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iPad dropped from the edge of space and survives!

If an iPad drops from 19 miles up in the sky, is it a bird? A plane? Super-survivable?
G-Form, a company known for its extreme electronics cases and athletic pads, launched into space an iPad enclosed in the G-Form’s 6-ounce Extreme Edge case and then let it free-fall back to Earth.

According to an item in The Blaze, G-Form tests electronic gear to prove its product’s function. Last year, the iPad in a G-Form case skydived 1,300 feet and was tossed from a 113 m.p.h. car – and survived!

Watch as this iPad is dropped from 19 miles up.

Is Internet access a human right?

Not according to Vint Cerf, co-founder of the Internet.

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times headlined “Internet Access Is Not a Human Right,” Cerf said: “Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it.”

Technology to help you avoid unsafe neighborhoods

Attention pedestrians: GeekWire reports that maps on Bing or other Microsoft apps could help you avoid high-crime neighborhoods.

Microsoft’s patent states:
“As a pedestrian travels, various difficulties can be encountered, such as traveling through an unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures.”

The disclosed innovation produces routes that are intended to be taken by a pedestrian. A gather component obtains information related to intended pedestrian travel, and a generation component produces a route based upon at least part of the obtained information.

The pedestrian route is calculated based on information about security, weather and terrain.

Maybe they’re worried about Stuxnet?

Looks like the Iranian government might be concerned about another Stuxnet attack on its Internet access. Stuxnet is a computer worm designed to sabotage Iran’s uranium enrichment project that infected the country’s nuclear facilities in 2010.

Iran plans to launch its own national Internet network, according to published reports that say Iranians are experiencing sluggish Internet speeds. One anonymous IT source said the project would be like a corporate Intranet, with special permission required to access websites outside of the Iranian “cyber wall.”

Iranian police have also imposed tighter regulations on Internet cafes.

Speaking of worms … 45,000 Facebook accounts attacked by malware worm

According to the security firm Seculert, a worm named Ramnit that was used to commit financial fraud has infected more than 45,000 Facebook accounts, mostly in the U.K. and France.

By stealing account log-in credentials, the worm hacks into accounts and transmits malware in the form of links to friends. Seculert has more on the worm’s history.

For its part, Facebook said most of the passwords stolen were “out of date,” and is taking steps to help those who were affected.

This time, don’t fall victim

Have you converted your Facebook profile to the new Timeline style yet? Oh, you don’t like it? Gee that’s too bad. You’re kinda stuck, despite Facebook scammers who would have you believe there’s a way back to the pre-Timeline Facebook wall look.

Gizmodo warns that once you switch to Timeline,there is no going back and you should beware of scammers offering to return to the old look.

Inside Facebook’s Brittany Darwell reports there are some 16 pages related to this scam with a collective total of 71,000 likes. Once you’ve switched to Facebook’s new Timeline format, that’s it. Until the ever-tweaking Facebook repeats its history and makes another change, in 3 … 2 … 1 …

And while we’re on the subject, A word to the wise: Facebook has been cited as evidence in 33 percent of divorces in the U.K. That’s up 13 percent in a two-year period.

Here are the top three reasons Facebook was cited:

  1. Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex
  2. Separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other
  3. Facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior

Bits & Bytes

Anonymous exposes German neo-Nazis in new attack.

In Sweden, file sharing is a religion. CTRL+C and CTLR+V are sacred symbols.

80-year old Rupert Murdoch joins Twittersphereendorses Santorum.

80 percent of cell phones could be exposed to this hack.

NFL Game streaming costly for Verizon customers. Whatismycap.com helps you monitor game data usage.

The Time Capsule

1755 – Alexander Hamilton born; Federalist Papers, First U.S. secretary of Treasury

1847 – California Star, first San Francisco newspaper published with subscriptions

1942 – U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff created

1954 – BOAC “Comet” crashes into sea. Witness: Jet exploded in midair

1973 – President Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam

1976 – Crime novelist Agatha Christie dead at 85

1991 – U.N.’s last ditch effort to avoid gulf war in Iraq

1996 – Islamic extremists blamed for Algerian massacre

Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WND readers Sara Fielding of Osseo, Minn., and Don Merchant of Galion, Ohio, who were among the first to correctly guess actor Gene Hackman in his portrayal of Edward Lyle in the 1998 movie “Enemy of the State.” The selection was tied to last week’s item about how Tweeting the word “drill” could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies.

The quote was: “You’re either very smart … or incredibly stupid.”

This week’s quote: “I’ll make you two promises: a very good steak, medium rare, and the truth, which is very rare.”

Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address above. Please be sure to add your town and state. Good luck!

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