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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  • How Alphabet’s Project Loon balloons learned to loiter

    How Alphabet’s Project Loon balloons learned to loiter

    When Google launched Project Loon a few years ago, the plan was to provide internet access to underserved areas with the help of a series of balloons that would constantly circumnavigate the earth. When one balloon moved out of range, another would move in behind it. Today, Google is still Google but it’s also Alphabet — and as Alphabet’s “Captain of Moonshots” at… Read More

  • YouTube says it now has automatically captioned 1 billion videos

    YouTube says it now has automatically captioned 1 billion videos

    When Google rolled out its automatic captioning service for YouTube back in 2009, the results were far from great. Since then, Google’s speech recognition technology has made massive strides, though, and while the service still makes its fair share of mistakes, it’s now quite good at making videos accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. As the YouTube team announced… Read More

  • Google’s A.I. Duet experiment lets you jam with the machine

    Google’s A.I. Duet experiment lets you jam with the machine

    Google today launched a fun new machine learning experiment: A.I. Duet. This new web-based experiment lets you play melodies on your computer’s keyboard (or a supported MIDI keyboard you plug into your computer) and the computer will then try to play a duet with you. Here is how this works: you basically play a few notes and then wait for the program to come back with a response. What… Read More

  • Google Home now lets you shop by voice just like Amazon’s Alexa

    Google Home now lets you shop by voice just like Amazon’s Alexa

    The Google Assistant on Google Home is getting a new feature today that may sound rather familiar to anybody who has ever owned an Amazon Echo. You can now use your Home to order everyday essentials like toilet paper and shampoo from the company’s Google Express partners. Those partners include the likes of Costco, Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Fry’s, Guitar Center… Read More

  • Google teams up with Kaggle to host $100,000 video classification challenge

    Google teams up with Kaggle to host $100,000 video classification challenge

    Google and Kaggle today announced a new machine learning challenge that asks developers to find the best way to automatically tag videos. The challenge, which comes with a $30,000 prize for the first-place finisher (and $25,000, $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for the next four teams), asks developers to classify and tag videos from Google’s updated YouTube-8M V2 data set. This data… Read More

  • Linode challenges DigitalOcean with its new $5 instances

    Linode challenges DigitalOcean with its new $5 instances

    Linode has been in the virtual private server (VPS) game for longer than most, but in recent years, companies like DigitalOcean and Vultr have taken quite a bit of mindshare from the company. Now it looks like Linode is ready to fight back. The company today announced the launch of a new $5/month plan that offers twice the memory (1 GB) of DigitalOcean‘s and AWS Lightsail‘s… Read More

  • Google launches Cloud Spanner, its new globally distributed relational database service

    Google launches Cloud Spanner, its new globally distributed relational database service

    Google today announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications. Cloud Spanner joins Google’s other cloud-based database services, like Bigtable, Cloud SQL and the Cloud Datastore, but with the crucial difference of offering developers the best of both traditional relational databases and NoSQL databases — that… Read More

  • DigitalOcean launches load balancers

    DigitalOcean launches load balancers

    DigitalOcean today announced the launch of its new load balancing service for developers who run their applications on its platform. Read More

  • Docker makes secrets management a built-in feature of its enterprise product

    Docker makes secrets management a built-in feature of its enterprise product

    A few years ago, using containers to run your applications came with a number of security tradeoffs compared to using virtual machines. As enterprises started adopting various container technologies faster than anybody expected, that became an issue and companies like Docker started making security a priority. For Docker especially, that work is starting to pay off. The company today… Read More

  • Android Wear 2.0 is an evolutionary update to Google’s smartwatch OS

    Android Wear 2.0 is an evolutionary update to Google’s smartwatch OS

    Google is officially launching Android Wear 2.0 today — the biggest update to the company’s wearable operating system since its launch in 2014. If you’re not a Wear aficionado who has been patiently waiting for this release, you probably remember Wear 2.0 from its Google I/O announcement last May. Even though in day-to-day use, the updated version feels very much like the… Read More

  • LG’s $249 Watch Style lives up to its name, but falls short on features and battery life

    LG’s $249 Watch Style lives up to its name, but falls short on features and battery life

