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Robert Scoble

Rackspace's startup liaison officer helps small teams have a huge impact with cloud computing technology.

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people.
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If you are looking to contact me, email is best: scobleizer@gmail.com but my cell phone number is +1-425-205-1921.
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Time: One of the top 140 Twitterers!FT: One of the five most influential Twitterers!
I'm a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (my dad was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 I've been building online communities. In 2000 I started my technology blog, http://scobleizer.com, and my life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 I wo


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About 2 weeks ago Nice seeing +Eddie Codel  this morning. 

I shot us with my new, unreleased, drone. In showers. Hah. It was raining lightly this morning. This is a photo this new drone shot of us.

Eddie brought his drone over and we talked about the "Do it Yourself" drone movement (details at http://diydrones.com/ ) and he showed me his drone, which is made by 3D Robotics: http://3drobotics.com/

Don't know who Eddie is? He's the one who made this beautiful drone video of Burning Man: http://youtu.be/m2ThTb6iffA

For those who missed, I'm playing with a not-yet-released drone, coming next week.

His feedback after getting a chance to fly the drone? "XXXXXX is gonna sell a bunch of these."

I wonder if we should try it over water? Remember when +Chase Jarvis  had one of his drones fall into the ocean? That video is at DJI Phantom Drone Crash! | Chase Jarvis TECH | ChaseJarvis











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About 1 week ago The drone age has started: This is the coolest thing I've EVER gotten.

Introducing the DJI Phanton 2 Vision Plus. Here is DJI's intro video. My own video with +Eric Cheng, director of photography at DJI, is up at https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/NaUfuqNy1QV (along with a first video I did).

What is this? A drone with a video camera built in (also does stills). Does 1080p HD video with a built in steady cam.

Wow. So easy to fly and steady. More coming shortly. Costs $1,299.





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About 2 weeks ago I was feeling pretty high and mighty about my 91 million views until I saw that photographer +Trey Ratcliff has 4.4 billion views. Damn!

What am I talking about? Google+ now shows everyone on their profile how many views they've gotten. 

Who said this is a ghost town? Sure has a lot of ghosts, if it is!



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About 10 weeks ago Google going after developers, here's how

I recently was at a presentation done by the Google+ teams where they tried to get developers to see why Google's platforms are more interesting than others.

Why does this matter? Well, take Android. Will you buy a Windows Phone that doesn't have many apps or as much developer support? Probably not since most venture-backed developers are building apps for only iOS and Android. 

Here's Google's pitch to developers. Does it resonate if you are a developer? Will this stuff help you build a business?

For developers, how competitive is it with offers from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, or Samsung?

I'm sure we'll hear more about these themes at the Google IO conference in May.

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About 1 week ago Changing passwords is a pain in the behind. But everyone should be doing this because of the Heartbleed security problems that have come to surface the last few days: http://www.techmeme.com/140410/p3#a140410p3

Some things:

1. If you don't have a different password for each site you are doing it wrong! (Particularly for banks, email, and major social networks).
2. If your password isn't at least 12 characters long, you are doing it wrong!
3. If your passwords have ANY dictionary names in them, you are doing it wrong (things that appear in the dictionary).
4. If you aren't using two-factor authentication on EVERY site that offers such (Gmail, Facebook, Twitter all do) then you are doing it wrong.
5. If you aren't using a password manager like Lastpass then you are probably doing it wrong (I let it generate all my passwords now to make sure I get truly strong 20-character passwords).

Good luck out there!







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About 1 week ago My first video off of DJI's new Phanom 2 Vision Plus

So smooth! Remember, I've only flown this five times (20 minutes each).

Wow. Wow. Wow.



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About 6 weeks ago My must-have app list for SXSW

This year I haven't seen a ton of new apps, so thought I'd write up what I'm using to keep up with what's happening at SXSW and see if any of you have any recommendations.

SOCIAL
>>GroupMe is a MUST HAVE. Already I have about 100 friends sharing party and event info with me. 
>>Others I have in this folder? Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Quora, Highlight (which is most useful at SXSW), Google+ Hangouts, Skype, Pulse, and Facebook Paper).

PHOTO/VIDEO
>>Camera+ is a MUST HAVE. Best camera app around.
>>Snapseed, for photo editing, is a must have.
>>Instagram, for all those selfies.
>>Others in this folder: iPhoto, YouTube Capture, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast X1 Remote.

UTILITIES
>>A good calendar app is a must have. I like Tempo the best.
>>Good note taking app, Evernote is my favorite,
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About 4 weeks ago "Context."

Larry Page is on stage at TED right now. I'm at home watching.
He is not wearing Google Glass.

This fits the new narrative that's going on in my head: that Google doesn't know how to stick with a product. Remember Google Wave? It was a very interesting idea, but Google gave up on it very quickly. Why? Because it was controversial and the execution wasn't good.

Will Google stick with Glass? I'm starting to be very skeptical.

Look at Google+. Has Google fixed what bugs me about the service? No. The first week I asked for real, algorithmic noise filtering (like what Gmail now has). No mas.

I asked for Google+ to stop asking me to follow people who have never posted. No mas.

Google Glass is a deeply flawed product. I wrote about how in my "Glass is doomed" post: https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/1UfNLdZAN4h

But it is getting worse. I've had entrepreneurs tell me that Goo
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About 1 week ago Dance of the drones.

With +Eddie Codel (he did the quadcopter video of Burning Man last year) we played around with his 3DRobotics Iris quadcopter. You see him flying his here. I'm shooting with my DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus, just announced.

All the details on that are here along with a bunch of other videos: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Scobleizer/posts/NaUfuqNy1QV

Sorry, no audio here. This is straight off of the camera and I uploaded without doing any processing. It's more than 10 minutes long, and shows my neighborhood. 

Some things that I've learned are different between the 3DRobotics and the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus:

1. you can take a P2V+ out of the box and fly with fpv and telemetry on your phone, take pictures and video during the same flights, change exposure, and then copy a picture to your phone over WiFi for real time posting.

2. It also flies for 25 min if you run down the battery (I usually fly 18-20 min to avoid dep
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About 1 week ago The front row is a responsibility

I've sat in the front row when Steve Jobs is presenting. Same with Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, and lots of other tech stars. Why do I sit in the front row?

1. Because I have A.D.D. and if I'm in the back row I tend to get bored more easily. 
2. Photos are better when you are up close. 
3. Sometimes you get to meet the folks easier. I shook Steve Jobs' hand after he launched the iMac and was able to sneak past his PR staff and say thank you.

But when it comes to concerts there's another responsibility: to have fun. If you aren't going to have fun, sit somewhere else because generally performers can only see the people in the first row or two (I know I can't when I'm on stage because of the bright lights in your eyes) and performers ALWAYS respond better if the people in the front rows are having fun. 

Also, the folks up front generally can start the audience doing hand waves, or other participat