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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  • Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators are not enthused about a possible Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. merger agreement, voicing concerns that further consolidation of the market could lead to reduced competition. The New York Times reported earlier today that William Baer, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said it would be “hard for someone to make a persuasive case… Read More

  • Box To Host Dedicated Developer Event In March

    Box To Host Dedicated Developer Event In March

    This morning Box announced that it will hold its first ever developer-focused event in San Francisco on March 26. Box, a company focused on enterprise cloud file storage, joins its rival Dropbox among the ranks of technology platform firms with enough of a developer base to host a conference dedicated to that base’s education. Google, Microsoft and Apple host regular developer events in… Read More

  • Facebook Trades North Of $60 For The First Time

    Facebook Trades North Of $60 For The First Time

    In after-hours trading today, investors rewarded Facebook with a rising share price after it reported stronger than expected revenue. The company reported that it earned $0.31 per share, and had revenue in the quarter of $2.59 billion. As reported earlier, the analyst set had predicted that Facebook would earn $0.27 on revenue of $2.33 billion. The earnings beat sent the company’s… Read More

  • Facebook Beats In Q4 With Revenue Of $2.59B, EPS Of $0.31

    Facebook Beats In Q4 With Revenue Of $2.59B, EPS Of $0.31

    Today Facebook reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $2.59 billion and earnings per share of $0.31. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.27 on revenue of $2.33 billion. Both EPS figures are non-GAAP, of course. In regular trading, Facebook fell around 3%. In after hours trading, Facebook is sharply up. The company’s GAAP net income for the… Read More

  • The Patch Layoffs Are Not Surprising

    The Patch Layoffs Are Not Surprising

    Today’s Patch layoffs are unfortunate, especially in the current media market. They are not, however, surprising. Patch wasn’t profitable, and despite AOL’s firm promises, never found a new path forward. Disclosure: AOL, which owns TechCrunch and therefore signs my paychecks, retains a stake in Patch. Today’s layoffs mark the second traunch of Patch’s slimming. Read More

  • Asana Adds Calendar Function To Its Collaboration Service

    Asana Adds Calendar Function To Its Collaboration Service

    Asana, a software company working to help companies shelve email and work more cohesively, has brought a key new feature to its service, adding dynamic calendars to its mix of tasks, projects, and teams. Read More

  • Tech Stocks Slip On Earnings Weakness

    Tech Stocks Slip On Earnings Weakness

    Today has been a difficult one for technology earnings, with Apple, Yahoo, and VMware losing ground after reporting their quarterly results. Apple, despite growing its revenue and earnings per share, reported flat net profit and an iPhone sales figure that, while higher than the year prior, disappointed the investing class. Its stock fell in after-hours trading and today dropped a… Read More

  • Blogging Platform Medium Closes $25M Round Led By Greylock

    Blogging Platform Medium Closes $25M Round Led By Greylock

    According to a report by Recode, the popular blogging platform Medium has closed a $25 million round of funding led by Greylock, with participation from Google Ventures and several individual investors including Chris Sacca. This meshes with TechCrunch’s earlier reporting that Medium was looking to raise around $20 million. We also reported at the time that Greylock was a leading… Read More

  • Facebook Reading Android Users’ Texts? Well, Hold On

    Facebook Reading Android Users’ Texts? Well, Hold On

    The Internet lit up yesterday with news that Facebook had “snuck” a new permission into its application for Android that would allow the program to read users’ text messages. Read More

  • Google-Backed Developer Group Slams Newly Uncovered NSA App Spying

    Google-Backed Developer Group Slams Newly Uncovered NSA App Spying

    The Application Developers Alliance, which counts Google and AT&T as members according to its website, has condemned recent NSA revelations concerning data collection efforts by the government from apps, saying that the news “damages” its industry, and “undermines the hard work of app developer entrepreneurs everywhere.” Yesterday, newly reveled efforts by the NSA… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Latest Windows Phone Update Sees Paced Uptake

