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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  • Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage. The FREEDOM Act was aimed at ending the… Read More

  • Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06. Analysts had expected $0.13 in adjusted profit on revenue of $1.371 billion. The percentage of its revenue that came from recurring, subscription sources — a key metric for any SaaS business… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft Updates How The Surface Pro 3 Handles Wi-Fi

    Microsoft released a set of updates for its Surface Pro 3 tablet today,  including fixes for the tablet-hybrid’s Wi-Fi connectivity, a part of the device’s performance that some have flagged as problematic. I’ve had some Wi-Fi issues with my loaner Surface Pro 3, but haven’t been sure if they stem from Windows 10’s nascency, or the device itself. Paul Thurrott… Read More

  • NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    NSA Reform Dies In The Senate

    Well shit. A vote to proceed with the USA FREEDOM Act failed in the Senate after it did not collect the 60 votes that it needed. It failed 58 to 42. Before the vote, I noticed a slight change in the tone of people that I had on the phone: There was optimism that it could make it. It didn’t. You can stick a fork in NSA reform for this year, and this Congress. And, as I’ve said… Read More

  • Senate’s NSA Reform Bill Heads For Uncertain Vote

    Senate’s NSA Reform Bill Heads For Uncertain Vote

    So much for bipartisanship. Earlier today, Senator Mitch McConnell attacked the USA FREEDOM Act, intimating that supporting it would harm the nation in its current struggle with terror-state ISIS. Also today, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden, from the other slice of the aisle, indicated that they would vote for the bill. A few Republicans appear set to support the Act, including the… Read More

  • Tracour Launches To Prove That Some Financial Analysts Are Full Of It

    Tracour Launches To Prove That Some Financial Analysts Are Full Of It

    Financial analysts matter. That’s why you often hear them asking questions at the end of earnings calls, when the CEOs of public companies try to avoid answering them directly. They research, analyze, and make recommendations that the regular person can follow. Too bad they are often so damn wrong. Tracour, co-founded by Brad Sams (Sams is a well-known technology writer, and… Read More

  • White House Says It “Strongly Supports” The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    White House Says It “Strongly Supports” The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying that it “strongly supports” the Senate’s USA FREEDOM Act, which could see a vote this week. The bill would curtail some practices of the United States’ surveillance apparatus. Congress, in this lame duck session, only has so many hours and days to conduct its final business. Before the session, it seemed… Read More

  • For Windows 10, A Feedback Test

    For Windows 10, A Feedback Test

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a large project, and one that is being built partially in plain sight. The software company, leaving behind its former ways, is working to integrate its community into the development process, even highlighting their feedback when it results in new features and changes that were sourced from people outside the firm. Such it was last week… Read More

  • Tech Giants Call For Passage Of Senate NSA Reform Bill

    Tech Giants Call For Passage Of Senate NSA Reform Bill

    A collective of large tech companies has urged the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that it could vote on this week. Reform Government Surveillance, which counts Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter as members, released a letter to the Senate, calling the week’s vote an “opportunity” to pass the “bipartisan” law. The Act will, according to the… Read More

  • Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    Senator Ted Cruz Dishes Once Again On That ‘Net Neutrality’ Thing

    The good Senator Ted Cruz from Texas tackled net neutrality again today, with a bit more tact than earlier this week when he called it “Obamacare for the Internet.” It wasn’t immediately clear at that point what the connection between the Affordable Care Act and the preservation of the open Internet was, precisely, but the comment did cause a stir. Today, at a Texas incubator… Read More

  • The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    The FCC Responds To AT&T’s Net Neutrality Saber Rattling

    AT&T announced earlier this week that it would “pause” the rollout of fiber Internet connections to dozens of cities, due to uncertainty in the market caused by potentially stiff net neutrality rules that may be put into place. The president recently caused a ruckus in the debate by calling for reclassification of broadband under Title II. Read More

  • TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    TubeMogul Soars 14% After Reporting Strong Q3 Revenue Of $27.4M, Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

    Rising nearly 6 percent in regular trading, TubeMogul spiked 16 percent in after-hours trading after reporting better-than-expected revenue, profit and guidance. Read More

  • NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

    NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

    The United States Senate could vote on the USA FREEDOM Act as soon as next week, pushing the surveillance reform bill ahead this year. That would buck prior conventional wisdom that the Act was not a legislative priority, likely ending up shelved until the next Congress. There is still some fight in this Congress after all. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Preview With Gesture Support, OneDrive Tweaks And Bug Fixes

    Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Preview With Gesture Support, OneDrive Tweaks And Bug Fixes

    As expected, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10’s technical preview today for users who are in the “Fast” update cycle for the company’s next operating system. The build contains a few changes that users requested, including new animations for minimizing applications, and the ability to change what buttons appears on the Start bar. Read More

  • FCC Denies Break With President On Net Neutrality, Says “All Options On Table”

    FCC Denies Break With President On Net Neutrality, Says “All Options On Table”

    Today, the FCC’s Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn tweeted that reports of a rift between the President and the agency’s views on net neutrality were overblown. Sohn made it clear, however, that the FCC is weighing options that are different from what the President proposed Here’s her note: WaPo took @TomWheelerFCC comments out of context. Didn't… Read More

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

    Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ‘9879’ Touches Down Today

    Short note here for all you on Windows 10: Expect a new build of the code today. What’s in build ‘9879?’ We have a few ideas, but I presume that there will be more in the build than the market current expects. I hope, at least. It isn’t clear what time today the version of the preview of Microsoft’s new operating system will touch down, but it will come… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer Spends 3.8% Of His Total Tweets Dismissing Net Neutrality

    Steve Ballmer Spends 3.8% Of His Total Tweets Dismissing Net Neutrality

    Chalk up one tech exec to the ‘less is more’ view of net neutrality oversight by the FCC. Steve Ballmer, most recently the long-time CEO of Microsoft, tweeted today that extending FCC oversight over Internet competition is not needed. Read More

  • Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about? According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the picture? Read More

  • Box Brings Touch ID To Its iPhone App, Updates Web Experience

    Box Brings Touch ID To Its iPhone App, Updates Web Experience

    Box, a cloud-focused enterprise collaboration company, is releasing an update to its iOS application for iPhone and iPad, along with updates to its website designed to improve navigation. On the iOS side, Box is bringing Touch ID support to iPhones that can support the tool, allowing users to unlock documents with their finger instead of a potentially ponderous PIN. The new app will also… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Rebrand Its Lync Enterprise Communication Tool ‘Skype for Business’

    Microsoft Will Rebrand Its Lync Enterprise Communication Tool ‘Skype for Business’

    Microsoft will rebrand Lync, its enterprise communications tool ‘Skype for Business.’ The change will see Lync’s interface harmonized to something close to the current Skype’s interface. Skype for Business won’t be available until next year. Lync won’t fold into Skype entirely — instead, it will remain a separate application. I saw a demo of an… Read More

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