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Cyber Beat Daily: Groklaw Calls It Quits Over Online Privacy Concerns + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 8/20: legal and technology site Groklaw shuts down over privacy concerns; social media and divorce; blogger burnout; appeals court strikes social media ban for sex offenders; several viral and high profile cyberbullying stories; League of Legends and EDL hacked; judge orders social media ban over 'terroristic' threat; YouTube boast led to massive NY gun bust; revenge on wife-cheating gamer; pro-choice video game.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Featured Story.
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In the wake of Lavabit and Silent Mail shutdowns, yet another site calls it quits over privacy concerns.
Forced Exposure: Online Privacy Concerns Prompt Shutdown of Groklaw


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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Ah, the joys of modern technology.
How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

I'm pretty sure he's not alone.
Blogger Quits Blogging: "It's Doing Things To My Brain"

The court said the ban "is not narrowly tailored, is vague, and fails to target the "evil" it is intended to rectify" and that the statute "violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech, and it is unconstitutional on its face and as applied."
North Carolina appeals court strikes social media ban for sex offenders


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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Bullies aren't always the brightest.
Internet Tough Guy Fired for Threatening to Leave Nasty Remarks About Restaurants on Yelp

In an open letter and pledge to discourage cyberbullying, the singer said, “Twitter and other social media platforms support this effort to monitor and control abusive and threatening language, as I don’t know that I am powerful enough to stop it myself.”  I wonder if the drama between her and Perez Hilton had anything to do with this.
Lady Gaga Begs Her Psychotic Fans to Stop Cyberbullying

Usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes, and some real names may have been compromised.
League of Legends hacked, North American player information at risk, new security features coming

"We told you that we would begin the systematic and comprehensive dissemination of your cult. You should have expected us." - @Operation_EDL
EDL Website Hacked And Taken Down By Anonymous Hacktivists


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Law and Order.
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Think twice before posting that comment on social media.
Judge says Tumblr 'joke' was terrorist threat, levies five-year social media ban

"Matthew Best once bragged on YouTube he was "packing more guns than the Air Force," but his weapons belong to New York's finest now."
The YouTube boast that led to NYC's biggest-ever gun bust

 

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Gamer-land.
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Game over.
Gamer Cheats On Wife, Then Gets Owned In The Most Appropriate Way Ever

"An interactive fiction game about abortion access in the Lone Star state."
Oh brother. Another instance where politics and video games probably shouldn't mix.
Funding Campaign Launches for Choice: Texas, a Game about Pro-Choice


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