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). CrunchBase profile →

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  • 500 Characters Or Less: Shortmail Updates Its iPhone App With Offline Mode, “Let’s Chill” Feature

    500 Characters Or Less: Shortmail Updates Its iPhone App With Offline Mode, “Let’s Chill” Feature

    There aren’t too many people who love email these days, but few of us can actually live without it. Thankfully, there are a number of startups that are trying to make email more manageable. One of them is 410 Labs’ Shortmail, which restricts messages to 500 characters or less. If anybody tries to send a longer message to your @shortmail address, the email will bounce and your… Read More

  • Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not "Soon"]

    Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not "Soon"]

    If you love watching TV shows on Hulu but don’t have a cable subscription, things could get a bit more complicated in the near future. According to the New York Post, Hulu could soon start requiring its users to prove that they also have a cable or satellite subscription. This would obviously turn Hulu’s current business model on its head. It’s not clear how many of the… Read More

  • UK High Court: ISPs Must Block Access To The Pirate Bay

    UK High Court: ISPs Must Block Access To The Pirate Bay

    The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) finally got its will today. According to a ruling by Britain’s High Court, UK Internet providers must now block access to Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. The BBC reports that the BPI had asked British ISPs to voluntarily block access to the site in November 2011. At that time, though, the ISPs said they wouldn’t do so unless ordered… Read More

  • Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

    Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

    According to Akamai‘s latest State of the Internet report, the average Internet connection speed around the world was 2.3 Mbps by the end of 2011. That’s down about 14% from the previous quarter. In the U.S., which ranks thirteenth in this report, the average connection speed in the last quarter of 2011 dropped 5.3% to 5.8 Mbps. In total, eight out of the top 10 countries… Read More

  • Australian Price Gouging Inquiry Targets Apple, Microsoft And Others

    Australian Price Gouging Inquiry Targets Apple, Microsoft And Others

    Getting a new laptop or buying a new license for an operating system is often cheaper in the U.S. than in most other countries. Europeans, for example, are used to paying a hefty premium for Apple products and the situation is similar in Australia, where the cheapest MacBook Air currently costs about 15% more than in the United States. Now, however, the Australian government is starting a… Read More

  • Opera Mini Now Has 169 Million Users, 56% Of Them Only Use The Mobile Web

    Opera Mini Now Has 169 Million Users, 56% Of Them Only Use The Mobile Web

    On the desktop, Opera‘s browser is only a minor player compared to Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, but as a mobile browser, Opera competes head-to-head with Apple and Google. Worldwide, depending on which statistics you believe, it is either just ahead of the competition or a close runner-up. In developing countries, Opera is generally far ahead of the competition. Read More

  • YouTube For Google TV Gets Recommendations, Smoother Playback And A +1 Button

    YouTube For Google TV Gets Recommendations, Smoother Playback And A +1 Button

    Google TV, the company’s first serious foray into the living room, hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. That doesn’t mean Google has given up, though. Far from it. While there hasn’t been much news about Google TV itself lately, the YouTube app for Google TV is getting an update today. Google says that its developers have “been working like it’s a 24/7… Read More

  • Study: 95% Of Independent Restaurants Don’t Have Mobile Sites, Only 40% Have Online Menus

    Study: 95% Of Independent Restaurants Don’t Have Mobile Sites, Only 40% Have Online Menus

    Restaurants just love to put Flash intros with auto-playing music and animations on their front pages. If you are trying to look at one of these sites on your mobile browser without Flash, chances are you can’t even get to anything else on the site because far too often, there is no way to bypass the animation and get to the information you want, or because the complete site was designed… Read More

  • Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel

    Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel

    Ever since Google released its cloud storage service Google Drive earlier this week, there has been some speculation as to what its integration with ChromeOS, Google’s cloud-centric operating system, would look like. Today, Google released the first developer version of ChromeOS 20 with support for Google Drive. As expected, Google Drive is now deeply integrated into the ChromeOS… Read More

  • Report: 69% Of Tablet Owners Watch TV And Surf The Web Simultaneously

    Report: 69% Of Tablet Owners Watch TV And Surf The Web Simultaneously

    Just watching TV without also using a tablet or smartphone at the same time seems to be on its way out. Earlier this month, Nielsen launched the first part of its report on primetime TV viewers in the U.S. and today, the analytics company is taking a deeper dive into the demographics of those who simultaneously watch TV and use their tablets. According to Nielsen, 45% of tablet owners watch TV… Read More

