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Each week, Rackspace futurist Robert Scoble connects with startups and other innovative companies and shares his insights in his free, weekly email newsletter, Life and Tech. This week, he took a look at the cameras being built by, and explains why sometimes thinking outside the box is the best way to innovate and spark new ideas:
Yesterday, the European Union Court of Justice ruled the U.S.- EU Safe Harbor framework invalid.
Digital security these days is frequently compared to an arms race.
Happy Friday, everyone. Time for another edition of the Download, where we look around the web and share some of the tech stories that caught our eye. This week, we highlight a couple interesting IT security stories in the wake of news of continued breaches, of both government and private companies’ sites.
Rackspace’s Technical Career Track program isn’t for the smartest Rackers, or those with the most technical skill.
It was unseasonably warm on the Santa Monica pier last month for the second annual Techweek Los Angeles, an event that brings together practitioners and startups in every facet of technology, from IT services to consumer tech. Many of the companies in attendance were doing highly innovative things and creating solutions that make life easier through technology, such as building a new way to date or creating the next innovation in online food ordering
For the past few years I’ve used this holiday period as a chance to do some prognostication. It’s a fun exercise – looking back at trends from the previous 12 months and trying to predict what’s next.
During my 12 years at Dell there was a progressive partnership with Perot, effectively version 2.0 of EDS and an IT services provider that Dell ultimately acquired. Over time, Dell transformed from a master of commoditizing the supply chain and just-in-time inventory to a full IT outsourcing (ITO) behemoth. But there emerged a gradual evolution on the buying side: Customers did not necessarily want the gigantic monolithic multi-year and multi-million dollar contracts that often come with these large ITOs.
OpenStack is growing. Just looking around at the OpenStack Summit Paris, it’s exciting to see how far it’s come in just four years. It’s being used in production at many large enterprises and was recently named the most important open source project in the cloud. It was great to see Jim Zemlin from the Linux Foundation on the Summit keynote stage this morning. The size of the Summit and excitement around OpenStack are reminiscent of Linux conferences in the early 2000s – it’s a project that’s still developing, but on track to dominate.
When Rackspace launched more than 15 years ago, we sought and got lots of good advice — along with one bit of counsel that we’ve blatantly ignored.
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