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Strange Business: Steve Jobs Becomes Manga Character for Japan's Teenage Apple Fans

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Plus, the Department of Homeland Security purchases more ammunition.

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Steve Jobs, A Comic Book Hero
Source:9 to 5 Mac

Steve Jobs is the subject of several anticipated biopics (See: First Video of Steve Jobs Movie Is Scene That's 'Totally Wrong': Woz), and now he's the focus of a new manga comic series in the Japanese publication Kiss. Inspired by Jobs' official biography penned by Walter Isaacson, author Mari Yamazaki detailed the life of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder in the first manga comic about Jobs for a Japanese audience. The first chapter of "Steve Jobs" launched yesterday on Yahoo Japan (TYO:4689), depicting Jobs talking to Isaacson about writing his biography. Kiss will release new chapters of the serialized comic book each month.

(Also read: Strange Business: Is There a Steve Jobs Biopic Bubble Forming?)

Next Generation Condoms

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates is offering to invest up to $1 million in the best proposal for the "next generation condom." The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to help increase condom usage by funding the creation of either a male condom that allows for more pleasure or a less expensive female condom. The new male or female condom should also be easier to use and more effective; additionally, it should do a better job of reducing the transmission of disease, and it should be able to help poor families around the world. Furthermore, all proposals should have a testable hypothesis and an experimental plan, and it should produce interpretable data in Phase I to be considered for Phase II. If you can do all this, Gates will start you off with $100,000.

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

Source: ABC News/ Hovding
It may not be what you envision, but two Swedish entrepreneurs, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, have led a team that developed an invisible bicycle helmet. The Swedish company Hövding developed the helmets to satisfy the demand for head protection that doesn't look awkward and clumsy on adults in a country that boasts being fourth in the world for cyclists per capita. After seven years of reviewing data on bicycle accidents and developing prototypes, the company has developed a model that deploys like an airbag for your head. Check it out in this video.

Render Unto Draghi...

The euro-area finance chiefs and Cypriot lawmakers didn't view church holdings as sacred in the Cyprus bailout -- just ask the leader of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The institution will lose $100 million euros of its deposits in the Bank of Cyprus (PINK:BACPY) after the government confiscates 40% of its deposits over 100,000 euros as part of the bailout. Chrysostomos II didn't turn the other cheek, blaming the outgoing government, the Ministers of Finance of the eurozone, the European Central Bank, and the executive directors of the banks for the country's financial ills. While he hasn't said whether or not he will make an appeal to God, he does want to sit down and talk with the always holy leaders of Russian companies, who will likely lose billions of euros, over lunch this Thursday.

It remains to be seen if backlash against the bailout has religious motivations as the archbishop has called for Cyprus to leave the eurozone.

Whom Do They Plan on Shooting?

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, continues its shopping spree for ammunition and armaments. The department will purchase another 360,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition; over the past twelve months, more than 2 billion rounds of this lethal ammunition have been purchased. The DHS has so far remained silent in response to Congressional inquiries made in the first week of March by California Republican Doug LaMalfa and 14 other members of the House seeking more information about the ammo purchases. The government posted a solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website on March 22 detailing the plan to purchase this next batch of ammunition. The order will be shipped to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, where another 240,000 rounds of the same ammunition went last month. Some within the DHS have stated that the DHS has purchased the ammo in bulk to save money and to have ammo for training. However, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has not voiced official reasons for the buys, and a former Marine went on record saying he never trained with hollow point bullets nor saw them while active in the service.

The Department of Homeland Security also recently bought 2,700 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, trucks. Does the Federal government fear Canada or Mexico plans on sending armies over the border? Rumors have spread that the DHS wants to be prepared for potential economic turmoil and subsequent social unrest. Other rumors speculate that the DHS wants to lessen the number of bullets available in the country as part of the gun control debate.

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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