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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  • BlackBerry Signs Letter Of Intent To Go Private For $9 Per Share In Deal Valued At $4.7 Billion

    BlackBerry Signs Letter Of Intent To Go Private For $9 Per Share In Deal Valued At $4.7 Billion

    Today BlackBerry announced a $9 per share offer for its outstanding stock, a deal worth around $4.7 billion. The $9 per share price is a slight premium over its current stock price, which traded at $8.23 before it was halted pending the news. BlackBerry had declined more than 5 percent on the day. Fairfax Financial, which offered the $9 per share deal, already owns about 10 percent of the… Read More

  • On The Record With Microsoft’s Surface Bosses Panos Panay And Brian Hall

    On The Record With Microsoft’s Surface Bosses Panos Panay And Brian Hall

    TechCrunch flew to Microsoft’s Redmond campus ahead of today’s launch of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. I spoke with Brian Hall and Panos Panay, the two leaders of the Surface team, about their new hardware, the OEM market, Microsoft’s larger device strategy, and a few other topics. Between jokes and ordering sparkling water, we covered quite a bit of ground. What follows… Read More

  • Raw Stats And Hands-On Notes For Microsoft’s New Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

    Raw Stats And Hands-On Notes For Microsoft’s New Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

    Today Microsoft announced the specifications and price points for its new Surface tablet hybrids. This post contains all pertinent statistical information regarding the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2, as well as an initial few hands-on notes regarding the devices. The quick and dirty is that the Surface Pro 2 has spent the past year molting into a device similar to its predecessor, the Surface… Read More

  • Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

    Meet Microsoft’s Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2

    Today Microsoft took the wraps off its holiday hardware lineup, unveiling two new tablets, and a number of new and updated accessories. It’s a lot of information to process, so let’s go through each piece in order. Read More

  • The NSA Review Panel Is An Even Bigger Joke Than We Previously Thought

    The NSA Review Panel Is An Even Bigger Joke Than We Previously Thought

    Today the AP reported that President Barack Obama’s promised NSA review panel is channeling the entity that it is supposed to inspect, hiding behind layers of government bureaucracy and obfuscating its work. The AP states that the review panel is lodged in offices provided by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Even more, the DNI is running its media strategy, vetting… Read More

  • High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    After much speech and pomp, it appears that general immigration reform is dead in 2013, ending with it the chance of positive change to how we handle high-skill immigration. It didn’t have to end this way, but here we are and we need to face the current reality. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reported yesterday that in the House, the so-called Gang of Seven will likely not… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Bing On iOS, Highlights Siri Integration

    Microsoft Updates Bing On iOS, Highlights Siri Integration

    With the release of iOS 7 to the general public, Bing now has a prominent home inside of Apple’s chief operating system. When you Siri, you will very often Bing. That might sound odd, but Apple is more concerned with Google at the moment than Microsoft — especially given Apple’s lack of an enterprise services business — so Bing it is for its search needs. Read More

  • Ballmer’s Biggest Regret Is Missing Out On “The New Device Called The Phone”

    Ballmer’s Biggest Regret Is Missing Out On “The New Device Called The Phone”

    Wrapping its analyst meetup, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer revealed his largest regret regarding product choices: Missing out on phones, which he claims has harmed Windows itself. If Gates was late to the Internet, Ballmer was late to phones. It’s oddly nice to hear him admit it out loud. That Vista was what cost Microsoft early aggression into phones is almost ironic. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Office 365 Consumer Edition Doubles To 2M Subscribers Since May

    Microsoft’s Office 365 Consumer Edition Doubles To 2M Subscribers Since May

    Today at its analyst event, Microsoft announced a new milestone for its Office 365 Home Premium product, its cloud-based subscription-paid productivity suite, stating that it now has more than 2 million paid subscribers. That is up 100%, or 1 million subscribers, since May 29th. Previously, Microsoft touted that it had signed up its first 1 million consumer subscribers for Office 365 in 100 days. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Business In Three Charts

    Microsoft’s Business In Three Charts

    Microsoft, like other public companies, doesn’t like to disclose more about its business than it has to, but today, in the middle of a reorganization and a very public CEO search, a little openness could go far to settling the nerves of jittery investors. Today at its analyst nerdmoot, the company showed three charts that strip down its business into its component parts. Read More

