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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  • HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    HP Pops 4.7%, Picks Up More Than $3B In Market Cap On Breakup News

    Unlock that value. Following news and confirmation that HP will separate itself into two separate, public entities, investors sent its shares soaring more than 5 percent, to $36.87, at the end of regular trading. That’s a market cap gain of around $3 billion. Investors are enthused that the company is working to unlock whatever value may have been hidden inside of the conglomerated firm. Read More

  • Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Watch What Happens When Someone Dumps Tens Of Thousands Of Bitcoin At Below-Market Rates

    Recently, an individual or group put an estimated 30,000 bitcoin onto the market at a price of $300 per coin. It isn’t clear who was behind the sale, or what their motives were, but the sale meant millions of dollars in revenue for whomever pulled the trigger. Given the number of coins that were made available at the $300 mark, then below the market price, it took quite some time for… Read More

  • Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    The merry band of scientists over at Microsoft Research — who apparently get paid to have fun and speak with fixed tones over videos — have put together something called FlexSense, a flat piece of bendable material loaded with sensors. You torque it, and it accepts the “deformation” input. That means it can tell how you are bending it and translates that information for… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    Bitcoin Falls Under $300

    $300, it’s the new $400. Yesterday’s selloff managed to push the price of bitcoin below the $300 mark this morning, around two weeks after the cryptocurrency fell below its prior $400 floor. Here’s a screenshot from BitcoinAverage from earlier today: A chart of the decline: (In the ensuing bit, bitcoin has managed to re-crest the $300 level, a price range that it has… Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    A Few Thoughts On Windows 10

    1, 2, 3, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, [airgap], 10! Microsoft’s Windows 10 must patch the consumer-facing flaws present in Windows 8.x, and also bring enterprise customers into the modern era of computing. Couple that to the larger Windows trend of platform unification that Windows 10 will be the apparent culmination of, and you have what must be one of the most… Read More

  • Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    Rep. Waxman Proposes A Third Approach To Net Neutrality

    3.7 million comments later, the net neutrality debate continues. Out Friday was a letter from Rep. Henry Waxman detailing an approach that would lean on both proposed sources of governmental authority to enforce an open Internet. Rep. Waxman wants to use both Title II, and Section 706. At issue is the fact that there exists tension between advocates of net neutrality in terms how to… Read More

  • The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    The Bitcoin Selloff Continues

    Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency, recently slipped under the $400 mark, a former price floor that some viewed as a bulwark against further price pressure. Currently trading for $338.83, bitcoin is down $29.06 in the past 24 hours, or around 7.9 percent. From its all-time highs, bitcoin is down around 70 percent. For historical context, here’s the chart, with the current… Read More

  • Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Now that the market has had time to begin digesting the new bits that Windows 10 will unveil in the middle of next year, it’s important to place the operating system into proper historical context. It is Friday, so crank up your speakers and let’s get crazy: Jokes aside, there is a minor irony that much of what Windows 10 will contain is something of a forward-leaning look… Read More

  • VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    If you are a Windows 8.1 user, the VLC team has a little gift for you this Friday: An app. As Neowin notes, if you have the former edition installed, you will want to yank that one, and then install the new code. Microsoft has struggled to attract top-tier support from developers for is Windows 8.x platform — it has been something of a constant narrative. To see VLC continue to… Read More

  • GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro’s stock is down dramatically today, off more than 6 percent, after it was announced that its founding team will move more than 5.8 million shares to a charitable group. Immediate punditry called the action a way around the normal lock-up period that prevents insiders from selling shares in newly public companies for a set period of time. The rules are in place to prevent… Read More

  • Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box, an enterprise-facing cloud storage and productivity company, is said to be further delaying its initial public offering (IPO). The delay could last until its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends after the first month of the new year. This is viscerally unsurprising given that the company has consistently said that it will go public when it makes sense, and that it closed another round of… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More

  • Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More

  • Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    I suck at taking photos, but, here we are. Here’s a bunch more pictures of Windows 10 in action at the Microsoft event that took place earlier in San Francisco today. Also: Featuring me making accidental duck face, and Peter Bright of Ars Technica singing the song of his people. Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    At its San Francisco event, Microsoft announced that the technical preview of Windows 10 will touch down tomorrow. Update: you can now sign up for the Windows Insider program and download the preview here. The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Gird thyself, a new Windows approaches. Tomorrow morning in San Francisco, Microsoft will show off some part of its next operating system in a long-awaited event whose existence leaked before it was formally announced. The market is expectant, and the technology and business media will have its eyes trained on what Redmond has on offer. In the past few days, odd rumors have cropped up: Will… Read More

  • Burn!

    Burn!

    When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse. — Eric Hoffer… Read More

  • Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free? Current gossip indicates that for Windows 8 and Windows XP users, the new code could be in the case of the former, free, and… Read More

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