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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  • Gmail Suffers Downtime, Google Is Investigating [Update: It's Back]

    Gmail Suffers Downtime, Google Is Investigating [Update: It's Back]

    Gmail seems to be suffering from a bit of downtime this morning. Most of us here at TechCrunch haven’t been able to log in to our accounts and the reports on Twitter seem indicate that this issue is affecting users worldwide. On its app status dashboard, Google confirms that it is aware of this issue and that it will provide more information shortly. Read More

  • Report: Wearable Computing Will Soon Intensify The Platform Wars

    Report: Wearable Computing Will Soon Intensify The Platform Wars

    Google made quite a splash with its Project Glass video earlier this month. While Google’s vision of wearable computing still looks a bit like science fiction today, a new report by Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps argues that “in three years, wearables will matter to every product strategist” and that smart developers should start experimenting with applications for… Read More

  • Windows 8 Will Come In Three Different Flavors (Two For x86, One For ARM)

    Windows 8 Will Come In Three Different Flavors (Two For x86, One For ARM)

    Microsoft just announced that Windows 8 will come in three different flavors: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Windows 8 will be the mainstream consumer edition. The Pro version will bring a number of features that most mainstream consumers don’t necessarily need to Microsoft’s next operating system, including encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Read More

  • Study: Those Social Media Logos On TV Actually Work

    Study: Those Social Media Logos On TV Actually Work

    There is hardly a program or ad on TV these days that doesn’t ask its viewers to like its Facebook page or tweet about it. According to a new survey by global consulting firm Accenture, there’s a simple reason for this: those social media symbols actually work. Accenture found that, in the U.S, about a third of TV viewers have liked a show’s or brand’s Facebook page… Read More

  • Tinychat Now Has 20 Million Registered Users, Hits Profitability

    Tinychat Now Has 20 Million Registered Users, Hits Profitability

    Tinychat, the web-based video chat service, just surpassed 20 million users. Founded in 2009, the company has been on a roll lately and is showing some impressive momentum. Just about a year and a half ago, after all, Tinychat only had about one million users. The company’s co-founder Dan Blake also tells us that the site currently sees about 400,000 daily users and signs up about 50,000… Read More

  • Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikipedia and all of its related projects are obviously driven by the work of thousands of volunteers. Interestingly, though, while Wikipedia runs on top of an open-source stack, it’s been traditionally very hard for volunteers to help the organization run its sites. Most of that work is currently done by paid employees. For about a year and a half, though, the Wikimedia Foundation… Read More

  • New Deal With MGM Brings ‘Robocop’ and ‘Terminator’ To YouTube And Google Play

    New Deal With MGM Brings ‘Robocop’ and ‘Terminator’ To YouTube And Google Play

    Google is slowly but surely building out its movie rental service on YouTube. Less than two weeks ago, the company struck a deal with Paramount to bring about 500 of the studio’s movies to YouTube and Google Play. Last night, Google announced that is also bringing about 600 movies from MGM to its movie rental service in the U.S. and Canada. This new deal with MGM brings movies like… Read More

  • Google Finally Gets Right To Gmail Trademark In Germany

    Google Finally Gets Right To Gmail Trademark In Germany

    When Google launched Gmail in Germany in 2005, it was quickly barred from using the Gmail name for its email product there. German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch, after all, had registered the ‘G-mail’ trademark (short for Giersch mail) for his physical and electronic mail service in Germany in 2000, long before Google had even announced its own service. Instead of… Read More

  • Verify Now Lets Designers Test More Of Their Ideas In More Places

    Verify Now Lets Designers Test More Of Their Ideas In More Places

    Interaction design and strategy firm ZURB has turned more and more of its internal apps into products for other designers over the last few years. Among these products is Verify, a handy little tool that allows design firms to quickly collect and analyze user feedback on screenshots and mockups. With Verify, for example, a startup could test multiple versions of its homepage or logo and see… Read More

  • Microsoft Needs Your Help: Promises Free Software In Return For Windows 8 Feedback

    Microsoft Needs Your Help: Promises Free Software In Return For Windows 8 Feedback

    With Windows 8 getting ever closer to its release date, Microsoft today announced that it is looking for volunteers to join its invite-only feedback program for active Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview users in the U.S. In return for providing feedback to Microsoft – both by sending the company data or by filling out surveys – participants who stay in the program for more… Read More

  • Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet

    Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet

    Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 78%. The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. Those who are online use the Internet more than ever before, but about one in five U.S. adults is simply… Read More

  • Google Will Be The Official Social Platform & Livestream Provider For The 2012 Republican Convention

    Google Will Be The Official Social Platform & Livestream Provider For The 2012 Republican Convention

    The presidential election season in the U.S. is now in full swing and both the Democratic and Republican conventions are just a few months away. Google just announced that it will be the “official social platform and livestream provider” for the Republican convention in Tampa in August. Google promises “a convention without walls” and will use both YouTube and its… Read More

  • Larry Page: Google+ Is “Social Spine” With 170M Users, “Healthy Growth” and “Impressive Engagement”

    Larry Page: Google+ Is “Social Spine” With 170M Users, “Healthy Growth” and “Impressive Engagement”

    During its Q1 earnings call today, Google’s CEO Larry Page called Google+ the company’s “social spine.” With about 120 Google+ integrations across Google’s portfolio, Page said, Google+ is now what connects all of Google’s products. He also stressed that there are two aspects to Google+: the social spine (which, as Google had already announced earlier this… Read More

  • 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