Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. He lives in San Francisco.

Disclosure: I own a minor quantity of shares in AOL, the parent company of TechCrunch, that were purchased through the firm's employee share purchase program. My 401k and other accounts are invested into diversified global funds that include both equities and bonds. I own no other individual shares in companies, either private or public. I'm currently dating someone who works for a Google subsidiary.

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  • Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the pitch this morning that his company’s Surface project is here to stay, hoping to convince potential business customers that investing in the tablet-hybrids won’t leave them in the lurch. Out this morning from Microsoft’s chief is a quote calling the Surface Pro 3 an “enterprise-class device,” saying that the company is… Read More

  • Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    In a recent Vanity Fair feature on Microsoft that you should certainly read, a comment from former CEO Bill Gates is worth considering: “[T]he original idea of having great software people and broad software products and Office being the primary tool that people look to across all these devices, that’s as true today and as strong as ever.” Read More

  • FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    The FCC slapped AT&T with the largest “enforcement action” in its history, the agency announced today. The total bill, $105 million, will include $80 million in payments to scammed AT&T customers, $20 million to “state governments participating in the settlement,” with the last $5 million going to the FCC itself, it said today in a statement. Read More

  • Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

    Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

    Twitter wants you to know that it is serious about data request transparency, and that is a darn fine good thing. The social company is suing the government for the right to share, in more granular detail, the requests for user data that state makes. The United States government would like such data to be opaque. Twitter, the opposite. Read More

  • 7 Celebrity-Endorsed Startups That Totally Bombed

    You have a team. You have funding. You have a product. And you have a celebrity backing your company. What could go wrong? Lots, apparently. A lot of things can go wrong. We know this because the list of failed startups that either had celebrity cash or endorsements is pretty damn long. It’s not exhaustive — having someone that people want to take pictures with on… Read More

  • Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Mark your calendars: Microsoft is coming to town. Again. On October 20, Microsoft’s cloud crew, including CEO Satya Nadella and its Azure boss, Scott Guthrie, will be in San Francisco to talk about the “cloud” and “Azure.” We don’t have much more than that at the moment, frustratingly. Microsoft is continuing its recent history of coming to the Bay Area, and… Read More

  • HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    Unlock that value. Following news and confirmation that HP will separate itself into two separate, public entities, investors sent its shares soaring more than 5 percent, to $36.87, at the end of regular trading. That’s a market cap gain of around $3 billion. Investors are enthused that the company is working to unlock whatever value may have been hidden inside of the conglomerated firm. Read More

  • Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Recently, an individual or group put an estimated 30,000 bitcoin onto the market at a price of $300 per coin. It isn’t clear who was behind the sale, or what their motives were, but the sale meant millions of dollars in revenue for whomever pulled the trigger. Given the number of coins that were made available at the $300 mark, then below the market price, it took quite some time for… Read More

  • Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    The merry band of scientists over at Microsoft Research — who apparently get paid to have fun and speak with fixed tones over videos — have put together something called FlexSense, a flat piece of bendable material loaded with sensors. You torque it, and it accepts the “deformation” input. That means it can tell how you are bending it and translates that information for… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    $300, it’s the new $400. Yesterday’s selloff managed to push the price of bitcoin below the $300 mark this morning, around two weeks after the cryptocurrency fell below its prior $400 floor. Here’s a screenshot from BitcoinAverage from earlier today: A chart of the decline: (In the ensuing bit, bitcoin has managed to re-crest the $300 level, a price range that it has… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    1, 2, 3, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, [airgap], 10! Microsoft’s Windows 10 must patch the consumer-facing flaws present in Windows 8.x, and also bring enterprise customers into the modern era of computing. Couple that to the larger Windows trend of platform unification that Windows 10 will be the apparent culmination of, and you have what must be one of the most… Read More

  • Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    3.7 million comments later, the net neutrality debate continues. Out Friday was a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman detailing an approach that would lean on both proposed sources of governmental authority to enforce an open Internet. Rep. Waxman wants to use both Title II, and Section 706. At issue is the fact that there exists tension between advocates of net neutrality in terms how to… Read More

  • The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency, recently slipped under the $400 mark, a former price floor that some viewed as a bulwark against further price pressure. Currently trading for $338.83, bitcoin is down $29.06 in the past 24 hours, or around 7.9 percent. From its all-time highs, bitcoin is down around 70 percent. For historical context, here’s the chart, with the current… Read More

  • Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Now that the market has had time to begin digesting the new bits that Windows 10 will unveil in the middle of next year, it’s important to place the operating system into proper historical context. It is Friday, so crank up your speakers and let’s get crazy: Jokes aside, there is a minor irony that much of what Windows 10 will contain is something of a forward-leaning look… Read More

  • VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    If you are a Windows 8.1 user, the VLC team has a little gift for you this Friday: An app. As Neowin notes, if you have the former edition installed, you will want to yank that one, and then install the new code. Microsoft has struggled to attract top-tier support from developers for is Windows 8.x platform — it has been something of a constant narrative. To see VLC continue to… Read More

  • GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro’s stock is down dramatically today, off more than 6 percent, after it was announced that its founding team will move more than 5.8 million shares to a charitable group. Immediate punditry called the action a way around the normal lock-up period that prevents insiders from selling shares in newly public companies for a set period of time. The rules are in place to prevent… Read More

  • Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box, an enterprise-facing cloud storage and productivity company, is said to be further delaying its initial public offering (IPO). The delay could last until its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends after the first month of the new year. This is viscerally unsurprising given that the company has consistently said that it will go public when it makes sense, and that it closed another round of… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More

  • Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More