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Cyber Beat Daily: Google's 'Unprecedented' Blackout Triggered Internet Traffic Plunge + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/17: Google blackout's massive impact on the web; Facebook faux-pas nabs Huntington Beach riot suspect; church choir's viral video warns Facebook oversharers; terrorists on Twitter; Wikileaks releases insurance file; hacker posts Facebook bug report on Zuckerberg’s wall; troll-hunting mom; Skype blackmail prompts teen's suicide; tweets contribute to driver's murder charge; Chubby Checker's lawsuit over over bizarre app; retired SCOTUS justice Sandra Day O'Connor's educational iCivics video games; Nerdblock delivers epic geek gear.

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Featured Story.
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Friday's 'unprecedented' Google blackout triggered internet traffic plunge

Just a few minutes of downtime from Google had a massive impact on the entire internet. 'Exactly how an operation like Google's can even go dark like that, all at once, is anybody's guess'
Internet apocalypse: Google blackout sees global web traffic plunge by 40 per cent


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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I wonder how much he "likes" that post now.
Suspect in Huntington Beach riots arrested after “liking” his photo on police dept’s Facebook page

Keep yo business off of Facebook
Church Choir's Anti-Facebook Gospel Song Goes Viral on Facebook

Not surprising, but still disturbing.
Jihadists organize over social media, in plain view



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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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What exactly is Wikileaks expecting is about to come raining down that it felt the need to release an insurance file? (We don't know who holds the encryption keys yet).
Is WikiLeaks bluffing, or did it really just post all its secrets to Facebook?

Seems he could have gotten the bounty reward he sought had he not violated privacy rules in the process, which is a clearly stated no-no in the White Hat security feedback program's guidelines.
Hacker posts Facebook bug report on Zuckerberg’s wall

While naming and shaming trolls is good, blaming the inventors of social media for the actions of bullies isn't.  Social media is the vehicle, but it's the bullies who own the blame.
Mum turns troll-hunter and forces 500 cyberbullies off the internet

This is awful.
Teen commits suicide after Skype blackmail


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Law and Order.
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Charges increased from vehicular manslaughter to murder after 18-year-old bragged about his reckless driving on Twitter.
Tweets contribute to charging driver with murder in fatal bike accident

Streisand Effect: 'Famed 1960s singer draws attention to now-defunct app that no one downloaded.'
Judge says Chubby Checker can pursue lawsuit against HP over penis-measuring app


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Gamer-land.
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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's educational video games to be promoted in schools to teach students lessons about civics.
Kansas Supreme Court, Bar Association Promote iCivics

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Nerdblock Means You’ll Never Have to Leave the House for Light Sabers Again

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