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Frederic Lardinois

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Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at frederic[email protected]

With the start of the SOPA blackout on many major sites just hours away, a number of additional companies have now joined major sites like Reddit, Google and Wikipedia that had announced their participation in the the blackouts earlier this week. Among the stragglers are Mozilla, which had played a major role in organizing the oposition to SOPA, but...

Google just added auto-completion for hashtags on its growing social network Google+. Google developer advocate Chris Messina notes that this will "make it even easier to use and discover hashtags." To try it, just start a new Google+ post, use the # symbol and start typing a keyword. Why it Matters On Twitter, hashtags are an easy way to create and track...

When it comes to social networks, one argument that is often raised against them is that they encapsulate their users in a safe network of friends that keeps out information that may go against the users' belief system. Social networking users, after all, tend to friend like-minded users. The reality, though, say Facebook own researchers, isn't quite as dramatic....

Online metrics company comScore just released its monthly rankings of U.S. video properties. As usual, Google's YouTube remains far ahead of the competition with 157 million unique visitors who spent an average of 471.9 minutes on the site and watched 21 billion videos. The music-focused network VEVO came in second, but while Facebook was in third place in November...

Good morning. Yesterday's tech news was, for the most part, overshadowed by the launch of PandoDaily, Sarah Lacy's new tech blog that will be partly staffed with ex-TechCrunch employees. Much of the discussion focused on the fact that she raised venture capital from virtually all of the major Silicon Valley funds and individual investors. This led quite a few...

A nifty little undisclosed Google service made the rounds on the Internet today. By going to a specific website, Google would give you a QR code to scan on your phone and then let you log in to a desktop Gmail session without having to actually type your login credentials on the computer. Google had never announced this service...

PandoDaily, Sarah Lacy's "TechCrunch 2.0" tech blog, launched today with a cast of familiar writers (Mike Arrington, MG Siegler, Paul Carr and Slate' Farhad Manjoo) and an impressive cast of VC backers. PandoDaily wants to focus on startup news, so the fact that it has received $2.5 million in funding from what looks like a who-is-who of Silicon Valley's...

Quite a few websites, including big ones like Wikipedia, are joining together on Wednesday to protest the U.S.'s planned Stop Online Piracy Act. What looks like an easy proposition - just replace your site with a temporary page that explains the reasons for the blackout - is actually quite a bit more complicated. Google, after all, is going to look...

Google has introduced an interesting new way for logging into your Google accounts by just scanning a QR code on the screen and without having to actually type your password into a computer. To use this new feature, just head over to https://accounts.google.com/sesame and a QR code will appear on your screen. Scan the barcode on your phone (you can...

It's not every day that a major media tycoon like Rupert Murdoch takes to his bully pulpit on Twitter to accuse Google of streaming pirated videos. Rupert Murdoch did just that over the weekend, presenting us with a series of misguided and misinformed tweets. Google, of course, was not amused. Otherwise, the news was relatively quiet this weekend, though there...

Here is a small but handy update to Apple's iTunes store: when you hover over an icon for an app, a new little 'i' icon will now appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on it, and a small preview window will appear with all the regular info about the app. You can see screenshots and,...

DuckDuckGo never struck me as the right name for a search engine that wants to be taken seriously, but once you get over the name, you will find that it's actually a very good search engine  - especially if you are looking for basic search engine that presents you with uncluttered, unfiltered search results. Just a few days after...

Google was already having one of its toughest weeks in the company's recent history, but it looks like things just got worse: Mocality, a Kenyan startup that offers business listings on its site, now accuses the search giant of scraping its data and using it to cold-call the businesses in its directory to offer them free websites and paid...

Earlier this week, we reported that OnLive was about to launch an iPad app that lets you stream a remote, OnLive-hosted Windows 7 desktop to your tablet for free. The free app appeared in the iTunes store earlier tonight and we got a chance to put its through its paces. Given OnLive's core competency of streaming high-end games across the...

Hulu just released its year-end data for 2011 and the numbers are pretty good. The streaming video company, which mostly focusses on recent TV shows, made about $420 in revenue lat year. This is up 60% from last year and exceeded the company's own projections. Its paid service, Hulu Plus, now has 1.5 million subscribers and the number of...