Linkbait title? Perhaps. I’m allowed that once in a while, no?
Anyway, the title isn’t misleading, in a patent filing Microsoft has indeed applied to patent a touch gesture known as the “Rubber-Band Gesture” The patent application describes the gesture as:
A rubber-band gesture begins with a source touching a touch display at a touch-down location of the touch display. The rubber-band gesture continues until the source stops touching the touch display at a lift-up location of the touch display.
The patent application talks about a game shown on the Surface computer. Some images:
This is one of those frivolous patents that is only meant to strengthen Microsoft’s IP.