  • U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 248 to 168. Unlike SOPA, which focused on copyright violations, CISPA wants to give Internet companies and the U.S. government the tools to protect and defend themselves against cyber attacks by sharing information with each other. Critics, however… Read More

  • Onion Browser: A Mobile Browser For The Truly Paranoid

    Onion Browser: A Mobile Browser For The Truly Paranoid

    If, for whatever reason, you need to cover your tracks while you are browsing the web on your desktop, you have plenty of options to keep anonymous. Thanks to Orbot, Android users, too, have the option to use the Tor network to anonymize their web browsing sessions and avoid being monitored. Now, thanks to Onion Browser ($0.99), iPhone and iPad users also finally get an easy option to encrypt… Read More

  • Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

    Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

    Wolfram Alpha, the “computational knowledge engine,” just launched a desktop app for Windows 7 PCs through Intel’s AppUp store. After launching numerous iOS and Android apps (including for the B&N Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire), this is the first time Wolfram Alpha is introducing a dedicated desktop app for its service. The application costs $2.99 and is only… Read More

  • Twitter Updates iPhone and Android Apps: Improves Discover Tab, Search & Push Notifications

    Twitter Updates iPhone and Android Apps: Improves Discover Tab, Search & Push Notifications

    Twitter just announced the latest updates to its mobile apps for Android and iOS. With these updates, these apps get a number of much-needed new features, including an improved Discover tab, better support for search and support for push notifications for interactions. These new push notifications now let you know whenever somebody retweets you, favorites one of your tweets or when somebody… Read More

  • Opera 12 Beta Launches, Loses Voice, Unite and Widgets

    Opera 12 Beta Launches, Loses Voice, Unite and Widgets

    Opera is launching the first official beta of the next version of its desktop browser today. As usual, the Opera 12 beta includes a number of new features and enhancements, but also marks the end of some of the company’s more ambitious projects. With Opera 12, the company is ending support for Unite, the browser’s built-in personal cloud/streaming media platform that made its debut… Read More

  • Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million

    Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million

    Utah-based genealogy site Ancestry.com just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Silicon Valley-based startup Inflection to acquire its competitor Archives.com for $100 million is cash and assumed liabilities. Inflection’s other product, people search public records site PeopleSmart, is not part of this acquisition. A number of Archive.com’s employees… Read More

  • Google’s Latest TV Ad: How Chrome Can Help You Get Your Ex Back

    Google’s Latest TV Ad: How Chrome Can Help You Get Your Ex Back

    Do you hate how things ended between you and your ex and are you trying to get him/her back? Google apparently knows what that feels like and wants you to use Chrome to set things right. At least, that’s what it looks like judging from Google’s latest TV commercial for Chrome, which debuted last night. In this latest ad, Mark (markpotter7@gmail.com) is trying hard to get his ex Jen… Read More

  • Google Adds 3D Photo Tours To Google Maps

    Google Adds 3D Photo Tours To Google Maps

    Google just added a cool new feature to Google Maps that lets you see photo tours of 15,000 popular landmarks around the world. If these were just photo tours with a Ken Burns effect thrown in for good measure, of course, this wouldn’t be very exciting news. What makes Google’s photo tours stand out is that the company’s engineers use computer vision techniques to create… Read More

  • Live Blog: Apple’s Q2 Earnings Call

    Live Blog: Apple’s Q2 Earnings Call

    Apple just released its FY2012 Q2 earnings and will host its earnings call at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern today. We will live blog this call for you below, but you can also listen in to the call here (QuickTime required). Read More

  • Firefox 12 Has Arrived: Introduces Silent Updates For Windows Users And Improved Developer Tools

    Firefox 12 Has Arrived: Introduces Silent Updates For Windows Users And Improved Developer Tools

    A new version of Firefox used to be a big deal, but since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule, these updates are becoming pretty routine. Today, Mozilla launched Firefox 12. For most users, this is likely one of the least interesting Firefox updates in recent history, as it only introduces a few minor changes. For developers, however, this update is a bit more interesting. In total… Read More