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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  • Sen. Al Franken Questions Lyft On Its Privacy Practices

    Sen. Al Franken Questions Lyft On Its Privacy Practices

    Senator Al Franken today sent a letter to Lyft asking it to detail its privacy practices. Sen. Franken’s questions come in 10 parts, and hit on predictable points: which employees can access customer data; how training is structured for employees that can access that information; what “mechanisms” exist to provide oversight of worker activity; and how third-party… Read More

  • FCC Commish Alleges That Netflix Is Working To “Effectively Secure” An Internet Fast Lane For Its Content

    FCC Commish Alleges That Netflix Is Working To “Effectively Secure” An Internet Fast Lane For Its Content

    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today, alleging that the online video provider was working to “effectively secure” Internet “fast lanes” for its content. Netflix has been a strident voice in favor of net neutrality. As such, Pai’s comments are somewhat embarrassing. If Netflix is in fact building ways to advantage its content… Read More

  • Android 5.0 Currently Runs On Fewer Than 0.1% Of Handsets

    Android 5.0 Currently Runs On Fewer Than 0.1% Of Handsets

    Google’s recently released Android 5.0 mobile operating system is currently running on fewer than 0.1 percent of handsets, according to data released by the company. The new software, code-named ‘Lollipop,’ was made generally available November 12. Carriers are currently rolling Lollipop out to consumers, according to their own schedule. Read More

  • Windows 10 Build 9888 Leaks, Install At Your Own Risk

    Windows 10 Build 9888 Leaks, Install At Your Own Risk

    If you were disappointed when the Windows 10 crew announced that it would not release another official build this year, take heart, there is new code that you can play with. It’s not an official release, so you’ll have to find the software yourself (it’s easy), and install it at your own risk. But if you just can’t wait, then Windows 10 build 9888 might be just the… Read More

  • Veniam Picks Up $4.9M To Turn Buses Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Veniam Picks Up $4.9M To Turn Buses Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Veniam, a company that leverages moving vehicles to bring more complete wireless Internet to municipalities, today announced that it has raised a $4.9 million Series A round of funding led by True Ventures, and participated in by Union Square Ventures. The company told TechCrunch that its prior angel investors also took part in the deal on a pro-rata basis, keeping their percentages in the… Read More

  • Study Highlights Potential Tax Burden Of Net Neutrality

    Study Highlights Potential Tax Burden Of Net Neutrality

    The Progressive Policy Institute released a study today claiming that President Obama’s net neutrality plan would result in billions of dollars in taxes levied onto the consumer from both Federal and local governments. Read More

  • For The Tech IPO Market, A Test

    For The Tech IPO Market, A Test

    Will the public market welcome a company with expanding losses? Hortonworks is ready to find out. Earlier today, the company priced its initial public offering, announcing that it will sell its shares for between $12 and $14 apiece. Early analysis pegs the company’s valuation at a per-share price in the middle of the proposed range of $659 million. Read More

  • About That Enterprise File-Sharing Study

    About That Enterprise File-Sharing Study

    Earlier this week, TechCrunch published commentary on a report concerning the current popularity of various enterprise cloud file sync and share products, a group of services usually shortened to the acronym ‘EFSS.’ Read More

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

    Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with an earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More

  • Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

    Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

    Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli. A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here’s what it looked like:   It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/. In case you missed it, the URL slug says “Microsoft Acquires… Read More

  • The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possible first step. To others, it was a way for Congress to pass something that merely looked like reform. It didn’t advance after a procedural… Read More

  • Cooling Tablet Market Turns To Low-End Devices For Growth

    Cooling Tablet Market Turns To Low-End Devices For Growth

    Never in tech history have so many bought so much in such a short time. There was a memorable tweet sent in the final days before the first iPad was released: Someone in tech — and I forget their name and can’t find the tweet, sadly — noted in less than 140 characters that they were about to embark on their last weekend before they would never have to have another without… Read More

  • Two Rallies

    Two Rallies

    Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More

  • Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’ Tapp is a 100 character text and emoji tool that allows you to send… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

  • FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other. Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The… Read More

  • About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    About Those Uber Revenue Numbers

    Uber generates lots of revenue. Everyone knows it. The company’s roughly 20 percent cut of ride spend on its platform adds up to big numbers. How big, of course, is the real question. Read More

  • GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro fell more than 9 percent today, after it priced its secondary offering at $75 per share, a discount to its market price. The company ended regular trading today at $71.74 per share, or a several dollar negative delta to the proposed price. The company will sell 1,287,533 itself, while prior shareholders will sell 9,072,967. Underwriters of the sale may purchase 1,554,075 shares as… Read More

  • The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    Earlier this year, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a book titled No Place to Hide, chronicling the Snowden leaks, and breaking new ground on the NSA itself. The book garnered a grip of positive reviews upon publication, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Not bad, all told. But the most recent review of the book is by far the best. Hayden Peake, listed by the CIA’s website as… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft Promises Managed, Web-Based App Stores For The Enterprise With Windows 10

    Microsoft previously announced that Windows 10, its next operating system, will contain a single app store that will work across device classes. Don’t make the Lord of the Rings joke. The company also previously promised that organizations will be able to curate their own app experience for their users. Today, it announced that a “Web-based” store will be an option for… Read More

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