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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  • Microsoft joins the open-source Eclipse Foundation

    Microsoft joins the open-source Eclipse Foundation

    Microsoft today announced that it is joining the Eclipse Foundation — the open source group that’s probably best known for its Eclipse IDE, but which also offers a number of other developer tools. With this, Microsoft is joining other Eclipse sponsors like Google, Novell, IBM, Debeka, and Oracle. Given that Microsoft offers its own IDE in the form of Visual Studio… Read More

  • Spotinst, which helps you buy AWS spot instances, raises $2m Series A

    Spotinst, which helps you buy AWS spot instances, raises $2m Series A

    Spot instances on AWS can help you save quite a bit of money over paying for a regular virtual machine on EC2. In return, though, these machines may shut down at any time when demand for regular machines increases. Spotinst helps business manage both the cost and management of these spot instances, with support for Google Cloud Platform’s preemptible machines and Azure, which… Read More

  • Skype can now translate spoken Arabic in real time

    Skype can now translate spoken Arabic in real time

    Microsoft’s Skype introduced launched its real-time translation feature out of beta about half a year ago and today it is adding Arabic — and more specifically, Modern Standard Arabic — as its eighth supported language. As the Skype team told a small group of reporters at a press event in its Palo Alto offices last month, the company decided to add Arabic in part because… Read More

  • Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux

    Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux

    SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship relational database product, is now available on Linux in the form of an early private preview, with a full launch planned for mid-2017. Until now, SQL Server was strictly a Windows product, but as Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of its cloud and enterprise group, writes today, the company has decided that it’s time to… Read More

  • You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

    You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

    You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google’s first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite. The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now — though getting an invite wasn’t all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S. can simply sign up for the service without having to jump through any additional… Read More

  • Google now uses geolocation to hide ‘right to be forgotten’ links from its search results

    Google now uses geolocation to hide ‘right to be forgotten’ links from its search results

    As promised, Google today announced that it is making a number of changes to how it handles links it has delisted under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten‘ regulations. Instead of simply delisting links from the various regional versions of its search engine, it will now use geolocation to remove these links from all searches that come from a given region. To be delisted… Read More

  • Docker acquires Conductant as it looks to help businesses run large-scale systems

    Docker acquires Conductant as it looks to help businesses run large-scale systems

    Docker today announced that it has acquired Conductant, a small startup that focused on orchestration. While you have probably never heard of Conductant — and as far as we can see, the company doesn’t even have a web presence and has never received outside funding — this acquisition brings a lot of talent to Docker. Conductant was founded by Bill Farner and David Chung. While… Read More

  • RingCentral opens its WebRTC API to developers

    RingCentral opens its WebRTC API to developers

    RingCentral, which focuses on providing VoIP services to businesses, today announced the beta launch of its WebRTC-based API and developer kit for developers. RingCentral’s one-year-old Connect Platform, which helps developers integrate business communications (including voice, text and — for the older generation — fax) into their business processes, already handles about… Read More

  • Neumob hires Netscape, Google veteran Jim Roskind as CTO

    Neumob hires Netscape, Google veteran Jim Roskind as CTO

    Neumob, which recently raised an $8.5 million Series A round, helps developers speed up their apps with the help of a combination of a content delivery network and a number of network optimization techniques. The company announced today it has hired Jim Roskind as its CTO. Read More

  • LinkedIn open-sources its WhereHows data discovery and lineage portal

    LinkedIn open-sources its WhereHows data discovery and lineage portal

    LinkedIn today open-sourced WhereHows, a meta data-centric tool the company has long used internally to make it easier for its employees to discover data the company generates and to track the lineage of its datasets as they move around its various internal tools and services. Now that almost every modern business creates massive amounts of data, simply managing how all this information… Read More

  • Google brings the Iditarod to Street View

    Google brings the Iditarod to Street View

    Alaska is home to one of the toughest endurance events in the world: the Iditarod — a 1000+ mile dog sled race across the vast wilderness that is the U.S.’s northernmost state. Most of us will never get to see this race in person (or participate in it), but you can now experience a part of the race with the help of Google Street View. Last year, Google put its Street View Trekker on… Read More

