Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is Crunchbase’s Editor in Chief. He previously worked for The Next Web, TechCrunch, and Mattermark.

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  • 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

  • GoPro Hires Former Skype CEO Tony Bates To Be Its President

    GoPro Hires Former Skype CEO Tony Bates To Be Its President

    Today GoPro named Tony Bates its president and new member of its board of directors. GoPro recently filed for a $100 million initial public offering. Bates will report to founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. Bates is best known for his tenure as Skype’s CEO and then as an executive vice president at Microsoft after it bought Skype. After being a mentioned name in CEO bingo, Bates left… Read More

  • Android Likely To Get Touch-Friendly Office Before Windows

    Android Likely To Get Touch-Friendly Office Before Windows

    Earlier today, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that the tablet-touch build of Office for Android will land before the touch-ready build for Windows. Yes, this is the real world. Microsoft declined to comment. Keep in mind that Microsoft building an Office suite for Android tablets isn’t news. This is a timing issue. Read More

  • NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    Despite Congressional bloviation, the NSA doesn’t think that Edward Snowden is a foreign spy. NSA Chief Michael Rogers doesn’t think it likely that Snowden is working for Russia, or any other country’s intelligence apparatus. “Could he have? Possibly. Do I believe that’s the case? Probably not,” said Rogers. Read More

  • You Can Buy 50 Cent’s New Album With Bitcoin

    You Can Buy 50 Cent’s New Album With Bitcoin

    50 Cent’s new album isn’t doing too well critically, but commercially the rapper is trying to take all comers and is even accepting bitcoin as payment for the record. Read More

  • Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    Bitcoin Entrepreneur Pays $51K To Settle With The SEC After Selling Shares Illegally

    If you’re going to sell shares in your business and are soliciting for funds publicly, there are rules you have to follow. And Erik Voorhees recently found out there are rules to follow even if you’re selling shares for bitcoin. Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that after raising $15,843.98 for his ventures SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds, Voorhees will… Read More

  • Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1” Devices

    Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1” Devices

    Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design ‘2-in-1’ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids. The chip maker, increasingly betting on mobile in the face of a immiserated personal computer market, wants to grow its market share in the tablet industry. The idea of a ‘2-in-1’ — hereafter called 2-1 — is simple: Have a tablet… Read More

  • WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    WhatsApp Founder Not Impressed By Apple’s New iMessage Features

    Today in its WWDC keynote, Apple announced a sheaf of changes to its iMessage service, including messages that will self destruct over time, sending short audio and video messages, and group messaging capabilities. Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta To Developers, Public Beta Coming This Summer

    This morning at its WWDC event, Apple announced that the coming update to OS X, dubbed Yosemite, will have a public beta period this summer. Developers will get their hands on the code today, but Apple is charting a new path by bringing its operating system preview to the public. Read More

  • Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Windows 8 Start Menu May Not Hit The Market Until 2015

    Are you ready for the Start Menu? You may want to put on your waiting pants, as Microsoft isn’t set to release the revamped Start Menu until 2015, according to the superlative Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft gave a demo of sorts of the forthcoming Start Menu at its Build conference earlier this year, but the product was shown briefly, and likely wasn’t much more than a mockup. Therefore… Read More

  • Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 Scoots Past Windows 8’s Market Share

    Windows 8.1 has finally bested its predecessor, with its market share edging higher than Windows 8’s in May, according to NetMarketShare. In May, Windows 8.1 ended with 6.35% global desktop market share, while Windows 8 managed a slimmer 6.29%. As The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski notes, that’s an aggregate gain of 0.40% for Microsoft’s new Windows 8.x… Read More

  • After Expanding To Android, Addappt’s CEO Breaks Down Its Growth Plans

    Mrinal Desai, founder and CEO of Addappt, is betting that people need a better way to keep their cell phone contact information up to date. Addappt, a smartphone app — iOS and Android — syncs contact information between users, allowing for individuals to remotely update their data on the phones of their friends. (For a more detailed dive into how Addappt works, TechCrunch has… Read More

  • OoberDocs Will Now Sync Your Incoming Email Attachments To Google Drive

    OoberDocs Will Now Sync Your Incoming Email Attachments To Google Drive

    OoberDocs, a neat little tool built and presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon, has expanded its feature set to include support for Google Drive. The service, which puts a copy of all incoming email attachments in your preferred cloud storage system, launched with initial support for Dropbox. In an email, founder John McBride informed TechCrunch that today OoberDocs processed its… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Google’s Self Driving Car, Apple Buys Beats, And Founders Misbehave

    In case you had missed it, today is Friday, which means it’s time for another spin of the round table as Colleen Taylor, Ryan Lawler and myself sat down to dig into what happened this past week. Google’s cute self-driving cars, Apple’s final conclusion of its purchase of Beats, and the controversial topic of founders misbehaving, either in the past or present were… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    Microsoft Launches Files Tool For Windows Phone 8.1

    This afternoon, Microsoft released Files, a file management tool for Windows Phone 8.1 that it had previously promised. The app is simple, but then again so is local file management. Users of Files will be able to access content that is stored locally, as well as on SD cards. Folder creation is supported, along with normal tasks like moving and deleting content. Read More

  • Infoblox’s Stock Drops 36.84% After Its Earnings And Forecast Disappoint

    Infoblox’s Stock Drops 36.84% After Its Earnings And Forecast Disappoint

    Shares of Infoblox fell sharply today, to the tune of 36.84%. The networking company reported disappointing earnings after the bell yesterday, along with the coming departure of of its CEO. How bad were the earnings? The company reported $61 million in revenue for its fiscal third quarter (2014), up a mere 5% on a year-over-year basis. The company lost $7.4 million the period on a GAAP basis… Read More

  • Bitcoin Crosses The $600 Mark As Its Rally Endures

    Bitcoin Crosses The $600 Mark As Its Rally Endures

    After a flat period, bitcoin is back, rallying through the $600 level today. The cryptocurrency, which had zipped north of $1,000 in late 2013, fell under the $400 mark this year on lessened media interest and the implosion of Mt.Gox, an exchange, among other issues. Even at the $600 mark, bitcoin is down nearly 50 percent from its 52-week high. Coinbase has the current price at $613… Read More

  • House Votes To Fund Intelligence Programs Through 2015

    House Votes To Fund Intelligence Programs Through 2015

    While there is some appetite for reform of the intelligence activities of the United States government in the House of Representatives, votes to not fund the NSA and other agencies remain slim. Read More

  • Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Steve Ballmer, best known for his long tenure as the CEO of Microsoft, is reportedly set to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2 billion, according to the LA Times. Previously, he had been tipped to bid $1.8 billion for the team. The Clippers are in flux at the moment after their owner, Donald Sterling, was recorded saying a number of racist comments. The NBA fined him. Read More

  • Ousted RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal Promises To Sue His Board

    Ousted RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal Promises To Sue His Board

    In a publicly released letter, former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal promised legal action against his former board of directors today. He also announced his resignation from that board and provided context, from his perspective, into how legal choices were made to protect the company’s potential IPO. Read More