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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  • Microsoft Doubles Down On Office For Tablets

    Microsoft Doubles Down On Office For Tablets

    This morning, Microsoft announced a number of changes to its Office productivity tools that will expand their mobile availability, and allow more of the public to use the apps for free. Office for iPad, released earlier this year to quick adoption, has been updated to include a full set of iPhone-friendly applications. The new unified apps, called Office for iOS, are being released… Read More

  • Microsoft Teams Up With Dropbox

    Microsoft Teams Up With Dropbox

    Scoot over, OneDrive for Business. Today Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership that will see Dropbox better support Microsoft’s Office suite, and the latter better integrate into the product stack of the storage firm. The news comes after Box, another enterprise-facing storage firm, integrated with Office 365, Microsoft’s Office-as-a-service solution, and OneDrive improved… Read More

  • VC Points Out That VCs Might Have A Burn Rate Problem Of Their Own

    VC Points Out That VCs Might Have A Burn Rate Problem Of Their Own

    Your startup loses too much money, but even worse, the people supplying you with cash might be running a bit light themselves. Following the endless commentary regarding burn rates, and startup ‘risk,’ Fortune’s Dan Primack pointed out that some venture capitalists are investing faster, and spending more on non-essentials than before. Maybe the venture capitalists have a… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Lets Developers Run IE On Android, iOS And OS X

    Microsoft Now Lets Developers Run IE On Android, iOS And OS X

    You can now run the latest version of Internet Explorer on your Android, iOS, OS X or non-Windows 10 Windows machine. Microsoft has built and released something it calls RemoteIE, which allows developers to run the company’s browser preview builds without requiring them to be on the most current version of Windows. Read More

  • Microsoft Band Demo

    Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More

  • Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game. Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed by extra-governmental individuals and groups, the FCC is considering a ‘hybrid’ approach to net neutrality. Others, including Rep. Read More

  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More

  • Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company, Seedrs is most interesting for its ability, with certain caveats, to accept small dollar amounts from regular folks that can be converted via a… Read More

  • GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    GoPro Shares Spike As It Handily Beats Street Estimates

    GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280 million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusting for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), profits were $14.6 million, or… Read More

  • Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Employees, Continuing Its Announced Layoff Strategy

    Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Employees, Continuing Its Announced Layoff Strategy

    Microsoft took an axe to another slice of its employees today, cutting around 3,000 jobs according to Mary Jo Foley. TechCrunch heard through a separate source that the layoffs were imminent, but was not able to confirm their size. The company released a short statement indicating that it has nearly wrapped “all [of] the 18,000 reductions announced [it] in July.” Today’s… Read More

  • Baidu Posts Mixed Q3 Earnings, Sending Its Shares Sideways

    Baidu Posts Mixed Q3 Earnings, Sending Its Shares Sideways

    Today Baidu reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $2.203 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $1.79. The market had expected the Chinese company to earn $1.69 per share on revenue of $2.22 billion. Excluding the costs of share-based compensation, Baidu earned $1.90 per share (non-GAAP). The company, which fell nearly 2 percent in regular trading, is off… Read More

  • Trulia Falls 6% After Reporting Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $67.1M

    Trulia Falls 6% After Reporting Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $67.1M

    Trulia’s shares are down in after-hours trading following the company’s third quarter earnings report that included in-line losses, and a revenue disappointment. The company lost $0.08 per share on a non-GAAP basis in the period from revenue of $67.1 million. Investors had expected the $0.08 per-share loss, which works out to a deficit of $2.8 million but had expected revenue… Read More

  • MobileIron Spikes 5% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ3 Revenue, Lower Than Expected Loss

    MobileIron Spikes 5% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ3 Revenue, Lower Than Expected Loss

    MobileIron is having a strong after-hours session, after it reported its fiscal third quarter financial performance, including non-GAAP revenue of $33.7 million, GAAP losses per share of $0.20, and non-GAAP losses per share of a more modest $0.15. The market had expected the mobile device management company to lose $0.25 per share. The company’s results were a beat on that metric. Why… Read More

  • Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast has agreed to a $50 million settlement to a case regarding customers in the Philadelphia area. The lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago. Comcast continues to deny the allegations. The original case failed before the Supreme Court, leading to a reduction in its scale. The $50 million includes a $16.7 million cash amount, and $33.3 million in “Settlement Credits” that… Read More

  • Apple Closes At New All-Time High Of $106.74

    Apple Closes At New All-Time High Of $106.74

    Slight amendment: Apple closed today at an all-time split-adjusted high. The company traded for a higher per-share price before its split, but today marks Apple’s highest close since its 7:1 share exchange. The company traded in the low 90s following the split, putting its current value up more than 10 percent since the division. Apple ended today worth $618.97 billion, according to… Read More

  • The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing AT&T for having “misled” millions of customers who purchase “unlimited” data plans for their phones, only to have the carrier later drastically reduce the amount of information they could access. According to the FTC’s complaint, AT&T throttled millions of customers tens of millions of times, sometimes after… Read More

  • Nexmo Announces Verify, An API To Help Developers Confirm Users’ Phone Numbers

    Nexmo Announces Verify, An API To Help Developers Confirm Users’ Phone Numbers

    Nexmo, a company that sells telecom services to developers, announced an early release of its new product ‘Verify’ today, a tool to help apps confirm the phone numbers, and therefore verify the identity of their users. Verify will formally launch in November, but developers can take part in an early-release program if they are in a hurry. Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

    Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

    This evening at a Wall Street Journal technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in its first 72 hours, Apple Pay activated 1 million cards. That figure indicates that Apple Pay is picking up traction outside of the technology, early-adopter set. Apple Pay competes with rival offerings from Google, among others, alongside traditional payment methods. Paying for goods with your… Read More

  • Twitter Has No Short-Term Plans To Monetize Vine

    Twitter Has No Short-Term Plans To Monetize Vine

    Twitter has no short-term plans to monetize Vine, a social product that it purchased in its infancy. The information was shared during the company’s earnings call, following a quarterly financial report that included stronger-than-expected third-quarter performance but soft guidance and user growth that investors found troubling. Twitter is down more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. Read More

  • Twitter Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $361M, But Slowing User Growth Drags Its Shares Down 8%

    Twitter Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $361M, But Slowing User Growth Drags Its Shares Down 8%

    Following the bell, Twitter reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $361 million and earnings per share, on a non-GAAP basis, of $0.01. The street had expected Twitter to report adjusted profit of $0.01 per share on revenue on $351.35 million. Twitter, which broke from the market by falling nearly 3 percent in regular trading, is down sharply following its… Read More

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