  • Google adds Zika info to search and partners with UNICEF to map outbreak

    Google adds Zika info to search and partners with UNICEF to map outbreak

    The Zika virus continues to spread across South America and beyond, but unlike with other pandemics, identifying and mapping the outbreak has proven hard. Google today announced that it is now working with UNICEF to build a platform that aims to bring together data from different sources to map (and predict) potential outbreaks. In addition, Google is now prominently surfacing information… Read More

  • Microsoft will soon offer a HoloLens emulator for developers

    Microsoft will soon offer a HoloLens emulator for developers

    Want to develop for Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality platform but don’t want to pay $3,000 for the developer kit? Until now, it looked like you were out of luck, but as Microsoft announced today, you will soon be able to use a HoloLens emulator to write your applications, even if you don’t own the actual hardware. Read More

  • Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    There has been a lot of hype around using drones in precision agriculture, but for the time being, using regular planes outfitted with specialized cameras is still a more cost-effective way to cover wide swaths of land. YC-backed TerrAvion made an early bet on using planes for aerial imaging for precision agriculture; after a few growing seasons, it’s now expanding its service by also… Read More

  • Gmail Gets Improved Security Features For Business Users

    Gmail Gets Improved Security Features For Business Users

    Google announced a number of new security features for Gmail users in the enterprise today. Last year, the company launched its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature for Google Apps Unlimited users that helps businesses keep sensitive data out of emails. Today, it’s launching the first major update of this service at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. The DLP feature allows businesses to… Read More

  • MongoLab Changes Its Name To mLab As It looks Beyond Database Management

    MongoLab Changes Its Name To mLab As It looks Beyond Database Management

    MongoLab has long been the de facto service for deploying and managing MongoDB databases, but now that the company has cornered this market, it’s looking to expand into new areas. Before launching any new products, though, the company decided to change its name from MongoLab to mLab. MongoLab/mLab CEO and co-founder Will Shulman tells me that he always saw MongoLab as the first part of… Read More

  • Dashlane Brings YubiKey Support To Its Password Manager

    Dashlane Brings YubiKey Support To Its Password Manager

    Using password managers like Dashlane or LastPass is probably one of the best ways to stay safe on the Internet (because you really don’t want to recycle your passwords), but when your password manager itself is only protected by a basic password, you set yourself up for problems. If you are a paying Dashlane user, you can keep your passwords a bit safer because the service… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Pre-Orders For $3,000 HoloLens Development Kit, Will Start Shipping March 30

    Microsoft Launches Pre-Orders For $3,000 HoloLens Development Kit, Will Start Shipping March 30

    When Microsoft first announced HoloLens, its mixed-reality hardware platform, many of us assumed it was little more than a cool demo that was meant to stir up excitement for the company. But it was clearly more than that and starting today, Microsoft will start taking pre-orders from developers who have applied for a unit. Developers who get an invite will be able to buy a unit for $3,000. Read More

  • Opera CEO: Sale To Chinese Consortium Wasn’t Our Decision

    Opera CEO: Sale To Chinese Consortium Wasn’t Our Decision

    After months of rumor, Opera finally confirmed two weeks ago that its board had accepted a takeover offer from a consortium of Chinese firms for the price of $1.2 billion. I had a chance to sit down this week at MWC with Lars Boilesen, the CEO of Opera, and Håkon Wium Lie, the company’s CTO and inventor of cascading style sheets (CSS). In this wide-ranging and candid interview, we… Read More

  • Zumper Acquires PadMapper And Relaunches It With An Updated Interface

    Zumper Acquires PadMapper And Relaunches It With An Updated Interface

    Zumper, the Kleiner-backed apartment rental platform that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, has acquired PadMapper, the popular map-centric apartment rentals site that was once embroiled in a prolonged legal fight with Craigslist. Read More

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