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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Its Cloud Strategy

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Its Cloud Strategy

    This morning at its Windows Partner Conference, Microsoft made a lengthy pitch to its assembled clients that the cloud isn’t the future, but rather the present. The company presented its cloud products and services as a way for partner companies to generate more revenue and land more customers. Microsoft, however, wasn’t overly boastful during its speech — instead, the… Read More

  • Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

    Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

    Mostly lost in the noise surrounding the World Cup final, a screenshot floated around the Microsoft-watching community. The image picked up attention because it contains what some claim is an image of the soon-to-return Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Microsoft promised that the user interface element would come back in a keynote this April. In the ensuing few months there hasn’t been much… Read More

  • FCC Approves Billions To Bring Wi-Fi To More American Schools

    FCC Approves Billions To Bring Wi-Fi To More American Schools

    American schools are set to receive billions in federal dollars to bring Wi-Fi to more kids. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved, by a 3-2 vote, a new plan that will deploy $2 billion over a two-year period to bring increased wireless Internet capabilities to schools. The program will impact at least 10 million kids each year. Read More

  • The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    Personal computers, long an ailing member of the larger technology market, had a strong second quarter. After consistent quarters of decline, the worldwide PC market was either up 0.1 percent, or down a modest 1.7 percent in the period, according to Gartner and IDC, respectively. In the United States, the PC market was up around 7 percent in the quarter, again according to the two firms. Read More

  • Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

  • Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

    Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

    This morning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released an internal memo detailing his vision for the company’s future. The new chief executive used the missive as a way to signal an intentional break with the past. That break? Sharpening its “devices and services” strategy to focus on “productivity and platforms.” Read More

  • Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Are we in a bubble? We’re in a bubble. CYNK Technology, a ‘company’ with a grand total of $39 in assets, has seen its share price rise dramatically, spiking to a valuation of more than $6 billion in a matter of days. The company’s 52-week low valued the firm at less than $18 million. Read More

  • Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all. This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Read More

  • US Gov Declassifies 3 FISA Court Orders Commanding The Collection Of Telephone Metadata

    US Gov Declassifies 3 FISA Court Orders Commanding The Collection Of Telephone Metadata

    Today on the IC On The Record Tumblr, the United States government published three declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) primary orders regarding the controversial telephony metadata program that collects information about the phone calls placed by Americans. (One, two, three.) Read More

  • Bitcoin Foundation Hires Lobbying Group To Take The Cryptocurrency To Washington

    Bitcoin Foundation Hires Lobbying Group To Take The Cryptocurrency To Washington

    Today the Bitcoin Foundation announced that it has retained a lobbying group to press its interests in the nations capital. The selected firm, Thorsen French Advocacy, will “introduce Bitcoin and the foundation to Capitol Hill offices,” according to the foundation. Consider it a sign of the times. Lobbying and political activity has risen among technology companies, as their… Read More

  • Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Advocacy Groups, Lawmakers Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim-Americans

    Response to a recent report detailing surveillance of Muslim-Americans by the U.S. government has been swift and negative, with condemnation piling up from privacy and religious organizations alike. Delivering on a long-held promise, journalist Glenn Greenwald today published the names of five prominent Muslim-Americans who were under governmental surveillance for years. The group included… Read More

  • Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

  • Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Phone 7.8. As… Read More

  • Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

    Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

    The Senate Intelligence Committee today approved a cybersecurity bill that would encourage companies to share information about threats with each other and the federal government. The Senate group voted 12 to 3 to advance the bill. It should see a full vote this year. Read More

  • Inside Box’s Updated S-1

    Inside Box’s Updated S-1

    After much ado and pomp, Box released its updated S-1 document yesterday, revamping some of its usage statistics, and detailing the results of its fiscal first quarter. The company posted revenue of $45.3 million in the period, up 93.6 percent year-over-year. Its net loss totaled $38.5 million in the quarter, up a slimmer 13 percent. Read More

  • Twitter Tanks More Than 7%

    Twitter Tanks More Than 7%

    Following more executive changes, Twitter’s shares are down sharply today, sliding nearly 8 percent in morning trading. The company, which saw its share price soar following its IPO to more than $70 per share, is back under the $40 mark. The slide comes on the heels of news that the social company has made Katie Jacobs Stanton its new global media boss, and made Gabriel Stricker its… Read More

  • TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    TubeMogul Wants To Go Public For $11-$13 Per Share, Raising Up To $93.4M

    When TubeMogul first filed to go public, it indicated that it would offer up to $75 million of its shares for sale. That figure was soft. Today, TubeMogul decided on a price range for its shares — $11 to $13 per unit — meaning that it could sell up to $93.4 million of its stock in the flotation. The company’s revenue has grown quickly, as had its losses until recently. It… Read More

  • Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    Box’s Q1 Revenue Nearly Doubles As Its Losses Expand A More Modest 13%

    This afternoon, Box pulled the trigger on its updated S-1 document, detailing its fiscal first quarter financial performance. For the three-month period, Box had revenue of $45.3 million, and a loss of $38.5 million. The revenue figure is up 93.6 percent, and the loss total is up a more modest 13 percent. Read More

  • Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box Picks Up $150M More As It Waits For Favorable IPO Winds

    Box, a file-storage and management firm, has raised another $150 million from TPG and Coatue, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company had previously raised $414.1 million, making its total funding in excess of $550 million. TechCrunch has confirmed the amount through a source. Previously, Box filed to go public, with its S-1 document detailing rapid revenue growth. Its top line… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft is bringing Yammer to more of its Office 365 SKUs, making the latter a more tempting offer. Educational and medium-business packages of Office 365 now come with Yammer. Microsoft added the social product to enterprise Office 365 SKUs late last year. Read More