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 will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

    Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

    Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages. In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company… Read More

  • Trello makes its Power-Ups available to free users

    Trello makes its Power-Ups available to free users

    Project management service Trello today announced that its Power-Ups, which are essentially third-party integrations, are now available to all of its users, including those who are on the service’s free tier. Until now, only paying users were able to use this feature, which includes integrations with products like SurveyMonkey, join.me, Github and Slack, among many others. With… Read More

  • NGINX Plus’s latest release puts the focus on security

    NGINX Plus’s latest release puts the focus on security

    NGINX, the company behind the popular open-source NGINX server, launched the latest version (R10) of its NGINX Plus commercial offering today. Like similar open-source companies, NGINX offers its core product for free, but then charges for more advanced features and services. Today marks the tenth major update to NGINX Plus and, as the company’s CMO Peter Guagenti and technical… Read More

  • Opera brings its free VPN service to Android

    Opera brings its free VPN service to Android

    Earlier this year, Opera launched its free and unlimited VPN service for iOS; today it is bringing the same functionality to Android. Like the iOS version, the Android app is based on Opera’s acquisition of SurfEasy in 2015 and allows you to surf safely when you are on a public network. While Opera’s marketing mostly focuses on safety, Opera VPN also allows you to appear as if you… Read More

  • Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Android Nougat comes out of beta

    Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March. Annual updates are nothing new for Android, but not only did this announcement come very early, it also offered users the option to easily install the beta with an over-the-air update. Now, half a year later, Nougat is out of beta and available for Google’s own Nexus devices (the Nexus… Read More

  • AppFormix now helps enterprises monitor and optimize their virtualized networks

    AppFormix now helps enterprises monitor and optimize their virtualized networks

    AppFormix helps enterprises, including the likes of Rackspace and its customers, monitor and optimize their OpenStack- and container-based clouds. The company today announced that it has also now added support for virtualized network functions (VNF) to its service. Traditionally, networking was the domain of highly specialized hardware, but increasingly, it’s commodity hardware and… Read More

  • MySQL founder tries a new software licensing model

    MySQL founder tries a new software licensing model

    When it comes to open-source licenses, developers have their fair share of choices (GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, etc.), all of them with their own pros and cons. The same goes for commercial licenses. MySQL founder Michael “Monty” Widenius and his co-founder David Axmark, however, came up with a different model a few years ago: the Business Source License (BSL). This new license offers… Read More

  • Google will soon open a dedicated space for startup developers in San Francisco

    Google will soon open a dedicated space for startup developers in San Francisco

    Google today announced that it plans to set up a new space for developers and startups at 301 Howard Street in San Francisco, just a few blocks from its main San Francisco office on Spear Street. The idea here is to provide a 14,000 square-foot space (which accounts for about one floor in the building) for the next class of Google’s equity-free Launchpad Accelerator and to offer an… Read More

  • ScienceLogic acquires AppFirst to bolster its IT infrastructure monitoring service

    ScienceLogic acquires AppFirst to bolster its IT infrastructure monitoring service

    IT monitoring specialist ScienceLogic today announced that it has acquired AppFirst, a service to give IT admins deeper visibility in what apps and services run across a company’s servers, virtual machines and cloud instances. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. Minnesota-based AppFirst was founded in 2009 and raised a total of $15.2 million… Read More

  • Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X

    Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X

    Microsoft today announced that it is open sourcing PowerShell and bringing it to Linux and OS X. PowerShell is Microsoft’s command line shell for Windows power users, as well as an extensible scripting language for automating system tasks. It’s not unlike Bash on Linux (and now Windows, too), but with deeper hooks into Windows. Microsoft is changing, though, and as its CEO… Read More

  • Atlassian’s HipChat gets group video chats

    Atlassian’s HipChat gets group video chats

    In Atlassian‘s view, video is the next battlefield in the enterprise chat wars (a war it is mostly fighting with Slack, it seems). Its HipChat group messaging app launched one-on-one video chats back in 2014, but today, it is pushing this further by launching group video chats, as well. To enable this, Atlassian built a new video platform based on its acquisition of BlueJimp and… Read More

  • Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers

    Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers

    Google Classroom, the company’s platform that brings together Google Apps for Education and a number of tools for managing classes and content, is getting one of its regular summer updates today (right in time before the next school year starts). While Classroom has traditionally focused on offering tools for teachers and students, this new version now also brings in parents and guardians. Read More

  • All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

    All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

    Google is making a number of announcements around its Cloud Platform today. Most of these focus on its various cloud database services, but the company is also making a major update to its low-cost Nearline cloud storage service for cold data, making its disk volumes faster, and allowing its users to bring their own encryption keys to Cloud Storage. The overall message Google is clearly… Read More

  • Google’s cloud chief Diane Greene will join us at Disrupt SF

    Google’s cloud chief Diane Greene will join us at Disrupt SF

    The cloud services that Google uses to power its own services are second to none. But for the longest time, the company couldn’t get a foothold in the quickly growing cloud computing business while competitors like Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft Azure were growing rapidly. To right this ship, Google brought in Diane Greene by acquiring her startup BeBop Technologies for $348 million… Read More

  • Rackspace expands its managed security services to Microsoft’s Azure cloud

    Rackspace expands its managed security services to Microsoft’s Azure cloud

    Rumor has it that Rackspace is about to get acquired, but that isn’t stopping the company from hosting a major customer event in San Francisco today. At the event, the company announced both a few milestones around its OpenStack deployments and that it is expanding its multi-cloud security services to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. While Rackspace also offers its own hosting and… Read More

  • AWS launches Kinesis Analytics for analyzing real-time streaming data

    AWS launches Kinesis Analytics for analyzing real-time streaming data

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform today launched Kinesis Analytics, a new service that makes it easier to analyze real-time streaming data with the help of standard SQL queries. Kinesis Analytics builds on AWS’s Kinesis real-time streaming data platform, which enables developers to ingest streaming data and use it in their applications. With Kinesis Analytics, developers… Read More

  • Mirantis and SUSE team up to give OpenStack users new support options

    Mirantis and SUSE team up to give OpenStack users new support options

    Mirantis, which specializes in offering software, support and training for running OpenStack, today announced that it is partnering with Germany-based SUSE, best known for its Linux distribution, to offer its customers support for SUSE’s enterprise Linux offering. The two companies also said that they will work on making SUSE Linux Enterprise Server a development platform for use… Read More

  • Google Cloud Platform’s preemptible VMs are now up to 33% cheaper

    Google Cloud Platform’s preemptible VMs are now up to 33% cheaper

    For a while, Google, Amazon and Microsoft were constantly undercutting each other’s cloud computing prices, but lately, it’s been pretty quiet on that front. Today, however, Google is firing a new salvo by reducing the price of its preemptible virtual machines (VMs) by up to 33 percent. Preemptible VMs are Google’s version of Amazon’s spot instances for AWS… Read More

  • Inbox for Gmail gets smarter handling for Trello, GitHub and Google News alerts

    Inbox for Gmail gets smarter handling for Trello, GitHub and Google News alerts

    Google is launching a small but interesting update for Inbox by Gmail today. Inbox, Google’s next-gen email client for Gmail users, recently launched a new feature that gives you a quick, glanceable view of what’s in those email newsletters you get every day. Starting today, it’s going to offer a similar view of email updates from source-code repository GitHub and project… Read More

  • Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson will join us at Disrupt SF

    Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson will join us at Disrupt SF

    Twilio’s co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson will join us at Disrupt SF in September. We last talked to Lawson at Disrupt London last year, but since then, his company, which helps developers build audio, video and text messaging into their apps, has successfully gone public. Read More

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