    Microsoft’s Latest Windows Phone Update Sees Paced Uptake

    This weekend AdDuplex, an advertising platform for Windows applications, announced that according to its tracked data, Windows Phone Update 3 is now installed on 15 percent of Windows Phone 8 handsets. Read More

  • The Obama Administration’s Frustrating NSA Week

    The Obama Administration’s Frustrating NSA Week

    While Congress and the nation at large have done little except talk and embark on preliminary legal skirmishes regarding the United States’ mass surveillance practices, the forces in favor of reform and change had a decent week. The Obama administration did not. The president’s speech one week ago on proposed changes to NSA practices was met with skepticism. A sample headline… Read More

  • The Republican National Committee Blasts The NSA’s “Dragnet” Surveillance

    The Republican National Committee Blasts The NSA’s “Dragnet” Surveillance

    The Republican National Committee (RNC) has passed a resolution condemning the NSA’s mass surveillance, pushing back heavily on the actions of the security apparatus of the U.S. The resolution contains strong language in favor of privacy, the broad protections of the Fourth Amendment, and limited government. Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 Now Rumored To Land On March 11

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 Now Rumored To Land On March 11

    This morning, Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley reported that the Windows 8.1 Update 1 could land on March 11. Citing a “trusted” source, Foley notes that the date lines up with a Patch Tuesday, lending it credibility. According to Foley’s source, Update 1 (we need a better name for it) could reduce memory and hard drive space requirements for Windows 8.1, allowing it to… Read More

  • Surface’s Solid Quarter Lends Credibility To Microsoft’s Strategic Choices

    Surface’s Solid Quarter Lends Credibility To Microsoft’s Strategic Choices

    If at first you don’t succeed, take a $900 million charge and try again. At least if you’re Microsoft. Earlier today Microsoft reported Surface revenue of $893 million in its most recent quarter, up from $400 million in the preceding period. The company also indicated that it doubled its unit volume over the time period. Read More

  • Microsoft Rocks Expectations With FQ2 Revenue Of $24.52B, EPS Of $0.78, Surface Top Line Of $893M

    Microsoft Rocks Expectations With FQ2 Revenue Of $24.52B, EPS Of $0.78, Surface Top Line Of $893M

    Today after the bell Microsoft reported its fiscal second quarter performance for the calendar fourth quarter period, including revenue of $24.52 billion and earnings per share of $0.78. The company also reported net income of $6.56 billion on operating income of $7.97 billion. Investors had expected Microsoft to earn $0.68 on revenue of  $23.7 billion. In after-hours trading, Microsoft… Read More

  • Nokia’s Weak Lumia Sales Stall Windows Phone’s Momentum

    Nokia’s Weak Lumia Sales Stall Windows Phone’s Momentum

    Nokia confirmed today that it sold 8.2 million Lumia Windows Phone devices in the fourth quarter of 2013. That figure represents a decline of 600,000 from the third quarter in which Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia handsets. Read More

  • Microsoft Earnings Preview: The Surface Question

    Microsoft Earnings Preview: The Surface Question

    Tomorrow afternoon Microsoft will report its fiscal third-quarter financial performance, detailing how it fared during the critical holiday season. The company is working to revamp its key operating system, become an OEM, and grow its mobile presence. That confluence of efforts makes tomorrow’s report quite important. Read More

  • Nokia Earnings Preview: The Lumia Question

    Nokia Earnings Preview: The Lumia Question

    Nokia will report its fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, a seminal moment for the company as the figures will represent the last full period in which it will own the hardware assets that it is selling to Microsoft. Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Update Will Contain Improvements To Metro Apps

    Windows 8.1 Update Will Contain Improvements To Metro Apps

    This morning Paul Thurrott detailed a number of tweaks that will appear in the 2014 update of Windows 8.1. Screenshots from WZor confirm a few of Paul’s earlier notes on upcoming changes to Windows 8.x that are worth discussing. Read More