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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  • SpokenLayer Wants To Add Voice To The Web

    SpokenLayer Wants To Add Voice To The Web

    What if you couldn’t just read an article on your favorite blog or news site, but also listen to it being read out aloud by the author or professional voice talent? That’s what SpokenLayer, which is launching its public beta today at TechCrunch Disrupt, is working on. The New York-based startup is partnering with a number of well-known publishers, including The Atlantic… Read More

  • EU Gives Google A Last Chance To Avoid Antitrust Charges

    EU Gives Google A Last Chance To Avoid Antitrust Charges

    In late 2010, the European Commission launched an investigation into allegations that Google was abusing its dominant position in the search engine market. Today, Joaquín Almunia, the vice president of the European Commission responsible for competition policy, sent a letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt with an update about its finding. The Commission, writes Almunia, identified four… Read More

  • As The End Of Google Docs Draws Near, Google Asks Stragglers To Transition To Google Drive

    As The End Of Google Docs Draws Near, Google Asks Stragglers To Transition To Google Drive

    Google always pitched Google Drive, which launched in April after a considerable period of hype, as a replacement for Google Docs. What many users didn’t realize, it seems, is that Google will indeed completely replace Google Docs with Drive later this year. While Drive is still opt-in at this time, it looks like the forced transition is coming soon, as Google has started to alert… Read More

  • Study: Twitter Sentiment Mirrored Facebook’s Stock Price Today

    Study: Twitter Sentiment Mirrored Facebook’s Stock Price Today

    Facebook’s IPO was obviously the single most discussed topic on Twitter today. The good folks over at social media data platform DataSift monitored what Twitter users were saying about the IPO throughout the day and came up with some interesting conclusions. Turns out, the ups and downs of how Twitter’s users felt about the stock pretty much mirrored the price of Facebook’s… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Its Back-To-School Promotion: Buy A PC, Get A Free Xbox

    Microsoft Announces Its Back-To-School Promotion: Buy A PC, Get A Free Xbox

    Microsoft, just like Apple, usually runs a major back-to-school promotion every summer that is meant to give students (and their parents) some extra incentives to buy a new computer. The company’s just-announced back-to-school deal for the U.S. and Canada is pretty much the same as last year’s. A year ago, Microsoft gave students who bought a new PC and Xbox 360 and this year… Read More

  • comScore: 1 In 5 Videos Viewed Online Last Month Was An Ad

    comScore: 1 In 5 Videos Viewed Online Last Month Was An Ad

    According to online analytics company comScore, Americans watched 37 billion online videos on sites like YouTube, Yahoo and Facebook in April. In total, 181 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 1,307 minutes of online videos last month. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from last month, but one area that has seen pretty spectacular growth over the last few month is online… Read More

  • Pulse Is Getting Ready To Make Money, Looks To Hire Its First Sales Executive

    Pulse Is Getting Ready To Make Money, Looks To Hire Its First Sales Executive

    Pulse, the popular free mobile news reader for iPhone, iPad and Android, could soon get ads. Until now, Pulse, which launched its first app in May 2010, was ad free and the company focused more on user acquisition than monetizing its service. A new job posting on Pulse’s site, however, clearly spells out the company’s plans to start making money in the near future. The company… Read More

  • Vizibility Launches Its NFC-Enabled Business Cards

    Vizibility Launches Its NFC-Enabled Business Cards

    Love’em or hate’em, despite the best efforts of Bump and others, traditional business cards aren’t going away anytime soon. At least, though, some companies are trying to bridge the gap between paper cards and efforts like Bump. New York-based Vizibility first announced its NFC-enabled businesses cards during SXSW earlier this year. Now, the online identity management… Read More

  • Bing Launches Its Paid Search API, But Will Still Offer A Free Tier

    Bing Launches Its Paid Search API, But Will Still Offer A Free Tier

    Just about a month ago, Microsoft announced that it would end free access to its Bing Search API and start charging a minimum of $40 per month for the service. Today, the company is officially launching the Bing Search API on its Windows Azure Marketplace, but unlike its previous announcement, the company has decided to continue to offer a free tier as well. Developers will still be able to… Read More

  • Twitter Now Honors Mozilla’s Do Not Track Feature

    Twitter Now Honors Mozilla’s Do Not Track Feature

    Mozilla’s Do Not Track feature, which allows users to tell websites that they would like to opt-out of being tracked by third parties, is starting to gain some traction among both users and publishers. According to new data shared by Mozilla today, 8.6% of Firefox desktop users and 19% of mobile users now turn this opt-in feature on. The latest company to announce that it will honor Do… Read More

