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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  • Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    AppFormix, a cloud operations management and optimization startup, today announced that it has been acquired by publicly traded networking company Juniper Networks. AppFormix was founded in 2013 by Sumeet Singh, who previously worked at Microsoft and Cisco. At Microsoft, he started the Windows Azure Networking team. AppFormix works with any OpenStack or Kubernetes distribution and helps… Read More

  • AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    With its EC2 Container Service (ECS), Amazon has long offered support for software containers on its AWS cloud computing platform. Today, at its re:Invent developer conference, the company announced a number of updates to how it supports containers, which are quickly becoming the go-to way to operate distributed applications. Soon, for example, the EC2 container service will become far… Read More

  • AWS launches Shield to protect web applications from DDoS attacks

    AWS launches Shield to protect web applications from DDoS attacks

    At its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon today announced AWS Shield, a DDoS protection service for web apps that run on Amazon’s cloud computing service. AWS Shield is generally available today and is already turned on (for free) for all web applications that currently run on AWS — no action by the developer required. The service is based on the work Amazon has done with… Read More

  • AWS Greengrass brings Lambda to IoT devices

    AWS Greengrass brings Lambda to IoT devices

    Amazon today announced the launch of AWS Greengrass, a new service that will be built into IoT devices to bring them better and smarter compute capabilities. As AWS CEO Andy Jassy noted in today’s keynote at Amazon’s re:Invent developer conference, Amazon expects that the majority of on-premises hardware will soon be IoT devices as enterprises move their servers into the cloud. Read More

  • Google launches App Maker

    Google launches App Maker

    Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerous startups, App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to quickly develop basic apps that serve a very specific purpose inside an organization. The new service features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment that… Read More

  • Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

    Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

    Amazon today announced the launch of its new Amazon AI platform at its re:Invent developer event in Las Vegas. This new service brings many of the machine learning smarts Amazon has developed in-house over the years to devs outside the company. For now, the service only makes three different tools available, but the plan is to add more over time. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy… Read More

  • AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

    AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced that it is launching a new instance type (F1) with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The promise of FPGAs is that they are essentially chips that you can reprogram on the fly and tune them for your specific applications, making them faster than traditional CPU/GPU combinations. These new instances will be available in preview… Read More

  • SUSE buys HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

    SUSE buys HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

    SUSE, which probably is best known for its Linux distribution, has long been a quiet but persistent player in the OpenStack ecosystem. Over the last few months, though, the German company has also emerged as one of the stronger competitors in this world, especially now that we are seeing a good bit of consolidation around OpenStack. Today, SUSE announced that it is acquiring OpenStack and… Read More

  • AWS launches new programs to support its partners

    AWS launches new programs to support its partners

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing division is hosting its annual re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas this week. Ahead of the main part of the event, the company today hosted a keynote for its ecosystem partners who sell tools and services for AWS. During the keynote, the company announced a major extension of its partner programs, as well as a few new features for vendors who want to… Read More

  • Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

    Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

    For the longest time, Google Sites felt like the forgotten app in Google’s productivity suite. Earlier this year, though, the company announced that it would finally give Sites a full overhaul. Today, after a short beta, this new version of Sites is going live for all users. Google Sites is essentially a drag-and-drop website builder for creating both public facing web pages and… Read More

  • AWS drops its storage prices and launches new cold storage retrieval options

    AWS drops its storage prices and launches new cold storage retrieval options

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced a significant price drop for some of its storage services. In addition, it is also launched a few new features for developers who want to use its Glacier cold storage service. The new prices that most developers will likely care about are those for S3, AWS’ main cloud storage service. Instead of six pricing tiers, S3 will now use three: 0-50 TB… Read More

  • IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

    IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

    IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. This brings IBM’s total data center footprint in the U.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe. This is yet another example of the company’s increasing infrastructure investment. The first of these new U.K. locations in Fareham will go online in December, with the other three U.K. Read More

  • Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

    Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

    Google today announced that it has acquired Qwiklabs, a hands-on learning platform for those who want to become more familiar with operating cloud environments and writing applications that run on them. Qwiklabs, which launched in 2012, has only focused on teaching skills for Amazon’s AWS platform so far. Given AWS’ dominance in the marketplace, that made perfect sense. Amazon… Read More

  • Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive

    Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive

    With Popular Times, Google introduced a nifty feature for its search engine last year that lets you know how busy a restaurant or bar typically is at any given time of the week. Today, it’s taking this concept a step further by making this tool real-time. So now, you will know exactly how long the line is going to be before you even head out to your favorite brunch place on Sunday morning. Read More

  • Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji departs for Google

    Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji departs for Google

    Sam Ramji, the founding CEO of the open-source platform as a service Cloud Foundry Foundation, is joining Google in a yet-to-be-disclosed executive role. Abby Kearns, the current VP of Industry at the Cloud Foundry Foundation and an industry veteran, will take over as Executive Director while Chip Childers will become the organization’s CTO. Ramji is leaving Cloud Foundry at a time… Read More

  • CodeFights raises $10M Series A round for its skills-based recruiting platform

    CodeFights raises $10M Series A round for its skills-based recruiting platform

    CodeFights brings together coding challenges and skills-based recruiting. The company, which competes with the likes of HackerRank, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A round led by e.ventures. As CodeFights CEO and founder Tigran Sloyan told me, the company’s user base has grown 10x since it announced its $2.4 million seed funding round last April. He attributes… Read More

  • Kubernetes founders launch Heptio with $8.5M in funding to help bring containers to the enterprise

    Kubernetes founders launch Heptio with $8.5M in funding to help bring containers to the enterprise

    For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of the project’s founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie. He started the open-source container-management project together with Joe Beda, Brendan Burns and a few other engineers inside of Google, which has since brought it under the guidance of the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Beda became an… Read More

  • Verizon acquires SocialRadar to buff up MapQuest’s location data

    Verizon acquires SocialRadar to buff up MapQuest’s location data

    We got word earlier today that Verizon had acquired SocialRadar, a mapping startup founded by Blackboard co-founder Michael Chasen that promises to provide its users with far more accurate location data for businesses — down to where exactly a door is. Reached by phone, Chasen confirmed the acquisition. Verizon, the corporate parent of TechCrunch and AOL, will use SocialRadar’s… Read More

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms now let you create custom templates

    Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms now let you create custom templates

    Here is a small but very useful (and long overdue) update to Google’s G Suite apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms are getting support for creating custom, reusable templates that you can share with your co-workers. While you may not use templates much in your day-to-day G Suite life, this is a necessary feature for businesses. You don’t want to have to recreate your report or… Read More

  • Microsoft officially launches the first preview of Visual Studio for Mac

    Microsoft officially launches the first preview of Visual Studio for Mac

    Given that Microsoft already mistakenly published this announcement earlier this week, the fact that the company is launching Visual Studio for Mac doesn’t come as a major surprise now that it has made this official. Still, let that sink in for a moment: Microsoft is bringing its flagship developer tool to macOS. It’s doing so by leveraging the work of Xamarin, the… Read More

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