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Free(dom) Falling: Heavy security concerns with One World Trade Center

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If only this chick could protect the Freedom Tower. I mean, she is staring at it.

The past few weeks haven’t been the easiest for the NYPD, the City of New York, and specifically, the “most heavily secure building in America,” One World Trade Center.

As what is believed to be the terrorist’s top target for evil, everyone in this country would consider this place to be guarded like Fort Knox (or even the government secrets the Kardashians have because they’re still out there for some dumb reason).

However, if you consider the litany of bad PR and astounding security breaches that have taken place recently at One World Trade Center, it would be easy to see how the idiot who tried to blow up his own stank boxer shorts on a plane could be successful at this hallowed site.

And now, we have a half-blind security guard … who was caught on video falling asleep on the job. Wait, what?!

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Target Overhauls Security, Makes Overdue Decision … Sorta

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Thanks to a certain credit breach, someone at Target has been crying the blues.

The holiday season was not the most wonderful time of the year for Target thanks to some cybernetic miscreants living in their grandmama’s garage. On December 19, the bulls-eyed retailer reluctantly disclosed a data breach that compromised 40 million accounts. That was trumped by the admission of stolen personal information one month later — including names, phone numbers, and email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers.

And that’s when you would assume someone in technology would be refreshing a resume, right? An intern? Some IT manager? A PR director (since we get blamed for most things anyway)? Nope, according to the hometown Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Target went angling for a much larger fish.

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What Kind of ‘Dirt’ Does Facebook Have on You?

Is Facebook starting to feel a little like Big Brother? Do you find yourself searching for cameras and other spy implements hidden in your laptop? (If so, you’re getting paranoid. Take a pill and lie down.)

Well, if you really want to look over the treasure trove of your personal data that now belongs to Zuckerberg and company, just follow these simple instructions (provided by the good people at Business Insider) to find what your “private” Facebook profile looks like—and how the service classifies you for its paid advertisers.

The database essentially includes everything you’ve ever done on the site–and more. One fact that will surprise many users: Your account’s default privacy setting allows the service to access your smartphone’s address book and catalog contact info for all your friends and family—and even after you change your settings, there’s no way to permanently delete this data. A separate page records every Facebook ad that you’ve ever clicked. For the most part, these pages don’t contain too much information, because everybody hates the very ads that this database was designed to improve! Score one for progress!

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Lady Gaga Knows How to Handle the Public

Sometimes a group of talented, well-meaning people sees a potential crisis brewing, acts in the moment and leaves everyone involved looking and feeling really awkward. This was one of those times.

Here we have the world’s top pop star, her security detail and an overzealous Romanian fan starring in the first episode of what (we hope) will not be a long-running series titled “How NOT to Make a Good Public Impression.”

Takeaways: While watching the always-oblivious Lady Gaga glance at her ill-fated fan like he were some kind of exotic but potentially dangerous monkey, we have to wonder whether a healthy connection to the real world should be required for pop stardom. So tell us: Could Gaga’s handlers write a “crisis resolution for dummies” white paper to help her and the two buns in her beefcake sandwich handle similar incidents in the future?