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Cyber Beat Daily: Insulting Morsi Tweets + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day's top stories in social media and technology for 4/1 include:  an Egyptian TV satirist facing charges of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and denigrating Islam tweets from the courthouse (and some of his tweets are funny), Netflix's hilarious April Fool's prank, Google's Privacy Director is stepping down, Wikileaks' Julian Assange announces head of his Senate campaign, a Cuban dissident and blogger is warmly welcomed by exiles in Miami, how the abuse of negative online ratings and reviews is hurting small business owners and doctors,  mounting evidence that Chinese government hackers spread Android malware, Ars Technica speaks to Prenda Law’s Paul Hansmeier (sort of), April Fool's Day hijinx just for gamers, and highlights from the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Featured Story.
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"Bassem Youssef is questioned over complaints that he insulted President Mohamed Morsi. But for him and his Twitter followers, it's just part of the show."

In Egypt, a satirist facing charges remains irreverent


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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My personal favorite was “Reality TV About People With No Concept of Reality.”

Did Netflix Pull the Best April Fools’ Joke?

Wait. Privacy?

Google's Privacy Director Is Stepping Down

Former Australian Republican Movement head and lawyer Greg Barns will run the Australian Senate campaign of fugitive Wikileaks founder.

Assange appoints WikiLeaks Party campaign director for Australian Senate bid

Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez is warmly welcomed by Cuban exiles in Miami

In Miami, Cuban dissident blogger calls for unity


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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Trolls and cyber-harassers are increasingly harming businesses through the abuse of online ratings and reviews.

Small cafe claims it's the victim of cyberbullying

More on those Chinese hackers...

Evidence Mounts That Chinese Government Hackers Spread Android Malware

 

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Law and Order.
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On the eve of his expected court appearance, Paul Hansmeier speaks to Ars Technica.  Sort of.

Ars Q&A: Prenda Law’s Paul Hansmeier speaks—just not about copyright; Hansmeier happily talks class action objectors, declines comment at least five times.

Like the online rating and review abuse that some small businesses are suffering, doctors are experiencing the same.  But sometimes there's a fine line between legitimate criticism and abuse, opening up 1st amendment concerns.

More Physicians Suing Over Negative Online Reviews, Lawyers Say

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Gamer-land.
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April Fool's Day hijinx just for gamers.

Here Are Some Gaming-Related April Fools’ Jokes That Are Actually Pretty Funny And/Or Clever

 

'Actual developers, an old-school couch, and a neon pink wig also make appearances.'

Gallery: Luigi, Google Glass, and more at the 2013 Game Developers Conference


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