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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  • Facebook tries a new way to release open-source projects

    Facebook tries a new way to release open-source projects

    Last week, Facebook launched Create React App, a new project that helps React developers get started with their new projects. Turns out, that was only part of the story. Create React App was also the first project to enter the Facebook Incubator on GitHub. The Facebook Incubator is the company’s new process for releasing open-source projects and ensuring that they do well in the long run. Read More

  • AWS revenue hits a new record with $2.9 billion in Q2

    AWS revenue hits a new record with $2.9 billion in Q2

    Amazon reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2016 today and for its AWS unit, it was once again a big quarter. AWS net sales hit $2.9 billion in the last quarter, up from $2.5 billion in net sales in the last quarter. That’s up from $1.8 billion in the year-ago-quarter. It’s worth noting that that’s a slightly slower quarter-to-quarter growth rate than in the… Read More

  • LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

    LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

    The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group. It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s products are moving over to Google, so the team decided to open-source its products and make them available on GitHub. LaunchKit’s hosted services will be available for the next 12 months. After… Read More

  • Apple and Oracle vets’ Upthere raises $77 million to put a new spin on personal cloud storage

    Apple and Oracle vets’ Upthere raises $77 million to put a new spin on personal cloud storage

    Upthere isn’t your parents’ personal cloud storage service. The team behind the service, which is coming out of beta today with $77 million in financing from a slew of investors, believes that the cloud should be your primary storage and not just a place for keeping backups or helping you sync data between machines. Upthere wants you to think of its service as the canonical… Read More

  • Microsoft wants you to write better, stay focused and bore fewer people

    Microsoft wants you to write better, stay focused and bore fewer people

    Microsoft announced a number of updates to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook today that will bring more of its machine learning smarts (among other things) to some of its core Office suite products. For Word, the focus is on helping you become a better, more confident writer. With Researcher for Word, the team is now building a new tool into Word that helps you find information regarding the… Read More

  • Data visualization service Reflect raises $2.5M seed round led by DFJ

    Data visualization service Reflect raises $2.5M seed round led by DFJ

    Reflect, a Portland, Oregon-based data visualization service, today announced that it has raised $2.5 million on an oversubscribed seed round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Other participants in this round include Founders’ Co-Op, Liquid 2 Ventures (Joe Montana’s investment vehicle), Techstars, Stanford University and a number of angel investors, including Parse co-founder Ilya… Read More

  • OpenStack will soon be able to run in containers on top of Kubernetes

    OpenStack will soon be able to run in containers on top of Kubernetes

    OpenStack, the open source project that allows enterprises to run an AWS-like cloud computing service in their own data centers, added support for containers over the course of its last few releases. Running OpenStack itself on top of containers is a different problem, though. Even though CoreOS has done some work on running OpenStack in containers thanks to its oddly named… Read More

  • Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon today announced that it has partnered with the U.K. government to test some of the technologies that may one day enable its Prime Air drone delivery service. In a partnership with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon now has the permission to explore beyond-line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas (something the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Read More

  • Google Maps gets a cleaner look and starts highlighting areas of interest

    Google Maps gets a cleaner look and starts highlighting areas of interest

    It’s been a busy week for the Google Maps team. As we reported earlier today, the Google Maps apps are getting a Wi-Fi-only mode and the team is also bringing more crowdsourcing tools to the mobile apps. The company kept the biggest announcement for today, though: Google Maps on iOS, Android and the web is getting a new and cleaner look with a more subtle color scheme. The idea… Read More

  • Gridstore acquires DCHQ and becomes HyperGrid

    Gridstore acquires DCHQ and becomes HyperGrid

    Gridstore, a company that focuses on building software and data center appliances for Windows Hyper V-based clouds, today announced that it has acquired DCHQ, a service that helps enterprises move their applications to any cloud or container infrastructure (with a specific focus on Java-based applications). With this acquisition, Gridstore is changing its name to HyperGrid and the old… Read More

  • Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s React project is an open source library that allows developers to quickly build apps and their user interfaces in JavaScript. But that’s a bit of an understatement, because besides JavaScript, you also have to learn a lot of tools to simply set up a React project. While Facebook has talked about its own tooling for React, most individual developers and startups… Read More

  • Google now uses machine learning to make reading comics on phones easier

    Google now uses machine learning to make reading comics on phones easier

    Plenty of people still like to read their comics on paper, but increasingly, phones and tablets are the devices of choice for keeping up with the Justice League. Last year, Google introduced a new reading experience for comics in its Play Books store for Android that makes it easier to follow along with the story. Today, the company is launching yet another update to the comics reading… Read More

  • Redis Labs raises $14M for its in-memory NoSQL database services

    Redis Labs raises $14M for its in-memory NoSQL database services

    Redis Labs, the company behind the open source Redis data structure store, today announced that it has raised a $14 million Series C round led by Bain Capital Ventures and Carmel Ventures. The company’s existing investors, including Silicon Valley Bank and Tamar Ventures managing partner Zohar Gilon, also participated in this round. With this round, which follows the company’s… Read More

  • Stack Overflow goes beyond Q&As and launches crowdsourced documentation

    Stack Overflow goes beyond Q&As and launches crowdsourced documentation

    Since its launch in 2008, Stack Overflow has become the go-to community for discussing programming-related questions. Now the service is launching a new product that aims to harness its community to build a repository of peer-reviewed technical documentation. Stack Overflow Documentation wants to be a complement and maybe even a replacement for existing instruction manuals and… Read More

  • Firefox will soon start blocking invisible Flash content

    Firefox will soon start blocking invisible Flash content

    Starting in August, Mozilla’s Firefox will block Flash content that “is not essential to the user experience,” the organization announced today. With this move, Mozilla is following Google’s lead, which made a similar decision last year and now plans to almost completely block Flash content in its Chrome browser. Not too long ago, Flash was one of the fundamental… Read More

  • Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

    Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

    Google today announced the public beta launch of its Cloud Natural Language API, a new service that gives developers access to Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis. This new API joins Google’s other pre-trained machine-learning APIs like the Cloud Speech API, which is now also available in public beta, the Vision API and the Translate API. The new… Read More

  • Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Back in 2006, Google opened its first owned and operated data center in The Dalles, Oregon, and starting today, you’ll be able to host your Google Cloud Platform applications in Oregon, too. The company today announced the launch of its first West Coast region (formally known under the poetic name of ‘us-west1’). The company first detailed its plans for opening this new region… Read More

  • Pantheon Raises $29M for its WordPress and Drupal hosting and management platform

    Pantheon Raises $29M for its WordPress and Drupal hosting and management platform

    Pantheon, a WordPress and Drupal hosting service with a strong lineup of features for developers, today announced that it has raised a $29 million Series C round. Investors in this round include previous investors Foundry Group, OpenView Investment Partners, and Scale Venture Partners, as well as new investor Industry Ventures, which put $8.5 million into this round. This new round follows… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Q4 earnings beat Street with $22.6B in revenue, $0.69 EPS

    Microsoft’s Q4 earnings beat Street with $22.6B in revenue, $0.69 EPS

    Microsoft today reported earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, its first earnings report after announcing its proposed acquisition of LinkedIn. The company’s earnings came in at a non-GAAP revenue of $22.6 billion ($20.6 billion GAAP) and $0.69 of non-GAAP per-share profit ($0.39 GAAP), and were well above expectations. Like in previous quarters, the results reflect strong… Read More

  • Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards for iOS, its first app that can be used for learning virtually anything that involves memorization: vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and stats (I’m… Read More

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