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 Partners With Cloudera To Bring Cloud Dataflow To Apache Spark

    Google Partners With Cloudera To Bring Cloud Dataflow To Apache Spark

    Google today announced that it has teamed up with the Hadoop specialists at Cloudera to bring its Cloud Dataflow programming model to Apache’s Spark data processing engine. With Google Cloud Dataflow, developers can create and monitor data processing pipelines without having to worry about the underlying data processing cluster. As Google likes to stress, the service evolved out of… Read More

  • Canonical Launches IoT Version Of Ubuntu Core

    Canonical Launches IoT Version Of Ubuntu Core

    Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, wants to bring its operating system to more connected devices and intelligent objects with the launch of its “snappy” Ubuntu Core for the Internet of Things today. Over the last few months, the company launched “snappy” versions of Core on a number of cloud computing services, but given that the whole… Read More

  • Porch.com Raises $65M Series B Round As It Prepares To Take Its Service Nationwide

    Porch.com Raises $65M Series B Round As It Prepares To Take Its Service Nationwide

    Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that uses a data-driven approach to help homeowners find local professionals for all of their home improvement and repair needs, today announced that it has raised a $65 million Series B round. The round was led by Valor Equity Partners, a firm that has also invested in the likes of Tesla and SpaceX. The firm’s CEO Antonio Gracias will get a seat… Read More

  • Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

    Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

    “In the next five years, you’ll see somebody introduce autonomous vehicles,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said at a small dinner for press and analysts during CES. He was quick to qualify that statement (only in very defined areas, during good weather, etc.), but that’s one of the few statements that stuck out from the fog of war that is spending a week in Vegas during… Read More

  • Google Glass Is Not Dead

    Google Glass Is Not Dead

    Google ending its Glass Explorer program yesterday sparked a round of eulogies for the oft-ridiculed face computer. That’s premature at best. In its current form, Glass is undoubtedly dead, but there’s no reason to believe Google won’t relaunch it with a new version in the coming month — likely around its annual I/O developer conference. Read More

  • Facebook Open-Sources Some Of Its Deep-Learning Tools

    Facebook Open-Sources Some Of Its Deep-Learning Tools

    In the world of machine learning, the buzzword these days is “deep learning.” It’s a technique that has been a popularized by Geoff Hinton, who is now at Google and previously worked at Microsoft Research, as well as other computer science researchers like Yann LeCun who are looking for better ways to teach computers how to recognize objects and speech. Read More

  • Google Glass Explorer Program Shuts Down, Team Now Reports To Tony Fadell

    Google Glass Explorer Program Shuts Down, Team Now Reports To Tony Fadell

    The Google Glass project is entering a new phase today as the company is moving it out of its Google X skunkworks and turning it into a standalone project within the company, a Google spokesperson confirmed to us today. As part of this change, Glass will now be overseen by former Apple executive and Nest founder Tony Fadell. Just like before, the day-to-day operation will be run by Ivy Ross… Read More

  • Shutterstock Acquires Rex Features And PremiumBeat

    Shutterstock Acquires Rex Features And PremiumBeat

    Stock imagery, video and music service Shutterstock today announced that it has acquired Rex Features, Europe’s largest independent photo press agency, and PremiumBeat, a stock music and sound effects service that will compliment the company’s recently launched Shutterstock Music service. Shutterstock is paying about $33 million for Rex Features and $32 million for PremiumBeat… Read More

  • DigitalOcean Now Supports FreeBSD

    DigitalOcean Now Supports FreeBSD

    DigitalOcean, the fast-growing cloud-hosting service, today announced that it now supports FreeBSD. This marks the first time the company offers developers the option to run a non-Linux operating system on its servers. Read More

  • Google Opens Its Cloud Monitoring Service To All Developers On Its Platform

    Google Opens Its Cloud Monitoring Service To All Developers On Its Platform

    Last year, Google acquired the cloud monitoring service Stackdriver. Within weeks, Google had launched a private beta of its own cloud monitoring service based on Stackdriver’s technology and now — eight months later — everybody on Google’s Cloud Platform can finally use this new service. As the name implies, Google Cloud Monitoring  lets developers access… Read More

  • Firefox 35 Launches With Simplified Hello Video Chat Service

    Firefox 35 Launches With Simplified Hello Video Chat Service

    Mozilla today launched the latest version of Firefox — that’s version 35 if you are still keeping track. Besides numerous minor updates, including support for MP4 video on OS X Snow Leopard, Firefox now features a simplified version of the free WebRTC-based Firefox Hello video chat service. Just like before, you can start these plugin-free video chats by sharing an… Read More

  • Ford’s AppLink Will Soon Support Third-Party Navigation Apps

    Ford’s AppLink Will Soon Support Third-Party Navigation Apps

    Most cars’ built-in navigation systems tend to be a bit clunky compared to modern smartphone apps like of Google Maps. It looks like Ford is among the first car manufacturers to acknowledge this. The next version of AppLink, its system for connecting smartphone apps to its SYNC infotainment system, will allow third-party navigation apps to project their maps from the phone onto the… Read More

  • AWS Launches New C4 Instances For Compute-Intensive Applications On EC2

    AWS Launches New C4 Instances For Compute-Intensive Applications On EC2

    Late last year, at its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon announced that it would soon launch its fastest EC2 instances yet. Starting today, developers on AWS can spin up these new C4 instances to power their highly compute-intensive applications in Amazon’s cloud. As Amazon notes, these new instances are designed for applications where CPU performance is critical. These include… Read More

  • 3D Robotics Talks Drones and the IRIS+

    Talking Drones With 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson

    Drones were one of the hot topics coming into CES, but the show itself didn’t actually feature any standout products. Many of the new drones we saw were little more than knockoffs of DJI’s extremely successful Phantom Vision line (though there were a few interesting exceptions). Maybe it’s no surprise then that the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, 3D Robotics… Read More

  • Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    We saw a number of companies launch apps for video stabilization in the last year — including Instagram’s Hyperlapse for iOS — and Apple brought stabilized video to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera. Now,  Imint wants to do something similar for Android phones with the launch of Vidhance Mobile. Before you get too excited, though, it’s worth noting that Imint… Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo, the popular language learning tool, today announced the launch of Duolingo for Schools, a service that makes it easier for schools to use its platform in a structured learning environment. Using this new service, teachers can use Duolingo for their classes and track their students’ progress through a centralized dashboard. From there, they can get detailed reports on the… Read More

  • Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    If it’s up to Robotbase, you’ll soon be coming home and a robot will greet you at the door. While you were away, the Robotbase Personal Robot patrolled your home, made sure the temperature was lowered when you left, maybe locked the door after you were gone and, through its built-in camera, allowed you to check in on your dog, too. Robotbase is launching its Kickstarter campaign… Read More

  • FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have only come from a drone. Under the FAA’s strict definition, however, those weren’t… Read More

  • Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    At its CES keynote today, Ford announced its Smart Mobility initiative, a set of 25 experiments ranging from big data analytics to a car swap service that let you swap your Mustang in for a minivan for the weekend. The company also talked about its plans for autonomous cars. Ford CEO Mark Fields noted four trends for the auto industry’s future: Increasing urbanization, and its… Read More

  • Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

    Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

    Glassdoor, the site that lets employees rate their companies’ work environment and anonymously disclose their salary information, today announced that it has raised a $70 million funding round led by Google Capital, the search engine’s late-stage growth equity fund, and Tiger Global. Other participants include current investors Battery Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures. This new… Read More

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