Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois

Frederic has spent more than five years covering news and providing analysis about technology, the industry and consumer tech related to the Internet with potential to influence industry direction. At TechCrunch, his focus spans from emerging technologies and niche startups to major product advances by industry titans – all innovation focused. Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded Silicon Filter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite).

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  • North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More

  • Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+; starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won’t do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes. You can also… Read More

  • Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

    Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

    Canonical’s stripped down “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform. If you’ve followed along over the last few weeks, that’s not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google’s Compute Engine platform earlier this week. It was… Read More

  • Redfin Raises $70.9M To Expand Into New Markets

    Redfin Raises $70.9M To Expand Into New Markets

    Online real estate brokerage Redfin today announced that it has raised an additional $70.9 million in an effort to expand into new markets. The round was led by two large institutional investors, Wellington Management and Glynn Capital Management, with participation by Priceline chairman Jeffery Boyd’s Brothers Brook and Redfin board director Bob Mylod’s Annox Capital, as well as… Read More

  • Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service

    Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service

    Skytap is a service that aims to help dev and test teams in the enterprise work more efficiently (and test their code more often). The company today announced that it has raised a $35 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from all of the company’s previous investors, including OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group… Read More

  • Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

    Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

    Open Garden, the company behind the popular FireChat messaging app, today announced its $10.8 million Series A funding round led by August Capital. Other investors include Firebolt Ventures, Future Perfect Ventures, Kima Ventures, Tseung Kwan Ventures and Sherpalo. Including this round, Open Garden has now raised $12.8 million. The company recently found its footing with the launch of… Read More

  • Google’s End-To-End Email Encryption Tool Gets Closer To Launch

    Google’s End-To-End Email Encryption Tool Gets Closer To Launch

    More than half a year ago, Google announced that it was working on an email encryption Chrome plugin that would make it very easy for anybody to encrypt their emails. Now, it looks like this tool is getting a bit closer to launch. While it’s not ready for a wider release yet, Google this week moved its so-called “End-to-End” tool to GitHub to encourage a wider range of… Read More

  • Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

    Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

    A popular service like Gmail inevitably becomes a target for hackers. Over the years, Google has made quite a few security improvements, such as requiring HTTPS connections to prevent others from getting access to your email. Today the company announced that it has implemented support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and malevolent browser plug-ins… Read More

  • Canonical’s Stripped-Down “Snappy” Ubuntu Comes To Google’s Compute Engine

    Canonical’s Stripped-Down “Snappy” Ubuntu Comes To Google’s Compute Engine

    A week ago, Canonical released the first alpha version of its new minimalist “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core for container farms. To the surprise of many, the launch partner for Snappy was Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. Starting today, however, you will also be able to use this version of Ubuntu on Google’s Compute Engine. Google has clearly made support… Read More

  • Wrike Brings Deep Customization Options To Its Project Management Service

    Wrike Brings Deep Customization Options To Its Project Management Service

    Work management tools tend to come in two flavors: either as a really expensive but customizable enterprise solution or as a more consumer-oriented product that gives you very little flexibility. Wrike hopes to bridge this gap with the latest update to its work management and collaboration service today. Read More

  • Hands-On With The 3DRobotics Iris+ Drone

    Hands-On With The 3DRobotics Iris+ Drone

    The 3DRobotics Iris+ is the one that got away. Literally. I’ve flown my fair share of drones lately — everywhere from over empty football fields and beaches to small rivers. They all came back unharmed. But not the Iris+. It’s the first drone I tested that simply flew away from me. To be fair, chances are I got something wrong when that happened. I had taken the drone to… Read More

  • Yahoo Starts Prompting Chrome Users To “Upgrade” To Firefox

    Yahoo Starts Prompting Chrome Users To “Upgrade” To Firefox

    If you’re visiting any Yahoo property today, chances are you’ll see an “Upgrade to the new Firefox” link in the top-right corner of your browser window. The prompt also appears if you’re using Internet Explorer, Opera and even the new Yandex browser. However, the prompt is missing from Safari, which will surely prompt a new round of speculation about… Read More

  • Adobe Acquires Stock Content Marketplace Fotolia For $800M In Cash

    Adobe Acquires Stock Content Marketplace Fotolia For $800M In Cash

    Adobe today announced that it has acquired Fotolia, a popular marketplace for stock photography and video, for approximately $800 million in cash. The idea is to integrate the service into Adobe’s Creative Cloud and make it easier for Creative Cloud members to use (and purchase) the over 34 million images and videos in the company’s portfolio. Read More

  • Google Maps Rolls Out Improved High-Res 3D Imagery For NY And SF

    Google Maps Rolls Out Improved High-Res 3D Imagery For NY And SF

    Google’s 3D imagery for New York and the San Francisco Bay Area is getting a major makeover today. The company’s 3D imagery in Google Maps and Earth has always been pretty good, but it was never perfect. Today’s update is a clear improvement over Google’s previous imagery set, but it also still shows that there is quite a bit of work left to be done before we’ll… Read More

  • Google App For iOS Gets Material Design Update, Easier Navigation And Maps Integration

    Google App For iOS Gets Material Design Update, Easier Navigation And Maps Integration

    All of Google’s apps are now being upgraded to match the company’s new Material Design user-interface guidelines. After the YouTube app for Android got its redesign yesterday, the Google app for iOS is getting its due today. This is more than just a design update, though. There are a few new features, including a deeper integration with Google Maps and an easier way to get back to… Read More

  • Google Updates Its Cardboard VR App, Launches SDKs For Android And Unity

    Google Updates Its Cardboard VR App, Launches SDKs For Android And Unity

    Google Cardboard was the big surprise of this year’s Google I/O, and Google today announced that more than 500,000 of these extremely minimalist, phone-based virtual reality viewers have shipped since then. The early cardboard app was a lot of fun, but over the last few months, it felt like development had stalled a bit. Today, however, the company is launching an update to the… Read More

  • Threat Stack Raises $5M For Its Cloud Security Service

    Threat Stack Raises $5M For Its Cloud Security Service

    Last month, at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, Threat Stack launched its cloud security solution out of beta during Amazon CTO Werner Vogel’s startup launch keynote. The service helps companies that want to use Amazon’s cloud computing service to monitor their infrastructure and applications for potential threats. As more businesses start adopting public clouds, the need… Read More

  • MyHeritage Wants To Bring Genealogy To The Mainstream With Instant Discoveries

    MyHeritage Wants To Bring Genealogy To The Mainstream With Instant Discoveries

    Genealogy is a hobby I don’t fully understand, but many people are apparently really interested in their family’s history — enough to make this a $2 billion market. For the most part, that means laboriously filling in family trees — either in an old-school desktop app or online with services like Ancestry or MyHeritage. To do away with all that extra work and to… Read More

  • Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More

    Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More

    Google’s Hangouts app for Android is getting a major update today, as the company’s VP of Product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz announced at the LeWeb conference in Paris this morning. Some of these new features are mostly just fun, but a couple of others actually make the service easier to use and show a first glimpse at Google’s future plans for this service. Among the… Read More

  • Microsoft Azure Government Comes Out Of Preview

    Microsoft Azure Government Comes Out Of Preview

    Microsoft today announced that its Azure Government cloud computing service for federal, state, local and tribal U.S. governments is now generally available after more than a year of being in preview. This means the service is now open to all U.S. government customers. There are no more preview programs and the service is also now open for all workloads. Read More

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