Hackers Elect Bender from Futurama to the DC School Board (PC World)

Bender Bending Rodriguez Elected to DC School Board after hackers are encouraged to break into the network.

Yeah, that’s right—the hackers were basically¬†dared to compromise the security of the network. From the article:

“This was not some nefarious attack from a group of rogue hackers: The DC school board actually dared hackers to crack its new Web-based absentee voting system four days ahead of the real election. University of Michigan professor¬†Alexander Halderman, along with two graduate students, did the deed within a few hours.”

The rest of the article details everything the hackers had access to once they got into the network. It’s an interesting read about the importance of security… and why you shouldn’t publicly ask hackers to compromise your network.

Amazon Announces New Kindles

…and a price change for the classic Kindle.

Amazon’s Bezos Fuels Tablet Wars With $199 Kindle (Bloomberg)

Amazon announced the Fire today, a $199 Android tablet with a 7-inch display. It also announced a new group of Kindle e-readers that cost $79.

I think the $79 Kindle would be a great supplement for someone who had an iPad but doesn’t like reading on it. The Kindle’s display is more matte than the iPad’s, and I could see myself preferring the Kindle display over the iPad’s. (Plus, it’s really easy to get distracted on an iPad…)

Anyways, check out the Bloomberg link for more information. Do you think the Fire will give the iPad a run for its money?