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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 2 weeks 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 3 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 11 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 18 hours ago My final set of Coachella photos. 

Thank you so much to +BorrowLenses.com for lending us a 200 mm F2.0 (which I used in most of these photos) and a 400 mm F2.8 too. 

Extra special thanks to JBL/Harmon (they make many of the world's speakers) for bringing me to Coachella and putting us up in a nice hotel room. Plus getting us a photo pass (cameras aren't allowed at Coachella, so if we didn't get a photo pass, we would never be able to make these photos). 

Hope you enjoy. If you like these, check out +Thomas Hawk's photos. He has easily 10x more photos and better quality, too. I did learn some good stuff from him, but it's amazing when you shoot right next to a master photographer and then end up in his hotel room to watch how fast he processes photos (he brought a big Apple monitor down to Palm Desert to enable faster editing).

Great times and thanks to +Sam Levin for arranging everything. 

Don't miss my earlier photos from Coachell
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About 2 weeks 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 7 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 5 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 2 days ago How much will you suffer for fun and art?

Last night I wormed my way into the front of the Sahara tent at #Coachella   (this is the one that the media has noticed is getting the biggest crowds and taking a lot of attention away from other very-deserving acts) -- my son went to Foster the People, which I watched on YouTube last weekend, for instance, and they are awesome too but once into the front of the Sahara Tent you literally can't leave. It's that packed. My wife would HATE that experience. Her loss.

Almost everyone around me was about 20 years old. What the f**k is a 50-year-old fat dude doing here? I looked around and I couldn't see many other old dudes.

Skrillex. Fatboy Slim. Empire of the Sun. And more.

But what you don't see is the suffering.

The heat. The heavy equipment. The lack of sleep. The exhaustion of pushing your body to the limit. The mosh pits. 

At one point last night there was so much pressure to get into