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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 13 weeks ago Have you ever looked back at your Autoawesome photos on Google+?

Turns out if you upload five or more images of the same thing Google+ turns them into an animated GIF. Here's many of mine from the past six months of shooting. 

I think this is one of the coolest things Google+ has done and it still hasn't been matched by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other services. 

These features are what keeps me coming back here (and turning on automatic upload on the Google+ app -- have you done that yet?)

Make sure you click through and see all 49. Lots of fun!







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About 11 weeks ago Tel Aviv is so glorious!

Here's some photos of former Citibank CTO +Yobie Benjamin as he sits on the top of The Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Which is where I'm staying the next few days (meeting with dozens of startups, giving three speeches this week). 

What a great city. By the way, I'm playing with a new Bluetooth-enabled flash, which is the bright thing Yobie is holding in his hand. More on that when it launches soon, but photographers like +Scott Jarvie, +Thomas Hawk , and +Trey Ratcliff are gonna love it for doing "pro style" photos with your phone. All these were shot with an iPhone. Low-cost LEDs that are wireless are going to change photography again. Come back in a couple of weeks to learn more about that. 



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About 11 weeks ago More Photos of the Parrot Bebop press event

I love drones. I can never get enough. Here's some more photos from the press event. Lots of news about this new drone is over on Google News at https://news.google.com/news?ncl=dhO5SQBryFQjZ1MQsEORHWXJp8fDM&q=Parrot+BeBop&lr=English&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QktwU6ehGIzUPPXigcgP&ved=0CDcQqgIwAA

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About 13 weeks ago Exclusive: first look at Mercedes-Benz' new all-electric car. I got the first look, most of the press sees this next week.

It has a Tesla-made powertrain and battery and has a longer range than the new competitive BMW i3 (the Mercedes Benz goes 120 miles on a charge).

It also has more safety features than BMW, listen along in this first look.

More coming from my visit to Mercedes' R&D lab in Silicon Valley. All sorts of fun things are being developed there, really amazing place.





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About 4 weeks ago Happy Birthday to YOU Google Plus and Friends

+Google+ is celebrating the third year of existence today. I was one of the proud people to get that golden ticket back in the invite only beta days. Guess it helped I was an orkut user and an active Buzz user.

Then one day I got this message in my inbox "The Google+ project is currently working out all the kinks with a small group of testers. If you're not able to access Google+, please check back again soon."

I, like many, left G+ for a few months due to personal reasons, then returned and kept on engaging with new people on a regular basis.

On my return, I found that the conversations were still happening, Hangouts were maturing and the posts that people were making had developed into helpful, insightful and deep conversations.

Then about 2 years ago, things kicked into high gear for me, I started a business around helping businesses with Google Plus and getting to know more and more people on
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About 11 weeks ago There is a new drone coming

Last week I attended the press conference where Parrot showed off its new "Bebop" drone. Read about it on Techcrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/11/parrots-newest-drone-packs-a-serious-camera-extreme-range/

What a camera! They didn't announce a price or give me one to play with, so the real review will have to wait for another day, but they took a much different approach than DJI did (if you saw my earlier report, you know that its latest drone has a three-axis gimbal which physically moves the camera around to steady it). 

What does the latest +Parrot AR.Drone do? A lot of advanced image processing inside the computer. The camera has a fisheye lens but the images it makes are only a piece of what the sensor sees. In watching it the video was very steady but they expect the price to be under $500 (the DJI is $1,399).

Parrot made it a LOT safer to use than the DJI (the blades are smaller, more flexible, and the thing turns
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About 1 week ago Developers: if you aren't using +Docker yet, why not? 

Learn more with CEO Ben Golub. This company is leading a new way to bundle up and deploy apps in things called containers.

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About 2 weeks ago Hi Google+'ers. 

This startup is pretty cool for musicians. Turns your clothes into a musical instrument. Check it out in the video I did with the founder, or more at http://www.drumpants.com/

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About 4 weeks ago What will you miss when you quit Facebook?

(I'm linking to this from both Facebook and Twitter, so if you accuse me of pushing Facebook here I'll look at you strange).

+Chuq Von Rospach says in a few days he'll be leaving Facebook in a post on Facebook. Of course you have to be on Facebook to read this post: https://www.facebook.com/chuqui/posts/10152117353196881

I almost want to argue with him and get him not to leave, but I really won't lose that much. I'll still have him on Google+ and on Twitter, so I won't miss his bird photos anyway.

Instead, it made me think about what you WILL miss when you leave Facebook. So, let's go at it.

1. Filtered feed. Truth is this is a mixed bag. For me it's a HUGE deal because I have put thousands of hours into tuning my feed and I have many of the world's top technologists on Facebook. Even built a list of them on Facebook (VIPs): https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150693687489655 and
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About 13 weeks ago Introducing the Contextual Car: Mercedes Benz style

When +shel israel  and I wrote "Age of Context" we had no idea Mercedes-Benz was working on a contextual car. (You can get our book here: http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ).

Introducing the Contextual Car. It helps you get to where you need to go. All thanks to big data.

Do you want this in your next car or does it freak you out?