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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  • Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

    Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

    As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. Tech companies represented by groups that signed the letter include Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, Apple and Google. Other tech… Read More

  • Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

    Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

    It’s that time again! Today was Demo Day 1 (of 2) for Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 class — when investors and reporters get their first in-person look at many of the startups that YC has been incubating for the past few months. Want to see what debuted? We’ll have a list of our favorites soon — but if you want something more exhaustive, we’ve got the whole… Read More

  • Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell. As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are… Read More

  • YC-Backed Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

    YC-Backed Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

    Instavest, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to help retail investors benefit from the trades of others. It also wants to help savvy speculators profit by sharing their trading data. Investors can list their trades on Instavest, including the company, share amount and rationale behind the investment. Other users can invest alongside the people willing to share their own purchases and sales. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Millennials Hate Banks

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Millennials Hate Banks

    Welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s premier and only bitcoin podcast. This week John Biggs and I riffed through data regarding Kids These Days and banks, and also interviewed Boris Wertz, a venture capitalist and former entrepreneur who invests in bitcoin related startups. We are always looking for awesome guests to come kick it on the show. Shoot me, Alex, an email… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Messenger Adds Payments, Lyft’s Financials, And TechCrunch Does SXSW

    Welcome back to our temporary CrunchWeek set as we rebuild Video Land here at TCHQ. This week Sarah Lane, Ryan Lawler and myself dug into the week’s most important topics: Facebook’s work to bring user-to-user payments to Messenger, the inside scoop on how fast Lyft is growing, and what was the big new thing at this year’s SXSW festival. Read More

  • Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

    Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

    For years lawmakers and civil liberties advocates have sparred over cybersecurity legislation that would allow companies to share information with government agencies and each other. Now the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, better known as CISA, is back. Despite recent amendments intended to bolster protection of consumers’ personal information, privacy advocates worry that… Read More

  • Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    This afternoon, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for participants in its beta program for the forthcoming operating system. The build (“10041″ for those keeping score) includes a number of new features and fixes that we’ll get to in a moment, but more importantly Microsoft has retooled its release program to get new, fresher code more quickly into the market. The… Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    The Net Neutrality Drama Train Heads To Congress

    Let’s presume for the moment that you did not awake early this morning, straining to tune into C-SPAN, excited to watch a nearly three-hour congressional hearing in the House concerning a recent vote held by the FCC on how to best undergird new regulations of Internet service providers, along with certain questions relating to procedure, and edge provider interconnection. Read More

  • Adobe Picks Up 517K Creative Cloud Subscribers In Its FQ1

    Adobe Picks Up 517K Creative Cloud Subscribers In Its FQ1

    In its most recent financial period, Adobe picked up 517,000 net new subscribers to its Creative Cloud product, helping the company generate $1.11 billion in revenue, and adjusted profit of $0.44 per share. Using normal accounting methods (GAAP), Adobe ended the period with a slimmer $0.17 per-share profit. Despite beating market expectations for revenue ($1.09 billion) and adjusted profit… Read More

  • Oracle Meets Profit Expectations In Its FQ3, Misses With Revenue Of $9.3B Due To Forex Headwinds

    Oracle Meets Profit Expectations In Its FQ3, Misses With Revenue Of $9.3B Due To Forex Headwinds

    Following the bell, Oracle announced the results of its fiscal third quarter, including revenue of $9.3 billion and earnings per share of $0.68. Investors expected the software company to earn $0.68 per share on revenue of $9.46 billion. The company stressed the impact that a quickly changing currency market had on its earnings: Using stable currency exchange rates, Oracle noted that would… Read More

  • Internet Explorer Is (Eventually) Dead (Kinda)

    Internet Explorer Is (Eventually) Dead (Kinda)

    Let’s get this over with as fast as we can. Internet Explorer is not dead. Instead, it’s something akin to Schrödinger’s browser: don’t call it fully alive or fully dead. If that made no sense, welcome to technology. Here’s the gist: Microsoft is working on a new browser, currently codenamed ‘Project Spartan.’ It will ship with Windows 10, the… Read More

  • Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Microsoft announced this morning two components of Windows 10, its next operating system, that will help users log into both hardware and digital services. Windows Hello will allow users with machines that have the required hardware to log into their computing device using their face, eyes, or fingerprint. Not all machines will run Windows Hello. Microsoft noted in a blog post that computers… Read More

  • Here’s How Microsoft Will Fit Windows 10 Inside Inexpensive Devices

    Here’s How Microsoft Will Fit Windows 10 Inside Inexpensive Devices

    Microsoft detailed its efforts today to reduce the footprint of Windows 10, a forthcoming operating system that the software company hopes will run across devices of every screen size. Fitting Windows onto smaller devices, however, is a challenge, given that the operating system isn’t known for having a diminutive footprint. Windows 10 has two chief methods built into it to reduce its size. Read More

  • The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The Net Neutrality Drinking Game

    The FCC is about to be taken out back by Congress for a quick word. The independent federal agency’s recent vote to pass new net neutrality regulations has stirred some discontent among the congressional majority in both houses, resulting in a full dance card for FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, who will take part in five subsequent hearings over the next several weeks. The first is… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Support, Gets Yanked In China

    Secure Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Support, Gets Yanked In China

    Wiper, a chat application designed to provide users with control over their sent and received messages, recently rolled out support for bitcoin transactions between its users. The tool is simple, allowing individuals to send cryptocurrency to others inside the app’s main chat interface. When the company first rolled out bitcoin integration, I tested it and found it a competent way to… Read More

  • Box Earnings, Apple's All Gold Everything And Meerkat

    CrunchWeek: Box’s Earnings, Apple’s Watch, And What The Hell Is Meerkat

    CrunchWeek is back with a new face running the ship: Recent TechCrunch hire Sarah Lane was our captain this time around, joined by myself and Kyle Russell. We kicked over the most important stories of the week, including the announcement of pricing data and release dates for Apple’s Watch, Box’s earnings which caused the company’s stock to move dramatically, and Meerkat… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    From Capitol Hill to boardrooms, interested and affected third parties are predictably pouring in on the FCC net neutrality rules that were released this morning. The rules show how the FCC intends to enforce the open Internet policy it passed two weeks ago. Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he expects legal challenges to this order, and today’s release brings us closer to seeing the gloves… Read More

  • Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    The FCC followed through on its promise to release a massive document laying out its new rules for net neutrality. The order comes two weeks after the board voted to classify broadband Internet as a utility. The FCC confirmed with TechCrunch last night that the order would be released today. The hundreds of pages in the report lay out a detailed plan for how net neutrality will be enforced. Read More

  • About That Box Quarter

    About That Box Quarter

    Box reported earnings today for the first time as a public company. In the wake of the news, the company’s shares dropped sharply, and are currently down in after-hours trading down a sharp 13.10 percent. So did Box have a bad quarter? Not in the way that was originally reported by the media, your humble servant included. Read More

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