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Rackspace Weekly Digest: October 4

From deploying LoopBack mBaaS on the Rackspace Cloud to the FTC squaring off against patent trolls, a lot has happened this week. And next week brings a big data webinar, a global hackathon and much more. Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights, and a preview of what’s to come.

Hey Patent Trolls, The FTC Has A Few Questions For You
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to get a better understanding of patent trolls by going directly to the source – the trolls themselves, and they are going to use their statutory power to get it.

Hack4Good And Make The World Better
This weekend Rackspace is a gold sponsor of #Hack4Good (October 4 through October 6), a global hackathon hosted by Geeklist that focuses on bringing together the best engineers, designers, project builders and entrepreneurs in the world to build projects that help humanity. The goal is simple: #Hack4Good wants to make the world a better place.

Do You Have A Big Data Problem?
In an upcoming webinar, we will discuss key considerations, common patterns and technical gotchas you need to be mindful of in order to address the three defining characteristics of big data: Volume, Velocity and Variety

Celebrate Freedom: Debian Now Supported In Rackspace Managed Cloud
Debian recently celebrated its 20th birthday. As part of the festivities, Rackspace now offers Fanatical Support for the Debian distribution of Linux with our Managed Cloud Service Level!

Shine A Light On Government Surveillance
The NSA’s PRISM data collection programs and resulting probes have ignited concerns about government surveillance. We think Congress should pass transparency legislation, such as the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act, by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), as soon as possible.

Deploying LoopBack mBaaS On Rackspace
In this guest post, StrongLoop Developer Advocate Matt Schmulen describes how to deploy the LoopBack mobile backend-as-a-service on the Rackspace Cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Is A Choice, Here’s Why
Here, Rackspace Director of Strategy Scott Sanchez highlights that hybrid cloud is like happiness – it isn’t something you can buy.

Hybrid Cloud Architecture 101: Dream It, Build It
Think about hybrid cloud as a box of various Lego blocks. Those are your resources, and you need to think about how you can assemble those resources to build what you want. If you can dream it, you can build it.

Think Big, Drive Forward: Inspiration From The Grace Hopper Celebration For Women In Computing
Facebook COO and author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg kicked off the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing in Minneapolis by asking the 4,600 women in attendance one question: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Prep Your Site For The Holidays
This week, we took to the web to help ecommerce companies prepare their sites for the holiday traffic crunch. First, in a webinar we outlined five ways to prepare your site for holiday shoppers. Then, during our Google+ Office Hours Hangout, we talked about some additional steps you can take to be ready for the holiday rush.

 

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Andrew Hickey.

Andrew Hickey is chief blog editor at Rackspace, a role in which he helps Rackers, customers and partners tell their stories. Andrew comes to Rackspace following many years as a journalist, more than half of which were spent covering high tech and Rackspace. When not writing, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, and spinning punk rock vinyl. If you have an idea for the Rackspace Blog, track down Andrew at andrew.hickey@rackspace.com.


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