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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  • Yahoo Drops 5% After Alibaba’s Updated F-1 Filing Indicates Slipping Margins

    Yahoo Drops 5% After Alibaba’s Updated F-1 Filing Indicates Slipping Margins

    Yahoo’s stock, behaving as a proxy to Alibaba’s valuation, is down 5 percent today in midday regular trading, after the Alibaba’s updated F-1 filing indicated that its operating margins are declining. According to the company, for its most recently ended fiscal quarter, its operating margin “declined from 51.3% to 45.3%,” when compared to the comparable… Read More

  • GHash Looks To Quell Bitcoin Market Worries In Wake Of “51%” Scare

    GHash Looks To Quell Bitcoin Market Worries In Wake Of “51%” Scare

    The bitcoin community was rattled recently when it became known that GHash, a mining pool, had crossed the 51 percent mark, indicating that it was powering more than half of the computing heft that undergirds the cryptocurrency’s foundation. At issue is the general consensus that any party that controls 51 percent or more of that computational power can do unkind things with bitcoin at… Read More

  • Box Acquires YC-Backed Streem

    Box Acquires YC-Backed Streem

    This morning Box, a cloud-based file-management service, announced that it has acquired Streem, a Y Combinator-backed company that allows customers to “stream” files to their desktop environments. Box declined to share terms of the agreement, but did note in an email that it bought the company using a blend of cash and stock. The four members of Streem will join Box. Read More

  • ’51%’ Fears Rattle The Bitcoin Community

    ’51%’ Fears Rattle The Bitcoin Community

    In January, there was worry in the bitcoin community regarding GHash, a mining pool. It controlled a rising share of the total bitcoin computational power used to mine the cryptocurrency — it’s share was creeping towards the 50% mark. Here’s a sample of what was written in January, when GHash was at a still-distant 42%: “[That percentage puts] uncomfortably close to… Read More

  • Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data

    Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data

    Microsoft’s case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon, AT&T, and, recently, Apple and Cisco. The final two filed a joint amicus brief, which details their protest of the practice. Microsoft lost… Read More

  • Court Orders Department Of Justice To Privately Produce Secret Surveillance Court Documents

    Court Orders Department Of Justice To Privately Produce Secret Surveillance Court Documents

    Today, Judge Yvonne Rogers of the District Court, Northern California District ordered that the Department of Justice produce documents relating to five Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court) decisions. The documents won’t be released to the public, but the decision grants the Judge the ability to review in private the material that the government doesn’t want released. Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Price And The Public Interest

    Bitcoin’s Price And The Public Interest

    When bitcoin’s price skyrockets, the printing presses kick into high gear. And when Bitcoin collapses, a new crop of stories go out. Something interesting is happening at the moment, however, as we have recently seen a decoupling of bitcoin’s price and the public interest. In short, bitcoin’s recent rally hasn’t been matched with rising consumer interest in the currency. Read More

  • Yelp, Zillow And Groupon Rise In Wake Of OpenTable Acquisition Announcement

    Yelp, Zillow And Groupon Rise In Wake Of OpenTable Acquisition Announcement

    The $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable by Priceline bounced a number of companies’ share prices today, including a 3.91 percent rise for Groupon, and a 2.39 percent bump for Zillow. Yelp, however, shot north 13.79 percent. Investors seem to be betting that, in the wake of the OpenTable deal — executed at a more than 40 percent premium — other companies that are local… Read More

  • Court Upholds Dismissal Of $1B Lawsuit Against Facebook

    Court Upholds Dismissal Of $1B Lawsuit Against Facebook

    Facebook enjoyed a legal victory today, when an earlier dismissal of a lawsuit that it called a “publicity stunt” was upheld by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The lawsuit, alleging that Facebook did not take down a page urging violence against Israel’s Jewish population quickly enough, was filed in 2011. The lawsuit… Read More

  • The FCC Is Investigating The Netflix-Verizon Scrap

    The FCC Is Investigating The Netflix-Verizon Scrap

    The FCC is investigating the fight between content companies and ISPs, which has seen Netflix warn its customers that Verizon’s network is “crowded” at certain times, Verizon fire back that the fault is Netflix’s, and the content company respond by making a Chris Christie-esque pronouncement that the ISP is closing lanes during rush hour. Read More

  • Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    After pleading guilty, former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo will pay a $100 fine and serve three months in prison for stealing trade secrets. His case picked up wide notice not due to the nature of the crime — trade leaks happen every day — but instead in terms of how he was caught. Kibkalo leaked code to a French blogger, and Microsoft took a look into that account for… Read More

  • Intel Rises 5.5% After-Hours On Raised Q2 And Full-Year Revenue Expectations

    Intel Rises 5.5% After-Hours On Raised Q2 And Full-Year Revenue Expectations

    After ending regular trading all but flat today, Intel is up 5.47 percent after-hours on the strength of new guidance for its second quarter and full-year revenue, and a slight change to its gross margin. For the second quarter, Intel expects revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million. This is greater than its prior expectation of $13 billion, plus or minus $500 million. So, on the… Read More

  • Twitter Rises 3.5% In Down Market As COO Exits

    Twitter Rises 3.5% In Down Market As COO Exits

    Rumors of an imminent management shakeup at Twitter became a reality today as the company’s COO Ali Rowghani departed that role. In a down market, Twitter rose 3.5 percent in regular trading, and is up a fraction after-hours. The major indexes were down more than 0.6 percent apiece. Given the general dearth of news surrounding Twitter at the moment, it is not overly bold to ascribe at… Read More

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Outlines New Cybersecurity Paradigm Led By Private Sector

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Outlines New Cybersecurity Paradigm Led By Private Sector

    Earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his agency’s plans to address cybersecurity to the American Enterprise Institute. Wheeler’s approach would see the private sector, not the FCC, take the leading role in addressing new cyber security threats, leaving his agency to monitor and guide, stepping in only if a market-based approach fails to adequately protect… Read More

  • MobileIron Pops 17% In Public Debut

    MobileIron Pops 17% In Public Debut

    This morning the public markets welcomed MobileIron to the NASDAQ, sending its shares up 17.67 percent at the time of writing. MobileIron is a mobile-IT provider for large corporations. MobileIron’s IPO was viewed by some as a proxy for the larger technology markets, given its quickly expanding revenue in its most recent full-calendar year, as well as its deepening losses. Like a number… Read More

  • Uber Accelerates In Europe As Incumbent Powers Stamp Their Feet

    Uber Accelerates In Europe As Incumbent Powers Stamp Their Feet

    As many European countries see protests of scale against the popular, and controversial-to-some, ride-share service Uber, the company is seeing massive interest in its offerings. Media coverage of the strike indicated that Uber wasn’t being punished in the least: Instead, demand was spiking, and Uber launched a fresh service in the London market. What’s causing that? Likely a… Read More

  • Poll Indicates Broad Support For Email Privacy Overhaul

    Poll Indicates Broad Support For Email Privacy Overhaul

    While we argue about how to best curtail the NSA, and precisely what constitutes meaningful reform, a gaping privacy hole remains open regarding our email: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 allows for email that has been stored by a user for more than 180 days to be accessed without a warrant. Read More

  • Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Brigade Media has acquired a majority position in the holding company that owns Causes and Votizen. Causes is known for its days as a platform for Facebook users to organize around issues. Votizen provided social networking tools for voters. Causes acquired Votizen in 2013. Also, amid a number of executive changes, Sean Parker will step down as interim CEO at Brigade but remain chairman. Read More

  • President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably, and infamously to some, the President answered questions on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis to promote Healthcare.gov. That effort led to a spike… Read More

  • 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