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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  • YC-Backed TerrAvion Launches Aerial Imagery As A Service For Farmers

    YC-Backed TerrAvion Launches Aerial Imagery As A Service For Farmers

    Farmers can benefit greatly from having up-to-date aerial imagery of their crops, but it’s virtually impossible for a smaller agricultural business to get this data. The YC-backed TerrAvion, which is officially launching today, wants to make it easy even for small farms, vineyards and orchards to get aerial imagery during the growing season. For $30 per acre for small farms under 300… Read More

  • Orchestrate Replaces Multiple NoSQL Databases With A Single API

    The days when developers built their applications on a single database are long over. Many services today use a variety of databases – and especially NoSQL databases – to power the different aspects of their applications. That adds a lot of complexity, points of failure and cost. At the same time, developers are also getting accustomed to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) model, where… Read More

  • Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming

    Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming

    NBC caught a lot of flak for its live video streams during the London Olympics, but for Sochi, the network promises to stream every event live. Just like during the London Olympics, NBC’s partner for making these streams possible (and authenticating cable subscribers) is Adobe – and Adobe itself is partnering with Microsoft to power the streams. Adobe’s Primetime platform… Read More

  • Heroku Introduces More Powerful Dynos For Large-Scale Apps

    Heroku Introduces More Powerful Dynos For Large-Scale Apps

    Heroku, the cloud platform Salesforce acquired in 2010, today launched a new class of dyno that has 12 times the RAM and 40 times the CPU power of a regular dyno. In Heroku’s world, dynos are the containers your applications run in, with the most basic ones costing 5 cents per hour. The new performance dynos, which are part of the Heroku XL family that the company is launching with… Read More

  • Google Opens Chromecast To All Developers

    Google Opens Chromecast To All Developers

    When Google launched its Chromecast HDMI dongle, it only allowed a small set of developers to create applications for it. The company always promised, though, that it would soon open the platform up to all developers. Today, it is doing just that. Read More

  • Google Now Arrives In Chrome Beta For Desktop

    Google Now Arrives In Chrome Beta For Desktop

    Google Now is about to arrive in Chrome beta for Mac, Windows and Chromebook. With this, Google’s automatic alerts for upcoming concerts you bought tickets to, flight delays, heavy traffic on your route to work and other relevant information the company gleans from your daily habits and emails, have now finally found their way onto the desktop. The company says this new feature will… Read More

  • In Praise Of Metro

    In Praise Of Metro

    It looks like Microsoft has finally realized that Metro (or the Modern UI or whatever else they call it these days) wasn’t right for the desktop. If the rumors are true, it’ll continue to de-emphasize Metro with the first major Windows 8.1 update later this year. No doubt, that’s exactly the right thing to do. Metro is actually a great user interface – just not on… Read More

  • Vector Capital Makes Controlling Investment In CollabNet Developer Platform

    Vector Capital Makes Controlling Investment In CollabNet Developer Platform

    CollabNet is one of the leading agile development platforms in the enterprise and the company behind the Subversion version control software. It has millions of users on its platform, which launched back in 1999. Today, Vector Capital is making a controlling investment in the company as part of a concurrent equity round that includes another, undisclosed investor. The company did not disclose… Read More

  • Google Q4 ’13 Beats With $16.86B Revenue, Misses With EPS Of $12.01 Because Of Motorola Weakness

    Google Q4 ’13 Beats With $16.86B Revenue, Misses With EPS Of $12.01 Because Of Motorola Weakness

    Google just published its Q4 earnings report and the results are mostly in line with Wall Street expectations, though it missed on earnings per share due to larger than expected losses at Motorola, which doubled from the year-ago-quarter. Over the last three months, the company reported revenue of $16.86 billion and $3.37 billion in net income. Non-GAAP earnings per share came in at $12.01… Read More

  • Data Analysis Service Statwing Launches Partnership Program, Raises New Funding Round

    Data Analysis Service Statwing Launches Partnership Program, Raises New Funding Round

