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Cyber Beat Daily: Anonymous Calls for Internet Blackout Monday + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The weekend's top stories in social media and technology for 4/21 cover a CISPA internet blackout, hacking and hijacking on Twitter, social media-driven journalism, swatting, DDoS attack, news punking, and skyscraper gaming.

Summary of stories: another call from Anonymous for an internet blackout - this time over CISPA, crowdsourcing and social media-driven "journalism" gone wrong during Boston bombings coverage, craziest email ever, Senator McConnell duped by the Duffel Blog, anti-swatting lawmaker swatted, hacker targets Boston bombing suspect, CBS Twitter accounts hijacked, another Bitcoin DDoS attack, eBay encourages sellers to oppose online sales tax bill, and skyscraper Pong in Philly.

Read below for these stories and more.


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Featured Story.
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It's SOPA all over again.

Anonymous Calls for Internet Blackout Monday to Protest CISPA


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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For all its good traits, sometimes we need to seriously consider the dangerous impacts of social media's bad traits.

Boston bombings: Social media spirals out of control


While the new age of crowdsourcing was fascinating, he's right, sometimes 'More is less.'

The news and social media’s not good, very bad week


Somehow I don't suspect he'll be checking his Facebook and Twitter accounts anytime soon...

Thousands post to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on social media


This one's been floating around a few days, but it was so good I had to make sure no one missed it.  Most cray cray email EVAH.

Now THIS Is Incivility!



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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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Senator McConnell gets news punked - duped by the Duffel Blog (a favorite blog of mine, btw): 'Satirical Website's Fake News Dupes Readers; Tomahawks to Replace Bayonets?'

Prank and File: These Military Reports Are Out of Line


The irony. It burns.

'Swatting' call at anti-'swatting' senator's home


Because there had to be at least one who did.

Anonymous Hacker Targeted Bombing Suspect While He Was On The Run


Looks a lot like the Reuters hack.

Several CBS Twitter accounts hijacked by Syrian conflict propagandists (update)


They're baaaaack.

Here we go again: Top Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox taken down for hours by ‘another strong DDoS attack’ (Updated)



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Law and Order.
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'The Marketplace Fairness Act goes to a vote this week.'

eBay encourages sellers to oppose Senate’s pending online sales tax bill



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Gamer-land.
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'The grandest game of Pong on the planet'

Philly Turns Skyscraper Into Video Game Screen For Tech Week


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