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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  • Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon today announced that it has partnered with the U.K. government to test some of the technologies that may one day enable its Prime Air drone delivery service. In a partnership with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon now has the permission to explore beyond-line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas (something the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Read More

  • Google Maps gets a cleaner look and starts highlighting areas of interest

    Google Maps gets a cleaner look and starts highlighting areas of interest

    It’s been a busy week for the Google Maps team. As we reported earlier today, the Google Maps apps are getting a Wi-Fi-only mode and the team is also bringing more crowdsourcing tools to the mobile apps. The company kept the biggest announcement for today, though: Google Maps on iOS, Android and the web is getting a new and cleaner look with a more subtle color scheme. The idea… Read More

  • Gridstore acquires DCHQ and becomes HyperGrid

    Gridstore acquires DCHQ and becomes HyperGrid

    Gridstore, a company that focuses on building software and data center appliances for Windows Hyper V-based clouds, today announced that it has acquired DCHQ, a service that helps enterprises move their applications to any cloud or container infrastructure (with a specific focus on Java-based applications). With this acquisition, Gridstore is changing its name to HyperGrid and the old… Read More

  • Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s new open source project makes it easier to get started with React

    Facebook’s React project is an open source library that allows developers to quickly build apps and their user interfaces in JavaScript. But that’s a bit of an understatement, because besides JavaScript, you also have to learn a lot of tools to simply set up a React project. While Facebook has talked about its own tooling for React, most individual developers and startups… Read More

  • Google now uses machine learning to make reading comics on phones easier

    Google now uses machine learning to make reading comics on phones easier

    Plenty of people still like to read their comics on paper, but increasingly, phones and tablets are the devices of choice for keeping up with the Justice League. Last year, Google introduced a new reading experience for comics in its Play Books store for Android that makes it easier to follow along with the story. Today, the company is launching yet another update to the comics reading… Read More

  • Redis Labs raises $14M for its in-memory NoSQL database services

    Redis Labs raises $14M for its in-memory NoSQL database services

    Redis Labs, the company behind the open source Redis data structure store, today announced that it has raised a $14 million Series C round led by Bain Capital Ventures and Carmel Ventures. The company’s existing investors, including Silicon Valley Bank and Tamar Ventures managing partner Zohar Gilon, also participated in this round. With this round, which follows the company’s… Read More

  • Stack Overflow goes beyond Q&As and launches crowdsourced documentation

    Stack Overflow goes beyond Q&As and launches crowdsourced documentation

    Since its launch in 2008, Stack Overflow has become the go-to community for discussing programming-related questions. Now the service is launching a new product that aims to harness its community to build a repository of peer-reviewed technical documentation. Stack Overflow Documentation wants to be a complement and maybe even a replacement for existing instruction manuals and… Read More

  • Firefox will soon start blocking invisible Flash content

    Firefox will soon start blocking invisible Flash content

    Starting in August, Mozilla’s Firefox will block Flash content that “is not essential to the user experience,” the organization announced today. With this move, Mozilla is following Google’s lead, which made a similar decision last year and now plans to almost completely block Flash content in its Chrome browser. Not too long ago, Flash was one of the fundamental… Read More

  • Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

    Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

    Google today announced the public beta launch of its Cloud Natural Language API, a new service that gives developers access to Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis. This new API joins Google’s other pre-trained machine-learning APIs like the Cloud Speech API, which is now also available in public beta, the Vision API and the Translate API. The new… Read More

  • Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Back in 2006, Google opened its first owned and operated data center in The Dalles, Oregon, and starting today, you’ll be able to host your Google Cloud Platform applications in Oregon, too. The company today announced the launch of its first West Coast region (formally known under the poetic name of ‘us-west1’). The company first detailed its plans for opening this new region… Read More

  • Pantheon Raises $29M for its WordPress and Drupal hosting and management platform

    Pantheon Raises $29M for its WordPress and Drupal hosting and management platform

    Pantheon, a WordPress and Drupal hosting service with a strong lineup of features for developers, today announced that it has raised a $29 million Series C round. Investors in this round include previous investors Foundry Group, OpenView Investment Partners, and Scale Venture Partners, as well as new investor Industry Ventures, which put $8.5 million into this round. This new round follows… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Q4 earnings beat Street with $22.6B in revenue, $0.69 EPS

    Microsoft’s Q4 earnings beat Street with $22.6B in revenue, $0.69 EPS

    Microsoft today reported earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, its first earnings report after announcing its proposed acquisition of LinkedIn. The company’s earnings came in at a non-GAAP revenue of $22.6 billion ($20.6 billion GAAP) and $0.69 of non-GAAP per-share profit ($0.39 GAAP), and were well above expectations. Like in previous quarters, the results reflect strong… Read More

  • Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards for iOS, its first app that can be used for learning virtually anything that involves memorization: vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and stats (I’m… Read More

  • Microsoft Stream is a new video service for businesses

    Microsoft Stream is a new video service for businesses

    Microsoft today launched Stream, a new business video service that aims to give businesses that want to share video internally the same kind of tools and flexibility that YouTube offers to consumers — but with the added benefits of the security tools enterprises expect from their document management services. The service is now available as a free preview. As James Phillips… Read More

  • Wrike launches project management tool for marketers

    Wrike launches project management tool for marketers

    The team behind project management service Wrike spent the last few years building a general-purpose project management service that businesses can adopt to their own needs. That clearly worked, because as Wrike CEO Andrew Filev told me, the company’s revenue grew 120 percent last year and it now has about 400 employees and 12,000 businesses on its paid platform. Now that this platform… Read More

  • Atlassian acquires StatusPage

    Atlassian acquires StatusPage

    Atlassian today announced that it has acquired StatusPage, a Y Combinator-incubated service that allows online businesses to keep their users updated about the status of their online services. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. This marks Atlassian’s first acquisition since going public last December. Adding a service like StatusPage, which launched three… Read More

  • 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

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