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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  • 45K+ Register Their Drones With The FAA In First 2 Days

    45K+ Register Their Drones With The FAA In First 2 Days

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone registry went online on Monday. As the agency announced this morning, more than 45,000 people have now used the online service to register their drones. If you own a drone (or really any model aircraft) that weighs between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds (including payloads like cameras), you now have to register with the FAA. Read More

  • Flytenow Shuts Down After Court Rules Against Flightsharing Startups

    Flytenow Shuts Down After Court Rules Against Flightsharing Startups

    Airplane ridesharing startup Flytenow today announced that it is shutting down after a court recently upheld the FAA’s power to regulate what does (and does not) constitute a commercial aviation operation. Flytenow wanted to bring together private pilots and those who wanted to fly with them. From the get-go, though, Flytenow and similar startups like Airpooler were going to run into… Read More

  • VideoBlocks Adds Discovery Channel Clips To Its Stock Video Marketplace

    VideoBlocks Adds Discovery Channel Clips To Its Stock Video Marketplace

    Stock video service VideoBlocks today announced that it will soon start selling clips from the Discovery Channel’s Discovery Access library in its recently launched Marketplace. In total, VideoBlocks will soon feature about 30,000 clips from Discovery that span the range from culture and animal clips to lifestyle and engineering videos. Chances are Discovery was interested in working… Read More

  • The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

    The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

    As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today. If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (and that’s pretty much every drone that isn’t a toy like the Parrot MiniDrone), you have until February 19, 2016 to register it. If you buy a new drone after today, you don’t… Read More

  • Firefox Users On Windows Can Now Watch Netflix Without A Plugin

    Firefox Users On Windows Can Now Watch Netflix Without A Plugin

    Remember Microsoft’s Silverlight Flash competitor? Few people probably do (and Microsoft has long given up on it), but for the longest time, you needed Silverlight to watch Netflix in your Firefox browser on Windows. Starting today, however, you can watch Netflix in Firefox on Windows without having to install any plugins. For now, this is only true for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows users… Read More

  • AWS Launches Its Smallest And Cheapest EC2 Instance Type Yet

    AWS Launches Its Smallest And Cheapest EC2 Instance Type Yet

    Earlier this year, at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform announced that it would soon launch a very small (but burstable) instance type for its EC2 computing service. These new t2.nano instances are now live. Running these new instances in Amazon’s US regions will only cost $4.75 per month (or$0.0065 per hour) — making them… Read More

  • Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google Launches Equity-Free Accelerator Program For Mobile Startups In Brazil, India And Indonesia

    Google is launching a new accelerator program today. The Launchpad Accelerator will provide mobile startups in India, Brazil and Indonesia with mentorship, training, support, and up to $50,000 in equity-free funding. As Roy Glasberg, Google’s Global lead for its Launchpad programs, told me, the accelerator was born out of Google’s existing Launchpad program for startups and… Read More

  • Google’s Angular 2 Framework Hits Beta

    Google’s Angular 2 Framework Hits Beta

    Angular 2, Google’s framework for building mobile and web apps in HTML and JavaScript, is now in beta. Google first announced Angular 2, which represents a significant (and controversial) break from Angular 1, in September 2014. Since then, it’s gone through an alpha and developer preview. By applying the ‘beta’ label to Angular 2, Google basically says that it believes… Read More

  • Atlassian’s Marketplace For Third-Party Devs Hits Over $120M In Sales

    Atlassian’s Marketplace For Third-Party Devs Hits Over $120M In Sales

    You can now buy stock in Atlassian, but that’s not the only way to make money from the quickly growing collaboration and developer tools company. As the company told me today, its Atlassian Marketplace for third-party developers has now hit $120 million in direct sales and more than 15 developers have now generated more than $1 million in direct sales. Read More

  • Backblaze’s Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service Comes Out Of Beta

    Backblaze’s Low-Cost Cloud Storage Service Comes Out Of Beta

    After a short beta, Backblaze today opened up its new low-cost cloud storage service for all developers. Backblaze made a name for itself as a backup service for individuals and small businesses. But as the company’s CEO Gleb Budman told me when the company first announced this new product, the technology it developed to run those services (and all the hard drives it buys) is also a… Read More

  • Google Updates BigQuery With Better Cost Controls, Audit Logs And Improved Streaming API

    Google Updates BigQuery With Better Cost Controls, Audit Logs And Improved Streaming API

