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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  • 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

    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

  • Twitter Tests New “Nearby” Feature To Surface Local Tweets From Those Around You

    Twitter Tests New “Nearby” Feature To Surface Local Tweets From Those Around You

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby, which will display geographically local tweets to users, whether they are following the progenitor of the update or not. The potential privacy impact of Nearby appears to be constrained. As the Journal notes, “Twitter has allowed users to add their location to tweets since 2010. But that feature is… Read More

  • As The Microsoft CEO Race Tightens, The Company’s Satya Nadella Sits In The Spotlight

    As The Microsoft CEO Race Tightens, The Company’s Satya Nadella Sits In The Spotlight

    Ford’s Alan Mulally was going to save Microsoft from obsolescence through his storied leadership and management skills. Until he wasn’t. For a hot minute Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was on the list. Until he, too, was not — about seven seconds later. Read More

  • Microsoft Is Bringing Its BUILD Developer Event Back To San Francisco In April Of 2014

    Update: This morning Microsoft re-confirmed that BUILD is coming back to San Francisco, mirroring what it announced, and then pulled yesterday. The company gave shoutouts to “Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, [and] Visual Studio” in its post. Microsoft today announced – and then removed – the date and location of its next BUILD developer… Read More

  • Whiskey As A Service In San Francisco: Instacart v. Lasso

    Whiskey As A Service In San Francisco: Instacart v. Lasso

    Procrastinating party throwers in San Francisco have options to toss together a soirée in short order. Let me restate that: You can have whiskey delivered all but into your glass without the need to put pants on. Launching today is a company called Lasso, which will deliver high-end meat, cheese, wine, and booze to your apartment in a few hours’ time. But Lasso isn’t the first… Read More

  • Working To Mature Its Esports Business, MLG Delivered 262% More Video To Its Fans In 2013

    Working To Mature Its Esports Business, MLG Delivered 262% More Video To Its Fans In 2013

    Major League Gaming, better known as MLG, saw its audience greatly expand in 2013 according to data it provided to TechCrunch. Its audience watched a total of 54 million hours of its content in the year, up 262% from 2012. In more stark contrast, compared to its 2011 tally, 2013’s total hours watched were up 1557%. Read More

  • Enterprise Social Network Convo Adds At-Rest Encryption To Its Servers To Better Protect Client Data

    Enterprise Social Network Convo Adds At-Rest Encryption To Its Servers To Better Protect Client Data

    Convo, an enterprise social network that competes with the now Microsoft-owned Yammer, today announced that it has added at-rest encryption (ARE) to its servers in order to better protect its client information. Recent revelations relating to the National Security Administration (NSA) have taught the technology community and world at large that data isn’t safe from surveillance, and… Read More

  • On Strength Of Chicago’s Growth, Instacart Launches Grocery-Delivery Service In Boston

    On Strength Of Chicago’s Growth, Instacart Launches Grocery-Delivery Service In Boston

    Grocery-delivery service Instacart today launched in Boston, its third market after the Bay Area and Chicago. The company said it will serve the entire Boston metropolitan area within the next few months. That rate of expansion is normal for the firm, which took its time spreading out over the greater Bay Area, and is currently continuing to cover more of Chicagoland. Instacart… Read More