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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  • A look inside Facebook’s data center

    Facebook invited a small group of reporters to its Prineville, OR data center this week. Most companies don’t even give their own employees access to their data centers (outside of the relatively small group of people it takes to keep the millions of servers inside up and running), but because Facebook open sources most of its server and networking designs, it’s a bit more open… Read More

  • Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab

    Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab

    Earlier this week, Facebook gave a small group of reporters a tour of its Prineville, OR data center. In the process, the company also showed off its mobile device lab for testing on physical devices new iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram. The mobile device lab currently occupies 60 racks in the data center. Each rack holds 32 phones, for a total of… Read More

  • Cloud With Me makes setting up and managing AWS servers easier

    Cloud With Me makes setting up and managing AWS servers easier

    Nobody has ever accused AWS of being too easy to use. While Amazon’s cloud computing platform is extremely powerful and launches feature updates on an almost daily basis, all of that power comes with a lot of complexity. Even if you only want to set up a basic WordPress install on a single machine, getting started with the AWS Management Console can be daunting. Cloud With… Read More

  • With $17M in seed funding, RedKix wants to combine the best of email and chat

    With $17M in seed funding, RedKix wants to combine the best of email and chat

    Lots of startups want to reinvent email, and some, like Slack, occasionally manage to change the way we work. At the end of the day, though, email isn’t going away and company-wide collaboration tools only really work when everybody is on the same platform. RedKix, which is launching its private beta today, has raised $17 million in seed funding from a group of high-profile investors… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi subscribers now get high-speed wireless data when traveling internationally

    Google’s Project Fi subscribers now get high-speed wireless data when traveling internationally

    Google’s Project Fi wireless service has long allowed its subscribers to take their phones to more than 135 countries without having to worry about getting a huge bill for international data usage. That’s because international data is simply included in the company’s plans without a surcharge. Until now, though, you would only get 2G speeds when traveling abroad, but… Read More

  • Built.io Flow makes building enterprise integrations easier

    Built.io Flow makes building enterprise integrations easier

    Built.io’s Flow is a drag-and-drop tool for building enterprise integrations. It’s a bit of a mix of Yahoo Pipes (R.I.P.) and IFTTT for connecting services like Salesforce and Marketo to help automate the sales process in an organization, for example. Today, the company is launching a major update of Flow that will make it easier for businesses to build more powerful… Read More

  • Google acquires Anvato, a media streaming and monetization platform for broadcasters

    Google acquires Anvato, a media streaming and monetization platform for broadcasters

    Google is getting deeper into the tech side of the video and broadcasting business. The company today announced that it has acquired Anvato, a platform for encoding, editing, publishing and distribution video across platforms. The company says Anvato will join its Cloud Platform team and that Anvato’s technology will complement its efforts “to enable scalable media processing… Read More

  • Microsoft now helps businesses use the data that powers Bing Predicts

    Microsoft now helps businesses use the data that powers Bing Predicts

      A few years ago, Microsoft launched Bing Predicts, a project that aims to correctly predict sporting events and elections by combining lots of data with machine learning algorithms. Until now, though, there wasn’t really a product that made Bing Predicts available to users. Today, however, the company launched its Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts service. Sadly, this… Read More

  • Google starts experimenting with quantum-secure connections in Chrome

    Google starts experimenting with quantum-secure connections in Chrome

    If quantum computing ever lives up to its promise (and that’s still a big ‘if’ at this stage), somebody could use this technology to retroactively break any communications that were encrypted with today’s standard encryption algorithms. To guard against this, Google today announced that it will now start experimenting using post-quantum algorithms to encrypt the… Read More

  • Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas

    Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas

    Facebook is clearly very serious about its mission to connect the world and in the process, it has launched solar-powered drones that use lasers to connect to each other and the ground, and more prosaic efforts like new antennas for covering both urban and rural areas. Today, Facebook is expanding this work with the launch of OpenCellular, a new open source hardware and software project that… Read More

  • Google launches a more scalable and robust Kubernetes

    Google launches a more scalable and robust Kubernetes

    Google today announced the next version of Kubernetes, its open source orchestration service for deploying, scaling and managing software containers. The focus of version 1.3 is on providing Kubernetes users with a more scalable and robust system for managing their containers in production. In addition, Kubernetes now also supports more emerging standards including CoreOS’s rkt… Read More

  • Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Google’s Now on Tap gets even smarter

    Now on Tap was one of the marquee features of Android Marshmallow when Google first announced this update to its mobile operating system last year (which is now already being eclipsed by the next version: Android Nougat). It allows you to quickly find more relevant information and context about what’s currently on your phone’s or tablet’s screen when you press and hold the… Read More

  • Twilio now helps AWS send texts

    Twilio now helps AWS send texts

    Twilio today announced a new collaboration with Amazon’s AWS platform. The company says it is “helping AWS provide the delivery of SMS messages through the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)” and notes that SNS users will now benefit from Twilio’s experience in sending bulk messages. What exactly does that mean? We weren’t sure either, so we asked the company. Read More

  • Skype Meetings is Microsoft’s new free video conferencing tool for small businesses

    Skype Meetings is Microsoft’s new free video conferencing tool for small businesses

    Microsoft today launched Skype Meetings, a new audio and video conferencing tool specifically designed for small businesses. Skype Meetings is essentially a stripped down version of the Skype for Business solution. The more fully featured Skype for Business product allows you to host meetings with up to 250 people and it’s deeply integrated into Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Read More

  • ¡Finalmente! Facebook makes it easier to post status updates in multiple languages

    ¡Finalmente! Facebook makes it easier to post status updates in multiple languages

    Facebook today announced a new feature that makes it easier to publish status updates in multiple languages. Until now, you either had to post long updates that included all of the translations of the text or maybe post multiple updates — one for each language. Back in February, Facebook started testing a new feature that allowed Page owners to write a status update in multiple… Read More

  • Trulia can now help you find a place to rent near public transport

    Trulia can now help you find a place to rent near public transport

    Trulia, the online real estate search engine now owned by Zillow, launched an interesting new feature today that allows you to quickly find rental homes and apartments that have good public transport access. Rent Near Transit, as the new feature is called, is essentially an additional search filter that removes all houses that are more than a 15-minute walk away from a major transit… Read More

  • Google adds recent earthquake info to its search results

    Google adds recent earthquake info to its search results

    If you live anywhere near an earthquake zone (hello, San Francisco!), chances are you’ve occasionally wondered whether what you felt was an earthquake or just the rumbling of a heavy truck driving by (or whether it was a minor nearby earthquake or a big one farther away). Starting today, you can simply use Google (desktop and mobile) and search for ‘earthquake’ or… Read More

  • Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was in the $300 million FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries. As the… Read More

  • AWS’s Elastic File System is now ready for production use

    AWS’s Elastic File System is now ready for production use

    Over a year ago, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit announced the beta launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS). While AWS already offers a number of cloud storage services in the form of S3, Glacier and Elastic Block Store, the idea behind EFS is to offer AWS users access to a more straightforward file storage system that at least partly mirrors the features of the kind of… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

    Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will launch on August 2. This is one of the biggest Windows 10 updates yet and will include new features for both consumers and enterprises. As Microsoft also announced today, Windows 10 now runs on 350 million devices and users have spent 135 billion hours using it so far. That’s up from the 300 million devices running… Read More