    BigQuery, Google’s SQL-based big data analytics service, is getting an update today that, among other things, will make it easier for users to avoid runaway query costs and to stream large amounts of data right into their databases. Google is also introducing audit logs for BigQuery as a beta. This feature will make it easier for IT admins to track what their users are doing on the… Read More

  • Zillow Launches New Home-Pricing Tool For Sellers

    Zillow Launches New Home-Pricing Tool For Sellers

    Online real estate site Zillow is launching a new home-price estimate tool today that allows users to create a custom and private estimate for their homes based on recently sold homes and comparable listings. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Zillow has long offered price estimates for virtually every home in the U.S. through its Zestimates feature. Recently, Redfin… Read More

  • Dispel’s Privacy-As-A-Service Platform Keeps Your Internet Connection Secret And Safe

    Dispel’s Privacy-As-A-Service Platform Keeps Your Internet Connection Secret And Safe

    Most security services today give you virtual private networks that encrypt your connections (if you work for any sizable company, you probably use some kind of VPN client to log in to your intranet). New York-based Dispel, which is now coming out of stealth after more than two years of development, offers all of these features but then layers a number of other security tactics on top of… Read More

  • Google Inbox Gets Sharable Trip Bundles, Improved Photo Attachments

    Google Inbox Gets Sharable Trip Bundles, Improved Photo Attachments

    Inbox by Gmail, Google’s next-gen email client for mobile and the web, has its fair share of marquee features, but one of its most useful is its ability to bundle emails about an upcoming trip into a single Trip Bundle. Today, Google is improving this feature, and on mobile, it’s making it easier to attach multiple photos from all of those trips you take to your emails. Read More

  • Parse Launches SDK Support For Apple’s WatchOS 2 And tvOS

    Parse Launches SDK Support For Apple’s WatchOS 2 And tvOS

    It’s been pretty quiet around Facebook’s Parse developer platform this year. The team launched its Internet of Things service in March and open-sourced its SDKs in August, but otherwise, we haven’t heard much about it. It looks like Facebook is putting a bit more emphasis on the service. The company today announced two new SDKs for Parse: Apple’s watchOS 2 and tvOS. Read More

  • Get Ready To Register Your Drone With The FAA On December 21

    Get Ready To Register Your Drone With The FAA On December 21

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today launched its long-expected drone registration program. Starting December 21, owners in the U.S. will have to register their drones with the government for a $5 fee (though the FAA is making registration free for the first 30 days). Those who already own drones today (or plan to buy one before the 21st) will have until February 19, 2016 to… Read More

  • Google’s Project Sunroof Now Tells More Homeowners How Well Solar Would Work On Their Roofs

    Google’s Project Sunroof Now Tells More Homeowners How Well Solar Would Work On Their Roofs

    Google’s Project Sunroof, which started as a 20 percent project by Google engineering lead Carl Elkin, helps you figure out how well solar panels would work on your roof. The company launched the project in August, but at the time, it only covered homes in Boston and a few select areas in California. Today, Google is expanding Project Sunroof’s coverage to select metro areas in… Read More

  • Google Launches Faster, More Flexible Version Of Its Cloud SQL Database Service

    Google Launches Faster, More Flexible Version Of Its Cloud SQL Database Service

    Cloud SQL, Google’s fully managed MySQL database service on its Cloud Platform, is getting a major upgrade today with the beta launch of version two of the service. The original Cloud SQL launched back in 2011 and hit general availability a full two-and-a-half years later. Google says that after today’s update, Cloud SQL will feature throughput rates that are up to seven times… Read More

  • Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz, the popular service for giving you house envy and connecting you with the right home professionals to cure it, is launching an interesting new feature for its iOS users today. The new Sketch feature makes it easier for homeowners to annotate photos on the service to discuss their remodeling ideas with their housemates and professionals. The company also today announced that it now… Read More

  • New Google Apps Feature Helps Businesses Keep Sensitive Information Out Of Emails

    New Google Apps Feature Helps Businesses Keep Sensitive Information Out Of Emails

    Google is launching a new privacy tool for Google Apps Unlimited users today. The new Data Loss Prevention feature will make it easier for businesses to make sure that their employees don’t mistakenly (or not so mistakenly) email certain types of sensitive information to people outside of the company. Businesses that subscribe to this plan for their employees now have the option to… Read More

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