much I enjoy covering every semi-semi annual earnings season, I’m downright excited about the development. Read More

  • Lawrence Lessig’s Campaign Reform Push Comes To A Head This Friday

    Lawrence Lessig’s Campaign Reform Push Comes To A Head This Friday

    Lawrence Lessig, an American intellectual and activist, recently launched a political action committee (PAC) called Mayday PAC, with the goal of electing members to Congress who are in favor of campaign finance reform. The group is currently raising money, with a fundraising deadline of July 4 rapidly approaching. Read More