Author: Frederic Lardinois

Packet expands its global infrastructure with 11 new edge locations

TECHCRUNCH Packet is quickly making a name for itself thanks to its unopinionated bare metal cloud. Today, the company is expanding its product portfolio with the launch of its new Edge Compute service in 15 data center locations around the world. Eleven of these locations are new and complement Packet’s existing offerings in New York, Sunnyvale, Amsterdam and Tokyo. The idea behind these new edge locations, which are now online in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Ashburn, Atlanta, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney (with Paris, London, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai coming later this year), is to give Packet’s users the...

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Microsoft’s new Azure Container Instances make using containers fast and easy

TECHCRUNCH Barely a day passes without some news about containers and that speaks to how quickly this technology is being adopted by developers and the platforms and startups that serve them. Today it’s Microsoft’s turn to launch a new container service for its Azure cloud computing platform: Azure Container Instances (ACI). The company also announced that it is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a platinum member (that’s a $370,000/year commitment). While we’ve seen our fair share of container-centric services from the major cloud vendors, ACI is different from the likes of Azure’s existing Container Service, AWS’s EC2 Container...

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ContainerShip launches its fully managed Kubernetes service

TECHCRUNCH ContainerShip, which launched at Disrupt NY 2015, helps developers deploy their containerized applications on virtually all of the major cloud platforms. In its early days, the company mostly bet on Docker and its own container management tools for handling its users’ containers, but, as the company announced today, it is now adding support for the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and launching its fully managed Kubernetes offering. “Over the past five months we noticed an explosion of Kubernetes and made the decision some time ago to add integration with Kubernetes as a scheduler,” ContainerShip co-founder and CEO Phil Dougherty told me. “The customers we were getting were happy with our scheduler but the whole Kubernetes project and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and other organizations have done quite the job of making it hard to ignore Kubernetes from a marketing perspective.” ContainerShip’s focus in its early days was making it easy to move between cloud providers, and its current service still reflects this. As Dougherty stressed, ContainerShip wants to make it easy for its users to launch a Kubernetes cluster and use its load balancing, firewall and user management features. In addition, ContainerShip also makes it easy to simply take a snapshot of a given deployment and move it to another data center or cloud platform. To spin up new services, users also can go to the company’s marketplace to quickly...

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Get ready to finally say goodbye to Flash — in 2020

TECHCRUNCH Adobe today announced that Flash, the once-ubiquitous plugin that allowed you to play your first Justin Bieber video on YouTube and Dolphin Olympics 2 on Kongregate, will be phased out by the end of 2020. At that point, Adobe will stop updating and distributing Flash. Until then, Adobe will still partner with the likes of Apple, Mozilla, Microsoft and Google to offer security updates for Flash in their browsers and support new versions of them, but beyond that, Adobe will not offer any new Flash features. Adobe also notes that it plans to be more aggressive about ending support for Flash “in certaingeographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed.” To some degree, today’s announcement doesn’t come as a major surprise. Given its wide distribution, Flash (and especially outdated versions of it) quickly became one of the main targets for hackers, and Flash offered them plenty of avenues for trying to get into their target’s machines. The fact that Apple never supported it on mobile (and Steve Job’s famous 2010 letter about that) only sped up Flash’s demise, especially as modern browsers and HTML5 allowed browser vendors to replicate Flash’s functionality without the need for third-party plugins. To be fair, Adobe probably wanted Flash do go away as much as everybody else and, by 2015, the company said as much. Since then, it has started to...

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Duolingo raises $25M at a $700M valuation

TECHCRUNCH Duolingo, the popular language learning service that was co-founded by reCAPTCHA founder Luis von Ahn, today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series E round led by Drive Capital. This brings Duolingo’s total funding to $108.3 million and the company says that its valuation in this last round was $700 million. Gina Gotthilf, Duolingo’s VP of Growth and Marketing, told me that that the company received a number of interesting funding offers but decided to work with Drive because the firm shared Duolingo’s belief in its mission (and because it made a good offer). She also...

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Google launches SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to help its users during a crisis

TECHCRUNCH Google is launching a new feature for both Search and Maps today that is meant to give its users better information when a natural disaster or other crisis hits their area. These new so-called “SOS Alerts” will now prominently feature at the top of the company’s search results and in Maps when a user looks for information about an incident or an affected area. The company worked with a number of agencies, including the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and many others to source this information. In Search,...

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Google releases the final Android O developer preview

TECHCRUNCH Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in this release and according to Google, the launch of Android O remains on track for later this summer. There’s still some time left before the official end of the summer (that’s September 22, in case you wondered), but given that Android Nougat was on a very similar schedule, I expect we’ll see a final release in August. The final APIs for Android O already arrived with the third preview release,...

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Microsoft earnings beat expectations thanks to strong cloud performance

TECHCRUNCH Following its longstanding tradition of reporting quarterly earnings for its fourth financial quarter of the year in July, Microsoft today announced non-GAAP revenue of $24.7 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $0.83 (and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.98) for the last three months. Wall Street expected revenues of around $24.3 billion, which was pretty aggressive to begin with given that this called for a 7 percent year-over-year growth. As for earnings per share, Wall Street’s crystal ball readers called for $0.71 — or a 3 percent year-over-year growth. As usual, all eyes are on how Microsoft’s...

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