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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  • Secret Shoots For Growth With New Anonymous Invites

    Secret Shoots For Growth With New Anonymous Invites

    Want to be sure you don’t miss any juice gossip or heartwrenching tales from you friends? Now when you re-open Secret, you’ll start where you closed the app instead of at the top of the feed so it’s easier to read comprehensively. Secret’s latest update also adds anonymous invites that could help it grow by letting you ask a friend to join the app without them knowing it… Read More

  • Yahoo Bolsters Encryption Between Data Centers, Promises New, Encrypted Messenger In “Months”

    Yahoo Bolsters Encryption Between Data Centers, Promises New, Encrypted Messenger In “Months”

    This afternoon, Yahoo detailed progress relating to the encryption of its various web services and properties. Most importantly, Yahoo now "fully" encrypts data moving between its datacenters, as of March 31. Yahoo was one of two companies that the NSA targeted with its MUSCULAR program, which tapped data cables between the foreign datacenters of Yahoo and Google. A similar program had been… Read More

  • Parsing Free Windows

    Parsing Free Windows

    Just what the hell is Microsoft doing making Windows free for small tablets and smartphones? Buying market share. By cutting the cost of Windows for smartphones, Microsoft is sweetening its pitch towards OEMs, providing new incentives to adopt its mobile platform. OEMs, often paying a per-device fee to Microsoft to ship devices running Google's Android, now have a separate option that includes… Read More

  • A Closer Look At Windows 8.1 Update 1

    A Closer Look At Windows 8.1 Update 1

    As TechCrunch previously reported, Microsoft today detailed Windows 8.1 Update 1, announcing that starting April 8th, the new code will begin to roll out to the operating system's users around the world. It will be a gradual deployment via Windows Update, so don't set an alarm. I met with Microsoft yesterday to discuss the update, which the company likes to refer to as "laser focused" on users… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Slash The Price Of Windows To Zero For Phones, Small Tablets

    Microsoft Will Slash The Price Of Windows To Zero For Phones, Small Tablets

    Today at the tail end of its keynote, Microsoft announced two pricing decisions that were frankly surprising: Windows for devices that have a screen size of less than 9″ will cost nothing. Also, a future version of Windows for the ‘Internet of Things’ will be priced at zero. This means that Microsoft will not collect royalties from OEMs on Windows Phone handsets, or on small… Read More

  • Universal App System Headed To Microsoft Xbox

    Universal App System Headed To Microsoft Xbox

    This morning Microsoft announced a new "universal" application method that would allow apps to be built for both Windows and Windows Phone. The goal here is to write code once, and then almost deploy it verbatim on both platforms -- different screen sizes do demand slight modification. Read More

  • Microsoft Demos Its Touch-Focused Office Suite For Windows

    Microsoft Demos Its Touch-Focused Office Suite For Windows

    This morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off the coming touch-friendly build of its Office suite coming for the Windows platform. The software, Microsoft assured us, is not done. Included in the Office touch suite are PowerPoint, Excel and Word, at a minimum. The set of apps includes the 'ribbon' interface that is well-known across Office apps for… Read More

  • Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 Update 1

    Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 Update 1

    As expected, Microsoft showed off Windows 8.1 Update 1 today at its Build developer conference. The raft of tweaks and new features for Microsoft's premier platform are built to help the operating system better interact with traditional inputs. The update will begin to roll out via Windows Update on April 8th. Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 With New Action Center, Cortana, Start Screen Improvements

    Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 With New Action Center, Cortana, Start Screen Improvements

    As expected, Microsoft debuted the Windows Phone 8.1 update, previously internally known as “blue,” this morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. The software will roll out to consumers over the next few months. For new devices, Windows Phone 8.1 will come pre-installed on new phones starting at the end of the month.   Windows Phone 8.1 is a set of updates to… Read More

  • Much Of Intel’s $740M Cloudera Investment Likely Went To Existing Shareholders

    Much Of Intel’s $740M Cloudera Investment Likely Went To Existing Shareholders

    Yesterday's blockbuster news that Intel had invested $740 million in Hadoop-focused Cloudera was a surprise. The market hadn't expected Intel's investment to be so large. The deal was so large that industry watchers like TechCrunch and VC Experts ticked through Cloudera's seventh amended and restated certificate of incorporation, and tried to square the firm's Series F Preferred Stock with the… Read More

