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Cyber Beat Daily: Transcript: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Speaks + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day's top stories in social media and technology for 6/17: full transcript of Edward Snowden's Q&A with the public, Turkey working to restrict social media, bloggers in trouble with the law, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson on her computer being hacked, Wikileaks breach revealed secret details of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Pirate Bay co-founder can be extradited to Denmark over new hacking charges, Purdue University students' 'Grade Hacking' Scheme, learning through video games.

Read below for these stories and more.


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Featured Story.
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NSA leaker Edward Snowden answered a few of the public's questions today in an online chat at The Guardian, from a secret location.
Full Transcript of Q&A session with NSA leaker Edward Snowden


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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This comes after dozens of protesters were recently arrested in Turkey for their social media postings.
Government working on draft to restrict social media in Turkey

Arrested for posting photos and articles on his personal blog that “distort the truth and defame state organizations.”
Third blogger arrested in less than a month

School district sought computer records to identify "Concerned Hamburger" - a blogger who has criticized district administration, and who "published excerpts from a secretly recorded closed-door meeting of the school board."
Judge Quashes Hamburg School Subpoena Seeking Identity Of Blogger

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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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This is the world we get to live in now.  Report the truth, get hacked. "One example of that was that her home and work computers were turning themselves on and then back off at night...the analysis found very unusual activity very deep in the computer."
Sharyl Attkisson on computer hacking: "I'm outraged"


Manning Trial: "The soldier accused of the largest release of classified data in U.S. history provided WikiLeaks with secret details of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, threatening "serious" damage to national security, the prison's former commander testified on Monday."
WikiLeaks breach included secret details on Guantanamo prisoners: official


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Law and Order.
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Pile-on:  'All this and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is still on trial in Sweden.'
Pirate Bay co-founder can be extradited to Denmark over new hacking charges


Because apparently hacking is just easier than studying these days.
Ex-Purdue Students Charged With Massive 'Grade Hacking' Scheme


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Gamer-land.
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Don't mess up the narrative:

But I thought angry Congresspeople said the only thing kids learn through gaming is violence?

"Father of Video Games" Nolan Bushnell on Learning through Gaming


"The company rolled out more than 30 digital games designed to help middle school students improve their language arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills."
Gaming for grades: News Corp.’s Amplify launches digital games for schools

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