  • More Google+ In Gmail: Improved Circle Integration, Circle Search and Quick Access To Contact Details

    More Google+ In Gmail: Improved Circle Integration, Circle Search and Quick Access To Contact Details

    The folks over at Google just love their Google+ social network and more and more Google+ features have been creeping into Gmail lately as well. Today, Google is bringing even more of Google+ to its email client. With today’s update, Google is especially focusing on adding a deeper integration with Google+ circles. You will now, for example, see profile photos from people in your… Read More

  • How Many Daily Downloads Does It Take To Reach The Top Of The App Store? [Updated]

    How Many Daily Downloads Does It Take To Reach The Top Of The App Store? [Updated]

    It’s hard to underestimate how important ranking in Apple’s top 25 in the iTunes store is for mobile app developers. After all, the top 25 is what one of the most important app discovery mechanisms for iOS users. But how many downloads does it take to make it into the top 25? Mobile analytics firm Distimo today published some interesting data that answer just this question. Turns… Read More

  • Forrester: 32.1 Million U.S. Households Now Access Online Video On Their TVs

    Forrester: 32.1 Million U.S. Households Now Access Online Video On Their TVs

    Almost 115 million households in the U.S. currently own at least on TV set and 36 million own four or more. That’s a huge market and as Apple, Google and Microsoft try wrestle more of this business away from the traditional content and hardware players, the old-school cable and satellite providers now suddenly have to content with this new group of challengers that, until now, barely… Read More

  • Google Just Got A Whole Lot Smarter, Launches Its Knowledge Graph

    Google Just Got A Whole Lot Smarter, Launches Its Knowledge Graph

    Today, Google is launching  one of its most ambitious and interesting updates to its search engine in recent months. Starting in a few days, you will start to see large panels with additional factual information about the topic you were searching for take over the right side of Google’s search result pages. The panels are powered by what Google calls its new “Knowledge… Read More

  • Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

    Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

    We’ve been covering Gogobot since it first launched in early 2010. It took the social travel discovery and advice site a little while to find its niche, but since about the middle of 2011, it’s been adding new members rapidly. Today, Gogobot is announcing that it has now surpassed the 1 million registered user mark. According to the company’s own data, a new member is signing… Read More

  • Fotopedia Is On A Roll: Now Gets 200M Image Views Per Month, Launches Morocco App

    Fotopedia Is On A Roll: Now Gets 200M Image Views Per Month, Launches Morocco App

    Fotopedia is quickly building a reputation for producing beautiful travel-focused photo apps for iOS. Today, the company is launching its latest free app, which focuses on Morocco. The app is optimized for the new iPad’s Retina Display and, as usual, features hundreds of stunning professional images. Read More

  • Firefox For Android Beta Gets Native UI, Improved Performance And Support for Flash

    Firefox For Android Beta Gets Native UI, Improved Performance And Support for Flash

    Mozilla was late to the mobile revolution and is still playing catch-up with Firefox for mobile. It’s starting to look as if Firefox for Android is slowly becoming a competitive player on Google’s platform, though. Today, Mozilla is launching its most radical redesign of its browser for Android in beta. This new version features a redesigned interface that, according to Mozilla… Read More

  • Chrome 19 Launches, Now Features Built-In Tab Syncing

    Chrome 19 Launches, Now Features Built-In Tab Syncing

    Google today launched version 19 of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame to its mainstream stable release channel. Besides the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, the highlight of today’s release is the addition of tab syncing to Chrome. With this, Chrome users can now have their open tabs synced across all of their devices, including tablets and phones… Read More

  • Wajam Brings Its Enhanced Social Search Results To Bing and Yahoo

    Wajam Brings Its Enhanced Social Search Results To Bing and Yahoo

    As all the major search engines continue to add social search features to their feature line-up, it can often look as if there isn’t any space left for startups in this space. Wajam begs to differ. The Montreal-based company is probably one of the most ambitious players in the social search market right now and after launching its latest efforts for Google last month, it is now ready… Read More

  • Groupon’s Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates: $559.3M In Revenue, $1.35B In Groupons Sold

    Groupon’s Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates: $559.3M In Revenue, $1.35B In Groupons Sold

    Groupon just published its second quarterly earnings report after going public in 2011. The Chicago-based company made $559.3 million in revenue during the first quarter of 2012, up 89% year-over year. Groupon also announced that the total amount of money it collected from customers for Groupons sold (excluding taxes and estimated refunds) increased 103% from $668.2 million in the same… Read More