Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. He lives in San Francisco.

Disclosure: I own a minor quantity of shares in AOL, the parent company of TechCrunch, that were purchased through the firm's employee share purchase program. My 401k and other accounts are invested into diversified global funds that include both equities and bonds. I own no other individual shares in companies, either private or public. I'm currently dating someone who works for a Google subsidiary.

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  • Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    If you’re going to sell shares in your business and are soliciting for funds publicly, there are rules you have to follow. And Erik Voorhees recently found out there are rules to follow even if you’re selling shares for bitcoin. Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that after raising $15,843.98 for his ventures SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds, Voorhees will… Read More

  • Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1” Devices

    Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1” Devices

    Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design ‘2-in-1’ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids. The chip maker, increasingly betting on mobile in the face of a immiserated personal computer market, wants to grow its market share in the tablet industry. The idea of a ‘2-in-1’ — hereafter called 2-1 — is simple: Have a tablet… Read More

  • WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    Today in its WWDC keynote, Apple announced a sheaf of changes to its iMessage service, including messages that will self destruct over time, sending short audio and video messages, and group messaging capabilities. Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    This morning at its WWDC event, Apple announced that the coming update to OS X, dubbed Yosemite, will have a public beta period this summer. Developers will get their hands on the code today, but Apple is charting a new path by bringing its operating system preview to the public. Read More

  • Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Are you ready for the Start Menu? You may want to put on your waiting pants, as Microsoft isn’t set to release the revamped Start Menu until 2015, according to the superlative Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft gave a demo of sorts of the forthcoming Start Menu at its Build conference earlier this year, but the product was shown briefly, and likely wasn’t much more than a mockup. Therefore… Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 has finally bested its predecessor, with its market share edging higher than Windows 8’s in May, according to NetMarketShare. In May, Windows 8.1 ended with 6.35% global desktop market share, while Windows 8 managed a slimmer 6.29%. As The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski notes, that’s an aggregate gain of 0.40% for Microsoft’s new Windows 8.x… Read More

  • Addappt's New Android Release

    After Expanding To Android, Addappt’s CEO Breaks Down Its Growth Plans

    Mrinal Desai, founder and CEO of Addappt, is betting that people need a better way to keep their cell phone contact information up to date. Addappt, a smartphone app — iOS and Android — syncs contact information between users, allowing for individuals to remotely update their data on the phones of their friends. (For a more detailed dive into how Addappt works, TechCrunch has… Read More

  • OoberDocs Will Now Sync Your Incoming Email Attachments To Google Drive

    OoberDocs Will Now Sync Your Incoming Email Attachments To Google Drive

    OoberDocs, a neat little tool built and presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon, has expanded its feature set to include support for Google Drive. The service, which puts a copy of all incoming email attachments in your preferred cloud storage system, launched with initial support for Dropbox. In an email, founder John McBride informed TechCrunch that today OoberDocs processed its… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Google’s Self Driving Car, Apple Buys Beats, And Founders Misbehave

    In case you had missed it, today is Friday, which means it’s time for another spin of the round table as Colleen Taylor, Ryan Lawler and myself sat down to dig into what happened this past week. Google’s cute self-driving cars, Apple’s final conclusion of its purchase of Beats, and the controversial topic of founders misbehaving, either in the past or present were… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    This afternoon, Microsoft released Files, a file management tool for Windows Phone 8.1 that it had previously promised. The app is simple, but then again so is local file management. Users of Files will be able to access content that is stored locally, as well as on SD cards. Folder creation is supported, along with normal tasks like moving and deleting content. Read More

  • Infoblox’s Stock Drops 36.84% After Its Earnings And Forecast Disappoint

    Infoblox’s Stock Drops 36.84% After Its Earnings And Forecast Disappoint

    Shares of Infoblox fell sharply today, to the tune of 36.84%. The networking company reported disappointing earnings after the bell yesterday, along with the coming departure of of its CEO. How bad were the earnings? The company reported $61 million in revenue for its fiscal third quarter (2014), up a mere 5% on a year-over-year basis. The company lost $7.4 million the period on a GAAP basis… Read More

  • Bitcoin Crosses The $600 Mark As Its Rally Endures

    Bitcoin Crosses The $600 Mark As Its Rally Endures

    After a flat period, bitcoin is back, rallying through the $600 level today. The cryptocurrency, which had zipped north of $1,000 in late 2013, fell under the $400 mark this year on lessened media interest and the implosion of Mt.Gox, an exchange, among other issues. Even at the $600 mark, bitcoin is down nearly 50 percent from its 52-week high. Coinbase has the current price at $613… Read More

  • House Votes To Fund Intelligence Programs Through 2015

    House Votes To Fund Intelligence Programs Through 2015

    While there is some appetite for reform of the intelligence activities of the United States government in the House of Representatives, votes to not fund the NSA and other agencies remain slim. Read More

  • Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Steve Ballmer, best known for his long tenure as the CEO of Microsoft, is reportedly set to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2 billion, according to the LA Times. Previously, he had been tipped to bid $1.8 billion for the team. The Clippers are in flux at the moment after their owner, Donald Sterling, was recorded saying a number of racist comments. The NBA fined him. Read More

  • Ousted RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal Promises To Sue His Board

    Ousted RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal Promises To Sue His Board

    In a publicly released letter, former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal promised legal action against his former board of directors today. He also announced his resignation from that board and provided context, from his perspective, into how legal choices were made to protect the company’s potential IPO. Read More

  • Microsoft And Salesforce Announce Broad Product-Integration Partnership

    Microsoft And Salesforce Announce Broad Product-Integration Partnership

    This afternoon, Microsoft and Salesforce announced a broad partnership that will bring their respective software and service products closer together. Salesforce will support Windows, Windows 8.1, build “interoperability Salesforce and Office 365,” Microsoft’s subscription-based productivity suite, and integrate OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, And Outlook in… Read More

  • Read The Email Snowden Sent To The NSA

    Read The Email Snowden Sent To The NSA

    In an interview yesterday, former NSA contractor and now infamous leaker Edward Snowden indicated that the NSA had record of his internal complaints regarding government policy. Today the United States government released an email from Snowden asking several questions. Read More

  • House Republicans Look To Curb FCC’s Authority To Enforce Net Neutrality

    House Republicans Look To Curb FCC’s Authority To Enforce Net Neutrality

    A bill introduced late yesterday in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives would “limit” the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to regulate the Internet under Title II, according to its progenitor, Rep. Bob Latta. Title II, of course, refers to part of the Communications Act. If the FCC did push for such a regulatory structure, it would have more… Read More

  • Payments Firm Swipely Raises $20M More As Its Processing Tally Crosses The $2B Mark

    Payments Firm Swipely Raises $20M More As Its Processing Tally Crosses The $2B Mark

    Swipely recently announced that its payment processing rate had doubled to $2 billion on an annual basis, but declined to tell TechCrunch if it was pursuing more capital. As it turns out, and as this publication presumed, it was in the process of nailing down its most recent raise, a Series C traunch totaling $20 million. Read More

  • Twitter Soars 10%

    Twitter Soars 10%

    It’s been a big day for Twitter, with its shares picking up just over 10 percent. What caused the spike? An analyst upgrade from Nomura. The new buy rating came with a reiterated $43 price target. Twitter closed today at $33.77 per share. Read More