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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  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Here’s a non-surprise: Microsoft is discounting its line of Surface Pro 2 tablets by $100 to $200, configuration depending. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, a device that has received stronger reviews by the media than its predecessors, we asked if it would continue to sell the Surface Pro 2. The company replied with the following comment: “Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2… Read More

  • Adobe Picks Up 464K Creative Cloud Subscribers In Q2, Ends With 2.3M

    Adobe Picks Up 464K Creative Cloud Subscribers In Q2, Ends With 2.3M

    After the bell today, Adobe announced its fiscal second-quarter financial performance, including $1.07 billion in revenue, $0.17 per share in earnings using GAAP metrics, and $0.37 per share without. The company’s shares are up sharply in after-hours trading, spiking more than 9 percent. Critical to the company’s quarter are the 464,000 new Creative Cloud subscriptions it picked… Read More

  • SolarCity Ends The Day Up 17.58% After It Purchases Silevo, Announces Manufacturing Plans

    SolarCity Ends The Day Up 17.58% After It Purchases Silevo, Announces Manufacturing Plans

    Shares of SolarCity jumped 17.58 percent in regular trading today, as investors applauded its decision to purchase solar-panel manufacturer Silevo, which had plans to build a factory in New York. SolarCity intends to build the plant and scale it to “capacity greater than 1 GW within the next two years.” Read More

  • Three Senators Decry The House’s NSA Bill, Citing “Watered Down” Reform

    Three Senators Decry The House’s NSA Bill, Citing “Watered Down” Reform

    A trio of Senators wrote an op-ed for the LA Times calling for NSA reform and decrying the bill that passed the House recently as insufficient for the protection of the privacy of U.S. citizens. The Senators, Rand Paul, Mark Udall and Ron Wyden, come from both parties. Senator Wyden is known as the senator that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to, regarding government… Read More

  • Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes Proposed In Congress

    Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes Proposed In Congress

    Democrats in the House and Senate introduced legislation today regarding so-called Internet fast lanes, which are currently under debate at the FCC. The FCC is reviewing and accepting comment on a set of recently proposed net neutrality rules aimed at formally codifying open Internet principles. Read More

  • Congress Set To Permanently Ban Taxation Of Internet Access

    Congress Set To Permanently Ban Taxation Of Internet Access

    What has 214 co-sponsors in the House and is probably going to become law? More popular than ice cream, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act would forever ban taxation of Internet access and “discriminatory” taxes on “electronic commerce.” You’ll note that the bill is called the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, and not the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Read More

  • 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