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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  • BiteHunter 2.0 Makes Finding A Deal On Good Eats Faster and Easier

    BiteHunter 2.0 Makes Finding A Deal On Good Eats Faster and Easier

    We’ve written quite a bit about BiteHunter, a mobile app for iPhone that aggregates dining deals in the U.S., since it launched about a year ago. Now, the New York-based company has released version 2.0 of its app and this update makes a good app even better. BiteHunter 2.0 doesn’t just introduce a new, highly visual interface for discovering restaurants with available deals… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Soon Start Charging $40/Month And Up For Its Bing Search API

    Microsoft Will Soon Start Charging $40/Month And Up For Its Bing Search API

    Ever since Microsoft launched the Bing API, this service was available for free to developers who wanted to use data from the company’s search engine in their own products. Today, however, Microsoft announced that it will soon start charging for access to the Bing Search API. The subscription price will start at around $40 per month and will include 20,000 queries. As part of this… Read More

  • New Livestream Broadcaster Will Let You Stream From Almost Any Camera

    New Livestream Broadcaster Will Let You Stream From Almost Any Camera

    Livestream, the premium live video streaming service, is announcing an interesting new product today: a $485 hardware encoder that can be connected to virtually any camera and that can stream HD video directly to the Web through a WiFi connection or most USB wireless modems. The small device is fully integrated into the new Livestream platform. The purchase price includes three months of… Read More

  • Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Flower Subscription Service H.Bloom Raises $10 Million

    Subscription flower delivery Service H.Bloom, which once described itself as the ‘Netflix of Flowers,’ raised a $10 million Series B funding round today. The investment was lead by Shasta Ventures with the participation of a number of existing VC funds and angel investors, including Battery Ventures, Thomas Lehrman of Gerson Lerhman Group, and ShoeDazzle’s Brian Lee. Read More

  • Why Does The New Google+ Use So Much Whitespace?

    Why Does The New Google+ Use So Much Whitespace?

    Google launched a massive redesign of Google+ earlier today. The reaction to this new interface for the company’s fledgling social network have been generally positive, but most users are somewhat confused about why there is suddenly so much whitespace on the site. Indeed, the #whitespace hashtag is currently trending on the site and it’s probably the most discussed… Read More

  • Study: Half Of The Top 100 Blogs Now Use WordPress

    Study: Half Of The Top 100 Blogs Now Use WordPress

    WordPress – both in its hosted and self-hosted forms – has long been among the most popular platforms for personal and professional blogs (and it’s what we use here at TechCrunch, too). Looking at the top 100 blogs in Technorati’s index, a new study by website monitoring firm Pingdom found that 49% of the top 100 blogs now use WordPress. That’s up from 32% in 2009. Read More

  • Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global

    Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global

    Last December, Google launched Currents, its attempt at challenging mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite. Since then, the company has added about 400 new publishers and over 14,000 self-published editions to its lineup . Until now, though, Currents, which runs on Android and iOS, was only available in the United States. That’s changing today, as Google is taking Currents global. Local… Read More

  • Move Over 1024×768: The Most Popular Screen Resolution On The Web Is Now 1366×768

    Move Over 1024×768: The Most Popular Screen Resolution On The Web Is Now 1366×768

    Screens with a 1024×768 resolution are a bit like Windows XP: they have long been surpassed by better options but still remained the most often used screens on the web. That is, until now. According to the latest data from StatCounter, 1366×768 screens just surpassed 1024×768 as the most popular screen resolution used by the visitors to StatCounter’s global network of sites. Read More

  • Study: Hispanic Smartphone Owners Want Mobile Shopping Apps To Be Social

    Study: Hispanic Smartphone Owners Want Mobile Shopping Apps To Be Social

    Using a smartphone while shopping to find better deals or to look up product reviews is now pretty mainstream. There are some interesting differences between how Hispanics use their phones while shopping compared to the average U.S. consumer, though. While observing 15 Hispanic smartphone owners in Los Angeles and conducting a nationwide survey of 500 Hispanic smartphone users in late 2011… Read More

  • YouTube Live Turns One: Adds Pay-Per-View And Real-Time Analytics

    YouTube Live Turns One: Adds Pay-Per-View And Real-Time Analytics

    YouTube Live, Google’s live streaming platform, celebrated its first birthday over the weekend. To mark this event, YouTube is adding a number of new features to Live today. Most of these (new production software, improved publishing flows and real-time analytics) are mostly of interest to video producers. The most important new feature, though, is the addition of pay-per-view as a… Read More

  • Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

    Hoppit Launches The World’s First Ambience Search Engine For Restaurants

    Finding a good restaurant – even in a city you’ve never been to – has never been easier. Thanks to Yelp, Urbanspoon and its various brethren, a good place to eat is generally just a few clicks away. What if you want to find a restaurant with a very specific atmosphere, though? Say you’re in the mood for a pizza at a relaxed place where the noise level is just right for… Read More

  • Survey: Trust In Online Ads Grows, While Trust in Print and TV Ads Drops

    Survey: Trust In Online Ads Grows, While Trust in Print and TV Ads Drops

    It’s no secret that most of us put more stock in the recommendations we get from friends than traditional forms of advertising. What’s interesting, though, is that while most consumers also increasingly trust online reviews and ads, trust in paid advertising on television, magazines and newspapers has been declining pretty rapidly. The latest data from Nielsen’s Global Trust… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    Google’s Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser

    It’s hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google’s browser-centric operating system, really is. There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative. Today, Google launched the latest developer version of Chrome OS and this update sports the first major redesign of the operation system’s interface since its launch in late 2010. In this new… Read More

  • Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Last week, Yahoo announced that it would cut 2,000 jobs. Given the employee shortage in Silicon Valley, most of the qualified engineers that lost their jobs in this round of cuts will likely land on their feet pretty quickly. For those who just had enough of the Valley, though, Detroit-based Quicken Loans and its family of companies is offering these former Yahoo employees (and anybody else… Read More

  • HTML5 Features Can Drive Up Mobile Websites’ Usage By Up To 28%

    HTML5 Features Can Drive Up Mobile Websites’ Usage By Up To 28%

    If your mobile site still mostly consists of static pages, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. According to new data from Usablenet, adding just a few interactive elements could increase your users’ or readers’ engagement with your site significantly. Usablenet, which describes itself as a “technology platform for mobile and multichannel customer engagement,” says… Read More

  • Two More Years: Microsoft Reminds Windows XP Users That It’s About Time To Upgrade

    Two More Years: Microsoft Reminds Windows XP Users That It’s About Time To Upgrade

    Windows XP, the operating system that launched in 2001 and just refuses to die, will still be getting security updates and hotfixes until April 8, 2014. With “just” two more years to go, though, Microsoft today reminded these users that it’s about time to upgrade their PCs. Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of XP in 2008. Just like XP, support for Office 2003 will also… Read More

  • Future Versions of Firefox Could Feature Built-In Video Chat

    Future Versions of Firefox Could Feature Built-In Video Chat

    For a while now, Mozilla has been looking beyond the core browser features to expand Firefox’s capabilities. Last week, the Firefox team showed an interesting new demo at the ITEF 83 meeting in Paris. In this demo, the Firefox team shows a new browser-based video chat feature for Firefox that is completely based on JavaScript and other open standards. The most important of these… Read More

  • Etsy Wants to Give Female Programmers $5,000 to Attend Hacker School

    Etsy Wants to Give Female Programmers $5,000 to Attend Hacker School

    Etsy, the popular marketplace for all things handmade, just announced that it will not just be hosting the 2012 session of Hacker School at its headquarters in New York, but that it will also offer ten $5,000 grants to women who would like to attend this year’s session but don’t have the financial means to do so. As Etsy’s VP of engineering Marc Hedlund notes, the idea here is… Read More

  • Love Social Media? Chances Are You’re Also A Fan of Chipotle, Saab and Victoria’s Secret

    Love Social Media? Chances Are You’re Also A Fan of Chipotle, Saab and Victoria’s Secret

    According to a new report by Experian, 91% of online adults now regularly use social media in some form or another. This makes social networking the top online activity in the U.S. today, with 15% of all U.S. Internet visits going to a social networking site. Experian’s report also found that Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the U.S., right behind Facebook… Read More

  • Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy

    Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy

    Google Maps, Bing Maps and a number of startups have been offering indoor maps for large venues like airports, malls and stadiums for quite a while. The problem with indoor mapping, though, is that it’s pretty hard for these companies to actually tell you exactly where you are on these maps. GPS obviously doesn’t work well in these spaces and WiFi and cell tower triangulation… Read More