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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  • Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

    Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

    Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. Read More

  • Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company. “As an early startup, there is no way around trying to open all the doors,” he… Read More

  • CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    During our Disrupt London event today, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino sat down with CloudFlare co-founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn to talk about the company’s journey and challenges since it made its public debut as the runner-up in the Disrupt 2010 Startup Battlefield. Read More

  • Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safe

    Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safe

    For the longest time now, Google has recommended that users enable two-factor authentication for their accounts on its platforms (and anywhere else, really). But starting today, it is launching a second — even more secure — method for those who really want their accounts to stay safe. With Security Key support, users can now get a physical USB key through third-party providers… Read More

  • Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves

    Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves

    Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help employees collaborate. Because of this, the service knows quite a bit about who does what in a given business and now it allows businesses… Read More

  • Introducing API as a Service with InstantAPI

    InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant

    “In the world of cloud computing, APIs are the new currency,” Microsoft’s VP of its developer division S. “Soma” Somasegar told me last week. But if that’s true, then how can you best create an API for your services? There are a number of API management services on the market — and some of them sold for a lot of money recently — but you… Read More

  • Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

    Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes

    Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn’t easy. It often involves involves setting up many different services and once you’re done, you still don’t know how well you’ll be able to scale everything. Crate, which is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London today, massively simplifies this process. Read More

  • There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

    There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

    At Disrupt Europe today, TechCrunch senior editor Jon Shieber talked to Peter Hames from Big Health, the National Director for Patients and Information in the National Health Service Tim Kelsey, and Dr. Dominic King from the HELIX Centre. Unsurprisingly, given these panelists, the first part of the panel focused on Ebola and the role tech can play in handing this and similar crises. Read More

  • Passage at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images

    Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen — maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver’s license. The team, which built this service over the course of the last 24 hours during our Disrupt London hackathon… Read More

  • Microsoft To Host Connect() Developer Event In New York Next Month

    Microsoft To Host Connect() Developer Event In New York Next Month

    Microsoft today announced that it will hold a small developer conference under the Connect() monicker in New York next month. Unlike the company’s usual developer events, which tend to center around major point releases or new products, this event is about giving developers more insight into what the company is working on and to start a conversation about those new features with developers. Read More

  • OpenStack’s Juno Release Focuses on Big Data, Network Function Virtualization

    OpenStack’s Juno Release Focuses on Big Data, Network Function Virtualization

    OpenStack, the open source software for building public and private clouds that’s being backed by a wide variety of industry heavyweights, today launched Juno, its latest point release. As usual, this release includes updates to all of the platform’s services, which now span the gamut from cloud computing to storage services, identity management and tools for processing large… Read More

  • NGINX Turns 10, Usage Up 400% In The Last 4 Years

    NGINX Turns 10, Usage Up 400% In The Last 4 Years

    The open source NGINX web server (and load balancer, HTTP cache and reverse proxy server) is turning 10 this month and its commercial counterpart, NGINX Plus is celebrating its first birthday at the same time. To mark this moment, the company provided me with its latest user stats and I also had a chance to get a few comments from Gus Robertson, the company’s CEO. Over the last… Read More

  • Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    It doesn’t look like Facebook’s Paper app for iOS ever caught on with users, but many developers looked toward it as an example of what a modern mobile app could look like. To write Paper, Facebook developed a wide variety of proprietary libraries, and it’s slowly making some of them available to outside developers. Earlier this year, for example, Facebook open sourced the… Read More

  • Orchestrate Brings Its Database Technology To The Enterprise

    Orchestrate Brings Its Database Technology To The Enterprise

    Portland, Ore.-based database-as-a-service startup Orchestrate provides developers with a single API to work with a wide variety of databases, whether that’s MySQL, Hbase or Elasticsearch. Until now, Orchestrate mostly focused on startups, but it’s starting a major push into the enterprise today with the launch of its Orchestrate Enterprise service. Read More

  • Natural Language Platform Wit.ai Raises $3M Seed Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz

    Natural Language Platform Wit.ai Raises $3M Seed Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz

    As we start using more and more Internet-connected gadgets that rely on voice input, the need for smart speech recognition and natural language processing services is only going to increase. Wit.ai offers developers an API for building natural language interfaces for their apps and devices and the Y Combinator alum got a major boost today thanks to a $3 million seed round led by… Read More

  • Microsoft Partners With Docker To Bring Container Support To Windows Server

    Microsoft Partners With Docker To Bring Container Support To Windows Server

    Docker containers are one of the hottest technologies for developers these days and all the large cloud vendors now support it in some form. For the most part, though, containers are associated with Linux servers. That’s going to change soon, however, as Microsoft today announced that it will add support for Docker to Windows Server in future releases. “We recognize the… Read More

  • Nara Logics’ Artificial Intelligence Platform Gets A $6M Boost

    Nara Logics’ Artificial Intelligence Platform Gets A $6M Boost

    For a long time, academic computer scientists would snicker when you even uttered the words “artificial intelligence.” That’s been changing quickly over the last few years and now investors are also taking this space more seriously. Nara, an artificial intelligence company that is probably best known for its Nara.me personalization platform, today announced that it has… Read More

  • Google For Work Gets New Support Options

    Google For Work Gets New Support Options

    It’s not always easy to get support from Google (just ask anybody who ever had his AdSense account suspended for nebulous reasons), but over the course of the last few years, the company has slowly expanded its customer support programs, especially for its paid productivity services. More than two years ago, for example, the company launched 24/7 phone support for Google Apps subscribers. Read More

  • Pixate Launches Its App Prototyping Service For Designers

    Pixate Launches Its App Prototyping Service For Designers

    Pixate, an Accel-funded Y Combinator alum, is opening the doors to its visual prototyping service today after a long private and public beta phase. When the company graduated from Y Combinator last January, it still focused mostly on allowing mobile developers to style their native applications using CSS. These days, it’s still about making the lives of mobile developers easier, but… Read More

  • Google Sheets Gets Smart Autofill To Predict Unknown Values

    Google Sheets Gets Smart Autofill To Predict Unknown Values

    Google Sheets, the company’s online spreadsheet, is getting quite a bit smarter today with the launch of the Smart Autofill add-on. Smart Autofill can look at the existing values in a spreadsheet and then, with the help of the Google Prediction API, automatically divine the data for missing values in a column. Read More

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