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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  • Opera Brings Easy Bookmark Sharing To Its Desktop Browser

    Opera Brings Easy Bookmark Sharing To Its Desktop Browser

    Opera launched version 26 of its desktop browser today. The marquee feature of this new version is bookmark sharing. Say you are doing some research for your next vacation and you’ve bookmarked a couple of potential all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos, how do you easily share those with your friends? With Opera 26, you now simply click the share button and Opera will make those items… Read More

  • Firefox Could Soon Come To iOS

    Firefox Could Soon Come To iOS

    For a year now, Mozilla has categorically stated that it wouldn’t release a version of Firefox for iOS because Apple won’t let it use its own web engine on its platform. With a new CEO on board, however, it looks like Mozilla’s position may be changing. At an internal Mozilla event in Portland today, the company talked about the need to get its browser onto iOS. Read More

  • AWS Simplifies EC2 Reserved Instance Pricing

    AWS Simplifies EC2 Reserved Instance Pricing

    Amazon Web Services is making some major changes to how it charges for reserved EC2 instances — a move that seems to be at least partially motivated by the changes Google announced earlier this year. As Amazon announced today, developers can still pay upfront for the full term of the instance (either one or three years), but in addition to this, they can also pay only a portion of… Read More

  • Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information

    Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information

    Google today announced that its Cloud Platform is now in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). This means developers can now hold, process and exchange credit card information from branded credit cards on Google’s cloud computing platform without running afoul of existing regulations. Read More

  • The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The team behind The Grid is developing a website builder that uses artificial intelligence to automatically create new sites based on the content you provide. The company ran one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a software product earlier this year, but the team also went out to raise a larger fundraising round. Read More

  • Firefox 34 Launches With Yahoo As Its Default Search Engine

    Firefox 34 Launches With Yahoo As Its Default Search Engine

    Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 34. While most browser updates these days aren’t all that exciting, this one includes a couple of interesting new features. What most users in North America will notice right off the bat, however, is that this is the first version of Firefox with Yahoo as its default search experience. Read More

  • CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime

    CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime

    Docker containers are one of the hottest technologies around and CoreOS, a Linux-based operating system for very large server deployments, built its service around Docker containers and contributed heavily to the project. But as the company announced today, it is now working on its own container runtime, largely because it disagrees with Docker’s overall direction. Read More

  • Rules For Drones

    Rules For Drones

    People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More

  • What’s Next For Firefox?

    What’s Next For Firefox?

    When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More

  • Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

    Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

    Last week we learned that Mozilla had made a pact with Yahoo to switch Firefox’s default search engine to a yet-to-be launched new version of Yahoo’s Bing-powered search experience. At that time, we already noted how easy it is to switch between search engines in Firefox and now the organization is making it even easier with the launch of a new search experience in the Firefox… Read More

  • Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

    Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

    Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, today announced ZenFleets, its first paid service. As the name implies, ZenFleets is meant for companies that have a large number of cars on the road at any given time. With ZenFleets, businesses can track where those cars are, but more importantly, the service also tries to figure out if the driver is focused… Read More

  • Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January

    Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January

    Starting in January 2015, Google’s Chrome browser will block all old-school Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI) plugins. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Google started its efforts to remove NPAPI plugins more than a year ago. Over the last year, Google went from recommending that developers move away from this old architecture to actively blocking almost all NPAPI plugins. Read More

  • Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

    Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

    Google’s Project Loon, the company’s effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia’s largest telco provider Telstra next month and today, Google released a bit more info about the state of the… Read More

  • Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google. The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design… Read More

  • HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank

    HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank

    HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finalist, today announced it is expanding into mobile with the launch of DroidRank. Recruiters could already test for Java skills on the service (in addition to 15 other languages). While that’s the basis for programming Android apps, being able to write Java apps doesn’t necessarily mean you are… Read More

  • Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport. But in reality, most smaller websites don’t offer these kind of secure connections because getting the kind of digital public-key certificate that makes HTTPS connections… Read More

  • New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

    New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

    Image recognition has come a long way over the last few years and maybe more so than anybody else, Google has brought some of those advances to end users. To see how far we’ve come, just try searching through your own images on Google Photos, for example. But recognizing objects (and maybe basic scenes) is only a first step. In September, Google showed how its approach, using the… Read More

  • Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

    Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

    Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta. Using this new feature, developers can now have Compute Engine automatically spin up new machines based on demand. If your CPU utilization goes above a certain value or your HTTP load… Read More

  • SysCloud Raises $2.5M To Help Businesses Keep Their Google Apps Accounts Safe

    SysCloud Raises $2.5M To Help Businesses Keep Their Google Apps Accounts Safe

    SysCloud, a service that offers a comprehensive suite of services aimed to keep companies’ Google Apps accounts safe and backed up, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million Series A round led by existing investor Inventus Capital Partners and new investor KAE Capital. Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa

    Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa

    Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company’s other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and LuleĆ„, Sweden (the company also operates out of a number of smaller shared locations). This is the first of two data centers the company is building at this site in Altoona. Read More

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