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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  • NSA Allegedly Intercepts Shipments of Servers To Install Spying Backdoors

    Today in a published excerpt of his forthcoming book, No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald reports, citing documents from 2010, that the NSA intercepts routers and servers being shipped from the United States overseas and compromises them. The document that the revelation is based on, according to Greenwald, will be released tomorrow. Read More

  • Office For iPad Apps Have Racked Up 27M Downloads In 46 Days

    Office For iPad Apps Have Racked Up 27M Downloads In 46 Days

    In just over a month, Office for iPad has picked up another 15 million downloads of its applications. Microsoft reported 12 million downloads in early April, and 27 million today. That’s a massive figure. The apps have been out for 46 days, implying an average daily download rate of 587,000. It will be interesting to see where that number rests in another month — how much of… Read More

  • Mute Me

    Mute Me

    I remember the moment I fell in love with Twitter. I was crashing on a couch in Portland, Ore., with the Clicky Web Analytics guys back in 2008, and we were watching the live stream of a TechCrunch conference. I had joined Twitter the summer before, during my first internship at Brass Magazine, but had found it roughly as interesting as sawdust. Read More

  • Tech Puts Points Back On The Board As Twitter, FireEye And Netflix Surge

    Tech Puts Points Back On The Board As Twitter, FireEye And Netflix Surge

    The recent decline in tech stocks has led to a broad narrative: The market’s appetite for young tech stocks in late 2013 and early 2014 led to valuation excesses, and the ensuing declines have all but closed the IPO window. Today, in a nice bucking of that trend, beleaguered companies that posted large declines are picking up big gains. Read More

  • Heading For A Vote, The FCC’s Spectrum Auction Plan Draws Mixed Reactions

    Heading For A Vote, The FCC’s Spectrum Auction Plan Draws Mixed Reactions

    AT&T might not be a big fan of the FCC’s plan to reserve some spectrum for smaller carriers in the coming 2015 auction, but that doesn’t mean the effort doesn’t have supporters. Recently, ten Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter endorsing the proposal. In their words, the “proposal to reserve a portion of the available licenses… Read More

  • FCC Said To Tweak Proposed Net Neutrality Rules, But Preserve Pay-For-Speed

    FCC Said To Tweak Proposed Net Neutrality Rules, But Preserve Pay-For-Speed

    Call it a non-fix: According to the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has tweaked the language of his proposed rules to allow content providers to pay for faster delivery of their content across an ISPs network. He has not recanted that proposal. Instead, according to the Journal, “the new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt… Read More

  • If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    Motivational stories are banal, personal anecdotes of people you don’t know are boring, and most business books contain about one postcard’s length of wisdom, spread out over several hundred pages. Sophia Amoruso’s recently released book #GIRLBOSS manages to avoid these pitfalls, fusing her personal life, her professional life, and a series of teachable moments together to… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook’s website is down for many. The voluminous reports on Twitter, and corroborating evidence, are pretty plain: For many, Facebook is not working at the moment. Young services are infamous for having extensive outages. Twitter, for one, when small, was down chronically.  Facebook going down, given how mature it is as a platform and public company, is a larger issue. Developers… Read More

  • 10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    Ten U.S. Senators, including Sens. Wyden, Warren, Franken, and Booker, today published a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in opposition to his proposed rules-changes to net neutrality that would create so-called Internet ‘fast lanes.’ As we’ve covered a half-dozen times, the proposal cuts at the heart of net neutrality’s bent on non-discrimination, by allowing… Read More

  • Gearing Up To Raise More Capital, TrackVia Is On Pace For 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

    Gearing Up To Raise More Capital, TrackVia Is On Pace For 100% Revenue Growth In 2014

    After booking 50% revenue growth in 2013, TrackVia is looking to grow its top line 100% in 2014. The company is on track to meet that benchmark, it told TechCrunch. TrackVia is an interesting company, selling a product that lets companies quickly build mobile applications for their employees to use. Instead of hiring an application development team internally, TrackVia helps firms quickly… Read More

  • Despite Furor, Proposed Net Neutrality Changes Appear Headed For A Vote

    Despite Furor, Proposed Net Neutrality Changes Appear Headed For A Vote

    The rising furor regarding proposed changes to net neutrality has so far failed to delay a vote next week on proposed new Open Internet rules at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) monthly meeting on May 15th. Several FCC commissioners have expressed concern for the proposals in question, even calling for a delay of the vote. It didn’t work. At question is the idea to… Read More

