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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  • Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Patrick Leahy recently called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host round-table discussions about net neutrality outside of Washington. The agency previously announced that it will hold a number of sessions concerning the open Internet inside of the capital. The FCC should heed the senator’s call and follow through with hosting sessions around the country. It… Read More

  • Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    So it’s lunch time, and you haven’t accomplished nearly enough to warrant yourself a jaunt outside to get some food, let alone having iced so many to-dos that you are going to leave the office for a sit-down meal. And you want a burrito. After full minutes of running estimates in my head, I’ve discovered this situation happens between three and fourteen times per week to… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Out Of Its Trading Range

    Bitcoin Falls Out Of Its Trading Range

    After doing large amounts of nothing for months, the price of bitcoin has found a new direction at last: Down. The recent narrative around bitcoin has been roughly zilch, as the cryptocurrency picked up a few new large vendors’ support, but otherwise settled into something approaching a summer malaise. The price of bitcoin, which is correlated to media and public interest, has… Read More

  • WTF
    Microsoft’s CEO Dares Google, Amazon Execs In Ice Bucket Challenge

    Microsoft’s CEO Dares Google, Amazon Execs In Ice Bucket Challenge

    The current meme of dumping really cold water on your head to raise awareness for ALS is spreading quickly. Today, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella allowed the winning team from his company’s internal hackathon to pour a large amount of chilly dihydrogen monoxide onto his expecting pate. Read More

  • Cisco To Trim 8% Of Its Global Workforce After Reporting Modest Earnings Beat

    Cisco To Trim 8% Of Its Global Workforce After Reporting Modest Earnings Beat

    Today Cisco reported its fiscal fourth quarter 2014 results, including revenue of $12.36 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.55. Investors had expected $0.53 in profit per share in revenue of $12.14 billion in revenue. Despite besting expectations, Cisco’s quarter was lackluster. The company’s revenue fell 0.5% compared to the year ago period, and its net… Read More

  • Fresh Off Of Raising $30M, BitPay Staffs Up In San Francisco With Visa, PayPal Alums

    Fresh Off Of Raising $30M, BitPay Staffs Up In San Francisco With Visa, PayPal Alums

    Three months after raising a staggering $30 million Series A round of capital, BitPay has staffed up its San Francisco contingent with a few hires that are worth noting. Currently, BitPay has 40,000 merchants signed onto its service, which helps companies of all stripes accept payment for their goods and services in bitcoin. Read More

  • Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Many in the media have conjectured that supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a series of Internet outages in Syria in 2012. But National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims at least one was caused by the United States Government. Read More

  • Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    In a set of comments regarding “big data,” submitted in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) request for public input, Microsoft listed a number of changes to how the U.S. government handles surveillance and digital privacy that it thinks would help build “confidence in the cloud.” Its list, while not surprising in… Read More

  • NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC On The Record Tumblr page, “certain electronic communications metadata such as the… Read More

  • Candy Crush Maker King Drops 20% After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    Candy Crush Maker King Drops 20% After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    Candy crushed. King, maker and purveyor of Candy Crush, reported earnings today and was whacked by investors after detailing revenue that disappointed, and lowering its top line guidance. The company also announced a $150 million dividend. The company earned $0.59 per share on a non-GAAP basis on revenue of $594 million. Investors had expected the company to report $0.59 per share in… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    It’s a big day in the Windows world, with Microsoft rolling out a grip of security patches, updates for Surface tablets, and new capabilities for Windows 8.1 as part of its August update. Regarding the security fixes, nine security updates are part of the package, addressing what Microsoft calls “37 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” Read More

  • Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

    Imgur Joins Chorus Of Tech Companies Calling For Net Neutrality

    Imgur, the popular photo sharing service, today filed comments with the FCC concerning net neutrality, arguing against paid prioritization and in favor of Title II reclassification of ISPs as utilities. To see a non-ISP technology company speak in that manner isn’t surprising. But Imgur’s comments are worth noting for their candor, as well as discussion of the impact of paid… Read More

  • Bitcoin Slips As US Consumer Finance Agency Warns Of Cryptocurrency Risks

    Bitcoin Slips As US Consumer Finance Agency Warns Of Cryptocurrency Risks

    Remember bitcoin? Today the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a lengthy set of risks that the cryptocurrency poses to early adopters. The list is somewhat decent in its content, though I suspect the bitcoin faithful will find its tone to be overly negative. That same contingent will likely also find it encouraging that the CFPB is paying bitcoin any mind at all. The CFPB has… Read More

  • The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

    The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host four “Open Internet Round Tables” to discuss a number of topics that relate to net neutrality. The six sessions start with basic questions regarding the brass tacks of net neutrality itself, moving into the more technical aspects of the idea. The economics of broadband, a related topic, will also be discussed. According to the… Read More

  • Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build. If Windows 8 was a dramatic lurch towards mobile computing, especially on tablets, Windows 9 appears to be heading for a more equitable balance between desktop muscle, and… Read More

  • Tech Companies Praise The President For Speaking Out In Favor Of Net Neutrality

    Tech Companies Praise The President For Speaking Out In Favor Of Net Neutrality

    President Barack Obama spoke in favor of net neutrality this week, pushing back against the idea of paid prioritization, which many call Internet “fast lanes.” Following the president’s comments, a number of technology companies joined cultural and privacy groups in praising the American leader. Read More

  • FCC Chairman Dismisses Verizon’s Defense Of Throttling High-Bandwidth Customers

    FCC Chairman Dismisses Verizon’s Defense Of Throttling High-Bandwidth Customers

    Verizon announced in late July that it would start throttling the 4G data speeds of customers on unlimited data plans who are among the top 5 percent of their users when it comes to consumption of mobile data, and were “connected to cell sites experiencing heavy demand.” The FCC wasn’t too pleased. The commission sent Verizon a letter stating that… Read More

  • Judge Rejects Comically Low $324.5M Settlement To Tech Workers Who Were Cheated Out Of Fair Wages

    Judge Rejects Comically Low $324.5M Settlement To Tech Workers Who Were Cheated Out Of Fair Wages

    The proposed $324.5 million settlement between Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe and tens of thousands of their workers has been rejected by Judge Lucy Koh. The Judge said that the dollar figure “falls below the range of reasonableness.” When the proposed agreement broke, TechCrunch called the total proposed restitution “paltry and an embarrassment.” Judge Koh’s… Read More

  • Yahoo To Strengthen Email Encryption

    Yahoo To Strengthen Email Encryption

    Yahoo will join Google in providing users of its email service with end-to-end encryption, helping to keep the private communications of people protected from the prying eyes of governments and hackers alike. The company made the announcement on stage at the Black Hat security conference earlier today. Read More

  • Twitch On Defense After Abrupt Changes To Its Content Policies Anger Users

    Twitch On Defense After Abrupt Changes To Its Content Policies Anger Users

    Until recently, Twitch could do no wrong. The streaming service, born out of Justin.tv to cater to the burgeoning gaming and e-sports industries, grew quickly, raised lots of capital and subsumed its parent, and was tipped to be headed for a $1 billion exit to Google. Recently the company announced changes to its VOD service and instituted an audio recognition service that mutes stored… Read More