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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  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Goes Live For Developers

    As promised, Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 to developers. If you are part of the company’s Windows Phone Developer Preview program, you can snag the update now. The update brings new features and user interface tweaks to Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Chief among the new features is a broader rollout of Cortana, the voice-activated digital tool that Microsoft… Read More

  • Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Video Claims To Show Off The Live Folders Feature Coming In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1

    Update: Hey everyone, a tweet from the TechCrunch Twitter account asked if Live Folders would come in Update 1. That was a mistake on our part — they always were. Sorry for the mixup. The question that this post originally explored was if the user interface animations detailed below were real. I apologize for the confusion. Component to Windows Phone 8.1’s first update —… Read More

  • Return Of Andrew Mason, EBay Diversity Report and Twitter Earnings

    CrunchWeek: Andrew Mason’s New App, Diversity In Tech, And Twitter’s Big Quarter

    It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive recent… Read More

  • Internet Companies Berate Microsoft’s Recent Loss In Email Privacy Case

    Internet Companies Berate Microsoft’s Recent Loss In Email Privacy Case

    Yesterday Microsoft lost its appeal challenging the legal standing of a U.S. Government warrant to command access to data stored abroad. The case, in which U.S. authorities demanded email content of stored on servers in Ireland, has attracted considerable attention in the technology industry. Apple and Cisco filed a joint amicus brief in Microsoft’s favor, among others. Microsoft has… Read More

  • GoPro Falls 8% After Reporting Stronger-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue Of $244.6M

    GoPro Falls 8% After Reporting Stronger-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue Of $244.6M

    Today marked GoPro’s first earnings report as a public company. The camera firm traded up more than 3.5 percent in regular hours before its release. GoPro had roughly doubled from its IPO price of $24 heading into reporting its second-quarter financial results. For the second quarter, GoPro had revenue of $244.6 million, up 38.1 percent year-over-year, and earnings per share of $0.08 on… Read More

  • Tesla Beats In Q2 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $858M On Delivery Of 7,579 Cars

    Tesla Beats In Q2 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $858M On Delivery Of 7,579 Cars

    Tesla just reported its second-quarter financial results, including non-GAAP revenue of $858 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.11. That non-GAAP revenue figure is up 55 percent from the year-ago period. The company delivered 7,579 cars in the quarter, and built 8,763. Tesla indicated that it is “on track” to deliver more than 35,000 cars in the year, matching prior… Read More

  • Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

    Microsoft lost an appeal today, as a federal judge ordered that it must comply with a U.S. warrant seeking email data on servers located in Ireland. During this process, it has been Microsoft’s contention that a warrant issued by the U.S. doesn’t have legal standing because the data being sought is stored abroad. Judge Loretta A. Preska disagrees. Read More

  • Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

    Yesterday Yelp reported its second quarter earnings, beating on revenue, and announcing that it was profitable in the period, a first for the company. Its shares rose, and then fell in after-hours trading. Yelp opened down today, and is currently off nearly 12%. What’s going on? With $88.8 million in revenue, and $0.04 in per-share profit, Yelp more than hit its big numbers. However… Read More

  • Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

    Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

    Early this morning, Twitter released its biannual transparency report, detailing the number of requests from global governments for account information, and content takedown demands. Information requests from governments regarding account information for the first half of 2014 totaled 2,058, up 46% from the second half of 2013, and up 77.87% from the year-ago period. The pace of growth in… Read More

  • MobileIron Pops 7% After Reporting Bigger Than Expected Q2 Revenue Of $31.5M

    MobileIron Pops 7% After Reporting Bigger Than Expected Q2 Revenue Of $31.5M

    Today marks MobileIron’s first earnings report as a public company. In the second quarter, the mobile device management company had GAAP revenue of $31.5 million, a per-share loss of $0.66 on a GAAP basis, and $0.52 on a non-GAAP basis. The market had expected MobileIron to lose $0.70 on revenue of $26.84 million. MobileIron went public at $9 per share. After cracking the $11 mark… Read More

  • Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Yelp Swings To Profitability In Strong Q2 With $88.8M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.04

    Today after the bell Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $88.79 million, and a profit of $0.04 per share. The company had net income of $2.7 million in the period, up from a $878,000 loss in the year-ago quarter. Investors had expected Yelp to lose 3 cents per share on revenue of $86.32 million. The company’s revenue tally for its most recent… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Comments submitted to the FCC regarding its notice of proposed rule-making on the net neutrality issue totaled 1,101,729 as of yesterday afternoon. An impressive number, but also a nearly unchanged figure. On July 18, the final day of the first period of comment on the proposed net neutrality rules, TechCrunch reported that the FCC had received 1,062,000 comments. After a big week that saw… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

  • Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with how content moves across the network of an ISP, but instead focus on how it gets onto the network. In short, Netflix customers… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More

  • Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

    Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

    This afternoon Twitter reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $312 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. The street had expected Twitter to lose a penny per share on revenue of $283.07 million. Its revenue in the quarter was up 124 percent from the year-ago period. In the second quarter of 2013, Twitter’s revenue totaled $139.3 million. In its… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates OneNote For Apple Products

    Microsoft Updates OneNote For Apple Products

    Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note-taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More

  • Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

    Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

    As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More

  • Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App

    Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App

    Asana, a company that provides collaboration tools to corporations and groups, today released a unified iOS application for iPhone and iPad. As other companies have in recent quarters, Asana built its new iOS app using native code. (The app is due to land in the app store at any moment, so if you don’t see it in the App Store, hang tight.) The firm has an Android app similar to its new… Read More

  • Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back. Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade. Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More