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Cyber Beat Daily: Google Cites 1st Amendment Right in Challenge to Gag Order on NSA Data + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day's top stories in social media and technology for 6/18: Google challenges government's gag order on NSA data requests, citing 1st amendment right;  social media, pets and privacy; a SWATting in Des Moines; blackmail, hacking and dirty tricks in Oxford Union elections; Manning lawyers push back on Wikileaks tweets as evidence; Buzzfeed sued by photographer for using photo without permission; BioShock's Ken Levine writing Logan's Run remake.

Read below for these stories and more.


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Featured Story.
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"Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the federal government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a First Amendment right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security."
Google asks FISA court to lift gag order on NSA surveillance program


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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Of course they are. Pets will love you back.  
Pets vs. Facebook: Dogs And Cats Better For Relationships Than Social Media, Study Says


"Private" and "social media" don't typically go hand in hand...
Is Your Private Information Safe on Social Media?


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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After being threatened to be SWATted while playing “Call of Duty," a caller falsely claiming to be the 16-year-old used call relay to tell 911 he had shot his mother and had a stockpile of explosives.
Register Exclusive: Des Moines police say hoax 911 call likely tied to ‘Call Of Duty’ game

 

It's been described as the university’s “dirtiest election in living memory”.
Oxford Union elections descend into row over blackmail, hacking and sexism


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Law and Order.
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Private First Class Bradley Manning's lawyers are trying to block as evidence archived tweets from Wikileaks seeking military Internet addresses and a "Most Wanted" list of items it was seeking from the public.  Manning's lawyers argued that "anyone can create a Web page...that looks like WikiLeaks or that looks like Twitter."  Trial resumes on June 26.
WikiLeaks trial focuses on whether Tweets meet evidence standards


A photographer apparently didn't think "The 30 Funniest Header Faces" was all that funny.
Buzzfeed sued by photographer for $3.6m over 'copyright breach'


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Gamer-land.
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This is promising, especially if you consider that we may share some similar views with Levine.  Remember, he's not a fan of utopias.
The Logan's Run remake is now being written by BioShock's Ken Levine

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