Frederic Lardinois

Editor, TechCrunch

Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded SiliconFilter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). Frederic covers enterprise, cloud, developer tools, Google, Microsoft, gadgets, transportation and anything else he finds interesting. He owns just over a 50th of a bitcoin.

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Microsoft will launch its custom Cobalt 100 chips to customers as a public preview at its Build conference next week, TechCrunch has learned. In an analyst briefing ahead of Build,…

Microsoft’s custom Cobalt chips will come to Azure next week

Ampere and Qualcomm aren’t the most obvious of partners. Both, after all, offer Arm-based chips for running data center servers (though Qualcomm’s largest market remains mobile). But as the two…

Ampere teams up with Qualcomm to launch an Arm-based AI server

This will enable developers to use the on-device model to power their own AI features.

Google is building its Gemini Nano AI model into Chrome on the desktop

Firebase Genkit is an open source framework that enables developers to quickly build AI into new and existing applications.

Google launches Firebase Genkit, a new open source framework for building AI-powered apps

Google says that over 100,000 developers already tried the service.

Project IDX, Google’s next-gen IDE, is now in open beta

The standard Gemma models were only available in 2 billion and 7 billion parameter versions, making this quite a step up.

Google announces Gemma 2, a 27B-parameter version of its open model, launching in June

A search results page based on generative AI as its ranking mechanism will have wide-reaching consequences for online publishers.

Google will soon start using GenAI to organize some search results pages

At its Google I/O developer conference, Google on Tuesday announced the next generation of its Tensor Processing Units (TPU) AI chips.

Google’s next-gen TPUs promise a 4.7x performance boost

GitHub on Tuesday announced that Copilot Chat, its AI chat interface for asking coding-related questions and code generation, is now generally available in its mobile app. The Microsoft-owned developer platform…

Copilot Chat in GitHub’s mobile app is now generally available

At its iPad event today, Apple announced its new iPad Pro tablets, powered by its new M4 chips, the fourth generation of its custom SoCs. The new chips feature a…

The new iPad Pros are Apple’s first devices powered by its M4 chip

During its Team ’24 conference in Las Vegas, Atlassian today launched Rovo, its new AI assistant. Rovo can take data from first- and third-party tools and make it easily accessible…

Atlassian launches Rovo, its new AI teammate

At its Team ’24 event in Las Vegas, Atlassian today announced that it is combining Jira Software with Jira Work Management into a single product under the “Jira” brand. The…

Atlassian combines Jira Software and Work Management tools

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How United Airlines uses AI to make flying the friendly skies a bit easier

“I think the travel industry has so many different examples of where AI can be used both for the customer and for the employees,” said the company’s CIO.

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How United Airlines uses AI to make flying the friendly skies a bit easier

The Overture Maps Foundation today launched the first beta of its global open map dataset. With this, the foundation, which is backed by the likes of Amazon, Esri, Meta, Microsoft…

Overture Maps Foundation releases the first beta of its open map dataset

The Tel Aviv-based company recently announced that it has raised an $8 million seed round led by NFX, with participation from FJ Labs and Gefen Capital.

PVML combines an AI-centric data access and analysis platform with differential privacy

Google says its Axion instances offer 30% better performance than other Arm-based instances from competitors.

Google announces Axion, its first custom Arm-based data center processor

With Chrome Enterprise, IT departments get the ability to manage employees’ browser settings, the extensions they install and web apps they use.

Chrome Enterprise goes Premium with new security and management features

Google is also launching a new feature in Gmail for Workspace that can instantly turn rough email drafts into a more polished email.

Google Workspace users will soon get voice prompting in Gmail and tabs in Docs

In addition to the new custom Arm-based Axion chips, most of this year’s announcements are about AI accelerators, whether built by Google or Nvidia.

Nvidia’s next-gen Blackwell platform will come to Google Cloud in early 2025

Code Assist will be available through plug-ins for popular editors like VS Code and JetBrains.

Google launches Code Assist, its latest challenger to GitHub’s Copilot

Google is renewing its focus on data sovereignty. For the time being, though, it looks like its emphasis is on partnerships, not building its own sovereign clouds.

Google bets on partners to run their own sovereign Google Clouds

The next big thing in mechanical keyboards is magnetic switches. Mechanical keyboards quickly went from a niche product to mainstream during the pandemic, as everybody was looking to upgrade their…

Magnets are switching up the keyboard game

OpenStack allows enterprises to manage their own AWS-like private clouds on-premises. Even after 29 releases, it’s still among the most active open source projects in the world and this week,…

OpenStack improves support for AI workloads

DataStax made a name for itself by commercializing the open source Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, but these days, the company’s focus is squarely on using its database chops to build…

DataStax acquires the startup behind low-code AI builder Langflow

NoSQL database Aerospike today announced that it has raised a $109 million Series E round led by Sumeru Equity Partners. Existing investor Alsop Louie Partners also participated in this round.…

Aerospike raises $109M for its real-time database platform to capitalize on the AI boom

Zip describes itself as the “leading Intake and Procurement Orchestration platform and Intake-to-Pay suite.” That doesn’t sound like the most exciting space to be in as a startup, but if…

Zip is trying to modernize enterprise procurement

Microsoft and Quantinuum today announced a major breakthrough in quantum error correction. Using Quantinuum’s ion-trap hardware and Microsoft’s new qubit-virtualization system, the team was able to run more than 14,000…

Microsoft and Quantinuum say they’ve ushered in the next era of quantum computing

OctoAI (formerly known as OctoML), announced the launch of OctoStack, its new end-to-end solution for deploying generative AI models in a company’s private cloud, be that on-premises or in a…

OctoAI wants to make private AI model deployments easier with OctoStack

AWS and Google Cloud rarely back an open source fork together.

Why AWS, Google and Oracle are backing the Valkey Redis fork

Adobe today announced Firefly Services, a set of more than 20 new generative and creative APIs, tools and services. Firefly Services makes some of the company’s AI-powered features from its…

Adobe’s Firefly Services makes over 20 new generative and creative APIs available to developers