  • Tesla Slips Despite Beating Estimates In Q1 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $713M

    Tesla Slips Despite Beating Estimates In Q1 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $713M

    It’s not a good day to be a public technology company. Today despite beating non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP profit expectations, Tesla is down around 5 perecent in after-hours trading. The company reported $713 million in non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.12. Both figures were ahead of the street’s expectations of $699 in non-GAAP revenue, and $0.10 in… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer Explains Why Yahoo Is Undervalued

    Marissa Mayer Explains Why Yahoo Is Undervalued

    On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer pushed against the narrative that Yahoo is worth nothing. The company has a market capitalization in the tens of billions, but it’s been pointed out that if you add up the value of its stakes in Yahoo Japan, and Alibaba, the company could be valued at something approaching zero. Read More

  • SEC Publishes Laundry List Of Bitcoin Risks, Cites Governmental Regulation As A Potential Headache

    SEC Publishes Laundry List Of Bitcoin Risks, Cites Governmental Regulation As A Potential Headache

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) doesn’t appear to be bitcoin’s biggest fan. Today, the government agency published a long list of potential risks that bitcoin presents, and it’s quite the document. After saying that bitcoin is “used like money,” the SEC goes on to point out that the IRS “recently issued guidance stating that it will… Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Parent AOL’s Stock Falls After Disappointing Earnings Report

    TechCrunch’s Parent AOL’s Stock Falls After Disappointing Earnings Report

    Among the retreating technology and technology-facing stocks, AOL stands out today in terms of the scale of its decline. As of this writing, AOL is down more than 24%, and could easily end the day down more than a quarter of its former value. AOL owns TechCrunch. Investors are more skittish about AOL today than they were yesterday with Twitter, a company that can’t find GAAP profits… Read More

  • Sen. Franken Calls Net Neutrality The “Free Speech Issue Of Our Time”

    Sen. Franken Calls Net Neutrality The “Free Speech Issue Of Our Time”

    In a video posted to the website NoSlowLane, Senator Al Franken made the argument for pure net neutrality, calling the principle “the free speech issue of our time.” Citing YouTube in its infancy as precisely the sort of company that benefited from an open Internet that was not tiltable by incumbent powers with a financial advantage, the senator’s argument is simple: the… Read More

  • Tech Stocks Crumble As The Market Demands What They Can’t Deliver

    Tech Stocks Crumble As The Market Demands What They Can’t Deliver

    It’s a nasty day for technology companies in the public markets, as aging giants like AOL are falling right alongside upstarts with larger market caps like Twitter and Groupon that are popping negative. Forget your IPO window. This is nasty. Keep in mind that venture capital behaves like an amped version of the NASDAQ, and when the latter falls apart, it closes the liquidity cycle… Read More

  • Alibaba Files For Massive IPO With 9-Month Revenue Of $6.51B

    Alibaba Files For Massive IPO With 9-Month Revenue Of $6.51B

    This afternoon Alibaba filed for its hotly anticipated IPO, detailing its recent financial performance, including revenue for the first nine months of its fiscal year 2013 of $6.51 billion and net income of $2.85 billion for the same period. Alibaba intends to sell around 12 percent of its shares, according to sources, which means that the IPO could bring in around $20 billion. That would… Read More

  • Groupon Beats In Q1 With $757.6M In Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS Of -$0.01

    Groupon Beats In Q1 With $757.6M In Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS Of -$0.01

    After the bell today Groupon reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $757.60 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of -$0.01. Analysts had expected for the company to earn -$0.03 per share (non-GAAP) on revenue of $740 million. On a GAAP basis, Groupon lost $37.8 million, or $0.06 per share. The company’s adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $40.3… Read More

  • Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

    Today a massive quantity of Twitter stock unlocked, allowing shareholders in the firm that have long held stock in the social giant to sell their equity. The impact, perhaps as expected, is a bloodbath, with Twitter sinking more than 11 percent at the time of writing. Twitter is trading around the $34.40 mark, up slightly from a new record low of $34 that it set earlier today. It’s… Read More