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This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

Why Graphene Sheets Make Sexier Chips Than Silicon

The innovation from researchers in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is all about making a complete …

Nanotech

Meet The Silk Road Employee That The Dread Pirate Roberts Allegedly Tried To Murder

The alleged murder target of a secretive online drug kingpin was a 47-year-old semi-pro poker player and self-proclaimed former heroin addict who was caught with $27,000 worth of cocaine.<p>On Thursday, court documents filed in a Maryland district court revealed that Curtis Clark Green confessed to …

The US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

If the Snowden revelations have taught us anything, it's that the NSA has been up to the sort of covert practices it claims to be so concerned about<p>At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very …

Meet Looking Glass: The 2-D Tech That Could Crush 3-D Printing

It looks like a miniature shark is sitting in that clear cube. But it’s all an illusion–an illusion that could have a big future.<p>If you think 3-D printing will change the world, you probably imagine yourself printing objects that work, like organs and furniture. But today’s desktop printers are …

PayPal Unveils Yet Another Way to Pay in Stores. Now It Has to Get People to Use It.

Another day, another announcement of a product aimed at getting shoppers to buy stuff in retail stores using an app on their phone instead of a …

Stock Photos Site Fotolia Launches Fotolia Instant, An App For Selling Your Smartphone Photos

Online microstock photos marketplace Fotolia, a Shutterstock rival now based out of New York, is today making another move on mobile with the launch of an app that allows users to earn money from their smartphone photos. The app, Fotolia Instant, is much like many of the social photos apps on the …

4chan Creator Chris Poole Turned Down $50,000 Acquisition Offer

4chan, one of the Web’s most trafficked imageboards, isn’t a site that you would think would get many acquisition offers. After all, even advertisers make a point to avoid it like the plague. Yet its founder, Chris Poole (also known as moot), today revealed that he received a $50,000 offer for the …

Pinterest wins $7.2M in legal battle with cybersquatter

The pinning social network wins a hefty damages award along with the control of 100 domain names such as pintesrest.com, pinterests.com, and pimterest.com.<p>Pinterest didn't only become $7.2 million richer on Monday -- it now also owns 100 domain names that bear a resemblance to Pinterest.com.<p>The …

Domain Names

1.26 billion Facebook profiles become a clickable monument to humanity

"Creative Technologist" Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. "The Faces of Facebook" is organized from top left to bottom right by the date each user joined Facebook, and in total creates a glitchy, vibrant, and …

Blocked Website? Don't Call a Plumber, Use Google Translate.

Here’s an incredibly useful trick for anyone who lives in a country that restricts access to websites, or uses a controlled version of the Internet at work or school. You can turn to Google Translate to access blocked websites, as this thread on Reddit explains.<p>Type or copy/paste the URL into …

No One Understands The Scariest, Most Dangerous Part Of A Self-Driving Car: Us

The most dangerous moment in a self-driving car involves no immediate or obvious peril. It is not when, say, the computer must avoid a vehicle swerving into its lane or navigate some other recognizable hazard of the road -- a patch of ice, or a clueless pedestrian stepping into traffic. It is when …

Audio pioneer Ray Dolby passes away

We've sad news to report today in the world of audio: Ray Dolby has passed on. His death comes relatively soon after losing both Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and Dr. Amar Bose, and as with those two gentlemen, Dolby's legacy will continue to impact viewers and listeners around the globe for many years to …

Line's Web Store Lets You Buy Stickers From Your PC

Mobile messaging service Line has expanded its monetization efforts after launching a Web-based store to allow users, and in particular those without credit cards, to buy stickers and other content for its service.<p>The Line Web Store, store.line.me, is initially only available to users in Japan, but …

Self-driving cars will bristle with sensors

Car computers will use many sources of data -- lasers, radar, stereo cameras, even windshield wiper rain detectors -- to figure out what's around them. And none of the sensors will ever get drowsy.<p><b>Editors' note:</b> <i>Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on how Google's robo-cars mean the</i> …

