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 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

  • Wikipedia Picks Up $140,000 In Bitcoin Donations In One Week

    Wikipedia Picks Up $140,000 In Bitcoin Donations In One Week

    In late July, Wikipedia announced that it would accept donations in bitcoin. In its first week of accepting bitcoin, Wikipedia racked up $140,000 in new funds, according to Coinbase, the service that powers its cryptocurrency influx. CoinDesk, a publication that tracks bitcoin and other alternative, digital currencies heralds the news as suggesting “the staying power of digital… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface And The Fine Line Between Investment And Loss

    Microsoft’s Surface And The Fine Line Between Investment And Loss

    There’s been quite a bit of interesting financial commentary on Microsoft‘s Surface line of tablet-hybrids published recently. The Surface project loses money. Understanding the magnitude of those deficits is important. The analysis led to the Verge’s Tom Warren asking the somewhat provocative question of whether Surface is the new Zune, a product line that improved… Read More

  • The GOP Is Using Support For Uber As A Fundraising Pitch

    The GOP Is Using Support For Uber As A Fundraising Pitch

    The GOP is cool, guys, and they want you to know it. Out today from the Republican party is a petition in support of Uber. The petition is predictably partisan, blaming “liberal government bureaucrats” alongside “taxi unions” for “setting up roadblocks” and “issuing strangling regulations” to the detriment of Uber. Cities, according to the… Read More

  • Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    Microsoft Offers Chinese Workers A Free Windows Phone To Quit

    News broke today that Microsoft is offering employees in China a Lumia 630 device to leave the company voluntarily. Microsoft’s mass layoffs are not going over smoothly in China. Reports of protest have cropped up, with workers reacting in anger about the company’s impending job cuts that will eventually total 18,000 across the company. When Microsoft purchased most of… Read More

  • Yahoo Snags Netflix Exec To Be Its CIO

    Yahoo Snags Netflix Exec To Be Its CIO

    Yahoo announced this morning that it has hired Mike Kail, formerly of Netflix, to take on its chief information officer role, along with the title of senior vice president of infrastructure. Kail’s background in video is fitting, given Yahoo’s recent attempts to bolster its video content efforts. Yahoo also recently hired Alex Stamos to be its chief information security officer. Read More

  • Inside The FCC’s 1.1 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    Inside The FCC’s 1.1 Million Net Neutrality Comments

    If you ever wanted to make your Chrome browser freeze 10 times in one afternoon, you could take a look at the 1.4 GB of XML files of net neutrality comments that the Federal Communications Commission posted on Tuesday. More than 1.1 million comments regarding net neutrality have been submitted to the FCC, and we expect that number to surge as the second comment period comes to a close on… Read More