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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 …

An MIT Project That Lets You Spy On Yourself

Of all the stuff on metadata I've seen in the past few weeks, this is my favorite:<p>It's my favorite in large part because it's <i>my metadata.</i> It comes from my Gmail account. The relationships it maps are, more or less, my life — orange circles for Planet Money, purple for Brooklyn, brown for college. …

Mad genius Rickrolls and crashes Vine with full-length music video embed

Web developer Will Smidlein managed to bypass the six-second upload limit on Vine today, inserting the entirety of Rick Astley's immortal "Never Gonna Give You Up" into a post that was ultimately taken down by Twitter. "I think I broke Vine," Smidlein tweeted, along with the full embed of the song. …

NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013's Great Reads

When I recommend books to kids or grown-ups, I can almost always get them interested if I add "Oh, and after you read this book, you could go on a field trip to the museum/zoo/baseball stadium/library ... or just take a little road trip!" Spring 2013 has been a very good year for children's books …

VIDEO: Patrick Stewart's Strong Words About Domestic Violence

This video is recommended viewing for everyone, but especially for anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence or knows someone who has.<p>When a young woman attending Comicpalooza in Houston last weekend rose to thank actor Patrick Stewart for a 2009 speech he gave about domestic violence and …

Splinter.me wants to replace your resume and offer career guidance

There are plenty of startups out there trying to revolutionize the job-seeking or hiring process, from TalentBin and Path.to to Silp, Somewhere and …

The first GIFs? Prehistoric rock carvings become 'animated' under sunlight

Prehistoric human artwork is simple but breathtaking, as anyone who has seen some up close or in movies such as Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary <i>Cave of Forgotten Dreams</i> can attest. But now archaeologists say that there is more to it than meets the eye: a group of rock carvings in the Italian Alps …