  • Playing Starcraft 2 Might Make You Smarter

    Playing Starcraft 2 Might Make You Smarter

    This won’t come as a surprise if you’re familiar with the game’s genre, but playing Starcraft 2 might make you smarter. Starcraft 2 is a so-called “real-time strategy game,” a form of video game that involves resource management and military planning in parallel, while restricting the amount of information that each player has. Read More

  • Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    In April, the Senate put together a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was then sent to the House of Representatives where it currently languishes. Once wrapped into the larger comprehensive immigration reform push, high-skilled immigration reform’s success became dependent on the passage of the full bill. Read More

  • Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Will Get $25.5M If The Microsoft Deal Closes

    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Will Get $25.5M If The Microsoft Deal Closes

    Today a Nokia filing detailed the compensation package that outgoing CEO Stephen Elop will receive as he transitions back to his former home, Microsoft, along with large chunks of the company that he once ran. He’ll take with him around $18.8 million euros, or $25.5 million dollars. Read More

  • Microsoft Isn’t Axing Windows 8.1 System Builder SKUs (Completely) After All

    Microsoft Isn’t Axing Windows 8.1 System Builder SKUs (Completely) After All

    Yesterday Microsoft announced the pricing scheme for Windows 8.1 and stated that, instead of selling “upgrade” and standalone versions of its operating system, all purchases of the new code will be complete. Therefore, if you want to move a non-Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1, or want to build a new PC from scratch, the same software will work in each case. Read More

  • Rep. Goodlatte Demands “Further Protections” From NSA Snooping

    Rep. Goodlatte Demands “Further Protections” From NSA Snooping

    Today Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that he is “convinced that further protections” of the civil liberties of U.S. citizens are necessary following review of the nation’s surveillance efforts. Rep. Goodlatte’s statement follows his attendance of a classified briefing discussing current governmental use of the Foreign… Read More

  • Pandora’s Growth Challenges Remain Despite New Leadership, Legal Victories

    Pandora’s Growth Challenges Remain Despite New Leadership, Legal Victories

    It’s been a turbulent few weeks for Pandora, with the company reporting earnings that included a net loss, appointing a new CEO, proposing a follow-on offering of shares to be sold, and today, winning a lawsuit that will ensure that its catalog of music won’t contract. All that and the company admitted in the midst of it all that its growth rate will likely slip, which, it dryly… Read More

  • Inside Microsoft’s New $40 Billion Stock Repurchase Program

    Inside Microsoft’s New $40 Billion Stock Repurchase Program

    Microsoft has announced a new $40 billion share repurchase authorization with no expiration date. With the move, Microsoft in effect granted itself $40 billion in latitude to buy its own shares whenever it wants to. The announcement came with a dividend increase of 22 percent to $0.28 per share. Its stock has responded by doing very little, rising just 0.39 percent in regular trading. It… Read More

  • Microsoft Leaves Windows 8.1 Pricing Unchanged From Windows 8 But Kills System Builder SKUs

    Microsoft Leaves Windows 8.1 Pricing Unchanged From Windows 8 But Kills System Builder SKUs

    Microsoft today announced the pricing structure for its upcoming Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows 8 users will receive the new code free of charge, but for those not currently on Microsoft’s most recent operating system, the software will cost $119.99 in its basic form, and $199.99 for the ‘Pro’ edition. Microsoft is also offering a separate Windows 8.1 “Pro… Read More

  • Growing 10% Weekly, Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Expands To Chicago

    Growing 10% Weekly, Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Expands To Chicago

    Grocery delivery service Instacart today added its first new major market, expanding to Chicago. The company found its footing in the San Francisco Bay Area, growing its cadre of stores to include Costco, Trader Joe’s, and its own hybrid solution that in some cases can offer foodstuffs at prices lower than local grocery stores. Read More

  • Box Announces Box Notes, A Lightweight Editing Tool That Is An Opening Salvo Against Microsoft Office

    Box Announces Box Notes, A Lightweight Editing Tool That Is An Opening Salvo Against Microsoft Office

    Aaron Levie’s Box is a quickly growing, enterprise-facing file storage company that has accreted to itself enough in-house technical prowess to expand its feature footprint to new niches that fit on top of its core product, allowing it to become a vertically integrated digital information behemoth. Or, in simpler verbiage, Box has built a small tool called Box Notes that brings, for… Read More