Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois

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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.

The Latest from Frederic Lardinois

Chrome gets a built-in AI writing tool powered by Gemini

Google Chrome is getting a new AI writing generator today. At its core, this Gemini-powered tool is essentially the existing “Help me write” feature from Gmail, but extended to the entire

NodeShift wants to challenge the hyperscalers with its decentralized cloud

When the large cloud providers have excess compute capacity, they tend to discount it through programs like AWS’s and Azure’s spot instances. Any time a server idles, it isn’t making

Microservices orchestration platform Orkes raises $20M Series A

Back in 2016, Netflix open sourced Conductor, its microservices orchestration platform, but last December, it announced that it would discontinue maintaining it. Thankfully, for the many companies tha

Google launches two new open LLMs

Barely a week after launching the latest iteration of its Gemini models, Google today announced the launch of Gemma, a new family of lightweight open-weight models. Starting with Gemma 2B and Gemma 7B

Knock takes the pain out of building notification workflows

Notifications may seem like a solved problem. You’re probably getting more than you want already, after all. The two founders of Knock, Sam Seely and Chris Bell, argue that while a lot of compan

Google makes more Gemini models available to developers

Google is expanding the range of Gemini large language models it is making available to developers on its Vertex AI platform today. Gemini 1.0 Pro (which was still known as Gemini Pro 1.0 only a week

Kong’s new open source AI Gateway makes building multi-LLM apps easier

API company Kong is launching its open source AI Gateway, an extension of its existing API gateway that allows developers and operations teams to integrate their applications with one or more large la

KTrust launches an automated red team for Kubernetes security

KTrust, a Tel Aviv–based security startup, is taking a different approach to Kubernetes security from many of its competitors in the space. Instead of only scanning Kubernetes clusters and their con

Akamai extends its edge-computing platform as it looks to challenge AWS, Azure and GCP

Akamai today announced the launch of its Gecko “Generalized Edge Compute” platform. This new initiative will increase the company’s cloud-computing network with an additional 10 regi

Mozilla downsizes as it refocuses on Firefox and AI: Read the memo

After installing a new interim CEO earlier this month, Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox browser, is making some major changes to its product strategy, TechCrunch has learned. Specifically,

Seal Security wants to make open source vulnerability remediation easy

Seal Security, a Tel Aviv-based startup founded by a group of former members of Israel’s Unit 8200 intelligence unit, is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $7.4 million seed funding ro

Motif Analytics brings sequence analytics to growth teams

Motif Analytics, a startup specializing in sequence analytics for growth teams, today announced that it has raised a $5.7 million seed funding round led by Felicis and Amplify Partners. InvestInData a

Google launches Gemini Ultra, its most powerful LLM yet

Google Bard is no more. Almost exactly a year after first introducing its (rushed) efforts to challenge OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the company is retiring the name and rebranding Bard as Gemini, the name

Angry Miao only goes slightly over the top with the Relic 80 TKL keyboard

To write about an Angry Miao keyboard always means to write about the design as much as the actual typing experience. Just look at the AM AFA or AM Hatsu. For the longest time, I’ve wondered wha

Attack surface management platform Ionix adds another $15M to its $27M Series A round

Ionix (formerly Cyberpion) helps enterprises reduce their attack surface by giving them a better view of their overall security posture and software supply chain across on-premises, cloud and third-pa

Aim Security raises $10M for its GenAI security platform

Securing generative AI-based applications from prompting attacks, ensuring that they don’t leak sensitive data or create malicious output or results that may violate privacy regulations is becom

Nile raises $11.6M in seed funding to build a Postgres-powered data layer for SaaS applications

SaaS needs a new data system. That’s the driving idea behind Nile, a startup that aims to create this data system with serverless Postgres at its core. Co-founded by Sriram Subramanian, the form

Inngest raises $6.1M as it expands its workflow engine

Inngest, a startup that makes it easier for developers to build and manage serverless backends, today announced that it has raised a $6.1 million funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with follow-

Google extends its Project IDX development environment with built-in iOS and Android emulators

Last summer, Google launched Project IDX, its experimental web-based full-stack development environment with built-in support for Codey (Google’s version of GitHub Copilot) and Flutter (Google&#

Digs raises $7M for its collaboration platform for home builders

Vancouver, Washington–based Digs, a collaboration platform that provides homebuilders, vendors and — eventually — homeowners with something akin to a digital twin of a home, today announ
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