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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  • Here’s The FCC’s Language Asking For Comment On Banning “Pay-For-Priority Service”

    Here’s The FCC’s Language Asking For Comment On Banning “Pay-For-Priority Service”

    After much sturm und drang, the Federal Communications Commission this morning voted to proceed on a set of controversial net neutrality rules. The proposed regulations now enter a four month comment period. Expect there to be shouting. This morning the FCC voted to move forward with a set of proposed rules to collect public response. Most controversial in the proposals is the potential for… Read More

  • FCC Passes 2015 Spectrum Auction Framework On Party-Line 3-2 Vote

    FCC Passes 2015 Spectrum Auction Framework On Party-Line 3-2 Vote

    Following its historic vote to proceed with new, and contentious net neutrality regulatory proposals, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to approve a framework for its coming spectrum auction, which it calls the ‘Broadcast Television Incentive Auction,’ that will ensure that the largest providers can’t snag all the new capacity. The sale, to take place in 2015… Read More

  • OpenGov Secures $15M Series B Led By A16Z To Bring Cities’ Financial Data Online

    OpenGov Secures $15M Series B Led By A16Z To Bring Cities’ Financial Data Online

    OpenGov, a company that helps cities and other local governments bring their financial data onto the cloud, has picked up a $15 million Series B round of capital, led by Andreessen Horowitz, and participated in by Thrive Capital and Formation 8. Previously, OpenGov had raised around $7 million. The company’s product brings years of a local government’s financial data online… Read More

  • The FCC’s Contentious Net Neutrality Rules Are Voted Into A Comment Period

    The FCC’s Contentious Net Neutrality Rules Are Voted Into A Comment Period

    This morning, proposed rules regarding net neutrality passed the FCC on a vote of three to two, as expected. We now enter a comment period in which the “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be debated. Keep in mind that the proposed rules are not final. The FCC is seeking input for 60 days — that’s the figure I’ve… Read More

  • Now Processing $2B Annually, Swipely Adds Support For Multi-Location Businesses

    Now Processing $2B Annually, Swipely Adds Support For Multi-Location Businesses

    Swipely, a company that helps physical merchants collect credit card payments and market to their customers, now processes $2 billion in annual sales for its customers, it told TechCrunch. The company released the figure in conjunction with new product features that will allow its product to be used by businesses that have multiple locations, harmonizing data, and allowing for partial access… Read More

  • Windows XP’s Enterprise Market Share Slips Under 10%

    Windows XP’s Enterprise Market Share Slips Under 10%

    According to security firm Qualys, Windows XP’s market share among enterprise-level corporations has slipped under the 10 percent mark, falling from 10 percent in April to “close to” 8 percent in May. Read More

  • House GOP Leadership Calls For FCC To Abandon Proposed Net Neutrality Regulation

    House GOP Leadership Calls For FCC To Abandon Proposed Net Neutrality Regulation

    Ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the consideration of new net neutrality rules, House GOP leaders today published a letter to the FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler, pushing back against regulating the Internet, especially in the context of reclassifying broadband access as a utility on Title II authority. Read More

  • Tracour Locks Up $335K To Help Uncover The Best Financial Analysts

    Tracour Locks Up $335K To Help Uncover The Best Financial Analysts

    Tracour, a company building a web-based tool to track analyst rankings of stocks, has raised a $335,000 seed round of funding. The company expects to enter a beta period in July. The modest seed round was led by Unlimited Capital, and participated in by angel Brad Wardell. The company performs two key functions: tracks financial ratings information in real-time and frames past ratings data… Read More

  • NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft’s Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook.com

    NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft’s Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook.com

    Last July, Glenn Greenwald published a set of claims regarding a number of Microsoft services that were, especially at the time, unsettling: That Microsoft had helped the NSA “circumvent its encryption” relating to web chat on Outlook.com, that it had worked with the FBI to bring OneDrive (then called SkyDrive) into better fit with PRISM, and that government data collection from… Read More

  • ISPs Claim That If The FCC Reclassifies The Internet As A Utility, “Paid Prioritization” Wouldn’t Be Banned

    ISPs Claim That If The FCC Reclassifies The Internet As A Utility, “Paid Prioritization” Wouldn’t Be Banned

