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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  • Samsung Gear, iCloud Hacks And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

    CrunchWeek: Samsung’s Gadgets, iCloud Hacks, And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

    Happy pre-Disrupt Friday, everyone, I hope you are well rested for next week’s fun. Today on CrunchWeek Sarah Buhr, Jordan Crook, and myself sat around the white table to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Samsung’s raft of new hardware, the issues with cloud security and iCloud itself, and, of course, Sarah’s recent expedition to the desert. Read More

  • FCC Chairman Calls For Stronger Broadband Competition, Especially For High-Speed Connections

    FCC Chairman Calls For Stronger Broadband Competition, Especially For High-Speed Connections

    In a speech this morning, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler discussed the state of American broadband, arguing that there is a lack of competition in the market, especially in terms of truly fast connections. Broadband, as it is currently defined by the FCC, is a connection of at least 4 Mbps. That’s too slow, according to Wheeler, who noted that his agency is looking to increase that metric to… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce Raises $21.5M To Build Out Its Commerce-As-A-Service Toolset

    Symphony Commerce Raises $21.5M To Build Out Its Commerce-As-A-Service Toolset

    Symphony Commerce has raised a $21.5 million Series B round of capital, led by CRV, and participated in by Bain Capital, and FirstMark Capital. Previously, Symphony raised a $12.2 million Series A round of funding. Both Bain and FirstMark took part in that prior funding event. Read More

  • Microsoft Will Mass-Produce Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    Microsoft Will Mass-Produce Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

    Remember the Big-Ass Table? Microsoft isn’t done making huge slabs of touch-capable screen, it turns out. The company’s Stephen Elop announced this week that Microsoft intends to “mass-produce” its Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays, which are touch-enabled and can stretch to up to 82 inches in size. Read More

  • Why Jared Leto Was At BoxWorks

    Jared Leto Dishes On His Favorite Tech Investment

    TechCrunch caught up with actor and singer Jared Leto today backstage at BoxWorks, the annual confab focused on Box’s enterprise file storage service. Leto had just taken part in the event’s keynote, which stretched north of two hours. Read More

  • Box Pushes Its Office 365 Integration Into Beta

    Box Pushes Its Office 365 Integration Into Beta

    This morning at its BoxWorks event, cloud storage and file management company Box announced that its previously promised integration into Office 365 is now live in beta. The company also indicated that it is working to extend its integration into Office 365’s online tools, and, if possible, to Office for iPad. On stage at the conference, Box CEO Aaron Levie asked the audience to tweet… Read More

  • Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More

  • Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

    Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s not… Read More

  • Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

    Google Doubles Down On Productivity With ‘Google For Work’ Rebrand

    This morning at its San Francisco offices, Google announced a rebrand of its enterprise products, renaming the set of tools and productivity services ‘Google for Work.’ The new nomenclature will stretch across the company’s various business tools, with each service picking up a ‘for Work’ appendage — Google now vends Drive for Work, Search for Work, and… Read More

  • Windows XP’s Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August

    Windows XP’s Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August

    According to Net Applications, Windows XP’s global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That’s just under one percentage point in a full month. At that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP’s market share to fully dissipate. Read More

  • Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    A search warrant commanding Microsoft to turn over certain customer email data that is currently stored overseas was unfrozen late this week. The company declined to comply. In a statement, Microsoft said that it “will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal.” This protest act by Microsoft, arguing that domestic warrants should not be able to command access to data… Read More

  • WTF
    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his website, showing how the construction process worked: According to Rudenko, building the castle with concrete had some unique issues. Rudenko… Read More

  • White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory… Read More

  • Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year

    Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around 233 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be sold… Read More

  • Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

    Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

    Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing… Read More

  • Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Windows Phone Picks Up Domestic Support As Its International Numbers Plateau

    Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States. Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily into adapting its Cortana digital assistant to… Read More

  • How Municipal Broadband Dies

    How Municipal Broadband Dies

    Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” In response to that assertion, House Republican worked legislatively to curb the… Read More

  • SWAT Team Detains Popular Gamer Who Was Live-Streaming ‘Counter-Strike’

    SWAT Team Detains Popular Gamer Who Was Live-Streaming ‘Counter-Strike’

    An incredible video showing the apparent swatting of a video game player who operates under the moniker ‘Kootra‘ was published today. Swatting is a prank that involves falsely telling the police of a dangerous situation so that a SWAT — special weapons and tactics (SWAT) — team is deployed in response, erroneously. The police are led to believe that they need to roll… Read More

  • Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    In keeping with prior expectations, Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out its Surface Pro 3 tablet-hybrid to 25 new markets over the next 24 hours. With the 25 new markets all live, Surface Pro 3 will be available in a total of 28 markets. The rollout of the device has therefore been quite constrained to date. Microsoft also detailed in a post today that the new Surface dock… Read More

  • Broad Range Of Public Tech Firms Trade For Record Prices

    Broad Range Of Public Tech Firms Trade For Record Prices

    All the talk of a bubble isn’t slowing down public interest in technology shares. Today, Apple, TubeMogul and Arista Networks set new record highs. TubeMogul and Arista both recently went public. Other firms, like Microsoft are trading near local maximums. MobileIron set an all-time high yesterday, managed a new intra-day high today, and is up strongly in the past few trading sessions. Read More

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