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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  • The FCC Is Investigating The Netflix-Verizon Scrap

    The FCC Is Investigating The Netflix-Verizon Scrap

    The FCC is investigating the fight between content companies and ISPs, which has seen Netflix warn its customers that Verizon’s network is “crowded” at certain times, Verizon fire back that the fault is Netflix’s, and the content company respond by making a Chris Christie-esque pronouncement that the ISP is closing lanes during rush hour. Read More

  • Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    Former Microsoft Employee Involved In Windows 8 Leaks Given 3-Month Sentence

    After pleading guilty, former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo will pay a $100 fine and serve three months in prison for stealing trade secrets. His case picked up wide notice not due to the nature of the crime — trade leaks happen every day — but instead in terms of how he was caught. Kibkalo leaked code to a French blogger, and Microsoft took a look into that account for… Read More

  • Intel Rises 5.5% After-Hours On Raised Q2 And Full-Year Revenue Expectations

    Intel Rises 5.5% After-Hours On Raised Q2 And Full-Year Revenue Expectations

    After ending regular trading all but flat today, Intel is up 5.47 percent after-hours on the strength of new guidance for its second quarter and full-year revenue, and a slight change to its gross margin. For the second quarter, Intel expects revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million. This is greater than its prior expectation of $13 billion, plus or minus $500 million. So, on the… Read More

  • Twitter Rises 3.5% In Down Market As COO Exits

    Twitter Rises 3.5% In Down Market As COO Exits

    Rumors of an imminent management shakeup at Twitter became a reality today as the company’s COO Ali Rowghani departed that role. In a down market, Twitter rose 3.5 percent in regular trading, and is up a fraction after-hours. The major indexes were down more than 0.6 percent apiece. Given the general dearth of news surrounding Twitter at the moment, it is not overly bold to ascribe at… Read More

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Outlines New Cybersecurity Paradigm Led By Private Sector

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Outlines New Cybersecurity Paradigm Led By Private Sector

    Earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his agency’s plans to address cybersecurity to the American Enterprise Institute. Wheeler’s approach would see the private sector, not the FCC, take the leading role in addressing new cyber security threats, leaving his agency to monitor and guide, stepping in only if a market-based approach fails to adequately protect… Read More

  • MobileIron Pops 17% In Public Debut

    MobileIron Pops 17% In Public Debut

    This morning the public markets welcomed MobileIron to the NASDAQ, sending its shares up 17.67 percent at the time of writing. MobileIron is a mobile-IT provider for large corporations. MobileIron’s IPO was viewed by some as a proxy for the larger technology markets, given its quickly expanding revenue in its most recent full-calendar year, as well as its deepening losses. Like a number… Read More

  • Uber Accelerates In Europe As Incumbent Powers Stamp Their Feet

    Uber Accelerates In Europe As Incumbent Powers Stamp Their Feet

    As many European countries see protests of scale against the popular, and controversial-to-some, ride-share service Uber, the company is seeing massive interest in its offerings. Media coverage of the strike indicated that Uber wasn’t being punished in the least: Instead, demand was spiking, and Uber launched a fresh service in the London market. What’s causing that? Likely a… Read More

  • Poll Indicates Broad Support For Email Privacy Overhaul

    Poll Indicates Broad Support For Email Privacy Overhaul

    While we argue about how to best curtail the NSA, and precisely what constitutes meaningful reform, a gaping privacy hole remains open regarding our email: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 allows for email that has been stored by a user for more than 180 days to be accessed without a warrant. Read More

  • Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Brigade Media has acquired a majority position in the holding company that owns Causes and Votizen. Causes is known for its days as a platform for Facebook users to organize around issues. Votizen provided social networking tools for voters. Causes acquired Votizen in 2013. Also, amid a number of executive changes, Sean Parker will step down as interim CEO at Brigade but remain chairman. Read More

  • President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably, and infamously to some, the President answered questions on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis to promote Healthcare.gov. That effort led to a spike… Read More

  • Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Immigration reform, conventional wisdom goes, becomes less likely to pass the closer we come to the midterm election cycle. Despite that, and recent reticence of House Republicans to put the issue on the agenda at all, the Mark Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us lobbying group is spending $250,000 to air new advertisements on cable.
    Why? According to the group, to “prod” the lower chamber… Read More

  • Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Speaking at the Southland Conference, former Vice President Al Gore declined to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a traitor for leaking tens of thousands of secret government documents to journalists. Read More

  • Hybrid Storage Provider Egnyte Turns To Google’s Cloud To House Future Customer Data

    Hybrid Storage Provider Egnyte Turns To Google’s Cloud To House Future Customer Data

    Egnyte, a company that sells a hybrid storage solution that includes a cloud-based component, is turning to another provider to help house its growing set of customer data: Google. Why might a cloud company turn to another cloud provider to host its data? Google, through its Google Ventures arm, is an investor in Egnyte, making the union reasonable. Egnyte does not intend to move its… Read More

  • GoDaddy Files For $100M IPO

    GoDaddy Files For $100M IPO

    Today GoDaddy, the popular domain and web-services company, filed its S-1 document to go public. The company has seen quick revenue growth in recent years and massive losses measured using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The company’s 2013 revenue totaled $1.13 billion. The company lost $199.88 million during that period. The company had revenue of $910 million in 2012… Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    Apple’s 7-for-1 split went live today, and its share price dipped under the $100 mark as the technology company greatly increased its share count. The market is up today, but Apple has picked up more than twice the bounce that the NASDAQ has received, climbing north of 1 percent. It’s not a massive rally, but no one anticipated more. Apple’s split is noteworthy given its… Read More

  • The Platform Wars

    The Platform Wars

    During its WWDC keynote this year, Apple took on the world: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive for cloud storage; WhatsApp, Snapchat and BBM for messaging; Skype and your cell phone for calls; Google for search; and so on. Hell, Apple even took on Objective-C. Read More

  • NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

    NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

    Google recently made waves by introducing the framework for a tool that will bolster email encryption through a coming plug-in for its Chrome browser. TechCrunch noted the complexity of the problem that Google is taking on, and that it seemed like a worthy task. Read More

  • Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Call On The Senate To Strengthen NSA Reform

    Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Call On The Senate To Strengthen NSA Reform

    At the roughly one-year anniversary of the NSA leaks, Reform Government Surveillance, a group backed by a number of notable tech companies, is publishing a letter demanding the Senate strengthen the NSA reform bill that recently passed the House. According to the letter, in the coming weeks, the upper chamber of Congress has the “opportunity to demonstrate leadership and pass a version… Read More

  • Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

    Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

    Marking the one year anniversary of the NSA leaks saga, Microsoft today called for broad change in how the United States Government and its intelligence agencies operate, and what they collect. Microsoft is not alone among technology companies in calling for reform. Its blog post today, however, is interesting given its breadth and specificity. The company wants the government to end bulk… Read More