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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  • Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    The good Senator Ted Cruz from Texas tackled net neutrality again today, with a bit more tact than earlier this week when he called it “Obamacare for the Internet.” It wasn’t immediately clear at that point what the connection between the Affordable Care Act and the preservation of the open Internet was, precisely, but the comment did cause a stir. Today, at a Texas incubator… Read More

  • The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    AT&T announced earlier this week that it would “pause” the rollout of fiber Internet connections to dozens of cities, due to uncertainty in the market caused by potentially stiff net neutrality rules that may be put into place. The president recently caused a ruckus in the debate by calling for reclassification of broadband under Title II. Read More

  • TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    Rising nearly 6 percent in regular trading, TubeMogul spiked 16 percent in after-hours trading after reporting better-than-expected revenue, profit and guidance. Read More

  • NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

    NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

    The United States Senate could vote on the USA FREEDOM Act as soon as next week, pushing the surveillance reform bill ahead this year. That would buck prior conventional wisdom that the Act was not a legislative priority, likely ending up shelved until the next Congress. There is still some fight in this Congress after all. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Preview With Gesture Support, OneDrive Tweaks And Bug Fixes

    Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Preview With Gesture Support, OneDrive Tweaks And Bug Fixes

    As expected, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10’s technical preview today for users who are in the “Fast” update cycle for the company’s next operating system. The build contains a few changes that users requested, including new animations for minimizing applications, and the ability to change what buttons appears on the Start bar. Read More

  • FCC Denies Break With President On Net Neutrality, Says “All Options On Table”

    FCC Denies Break With President On Net Neutrality, Says “All Options On Table”

    Today, the FCC’s Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn tweeted that reports of a rift between the President and the agency’s views on net neutrality were overblown. Sohn made it clear, however, that the FCC is weighing options that are different from what the President proposed Here’s her note: WaPo took @TomWheelerFCC comments out of context. Didn't… Read More

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

    Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

    Short note here for all you on Windows 10: Expect a new build of the code today. What’s in build ‘9879?’ We have a few ideas, but I presume that there will be more in the build than the market current expects. I hope, at least. It isn’t clear what time today the version of the preview of Microsoft’s new operating system will touch down, but it will come… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer Spends 3.8% Of His Total Tweets Dismissing Net Neutrality

    Steve Ballmer Spends 3.8% Of His Total Tweets Dismissing Net Neutrality

    Chalk up one tech exec to the ‘less is more’ view of net neutrality oversight by the FCC. Steve Ballmer, most recently the long-time CEO of Microsoft, tweeted today that extending FCC oversight over Internet competition is not needed. Read More

  • Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about? According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the picture? Read More

  • Box Brings Touch ID To Its iPhone App, Updates Web Experience

    Box Brings Touch ID To Its iPhone App, Updates Web Experience

    Box, a cloud-focused enterprise collaboration company, is releasing an update to its iOS application for iPhone and iPad, along with updates to its website designed to improve navigation. On the iOS side, Box is bringing Touch ID support to iPhones that can support the tool, allowing users to unlock documents with their finger instead of a potentially ponderous PIN. The new app will also… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Rebrand Its Lync Enterprise Communication Tool ‘Skype for Business’

    Microsoft Will Rebrand Its Lync Enterprise Communication Tool ‘Skype for Business’

    Microsoft will rebrand Lync, its enterprise communications tool ‘Skype for Business.’ The change will see Lync’s interface harmonized to something close to the current Skype’s interface. Skype for Business won’t be available until next year. Lync won’t fold into Skype entirely — instead, it will remain a separate application. I saw a demo of an… Read More

  • New Relic Files To Go Public

    New Relic Files To Go Public

    New Relic, a company that provides app-monitoring on a SaaS-basis, filed to go public today. The company intends to use the ticker symbol “NEWR” in the flotation, and its offering is underwritten by Moran Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and four other groups. The company’s financials appear to be strong, when compared to current market norms. In the first 6 months of 2014, the company… Read More

  • Hortonworks First Hadoop Vendor To File S-1

    Hortonworks First Hadoop Vendor To File S-1

    Hortonworks, the big data processing platform built on top of the open source Apache Hadoop filed its S-1 paperwork today as its first step toward an initial public offering. In doing so it beat competitors Cloudera and MapR to the punch. Hortonworks offers a big data processing platform that includes the ability to process various types of data including SQL and NoSQL sources then search… Read More

  • The President’s Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Opprobrium, Praise And Threats Of Legal Action

    The President’s Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Opprobrium, Praise And Threats Of Legal Action

    Earlier today, President Obama proposed a net neutrality plan that called for reclassification of broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC quickly responded, saying, in effect, that it wasn’t quite as simple as the president seemed to intimate, and that it needed more time to work on the matter. Read More

  • The Stupidest Thing You’ll Read About Net Neutrality All Day

    The Stupidest Thing You’ll Read About Net Neutrality All Day

    I think, and this is more of a guess than anything else, that Senator Cruz is indicating that the FCC putting in place net neutrality regulations that will preserve the open Internet and keep the web a level playing field for all players regardless of their size or wealth, is quite similar to a healthcare law that involves state and federal insurance exchanges, special taxes on medical… Read More

  • The FCC Fires Back At the President’s Net Neutrality Plan

    The FCC Fires Back At the President’s Net Neutrality Plan

    This morning President Barack Obama presented a net neutrality plan, advocating for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband under Title II of the  Telecommunications Act. That solution has long been the favorite of the most ardent net neutrality advocates. The FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler quickly replied, noting just how far along the comment, and… Read More

  • Microsoft’s CEO Breaks Down The New Soul Of His Company

    Microsoft’s CEO Breaks Down The New Soul Of His Company

    Microsoft is a company with a new cloud focus, a new CEO, and new re-org, and a massive new hardware business that brought in around $3.5 billion in revenue in its most recent across two device categories alone. So if you aren’t completely sure what the hell Microsoft is, I don’t blame you. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, speaking to the media last week at an event on… Read More

  • Here’s What Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Thinks Apple And Google Do Best

    Here’s What Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Thinks Apple And Google Do Best

    At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his views on what Google and Apple do best. His comments, as the chief executive of the company worth less than Apple, but more than Google, are notable. For context, in his thus-short tenure at Microsoft , Nadella has completed its purchase of Nokia, and also continued the company’s push into cloud… Read More

  • Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft executives explained their views on the future of productivity to a small press cadre. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, opened the day’s happenings with an explanation of the company’s core focuses, listing platform work, and productivity itself as two of its chief efforts. The executive indicated that productivity… Read More

  • The Race To Zero Is Awesome

    The Race To Zero Is Awesome

    It’s Sunday, so let’s stretch our legs a little bit. Earlier today Julie Bort of Business Insider wrote an interesting piece detailing the rapidly approaching end game of the storage wars: The prices consumers and businesses pay for cloud storage are racing to zero, and that’s forcing new jockeying inside the crowded industry. Read More

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