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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  • Sony Rumored To Be Considering A Windows Phone Handset In 2014

    Sony Rumored To Be Considering A Windows Phone Handset In 2014

    According to The Information, Sony could release a Windows Phone device, diversifying its mobile device lineup, bolstering Microsoft, and perhaps demonstrating a growing wish among hardware firms to hedge against an Android-dominated future. Sony appears to be strongly interested in the project. The Verge wrote this morning that the company has continued the project despite Microsoft’s… Read More

  • Nokia Closes Out 2013 With 92% Of The Windows Phone Market

    Nokia Closes Out 2013 With 92% Of The Windows Phone Market

    The fine folks at AdDuplex have provided Paul Thurrott with an early look at their final Windows Phone market data for 2013, giving us in the public a final look at the key statistics of Microsoft’s smartphone platform’s OEM and device makeup. The figures are much as they have been all year, only more so. Nokia continues to control the lion’s share of Windows Phone… Read More

  • Microsoft Was Right To Worry That Government Snooping Constituted An ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’

    Microsoft Was Right To Worry That Government Snooping Constituted An ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’

    New NSA revelations out this weekend detailed precisely how the NSA’s methods lean on malware and employ cyber attacks in their “snooping,” to use Microsoft’s term. Thus, the NSA’s surveillance efforts are not a potential advanced persistent threat, as Microsoft recently decried. Read More

  • Twitter’s Recent Market Correction Doesn’t Mean Its Sky Is Falling

    Twitter’s Recent Market Correction Doesn’t Mean Its Sky Is Falling

    Twitter has had a rough few days in the markets, slipping from north of $74 to just over $60 at the end of trading today. That’s not even half the story, however: Twitter’s December is one for the record books. If dropping almost 20 percent in a few days of trading is dramatic, so too is Twitter’s epic run from December’s opening price of $40.76 to its high in the… Read More

  • Divining The Underlying Value Of Bitcoin

    Divining The Underlying Value Of Bitcoin

    Business Insider’s Joe Wiesenthal today published an interesting piece on Bitcoin, partially responding to Paul Krugman’s somewhat inscrutable recent blog post that called the cryptocurrency “evil,” and partially answering the question of why Bitcoin has value. It’s been a topic we’ve been discussing for months, making Wiesenthal’s argument worth… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface 2 Shortage Persists, Will Likely Stretch Into The New Year

    Microsoft’s Surface 2 Shortage Persists, Will Likely Stretch Into The New Year

    In mid-December, Microsoft’s Surface 2 inventory became extremely tight. Now in the post-Christmas period of the month as we move into 2014, Surface 2 inventory continues to be heavily constrained: Microsoft’s own online store remains sold out, Best Buy won’t ship you one of the Windows RT 8.1 devices, on Amazon you can only snag one for around $100 greater than list price… Read More

  • NSA Reportedly Paid A Security Firm Millions To Ship Deliberately Flawed Encryption Technology

    NSA Reportedly Paid A Security Firm Millions To Ship Deliberately Flawed Encryption Technology

    Today Reuters reported that the NSA paid RSA, a security company and subsidiary of EMC, $10 million to use a flawed random generator technology as the “preferred” option in its BSafe software, increasing its popularity. In September of this year, the New York Times reported that the NSA was working to, in its own words, “break widely used Internet encryption… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s 2013: A Year In Perspective

    Windows Phone’s 2013: A Year In Perspective

    Windows Phone, Microsoft’s smartphone platform has ground out its place at the mobile table employing a combination of tenacity, marketing dollars, improving firmware, and, at last, a world-class device lineup. It has not been an easy road for Microsoft, who launched Windows Phone 7 Series straight from the ashes of Kin, a time in which your uncle had more credibility in the mobile market. Read More

  • Microsoft Exec Charged With Insider Trading, SEC Alleges 400K In Illegal Gains

    Microsoft Exec Charged With Insider Trading, SEC Alleges 400K In Illegal Gains

    Reality is always better than fiction. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a — now former — Microsoft “senior manager” with insider trading. The employee, Brian Jorgenson, is accused of working with a friend to trade Microsoft stock and shares of its partners ahead of news such as earnings, generating almost $400,000 in profits over the course of… Read More

  • Developer Interest In Windows Phone Grows As Microsoft’s Windows 8.x Platform Slips

    Developer Interest In Windows Phone Grows As Microsoft’s Windows 8.x Platform Slips

    This morning Appcelerator and IDC released the results of a developer survey they executed in November. The data indicates that while Windows Phone is seeing record developer interest, Windows itself is slipping. Polled on if they were “very interested” in developing for various platforms, Windows Phone received an affirmative from around 37% of developers. Windows itself dipped… Read More

