Frederic Lardinois

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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  • Newly Independent Social Monitoring Service Sysomos Launches Redesign, New API

    Newly Independent Social Monitoring Service Sysomos Launches Redesign, New API

    Sysomos was among the earliest players in the enterprise social media monitoring and analytics space (together with the likes of Radian6, which was later acquired by Salesforce). Five years ago, the Toronto-based company was acquired by Marketwire, and while it continued to win big clients, things remained rather quiet around the company. Surprisingly, Sysomos regained its independence last… Read More

  • Versal Helps Teachers Create Interactive Online Lessons, Partners With Wolfram Alpha

    Versal Helps Teachers Create Interactive Online Lessons, Partners With Wolfram Alpha

    Versal is a service that allows teachers to build and publish interactive online courses, homework assignments and tutorials. The company launched its service out of beta today, but maybe more importantly, it also announced a partnership with Wolfram Research. Read More

  • Glympse Launches A New App To Help Drivers Share Their Locations

    Glympse Launches A New App To Help Drivers Share Their Locations

    Glympse was one of the earliest smartphone-based location services, but the company’s focus on utility kept it out of the hype cycle. Today, it’s back with a new app that makes it easier for drivers to share their location. Glympse for Autos is meant to allow drivers to share their locations with their families without being distracted. Read More

  • Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a bit easier. The new look takes its cues from Google’s other services that have adopted… Read More

  • Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0

    Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0

    Google today announced that Chrome 42 will be the last version of its mobile browser to run on devices that still use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which launched in 2011. Chrome will still continue to run on these devices, but Google will freeze development, and Android 4.0 users will not receive any updates beyond Chrome 42, which is set for release in mid-April 2015. Version 42… Read More

  • Google Launches New Analytics, Monetization Tools For Android Game Developers

    Google Launches New Analytics, Monetization Tools For Android Game Developers

    Google today announced a couple of new tools for game developers on its Android platform. These include new analytics to help developers better understand in-game player behavior, as well as a number of new monetization features through its AdMob platform. Google also launched a new game-centric Nearby Connections API for Android TV, its nascent smart TV platform. Read More

  • Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Comes Out Of Beta, Brings Git To The Enterprise

    Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Comes Out Of Beta, Brings Git To The Enterprise

    After a few months of public beta testing, Atlassian today officially launched Stash Data Center, its Git-based, code-management service for enterprises. The service allows businesses to run Git on a server cluster that can support a large number of developers. The largest beta deployment, the company tells me, supported about 12,000 developers. Read More

  • Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

    Zillow now makes it easier for homeowners to edit facts about their homes and have those changes immediately reflected in its price estimates. Zillow’s so-called Zestimates are one of the key features of its service. For every house in the U.S., Zillow will try to estimate its current value. Currently, that’s about 100 million homes, the company’s chief economist Stan… Read More

  • Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

    Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

    Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More

  • Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service

    Twenty20 Raises $8M, Launches Crowdsourced Photo-Licensing Service

    Twenty20, the startup formerly known as Instacanvas, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Canaan Partners. With this funding round, Twenty20 has also finalized its transformation from printing service for Instagram pictures to photo-licensing service. Indeed, with over 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers in its library, Twenty20 is now larger than… Read More

  • Docker Launches Its Container Orchestration Tools

    Docker Launches Its Container Orchestration Tools

    Last December, Docker previewed its plans to launch a comprehensive set of orchestration tools for its container platform and, starting today, developers will be able to download and use all of these tools. Together, Docker Machine, Swarm and Compose are meant to make it easier for developers and system administrators to create and manage their portable applications on top of the Docker platform. Read More

  • Google Makes A Push For The Mobile Enterprise Market With Launch Of Android For Work

    Google Makes A Push For The Mobile Enterprise Market With Launch Of Android For Work

    At a small press event in San Francisco today, Google officially launched Android for Work, a set of technologies that makes it easier for companies to adopt Android and allows their users to bring their own devices to work. The company first unveiled a preview of this technology during its I/O developer conference last summer, but as Google’s director for product management for… Read More

  • Media Temple Expands Its WordPress Hosting Service

    Media Temple Expands Its WordPress Hosting Service

    Media Temple, the popular GoDaddy-owned web hosting service, today announced an expansion of its dedicated WordPress hosting service. Media Temple first launched dedicated WordPress hosting almost exactly a year ago. At the time, it only offered a single $29/month plan. Starting today, the company is launching a set of new plans starting at $20/month that target individuals, as well as… Read More

  • Polling Site Polar Not Dead (Or Acquired By Google) After All

    Polling Site Polar Not Dead (Or Acquired By Google) After All

    A few months ago, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal and a number of other publications reported that Google had acquired the social polling startup Polar and that its founders were going to join the Google+ team. The company’s spokesperson published a story about how he helped the team. Turns out, that story was only half true. Google only hired the Polar team, including well-known… Read More

  • Google Publishes Chrome Experiment #1000

    Google Publishes Chrome Experiment #1000

    Google’s Chrome Experiments site, which highlights cool, developer-submitted interactive applications that run in the browser, has been online since 2009 — almost as long as Chrome itself has been around. Today, Google is publishing the 1,000th experiment on the site and it’s launching a redesigned version of the site that is meant to showcase Polymer, Google’s web… Read More

  • Mirantis Partners With Google To Bring Kubernetes To OpenStack

    Mirantis Partners With Google To Bring Kubernetes To OpenStack

    Mirantis, a major player in the OpenStack ecosystem, today announced that it has partnered with Google to bring support for Kubernetes, Google’s open-source project for managing containerized applications, to the OpenStack project. This new project uses OpenStack’s Murano application catalog to make it easier to deploy and configure these new Kubernetes-based clusters and their… Read More

  • Twilio Acquires Two-Factor Authentication Service Authy

    Twilio Acquires Two-Factor Authentication Service Authy

    Twilio today announced that it has acquired Authy, a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers two-factor authentication services to end users, developers and enterprises. The two companies declined to disclose the financial details of the transaction. Authy says that about 6,000 sites currently use its service to protect their users. These include Coinbase, MercadoLibre and CloudFlare. The… Read More

  • Google Launches Invite Program To Bring Inbox To Google Apps For Work Customers

    Google Launches Invite Program To Bring Inbox To Google Apps For Work Customers

    Last Fall, Google started its (slow) rollout of Inbox, its completely redesigned email experience for Gmail on the web and mobile. Even today, it’s still an invite-only service (but invites are pretty easy to come by these days). Until now, however, it wasn’t possible to use Inbox with Google Apps for Work accounts. That’s changing today. Google has now launched an… Read More

  • Respoke Launches Its WebRTC-Based Platform For Voice, Video And Text Chat Apps

    Respoke Launches Its WebRTC-Based Platform For Voice, Video And Text Chat Apps

    Digium, the company behind the popular open source Asterisk PBX software, today announced the official launch of Respoke, its WebRTC service backend for developers. Respoke joins a number of similar services like Bistri and Telefonica’s TokBox that also offer WebRTC-centric communications platforms. Using Respoke, developers can use a single API to add features like video… Read More

  • Line Of Sight

    Line Of Sight

    You’ve probably heard that the FAA proposed its rules for commercial drones last weekend. There’s some good and some bad in those rules. The good thing is that drone startups finally know what kind of rules they will operate under once they are codified in the next year or so. The bad: many of the most interesting use cases for drones, including drone delivery, will be unfeasible… Read More

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