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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  • WTF
    GoDaddy Updates Its User Protection Policies In Wake Of  Infamous Twitter Account Extortion

    GoDaddy Updates Its User Protection Policies In Wake Of Infamous Twitter Account Extortion

    GoDaddy has updated its account security policies in the wake of the now infamous extortion of a Twitter account. As TechCrunch previously reported, a hacker claimed to have gained the Twitter user’s last four credit card digits from PayPal, which was then used to convince GoDaddy to reset their account. The compromised GoDaddy account — and its requisite domain collection —… Read More

  • Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs The Money

    Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs The Money

    Yahoo could be getting back into the search game. Its long-suffering deal with Microsoft has underperformed, making recent revelations that the company is working on building new search products hardly surprising. Read More

  • Investor Reaction To Microsoft’s Rumored CEO Choice: We’re Fine With That

    Investor Reaction To Microsoft’s Rumored CEO Choice: We’re Fine With That

    Yesterday in after-hours trading, Microsoft picked up a minor gain. The trading period was interesting as news that Microsoft’s board was tipped to select its own Satya Nadella as its next CEO had broken. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Next CEO Reportedly Will Be Its Cloud Boss Satya Nadella, Gates Could Be Replaced On Board

    Microsoft’s Next CEO Reportedly Will Be Its Cloud Boss Satya Nadella, Gates Could Be Replaced On Board

    After a search that stretched for months, reports are out today that Microsoft will select internal candidate Satya Nadella as its next CEO. Nadella is known for his work with cloud computing at Microsoft and deep technical knowledge. The company kicked off its hunt for a new head last year when long-time CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he would step down within a year. Nadella has long been… Read More

  • Amazon Sheds 10% In After-Hours Trading, Erasing $19B In Market Cap

    After reporting both a top and bottom miss, Amazon fell 10.32 percent in after-hours trading. The company had ended the day at $403.01 and is now trading at $361.41. As a company, Amazon is valued by investors on the strength or weakness of its revenue growth. Amazon’s current share count is 457.73 million. At a per-share loss of $41.60 so far today, Amazon has lost around $19… Read More

  • Amazon’s Stock Price Stumbles After Hours On Revenue, Earnings Miss And Weak Guidance

    Amazon’s Stock Price Stumbles After Hours On Revenue, Earnings Miss And Weak Guidance

    Today after the market close Amazon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $25.59 billion, and earnings per share of $0.51. The company has operating income of $510 million in the period, up 26 percent year over year. The street had expected Amazon to report revenue of $26.06 billion, and earn $0.66 per share. Put another way, in a quarter of strong GDP… Read More

  • 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