  • Low Surface Inventory Could Hamper Microsoft’s Q4 Hardware Results

    Low Surface Inventory Could Hamper Microsoft’s Q4 Hardware Results

    Demand for Microsoft’s new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 computers is outstripping supply, with shortages being noted online and off. Over the past few days, reports have cropped up that stock of the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablet hybrids has become quite tight. A quick search around the Internet confirms this. Mashable wrote about the lack of stock a few days ago, with one Best… Read More

  • The Bitcoin Swan Dive Was Utterly Predictable

    The Bitcoin Swan Dive Was Utterly Predictable

    Bitcoin took a pounding in the last 24 hours, dropping below the $500 mark on the popular Mt.Gox exchange before rebounding. As TechCrunch’s John Biggs wrote this morning, “China’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, BTCChina, has stopped accepting deposits in Chinese yuan,” which added to the currency’s decline. However, the fall of Bitcoin’s value has been… Read More

  • Microsoft Chief: “Nobody Ever Buys Windows. They Buy Windows PCs.”

    Earlier today ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley published another installment in what appears to be an orgy of access, this time with outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Regarding its executive changes, Microsoft today reported that it will not announce its new leader until 2014, cooling speculation that the new CEO would land before the end of this year. Ballmer’s remarks are worth reading… Read More

  • How The Nokia Purchase Will Impact Microsoft’s Financials

    How The Nokia Purchase Will Impact Microsoft’s Financials

    Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s hardware business appears set to sail through, having passed shareholder and regulator approval. The 5.44 billion euro deal will see “substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business” become part of Microsoft, according to the companies. The deal will allow Microsoft to wrest control of its smartphone platform from… Read More

  • Microsoft Declines To Name New CEO In 2013, Promises New Leader In “Early” 2014

    Microsoft Declines To Name New CEO In 2013, Promises New Leader In “Early” 2014

    Today Microsoft published a short blog post from John Thompson, a member of its board and the chair of its search committee for its next CEO. The entry stated that from an initial pool of 100 candidates, Microsoft narrowed to 20, a figure that has since shrunk, and that the board expects to make a choice in the “early part of 2014.” This pushes back against the narrative that… Read More

  • Why Microsoft Had No Choice But To Buy Nokia’s Smartphone Business In One Chart

    Why Microsoft Had No Choice But To Buy Nokia’s Smartphone Business In One Chart

    Microsoft is set to close on a deal to purchase the vast majority of Nokia’s handset business in the first quarter of 2014. The deal will see the software giant become a smartphone OEM overnight, helping its push into the hardware business. However, the choice to purchase Nokia’s Lumia line of smartphones may have been slightly less voluntary, and a bit more required than might… Read More

  • Federal Judge Rules NSA’s Phone Metadata Program Likely Unconstitutional

    Federal Judge Rules NSA’s Phone Metadata Program Likely Unconstitutional

    A district court judge has declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata likely unconstitutional. While civil liberties groups are hailing the ruling as a victory, Judge Richard Leon has stayed his ruling pending government appeal. The ruling is a legal setback for the NSA, and its defenders who have maintained that the program is at once legal, and… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Satya Nadella On Outgoing CEO Ballmer’s Legacy, Management Style, And Vision

    Microsoft’s Satya Nadella On Outgoing CEO Ballmer’s Legacy, Management Style, And Vision

    ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley today published an interview with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, one of its key executives and a candidate to be its next CEO. The discussion as written focuses on the legacy and style of the company’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, with whom Nadella has worked closely. Given the CEO buzz about Nadella, his views, and criticisms of Ballmer matter. If you are at… Read More

  • iOS Rules The Corporate Mobile Market As Android And Windows Scrap For Second Place

    iOS Rules The Corporate Mobile Market As Android And Windows Scrap For Second Place

    According to a report by Intermedia, Apple continues to dominate the mobile device market among small and medium-sized businesses. During the first 10 months of 2013, Intermedia customers activated 190,000 Apple devices, 29,000 Samsung devices, and 13,800 Motorola devices. All told, Apple controlled 76% of the market in the period. As Apple Insider points out, the above data is sourced… Read More

  • The Government Really Isn’t Sure What Snowden Took

    The Government Really Isn’t Sure What Snowden Took

    Out this morning in the New York Times is a stark tale: The United States’ intelligence apparatus has little idea what Edward Snowden took, despite spending half a trying to find out. As the full scope of what Snowden absconded with likely can’t be known, the government is forced to operate on its toes, unsure of what might be coming next. And that could be anything. From the… Read More