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Cyber Beat Daily: Online Dating Stakeout Reveals Ease of Cheating + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/15: "to catch a cheater": researcher posed as 40 fake people in honeytrap experiment to study infidelity online; sources say Snowden downloaded NSA docs while working at Dell; How to Catch a Liar on the Internet; Facebook is making us sad; Syrian Electronic Army strikes again; police prank man seeking pot on Twitter; Israeli man sues Facebook for blocking him; Prenda copyright trolls update; World of Warcraft gold farmer's real life gold robbery; Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer peek.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Featured Story.
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To Catch a Cheater...Online.

State of moral decay: why not, what with all the sexting cheating going on these days.
OkCupid study shows online daters prefer "brazen cheaters"


Check out the full related study, it's actually a quite fascinating (if not depressing) read of the honeytrap experiment. The researcher posed as 40 fake people to find out how the Internet makes infidelity easier to commit and harder to detect.
A Journey Through Online Infidelity: To Catch a Cheater

Also more at CNet.

Here's a different moral of this story: Significant others, be careful what you say in private messaging to online strangers...it may be a researcher in disguise.   

As if we hadn't learned enough from Anthony Weiner.

 

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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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Digital footprint shows Snowden downloaded documents "related to NSA collection from fiber-optic cables, including transoceanic cables, of large quantities of internet traffic and other communications."
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say

It's easy to lie online, but just as easy to get caught.
How to Catch a Liar on the Internet
 

Facebook feelz.
Study: Facebook Use Predicts Decline In Happiness

Here's the full study.
Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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With one hack, several news outlets were affected.
Syrian Electronic Army hack on Outbrain disrupts WaPo, other news outlets

Suffering from NSA paranoia? Lifehacker can help.
How to Encrypt Your Email and Keep Your Conversations Private

York Regional Police in Canada have a sense of humor...
Police Prank Man Seeking Marijuana On Twitter


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Law and Order.
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'Omri Weil says he was barred by the social network after creating a page disparaging Education Minister Shay Piron.'
Israeli man sues Facebook for blocking him

Prenda copyright troll update, and they just keep digging themselves deeper...
Comcast Confirms That Steele-Hansmeier Controlled IP Address Used To Seed Content


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Gamer-land.
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Bizarre.
World of Warcraft gold farmer has real gold stolen

'Cranked and Search and Rescue modes revealed'
Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Details Revealed

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