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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  • Egnyte Integrates Its Hybrid Cloud Storage Service With EMC’s On-Premises Hardware

    Egnyte, a company that sells a hybrid cloud storage product, today announced integration with EMC’s VNX line of on-premises data storage hardware. The deal means that companies that have invested heavily in EMC hardware can use Egnyte on top of their current hardware stack, and get the normal benefits of cloud storage and file management without having to leave their legacy data behind. Read More

  • Sliced Investing Launches To Bring Hedge Fund Access To The Common Investor

    Sliced Investing Launches To Bring Hedge Fund Access To The Common Investor

    Sliced Investing today launched a tool to connect accredited investors who previously couldn’t meet the required minimum investment, to hedge funds. You won’t be able to use Sliced to drop $1,000 into a hedge fund, but its service should allow qualified investors to deploy low five-figure sums into hedge funds that previously had mid-range six-figure minimums. Read More

  • Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

    Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

    In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

  • Facebook For Windows Phone Now Supports Video Uploads, Integrates With Messenger

    Facebook For Windows Phone Now Supports Video Uploads, Integrates With Messenger

    Today Microsoft announced it published a new version of Facebook for Windows Phone that adds video uploads and integration with Facebook Messenger, as well as new languages. Facebook will now link directly into the People Hub on Windows Phone for users running Windows Phone 8.1. That will bring Facebook deeper into the Windows Phone experience. Read More

  • The Father Of Net Neutrality Is Crowdfunding His Political Campaign

    The Father Of Net Neutrality Is Crowdfunding His Political Campaign

    Tim Wu, an academic known for his work on net neutrality, is campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor of New York. He’s an unlikely politician. Cerebral, soft spoken, and willing to speak freely, conversation with Wu is a far cry from the stilted, shrill dialogue that makes up most of our modern political discourse. Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    As promised, Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to developers. If you are part of the company’s Windows Phone Developer Preview program, you can snag the update now. The update brings new features and user interface tweaks to Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Chief among the new features is a broader rollout of Cortana, the voice-activated digital tool that Microsoft… Read More

  • Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Update: Hey everyone, a tweet from the TechCrunch Twitter account asked if Live Folders would come in Update 1. That was a mistake on our part — they always were. Sorry for the mixup. The question that this post originally explored was if the user interface animations detailed below were real. I apologize for the confusion. Component to Windows Phone 8.1’s first update —… Read More

  • Return Of Andrew Mason, EBay Diversity Report and Twitter Earnings

    CrunchWeek: Andrew Mason’s New App, Diversity In Tech, And Twitter’s Big Quarter

    It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive recent… Read More

  • Internet Companies Berate Microsoft’s Recent Loss In Email Privacy Case

    Internet Companies Berate Microsoft’s Recent Loss In Email Privacy Case

    Yesterday Microsoft lost its appeal challenging the legal standing of a U.S. Government warrant to command access to data stored abroad. The case, in which U.S. authorities demanded email content of stored on servers in Ireland, has attracted considerable attention in the technology industry. Apple and Cisco filed a joint amicus brief in Microsoft’s favor, among others. Microsoft has… Read More

  • GoPro Falls 8% After Reporting Stronger-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue Of $244.6M

    GoPro Falls 8% After Reporting Stronger-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue Of $244.6M

    Today marked GoPro’s first earnings report as a public company. The camera firm traded up more than 3.5 percent in regular hours before its release. GoPro had roughly doubled from its IPO price of $24 heading into reporting its second-quarter financial results. For the second quarter, GoPro had revenue of $244.6 million, up 38.1 percent year-over-year, and earnings per share of $0.08 on… Read More

  • Tesla Beats In Q2 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $858M On Delivery Of 7,579 Cars

    Tesla Beats In Q2 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $858M On Delivery Of 7,579 Cars

    Tesla just reported its second-quarter financial results, including non-GAAP revenue of $858 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.11. That non-GAAP revenue figure is up 55 percent from the year-ago period. The company delivered 7,579 cars in the quarter, and built 8,763. Tesla indicated that it is “on track” to deliver more than 35,000 cars in the year, matching prior… Read More

  • Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft lost an appeal today, as a federal judge ordered that it must comply with a U.S. warrant seeking email data on servers located in Ireland. During this process, it has been Microsoft’s contention that a warrant issued by the U.S. doesn’t have legal standing because the data being sought is stored abroad. Judge Loretta A. Preska disagrees. Read More

  • Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yesterday Yelp reported its second quarter earnings, beating on revenue, and announcing that it was profitable in the period, a first for the company. Its shares rose, and then fell in after-hours trading. Yelp opened down today, and is currently off nearly 12%. What’s going on? With $88.8 million in revenue, and $0.04 in per-share profit, Yelp more than hit its big numbers. However… Read More

  • Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

    Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

    Early this morning, Twitter released its biannual transparency report, detailing the number of requests from global governments for account information, and content takedown demands. Information requests from governments regarding account information for the first half of 2014 totaled 2,058, up 46% from the second half of 2013, and up 77.87% from the year-ago period. The pace of growth in… Read More

  • MobileIron Pops 7% After Reporting Bigger Than Expected Q2 Revenue Of $31.5M

    MobileIron Pops 7% After Reporting Bigger Than Expected Q2 Revenue Of $31.5M

    Today marks MobileIron’s first earnings report as a public company. In the second quarter, the mobile device management company had GAAP revenue of $31.5 million, a per-share loss of $0.66 on a GAAP basis, and $0.52 on a non-GAAP basis. The market had expected MobileIron to lose $0.70 on revenue of $26.84 million. MobileIron went public at $9 per share. After cracking the $11 mark… Read More

  • Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Today after the bell Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $88.79 million, and a profit of $0.04 per share. The company had net income of $2.7 million in the period, up from a $878,000 loss in the year-ago quarter. Investors had expected Yelp to lose 3 cents per share on revenue of $86.32 million. The company’s revenue tally for its most recent… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Comments submitted to the FCC regarding its notice of proposed rule-making on the net neutrality issue totaled 1,101,729 as of yesterday afternoon. An impressive number, but also a nearly unchanged figure. On July 18, the final day of the first period of comment on the proposed net neutrality rules, TechCrunch reported that the FCC had received 1,062,000 comments. After a big week that saw… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

  • Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with how content moves across the network of an ISP, but instead focus on how it gets onto the network. In short, Netflix customers… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More