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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  • Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft’s newest Surface, the Surface Pro 3, is an interesting gadget. Akin to its predecessors, it sits somewhere between a tablet and a laptop. In Microsoft’s estimation, the Pro 3 can replace your laptop while providing the utility of a tablet. It’s a big claim. TechCrunch got its hands on a Pro 3 here in San Francisco, and sat it next to its predecessors and competitors. Read More

  • Twitter Closed At $30.50 Today, Its Lowest Conclusion So Far As A Public Company

    Twitter Closed At $30.50 Today, Its Lowest Conclusion So Far As A Public Company

    Twitter closed out regular trading this afternoon at $30.50 per share. That’s its lowest end-of-day tally yet in its history as a public company. The company traded below the $30 mark earlier this month, but managed to end May 7 at $30.66. The decline of Twitter’s value is impressive. The company ‘s 52-week high — it hasn’t been public that long, keep in mind… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Secret’s Massive Expansion And Why Apple Wants Beats

    CrunchWeek: Secret’s Massive Expansion And Why Apple Wants Beats

    This week our inimitable boss Alexia Tsotsis took to the Round Table with Kyle Russell, one of our latest hires, and your humble servant to dig into the intersection of technology and the personal. Secret, an application that recently expanded to Android and the whole world, is controversial given its consistent dose of public vitriol it fosters. Alexia isn’t leaving TechCrunch. Our… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Windows With Bing

    Microsoft Confirms Windows With Bing

    Surprising a grand total of zero people, Microsoft confirmed the existence of Windows with Bing today, and its post on the matter is deliciously vague. The core bit, in keeping to earlier reports, is that Windows with Bing will ship on low-cost devices — Paul Thurrott reported that devices under $250 will be eligible — bringing Windows 8.1’s cost profile better in line… Read More

  • Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

    Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

    The Snowden Effect, that mix of consciousness raising and potential legal reform of government surveillance, has another side to it: the impact of Snowden’s revelations on those revealed. The Guardian secured heavily redacted parts of a Pentagon report on the matter, two elements of which are worth reviewing. The report does not detail the impact of what Snowden revealed in relation… Read More

  • The EFF Blasts Twitter For Censoring Itself In Russia And Pakistan

    The EFF Blasts Twitter For Censoring Itself In Russia And Pakistan

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today upbraided Twitter for censoring itself in Russia and Pakistan, stating that the company has stepped “down from the free speech party.” The EFF’s argument is simple: Twitter’s decision to censor content on a country-by-country basis was the “least terrible option” available to it, provided that it only did so… Read More

  • HP Shares Dip As FQ2 ’14 Revenue Disappoints

    HP Shares Dip As FQ2 ’14 Revenue Disappoints

    Today HP’s earnings slipped out earlier than expected, with the company reporting a second quarter revenue tally of $27.3 billion, and earnings per share (non-GAAP) or $0.88. The market had expected the company to report higher revenue of $27.41 billion. Following the disappointment, HP shares fell several points before resurrecting to a decline of just over 2%. That decline in share… Read More

  • Microsoft Challenged A National Security Letter That Included A Gag Order — And Won

    Microsoft challenged a National Security Letter from the FBI last year — and won. The documents relating the case were recently unsealed, making the effort public. The gist is simple: Microsoft received a National Security Letter requesting “basic subscriber information” regarding an “enterprise” customer. That’s how Microsoft characterized the request. Read More

  • JD.com’s IPO Lands Strongly, With Shares Currently Up Over 8%

    JD.com’s IPO Lands Strongly, With Shares Currently Up Over 8%

    After pricing above expectations, JD.com’s IPO has performed well, with its shares currently up more than 8% from its $19 per share debut. JD.com popped higher this morning in its first moments as a public company, but the company has evened out to the $20 to $21 range for now. Is an 8% jump modest? Perhaps, but in the current, choppy market, pricing above range and nearly picking up… Read More

  • Weakened NSA Reform Bill Passes The House Despite Losing Key Votes

    Weakened NSA Reform Bill Passes The House Despite Losing Key Votes

    This morning the House passed the USA FREEDOM Act by a vote of 303 to 121. The bill, aimed at curbing the National Security Agency, was, in the views of privacy groups and the like, neutered late in its life, leaving it as little protection against bulk collection of private data. Read More