    In a letter signed by a swath of broadband CEOs, the ISP industry pushed back against the idea of reclassifying Internet service into a Title II utility, under which it could be more heavily regulated. Private companies pushing back against increased potential regulation is no surprise, but some of the claims that the CEOs made are worth examining. Later this week the FCC will vote on a… Read More

  • Outlook.com Bests Gmail’s Filters With A New Inbox Automation System

    Outlook.com Bests Gmail’s Filters With A New Inbox Automation System

    Microsoft’s Outlook.com announced a new method for users to create complex “rules” for how to handle email today — think of them as akin to IFTTT recipes for your inbox — along with a number of quality-of-life improvements. Outlook.com has been a success for Microsoft. When Microsoft completed the Hotmail transition roughly a year ago, it indicated that… Read More

  • NSA Allegedly Intercepts Shipments of Servers To Install Spying Backdoors

    Today in a published excerpt of his forthcoming book, No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald reports, citing documents from 2010, that the NSA intercepts routers and servers being shipped from the United States overseas and compromises them. The document that the revelation is based on, according to Greenwald, will be released tomorrow. Read More

  • Office For iPad Apps Have Racked Up 27M Downloads In 46 Days

    Office For iPad Apps Have Racked Up 27M Downloads In 46 Days

    In just over a month, Office for iPad has picked up another 15 million downloads of its applications. Microsoft reported 12 million downloads in early April, and 27 million today. That’s a massive figure. The apps have been out for 46 days, implying an average daily download rate of 587,000. It will be interesting to see where that number rests in another month — how much of… Read More

  • Mute Me

    Mute Me

    I remember the moment I fell in love with Twitter. I was crashing on a couch in Portland, Ore., with the Clicky Web Analytics guys back in 2008, and we were watching the live stream of a TechCrunch conference. I had joined Twitter the summer before, during my first internship at Brass Magazine, but had found it roughly as interesting as sawdust. Read More

  • Tech Puts Points Back On The Board As Twitter, FireEye And Netflix Surge

    Tech Puts Points Back On The Board As Twitter, FireEye And Netflix Surge

    The recent decline in tech stocks has led to a broad narrative: The market’s appetite for young tech stocks in late 2013 and early 2014 led to valuation excesses, and the ensuing declines have all but closed the IPO window. Today, in a nice bucking of that trend, beleaguered companies that posted large declines are picking up big gains. Read More

  • Heading For A Vote, The FCC’s Spectrum Auction Plan Draws Mixed Reactions

    Heading For A Vote, The FCC’s Spectrum Auction Plan Draws Mixed Reactions

    AT&T might not be a big fan of the FCC’s plan to reserve some spectrum for smaller carriers in the coming 2015 auction, but that doesn’t mean the effort doesn’t have supporters. Recently, ten Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter endorsing the proposal. In their words, the “proposal to reserve a portion of the available licenses… Read More

  • FCC Said To Tweak Proposed Net Neutrality Rules, But Preserve Pay-For-Speed

    FCC Said To Tweak Proposed Net Neutrality Rules, But Preserve Pay-For-Speed

    Call it a non-fix: According to the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has tweaked the language of his proposed rules to allow content providers to pay for faster delivery of their content across an ISPs network. He has not recanted that proposal. Instead, according to the Journal, “the new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt… Read More

  • If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    If You Read One Book With A Hashtag For A Title This Year, Make It #GIRLBOSS

    Motivational stories are banal, personal anecdotes of people you don’t know are boring, and most business books contain about one postcard’s length of wisdom, spread out over several hundred pages. Sophia Amoruso’s recently released book #GIRLBOSS manages to avoid these pitfalls, fusing her personal life, her professional life, and a series of teachable moments together to… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook’s website is down for many. The voluminous reports on Twitter, and corroborating evidence, are pretty plain: For many, Facebook is not working at the moment. Young services are infamous for having extensive outages. Twitter, for one, when small, was down chronically.  Facebook going down, given how mature it is as a platform and public company, is a larger issue. Developers… Read More

  • 10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    10 Senators Blast FCC-Proposed Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Net Neutrality Rules

    Ten U.S. Senators, including Sens. Wyden, Warren, Franken, and Booker, today published a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in opposition to his proposed rules-changes to net neutrality that would create so-called Internet ‘fast lanes.’ As we’ve covered a half-dozen times, the proposal cuts at the heart of net neutrality’s bent on non-discrimination, by allowing… Read More