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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft’s Board

    Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft’s Board

    Steve Ballmer is out at Microsoft. In a public exchange of letters, the former Microsoft CEO announced that he is stepping down from the software company’s board, effective immediately. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his service to the firm, and for his “support” during his early days as CEO. Read More

  • Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Fresh out this morning is a tablet optimized version of OneNote for Android, and several new features to OneNote for Windows. OneNote for Android tablets — you can snag it here — contains what Microsoft calls “handwriting support,” more formatting options, and interface tweaks to better suit larger tablet screens. In keeping with Microsoft’s cross-platform… Read More

  • This Is The Worst App In The World

    This Is The Worst App In The World

    If you set out to build an incredibly annoying application, what would you create? If you are Daniel Zarick and Benedict Fritz, the answer to that question is The Shakedown. The app, borne out of Zarick’s torrid fever dream, is what he described in an email as “the dumbest idea [he] could imagine.” The Shakedown is so bad, it’s almost good. Kidding, it’s… Read More

  • The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The price of litecoin and bitcoin, two of the most prominent cryptocurrencies, once saw their prices go up and down in something approaching a consistent ratio. That’s to say that bitcoin was always worth far more than litecoin, but the two coins saw their value rise and fall roughly in step with each other. In June, that started to fall apart. Noting the decoupling, TechCrunch… Read More

  • Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services And Virtual Machines Experience “Service Interruption”

    Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services And Virtual Machines Experience “Service Interruption”

    Update 2: Here’s the latest from Azure, relating to its downtime: Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC, a small subset of customers are experiencing connectivity issues to some Azure Services which may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services, StorSimple and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions. Read More

  • Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

    Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

    Out this morning is a spec list for the forthcoming HP Stream laptop that will run Windows 8.1, and is expected to cost $199. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Chromebooks, Google’s laptop offering that has consumed some PC market share, mostly among less expensive devices. Read More

  • Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    Looking Ahead To Windows 9

    A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More

  • Yo Guys, Postmates Built BurritoCannon For Me

    Yo Guys, Postmates Built BurritoCannon For Me

    BurritoCannon is real, and you can use it. At least for the next few hours. Hella. After I published my truly revolutionary post yesterday calling for a new burrito-delivery service that I tentatively named BurritoCannon, I trotted over to Postmates’ digs after its CEO Bastian Lehmann asked if I could drop by. Our offices are next door, so I slipped over to say what for. Read More

  • Windows Phone, The PC Market, And Global Smartphone Shipments

    Windows Phone, The PC Market, And Global Smartphone Shipments

    Windows Phone sales aren’t doing well. According to the latest IDC data, 7.4 million Windows Phone units shipped in the second quarter of 2014. That’s down from 8.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Microsoft’s smartphone platform saw its market share fall from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent in the year period. In comparison, the lager smartphone market grew from 240.5 million… Read More

  • Microsoft Debated Rebranding Internet Explorer

    Microsoft Debated Rebranding Internet Explorer

    In a Reddit AMA session, the Internet Explorer team revealed that it has discussed rebranding the browser. The comment was made in response to a query referring to the negative market perception that Internet Explorer garnered during its Dark Age interregnum. It’s fair to say that Internet Explorer has improved rapidly in recent years. Its brand, however, has lagged. Microsoft has… Read More

  • Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Patrick Leahy recently called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host round-table discussions about net neutrality outside of Washington. The agency previously announced that it will hold a number of sessions concerning the open Internet inside of the capital. The FCC should heed the senator’s call and follow through with hosting sessions around the country. It… Read More

  • Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    Free Startup Idea: BurritoCannon

    So it’s lunch time, and you haven’t accomplished nearly enough to warrant yourself a jaunt outside to get some food, let alone having iced so many to-dos that you are going to leave the office for a sit-down meal. And you want a burrito. After full minutes of running estimates in my head, I’ve discovered this situation happens between three and fourteen times per week to… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Out Of Its Trading Range

    Bitcoin Falls Out Of Its Trading Range

    After doing large amounts of nothing for months, the price of bitcoin has found a new direction at last: Down. The recent narrative around bitcoin has been roughly zilch, as the cryptocurrency picked up a few new large vendors’ support, but otherwise settled into something approaching a summer malaise. The price of bitcoin, which is correlated to media and public interest, has… Read More

  • WTF
    Microsoft’s CEO Dares Google, Amazon Execs In Ice Bucket Challenge

    Microsoft’s CEO Dares Google, Amazon Execs In Ice Bucket Challenge

    The current meme of dumping really cold water on your head to raise awareness for ALS is spreading quickly. Today, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella allowed the winning team from his company’s internal hackathon to pour a large amount of chilly dihydrogen monoxide onto his expecting pate. Read More

  • Cisco To Trim 8% Of Its Global Workforce After Reporting Modest Earnings Beat

    Cisco To Trim 8% Of Its Global Workforce After Reporting Modest Earnings Beat

    Today Cisco reported its fiscal fourth quarter 2014 results, including revenue of $12.36 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.55. Investors had expected $0.53 in profit per share in revenue of $12.14 billion in revenue. Despite besting expectations, Cisco’s quarter was lackluster. The company’s revenue fell 0.5% compared to the year ago period, and its net… Read More

  • Fresh Off Of Raising $30M, BitPay Staffs Up In San Francisco With Visa, PayPal Alums

    Fresh Off Of Raising $30M, BitPay Staffs Up In San Francisco With Visa, PayPal Alums

    Three months after raising a staggering $30 million Series A round of capital, BitPay has staffed up its San Francisco contingent with a few hires that are worth noting. Currently, BitPay has 40,000 merchants signed onto its service, which helps companies of all stripes accept payment for their goods and services in bitcoin. Read More

  • Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Many in the media have conjectured that supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a series of Internet outages in Syria in 2012. But National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims at least one was caused by the United States Government. Read More

  • Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    Microsoft Urges Reform Of U.S. Government’s Surveillance Practices

    In a set of comments regarding “big data,” submitted in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) request for public input, Microsoft listed a number of changes to how the U.S. government handles surveillance and digital privacy that it thinks would help build “confidence in the cloud.” Its list, while not surprising in… Read More

  • NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

    A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC On The Record Tumblr page, “certain electronic communications metadata such as the… Read More

  • Candy Crush Maker King Drops 20% After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    Candy Crush Maker King Drops 20% After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    Candy crushed. King, maker and purveyor of Candy Crush, reported earnings today and was whacked by investors after detailing revenue that disappointed, and lowering its top line guidance. The company also announced a $150 million dividend. The company earned $0.59 per share on a non-GAAP basis on revenue of $594 million. Investors had expected the company to report $0.59 per share in… Read More