  • Introducing CrunchCoin

    Introducing CrunchCoin

    Technology never sleeps. You need to pivot, expand, re-pivot, focus, unfocus, refocus and unrefocuspivot. With that, we are proud to announce TechCrunch's greatest endeavor since our CrunchPad. Yes. A digital currency that will change consumer lives more than Netscape and Windows 3.1. Read More

  • Email Marketer Declines To Pay Its DDoS Attacker 1.8 Bitcoin Bribe To Prevent Repeat Attack — Seriously

    Email Marketer Declines To Pay Its DDoS Attacker 1.8 Bitcoin Bribe To Prevent Repeat Attack — Seriously

    In about two hours if threats are carried out, email marketing service Mad Mimi (CrunchBase) will be hit with another denial-of-service attack (DDoS) similar to what it endured yesterday, which made its service unavailable for a period of time. The attacker then demanded 1.8 bitcoin as ransom to prevent another assault. Mad Mimi declined to pay the sum, and so, at some time around 6 p.m. PDT… Read More

  • Intel Pours $740M Into Cloudera In Exchange For An 18% Stake

    Intel Pours $740M Into Cloudera In Exchange For An 18% Stake

    Earlier this month, Cloudera announced that it had raised $160 million from a cadre of investors, including Google Ventures. That, as TechCrunch noted, brought its total funding to $300 million. Scratch all that: Cloudera today announced that it has picked up $740 million more from Intel. Read More

  • After Launching In 135 Markets, Word For iPad Is #1 In 120 Countries

    After Launching In 135 Markets, Word For iPad Is #1 In 120 Countries

    Microsoft's Office suite for iPad continues to dominate the iOS app store days after its release, retaining the top three free slots in the U.S. App Store, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint retaining the top three free slots. Read More

  • HHS Secretary Sebelius: HealthCare.Gov “Definitely Saw The Galifianakis Bump”

    HHS Secretary Sebelius: HealthCare.Gov “Definitely Saw The Galifianakis Bump”

    When Obamacare passed the 6 million-person sign-up mark, we pointed, with our tongues half-cheeked, to President Obama's Between Two Ferns appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Turns out we were mostly on point. Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told the Huffington Post that the government "definitely saw that Galifianakis bump." Read More

  • Microsoft Promotes Scott Guthrie To Head Of Cloud, Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox, Confirms Stephen Elop Will Run Devices

    Microsoft Promotes Scott Guthrie To Head Of Cloud, Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox, Confirms Stephen Elop Will Run Devices

    This morning Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella announced that Scott Guthrie is now the executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Phil Spencer will run its Xbox work, and that, when the Nokia acquisition closes, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will pick up the title of executive vice president of the Devices group. Read More

  • Bitcoin Slips In The Wake Of The IRS’s Tax Decision

    Bitcoin Slips In The Wake Of The IRS’s Tax Decision

    Earlier this week, the IRS decided that Bitcoin is property, not currency, setting in place a regulatory structure that could see users of the cryptocurrency forced to keep price score in a rapidly shifting market. Bitcoin had a rough time of it last week, as GigaOm reported, losing around 17% of its value. Part of that was tied to a rumor regarding Bitcoin in China, and part, I think due to the… Read More

  • The Shifting IPO Market

    The Shifting IPO Market

    Once the Facebook hangover had lifted, Marketo and Tableau had big openings, and Twitter smashed the world on its opening day, the door for IPOs appeared to be wide open. King Digital and Aerohive both pulled the trigger, and Box is on deck. The market reaction to Aerohive and King has been flat to negative. Even more, Aerohive mentioned that it saw a "deterioration" in the market during its… Read More

  • Office For iPad Is A Hit: Word Jumps To #1 In US, Excel To #3, PowerPoint To #4

    Office For iPad Is A Hit: Word Jumps To #1 In US, Excel To #3, PowerPoint To #4

    Microsoft built it, and they came: Office for iPad is enjoying a big first day, with Word for iPad becoming the most popular app for the device in the United States just five hours after it went live. Data for the newly released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps is still somewhat unfilled given the youth of the apps, but what is out there looks good. PowerPoint, for example, is the fourth most… Read More

  • Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free

    Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free

    Along with a new version of Office for iPad, Microsoft made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today. The apps have updated in the respective app stores and can be snagged here for iPhone and here for Android. Read More