Autonomous Cars

HTC's Butterfly s gets official Hello Kitty makeover

Last week, an HTC Butterfly s leaked out sporting Hello Kitty colors, and our Chinese sister site has now had a chance to play with one, in the fur. The celebrated feline's bow is now butterfly-shaped, of course, and it comes with kitty flight attendant and pilot figures wearing EVA Air uniforms, …

Google Has Created A Programming Language That Thumbs Its Nose At Oracle

Ellison thinks Android copies a programming language owned by Oracle called Java.<p>Google is working on the ultimate come-back: It has created a programming language called Golang, or Go, that some people say can replace Java altogether.<p>Java was developed 20 years ago at Sun Microsystems and has …

Programming

Silk Road manager says Bitcoin let it win the War on Drugs

Online drug bazaar Silk Road was made possible by Tor's anonymity software, but the site's head — known as the Dread Pirate Roberts — says it was Bitcoin that let it grow. "We've won the State's War on Drugs because of Bitcoin," he tells <i>Forbes</i> for an interview and profile. But even as new …

Hyperloop revealed: Elon Musk foresees rapid transit in a tube

Electromagnetic acceleration: That's the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.<p>Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his …

High-speed Rail

The Facts of Life: An iPad App for Explaining Where Babies Come From

Sure, it’s a narrow use-case, but The Facts of Life is an iPad app to help you have “the talk” – that is, explaining to a child where babies come from.<p>The $1.99 app was created by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts. The content is aimed at fairly young kids, though an adolescent version is in …

Email Company Used By Edward Snowden Shuts Down Rather Than Hand Data Over To Feds

When Edward Snowden emailed journalists and activists in July to invite them to a briefing at the Moscow airport during his long stay there, he used the email account “edsnowden@lavabit.com” according to one of the invitees. Texas-based Lavabit came into being in 2004 as an alternative to Google’s …

Instagram 4.1 adds ability to import video, automatically straighten iOS photos

Instagram was caught behind Vine in adding video to its massively popular app, but today it's attempting to leap ahead with one big feature: video importing. Until now, both apps have required users to record clips in the moment — you couldn't include previously saved videos in your Vine or …

Bitcoin is real money, says US district court

Bitcoin's status as a form of unregulated virtual money doesn't mean it's not subject to US currency laws, a federal district court has found. In a published decision from August 6th, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that the SEC's case against an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme master could go forward. …

Kickstarter says it consulted scientists before banning genetically-modified organisms

But co-founder Yancey Strickler still calls glowing plants a 'cool project'<p>Kickstarter waded right into the center of the ongoing debate over how genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) should be regulated last week, when the crowdfunding website quietly altered its rules to prohibit creators of all …

Google, IBM and NVIDIA partake in OpenPOWER Consortium, a dev group for data centers

It's a rare occurrence to see Google, NVIDIA and IBM working lockstep towards a common goal, but the aforesaid trio has joined Mellanox and Tyan in order to launch a development group for data centers. The aptly-titled OpenPOWER Consortium is hailed as a "development alliance based on IBM's POWER …

Fujitsu supercomputer simulates 1 second of brain activity

Harnessing more than 82,000 processors on the world's fourth-ranked supercomputer, scientists run an experiment that represents 1 percent of human brain activity.<p>Is it really possible to simulate the human brain on a computer? AI researchers have been investigating that question for decades, but …

The Brain

Apple trade ban reversal in US questioned by South Korea

Samsung may face own ban on Friday after Barack Obama vetoes injunction against iPhone 4 and iPad 2 imposed by International Trade Commission<p>South Korea's government has expressed "concerns" about the Barack Obama administration's last-minute reversal of a trade ban against Apple's iPhone 4 and …

Tentative Samsung smartwatch design unearthed in Korean patents

While Samsung hasn't been shy about its desire to build a new smartwatch, we've had few clues as to what that wristwear could look like. However, <i>Moveplayer</i> has uncovered a trio of Korean design patents that, combined, could represent a design template. Registered between March and May, the patents …