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In this edition of Straight Up Startup, Promet Source Marketing Director Phil Vickman provides insight on startups. The patent abuse fight is picking up momentum, and we have new ammunition. Yesterday, the senior Senator from Texas, John Cornyn, introduced the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (the “PAR Act”), a breath of fresh air in the battle against patent trolls and their brazen abuse of the patent system. Alan Perkins recently joined Rackspace as Director of Product and Technology, Asia Pacific. In this two-part series, he discusses why he joined Rackspace. You can now use Mailgun, the email automation engine we acquired in August, directly within the Cloud Control Panel. When considering your business email, the first decision you need to make is where to run it – on-premise or hosted. In a recent episode of Mad Men, Peggy Olson pitches Heinz ketchup. If Peggy made that same pitch today, what could she do on the cloud? This week's must have apps come from Drifty, which makes Codiqa and Jetstrap, easy-to-use cloud-based tools for developing mobile apps and websites using web technologies. Starting tomorrow and over the next few weeks, we’re bringing you a series of free webinars to help you drive innovation and improve your business’ cloud strategy. Rackspace Cloud Files users now have finer control over how to manage objects and containers with several exciting new API and Control Panel features that we rolled out this week. In this edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest, we join our allies in the fight against patent trolls, offer Fanatical Support for developers and their code, catch up with Steve Wozniak and much more.