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Cyber Beat Daily: Fake waterproof iPhone ads dupe users into dunking their phones + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day's top picks in social media and technology for 9/24: Fake waterproof iPhone ads dupe users into dunking their phones; 'racist and sexist' text messages land PA school officials in hot water; text stops are a thing in NY now; restaurant offers discount if you leave your cell phone while you dine; China to unblock Facebook and Twitter in free trade zone; Google's Gmail outage apology; Google execs fly private planes around the world on taxpayer dime; Horse_ebooks Twitter account outed as Buzzfeed employee; DDOS attacks getting smarter; FL teen arrested for SWATting; California's online eraser law; research on what feeds "problematic or pathological gaming"; are you playing too much GTA 5?

Read below for these stories and more.

 

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Featured Story.
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Fake waterproof iPhone ads dupe users into dunking their phones

I wonder how many were gold ones...
4chan's fake iOS 7 ads convince users to dunk phones in water


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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
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The transcript of texts is pretty repulsive.
Pennsylvania School Officials Under Fire for 'Racist and Sexist' Text Messages

Because why depend on self control?
NY implements ‘Text Stops’ for drivers who need to be reminded their texts can wait

Speaking of self control, this restaurant offers a discount if you leave your cell phone while you dine.
Want 10 percent off your tab? Ditch the phone

"It’s hard to boast about free trade credentials behind the Great Firewall of China, so media outlets and social networks that are banned elsewhere in China will be available in the zone..."
China Will Unblock Facebook and Twitter in Free Trade Zone

Maybe the NSA was just trolling everyone.
Google: We're sorry for latest Gmail outage

"A year-long examination of federal government documents shows that a company owned by the founders of Google has purchased millions of dollars worth of jet fuel at below-market prices from NASA and the Department of Defense. The records show the company, H211, whose principals are also the principals of Google, used the fuel to fly their private airplanes around the world."
Google Executives Globetrotting on Taxpayers' Dime


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Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
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And then weird Twitter lost its mind.
Horse_ebooks Twitter account run by Buzzfeed employee. Is nothing sacred?

In the "not a surprise" category...
Your website may not be as safe from a DDoS attack as you think

"An informant in the United Kingdom says Jones claims he's been involved in 40 swatting incidents...Bay County Sheriff's Deputies arrested him last October for a similar swatting incident..."
Bay County (FL) Teen Arrested After "Swatting" Prank


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Law and Order.
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New law requires sites "directed to minors" to give users under 18 the ability to delete posts.  But what exactly qualifies as "directed to minors"?
Soon, California kids will have the right to delete things they said online


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Gamer-land.
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Just wait until the anti-gaming crowd latches onto the term "pathological gaming": "The new research claims that escapism, social interaction, and rewards in online games feed problematic or pathological gaming."
Research: Online Game Elements Can Fuel Problematic Gaming

Darts, golf, tennis, maybe you've stopped texting and driving...
19 signs you're playing too much GTA 5, are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

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