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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  • Google’s App Engine gets a firewall

    Google’s App Engine gets a firewall

    Google’s App Engine service, one of its longest-running public cloud computing platforms, is finally getting a fully featured firewall. Until now, developers couldn’t easily restrict access to their applications on the service to only a small set of IP addresses or address ranges for testing, for example. Instead, they had to hard-code a similar solution into their applications… Read More

  • Inflect’s infrastructure marketplace adds 30 new service providers and 2,200 data center and peering locations

    Inflect’s infrastructure marketplace adds 30 new service providers and 2,200 data center and peering locations

    Inflect, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to find the right co-location facilities, network service and exchange providers, today announced that it has added over 30 service providers and information about 2,200 data centers and networking peering locations to its database since its launch two months ago. These new service providers include industry… Read More

  • Google’s Cloud Platform gets a cheaper, lower-performance networking tier

    Google’s Cloud Platform gets a cheaper, lower-performance networking tier

    Google is giving its Cloud Platform users a new, cheaper networking option. Developers can now choose between a premium tier, which routes traffic to their users over Google’s own high-speed networks for as long as possible to minimize hops and distance, and a standard tier, which routes traffic over the public internet, with all the potential slowdowns and extra hops this entails. Read More

  • Microsoft launches a new archival storage option for Azure

    Microsoft launches a new archival storage option for Azure

    Microsoft introduced a new storage option for its Azure cloud computing platform in preview today: the Azure Archive Blob Storage. This will give developers a cheaper alternative for the long-term storage of large amounts of archival data like logs, raw camera footage, audio recordings, transcripts and medical documents and images. This new tier joins the existing hot and cool blob storage… Read More

  • Truss raises $7.7M for its commercial real estate tech platform

    Truss raises $7.7M for its commercial real estate tech platform

    Truss, a Chicago-based commercial real estate (CRE) tech platform, today announced that it has raised a $7.7 million Series A round led by Navitas Capital, with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners, which also invested in Truss’ seed round. The round also includes debt financing from The PrivateBank. This round brings Truss’ total funding to $9 million. Commercial real… Read More

  • Google launches Chrome Enterprise subscription service for Chrome OS

    Google launches Chrome Enterprise subscription service for Chrome OS

    Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription essentially is a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities. Even though the name would make you think this is about the Chrome browser, this program is actually all about Chrome OS. Read More

  • Big data analytics platform Databricks raises $140M Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Big data analytics platform Databricks raises $140M Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Databricks, a big data analytics platform built by a team that grew out of the Apache Spark project, today announced that it has raised a $140 million Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from New Enterprise Associates and Battery Ventures. This brings Databricks’ total funding raised to date to $247 million, which includes a $60 million round the company… Read More

  • Microsoft teams up with Red Hat to bring Windows Server containers to OpenShift

    Microsoft teams up with Red Hat to bring Windows Server containers to OpenShift

    Microsoft and Red Hat still feel like odd bedfellows, given that they both want the enterprise to use their own operating systems and services. Still, Microsoft has long supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux on its Azure platform, for example, and the two obviously share quite a few customers. Today, the two companies are expanding on this partnership. As Red Hat and Microsoft announced today… Read More

  • Skytap raises $45M for its enterprise cloud

    Skytap raises $45M for its enterprise cloud

    Skytap is probably one of the more interesting clouds right now. Unlike so many other startups, it’s not trying to offer enterprises specific cloud computing services on top of one of the big platforms like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Instead, the company actually runs its own cloud with the goal of helping enterprises that want to modernize their infrastructure bring their… Read More

  • IBM, Kroger, Walmart and others team up to improve food safety with blockchains

    IBM, Kroger, Walmart and others team up to improve food safety with blockchains

    IBM today announced that it is working with a consortium that includes Dole, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart to bring the benefit of blockchains to the food supply chain. IBM, just like most of its competitors in the public cloud computing space, has been working on various blockchain projects in the last few months. Given the… Read More

  • What’s new in Android Oreo

    Google officially launched Android Oreo. today. To be honest, it’s probably one of the least exciting operating system releases in recent memory. While the team did plenty of work on the backend, Android Oreo only includes a few noteworthy user interface updates. The highlight of this release is probably the new Notification Dots — and that sums things up pretty well. Read More

  • Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see. This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director… Read More

  • CoreOS’s Tectonic container platform gets full support for Microsoft Azure

    CoreOS’s Tectonic container platform gets full support for Microsoft Azure

    CoreOS today announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure support for its Kubernetes-based Tectonic container management platform. It previously only fully supported container deployments on bare metal servers and AWS. Beta support for Azure launched in March and with this new release, Tectonic now offers hybrid support for multi-cloud deployments across its three supported… Read More

  • Google brings Q&As to Google Maps

    Google brings Q&As to Google Maps

    Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that this feature allows you to ask questions about a place and answer other users’ inquiries and indeed, it’s that straightforward. Starting now, when you find a place in Google Maps, for example, you can… Read More

  • Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features

    Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features

    G Suite, Google’s set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. Read More

  • Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

    Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

    Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications. The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid complements Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft’s existing serverless offerings. Read More

  • Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

    Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

    The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one of the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39 (though until October, you can only get it as part of the Babbel back to work bundles… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

    Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old Connecticut-based company that focuses on helping enterprises orchestrate high-performance computing jobs, large data workloads and other “big computing” jobs in the cloud. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Read More

  • Opera shuts down Max

    Opera shuts down Max

    Only a few years ago, Opera Max was the rising star in the browser maker’s portfolio. The service offered a system-wide data-saving proxy that funnelled all app data through Opera’s servers to compress images and videos. Now, however, Max is heading for the deadpool. The company, which is now owned by a consortium of Chinese firms, today announced that it will shut down… Read More

  • Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Two years ago, Google launched universal app campaigns to make it easier for developers to easily promote their iOS and Android apps across its various platforms. This has turned out to be such an effective service — thanks in large part to the company’s advances in machine learning — that Google is moving all app install campaigns to UAC over the rest of this year. Read More

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