  • JD.com Prices At $19, Higher Than Its Initially Proposed Range

    JD.com Prices At $19, Higher Than Its Initially Proposed Range

    JD.com, fresh off rumors that its IPO is massively oversubscribed, priced at $19 per share, higher than its initially proposed range of $16 to $18 per share. The pricing indicates market appetite for shares in the Chinese company that is analogous to Amazon. Read More

  • Weibo Drops 5% After Reporting In-Line Q1 Revenues Of $67.5M, Better-Than-Expected $0.03 Loss Per Share

    Weibo Drops 5% After Reporting In-Line Q1 Revenues Of $67.5M, Better-Than-Expected $0.03 Loss Per Share

    This afternoon Weibo reported the financial results of its first quarter, including revenue of $67.5 and non-GAAP earnings per share of -$0.03. The market had expected the company to lose 5 cents per share on revenue of $67.45 million. The company, up more than 6 percent in regular trading, has fallen around 5 percent in after-hours trading. Read More

  • The White House Throws Its Weight Behind Weakened NSA Reform Bill

    The White House Throws Its Weight Behind Weakened NSA Reform Bill

    In the wake of criticism that the USA FREEDOM Act had been so neutered that it has lost sight of its initial goals of limiting NSA mass-surveillance, the Obama Administration today stated that it “strongly supports” its passage in the House. Citing “strong bipartisan effort,” the White House says that the bill “ensures our intelligence and law enforcement… Read More

  • WTF
    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify is a magic music box. It’s [Censored] an amazing tool. I like to [Censored] people that the $10 I send it each month is the [Censored] money I spend. Having access to such a massive catalog of tunes on every device I own is the [Censored] knees. But Spotify has an [Censored]-interface issue that makes using it occasionally incredibly frustrating to use: Censored music. Read More

  • NSA Reform Amendments Fail As The USA FREEDOM Act Stumbles

    NSA Reform Amendments Fail As The USA FREEDOM Act Stumbles

    The USA FREEDOM Act, a bill designed to reform the NSA, picked up a number of recent dismissals from privacy and technology groups unhappy with the strength and potential impact of its provisions. According to the Center for Democracy & Technology’s (CDT) Harley Geiger, the “USA FREEDOM Act was a strong reform measure when it was introduced, “that despite weakening by… Read More

  • The Little Surface That Didn’t

    The Little Surface That Didn’t

    Earlier today when Microsoft’s Surface event was wrapping, and Greg Chiemingo took to the stage to head off a stampede of writers trying to get their hands on the latest device, tweets were still kicking around wondering what had happened: Where the heck was the much-rumored smaller Surface? Read More

  • Salesforce Beats In Its FQ1 With Revenue Of $1.23B, Up 37%

    Salesforce Beats In Its FQ1 With Revenue Of $1.23B, Up 37%

    In the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, Salesforce turned in earnings that beat expectations. Revenue for the period totaled $1.23 billion, of which $1.15 billion came from “subscription and support,” and $79 million from “professional services.” Total revenue was up 37% compared to the year-ago period. Read More

  • Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Rep. Matsui Calls For Congressional Oversight Of AT&T And Comcast Deals

    Earlier today Rep. Doris Matsui called for a Congressional hearing on the proposed deals between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV. The massive deals would further consolidate the pay-TV and broadband industries. The proposed transactions are quite controversial. The arguments are the usual fare: Allowing the firms to combine will allow for efficiencies to be exploited… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Continue To Sell The Surface Pro 2 — At Least For Now

    Microsoft Will Continue To Sell The Surface Pro 2 — At Least For Now

    Earlier today Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch device that starts at $799. The Surface Pro 2 was introduced in September 2013, making the new Surface Pro 3 a speedy addition to Microsoft’s line of tablet-laptop hybrids. I asked Microsoft if it will continue to sell the Surface Pro 2. A spokesperson told me the following: “Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 3 With A 12″ Screen, $799 Starting Price Tag

    Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 3 With A 12″ Screen, $799 Starting Price Tag

    This morning at an event in New York City, Microsoft announced that it is releasing a new Surface device, the Surface Pro 3. The new tablet hybrid sports a 12″ screen, as expected. Interestingly, the new PC has a Core i7 processor, so the thing should scream along. Microsoft claims that it is the “thinnest Core PC ever made.” Read More