Last year, Tod Nielsen jumped from Cloud Foundry to Heroku and now is in charge of explaining why crm) needs both (for internal apps) and Heroku (for customer facing apps). Over the past several years, Nielsen spent time at Microsoft(s msft), VMware(s vmw), BEA, Oracle(S orl) so let’s just say he knows where lots of bodies are buried and is always a great interview. Nielsen will help judge the Gigaom Structure Launchpad event next month in San Francisco.

But first Derrick Harris tells me not to be naive about Red Hat’s decision not to support its other companies’ OpenStack distributions running with Red Hat(s rhat) Enterprise Linux; how AlchemyAPI’s new “computer vision as a service”  can open up whole new worlds of applications. Oh, and why the FCC’s reported proposal to allow a slow-lane for broadband connectivity may end up smacking such innovation in the face. Gigaom’s stance on the FCC’s move…

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