    Tools for statisticians tend to be anything but intuitive, so in 2012, the Y Combinator-backed Statwing set out to bring the power of these tools to the masses without bogging them down in arcane interfaces and terminology. Today, the service is launching a new partnership program that will allow web apps to embed the service’s tools, as well as a new round of funding. Read More

  • Google Redesigns Stock Quotes Widget, Removes Links To Competitors

    Stock quotes have long been a staple on Google’s search results pages and date back to the search engine’s earliest days. Since its launch, the stock quotes widget has gone through a few iterations and today, it looks like the company has launched a redesigned version. There are no new features here as far as I can see. The new widget has a slightly cleaner look, bringing it more… Read More

  • Linode Moves From Monthly To Metered Billing

    Linode Moves From Monthly To Metered Billing

    When it comes to hosting, there are basically two billing models: pre-paid monthly (and sometimes annual) bills or metered billing. Most cloud computing platforms, including AWS, use metered billing and only charge their users for the resources they actually used. Linode, the popular cloud hosting, is now switching to metered billing as well. Read More

  • Amazon Launches New Reporting Tools For EC2

    Amazon Launches New Reporting Tools For EC2

    Amazon Web Services users today got a new reporting tool for the EC2 cloud computing platform. This will make it quite a bit easier to track how they are using their regular and reserved instances and what it costs them. Read More

  • Google Brings Chrome Apps To Android And iOS

    Google Brings Chrome Apps To Android And iOS

    Google’s offline Chrome Apps are about to find their way to both Android and iOS. Using Apache’s well-known open-source Cordova platform for turning web apps into native apps, Google today launched a developer preview of a toolchain for building native apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Read More

  • Opera 19 Brings Back Bookmarks Bar, Adds Support For More Extensions

    Opera 19 Brings Back Bookmarks Bar, Adds Support For More Extensions

    When Opera’s desktop browser moved to Google’s Blink rendering engine last year, it also dropped a number of features, including bookmark syncing and its bookmarks bar. The company brought back syncing after a short while and with today’s launch of Opera 19, it is also finally bringing back the bookmarks bar. What the browser is still missing, though, is a regular bookmarks menu. Read More

  • .Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

    .Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

    If you are looking for a good domain name, your choices are about to get more interesting. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to register a .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures domain name through numerous registrars worldwide. Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) already made four new gTLDs in Arabic, Chinese and… Read More

  • Zillow Brings Its Postlets Service For Landlords To Mobile

    Zillow Brings Its Postlets Service For Landlords To Mobile

    For most people, Zillow is synonymous with online real estate listings, but the company has recently focused quite a bit on rentals as well. Today, it is launching a new mobile app for rental professionals that will allow them to create, manage and distribute their listings through the company’s newly launched Postlets app for iOS. Read More

  • YC-Backed Weight-Loss Startup Weilos Moves From Fitness Coaching To Weight-Loss Selfies

    YC-Backed Weight-Loss Startup Weilos Moves From Fitness Coaching To Weight-Loss Selfies

    Weilos, a weight-less centric fitness startup that launched out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 class last August, today launched a new version of its service. In its first incarnation, Weilos paired its users with amateur coaches who had previously achieved similar weight-loss goals. Now, the company is switching to a different model: it’s essentially becoming a mobile social… Read More

  • YC-Backed Move Loot Brings Furniture Consignment Into The 21st Century

    YC-Backed Move Loot Brings Furniture Consignment Into The 21st Century

    Buying and selling anything online that can easily be shipped in a small box is easy, but what about bulky furniture? Move Loot, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to take the hassle out of buying and selling furniture online and is officially launching its service in San Francisco today. There are two sides to Move Loot: one for buyers and one for sellers. For buyers, the service is… Read More

  • Google Chrome Now Lets You Play With LEGO In The Browser

    Google Chrome Now Lets You Play With LEGO In The Browser

    This is a pretty obvious movie tie-in, but it’s still pretty cool: Google has partnered with LEGO to build an app that lets you play with LEGOs right in the browser. Using WebGL and other modern web technologies, a Google team in Australia first developed this application as an experiment in 2012 and now Google is opening it up to everybody. Given that this is Google, it shouldn’t… Read More