    Android Wear watches are an interesting breed. Because Google mostly locks the operating system down, there are only so many ways the hardware manufacturers can differentiate themselves from the pack. With the launch of Android Wear 2.0 today, Google is giving its partners the option to add usable hardware buttons and dials to their watches. Its launch partner for Wear 2.0 is LG, which… Read More

  • DreamHost launches its Remixer website builder to better compete with Squarespace, Wix and others

    DreamHost launches its Remixer website builder to better compete with Squarespace, Wix and others

    DreamHost today announced the launch of Remixer, its new website click-to-edit website builder for users who simply want an easy-to-maintain website without having to touch any code. The new platform is included with any DreamHost hosting plan. If you’ve used similar platforms in the past, Remixer will likely feel familiar. You start with a pre-made theme (there are currently 13… Read More

  • HPE becomes a Mesosphere reseller

    HPE becomes a Mesosphere reseller

    HPE today announced that it has signed a global reseller agreement with Mesosphere to bring that company’s container-centric DC/OS platform to its customer’s data centers. HPE’s interest in Mesosphere is no secret, especially given that it also led Mesosphere’s $73.5 million Series C round last year. “At the time, we believed Mesosphere DC/OS to be one of the… Read More

  • Twilio’s Jeff Lawson wins the Crunchie for Founder of the Year

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson wins the Crunchie for Founder of the Year

    The Silicon Valley startup scene gathered in San Francisco tonight to celebrate the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards — and if there’s one kind of person the startup scene lionizes, it’s founders. Tonight, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson walked away with the title of Founder of the Year. Walker & Company‘s Tristan Walker was the runner-up. Lawson co-founded… Read More

  • And the winners of the 10th Annual Crunchies are…

    And the winners of the 10th Annual Crunchies are…

    It’s that time of year again. Silicon Valley has exchanged its standard hoodie-based uniform for something a bit more festive and has made its way over to the War Memorial Opera House to celebrate the 10th Annual Crunchies. Like last year’s show, tonight’s host is comedian and actress Chelsea Peretti. After an open nomination process, the members of our Crunchies board voted… Read More

  • The Cloud Native Compute Foundation acquires RethinkDB’s source code

    The Cloud Native Compute Foundation acquires RethinkDB’s source code

    Here’s some unusual news: the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) today announced that it has acquired the RethinkDB copyright and assets, including its code, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation. RethinkDB, which had raised about $12.2 million in venture capital for its open-source database, went out of business in October 2016. The CNCF says it paid $25,000 to complete… Read More

  • Stratoscale acquires database-as-a-service company Tesora

    Stratoscale acquires database-as-a-service company Tesora

    Stratoscale, a startup that gives enterprises AWS-compatible environments inside their data centers, has acquired Tesora, a database-as-a-service company that runs on top of the OpenStack platform and that allows its customers to choose between 16 of the most popular databases. Both companies declined to discuss the financial details of the acquisition. According to Crunchbase, Tesora had raised… Read More

  • Google will soon integrate Progressive Web Apps deeper into Android

    Google will soon integrate Progressive Web Apps deeper into Android

    Progressive Web Apps, which are basically sophisticated web apps that are able to use features like push notifications and a local cache to give users a native-like experience, have been on Google’s radar for the last few years. While they almost look and feel like native apps, they were never fully integrated into Android. Google plans to change this soon, though. Soon, you will not… Read More

  • Outlook for iOS adds support for third-party extensions

    Outlook for iOS adds support for third-party extensions

    Microsoft launched a major update to Outlook for iOS today that, for the first time, brings add-ins to a mobile version of Outlook. While Microsoft prefers the word “add-ins,” these are essentially third-party extensions for Outlook. Microsoft worked with the likes of Evernote, Giphy (yay!), Nimble, Trello and Smartsheet to connect their services with Outlook and integrate them… Read More

  • IDrive’s Vault enterprise backup service adds AWS support

    IDrive’s Vault enterprise backup service adds AWS support

    IDrive is probably best known for its consumer and small business backup service, but the company has also long offered Vault, an enterprise version of its software and a matching hardware appliance that companies could install behind their firewalls and in their private clouds. Today, it’s launching an addition to Vault that allows its users to save backups to Amazon cloud… Read More

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