The day’s top picks in social media and technology for 8/26: Officials focus on two minute window in NASDAQ shutdown probe; GIF Hell; game pokes fun at over-redacting; Reddit’s pay it forward moment; Facebook could affect your credit score; Kate Gosselin claims she was hacked by ex-hubby Jon; Reddit co-founder denies having worked for Stratfor; another racism hoax; China hit with massive denial of service attack; Google Palestine defaced over Israel’s existence on Google Maps; sloppy redacting gives away Google’s name on request to reveal secret subpoena; Facebook settles over ‘Sponsored Stories’ privacy breaches; Snapchat sexting teacher will go to jail; former ‘video game czar’ weighs in on controversial shooting; white Xbox One for MS employees.
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Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.
GIF Hell: Because heaven forbid you miss an animated Justin Bieber or LOLcat.
Someone Figured Out How To Show The Most Popular GIFs Being Tweeted In Real Time
Game gives you an outlet to take your frustrations out on those entire pages of FISA decisions blacked out from view.
Frustrated by NSA redactions? There’s an app for that.
Paying it forward goes viral.
Act of Kindness Posted on Reddit Leads to Homeless Shelter Donations
Social media’s reach knows no bounds, apparently.
Facebook friends could change your credit score
Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.
Reality show celebrity divorce in the modern age…
Kate Gosselin Sues Jon, Claims Ex-Husband Hacked Her Phone and Computer
Reddit co-founder says he never worked for Stratfor, though he did propose consulting for them on social media strategy in 2011. Redittors dug up an email between Ohanian and Stratfor from Wikileaks’ old dump of leaked Stratfor emails.
Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian shoots down rumors he consulted for intelligence firm
Are these hoaxes the new norm? Student running in student government election faked his own racist threats warning him to drop out of the race.
Again! 16 year-old confesses to sending himself racist texts
Users in the country received a “denial of service” message after apparent attack on China domain extension.
China hit by biggest hacklike attack in history
More a hijacking than a hacking. Apparently they don’t agree that Israel should be labeled as such on Google Maps.
Hackers target, ‘deface’ Google Palestine site
Law and Order.
Those were some expensive “likes.”
Facebook will pay $20 million for ‘Sponsored Stories’ privacy breaches
Snapchat sexting teacher will spend 10 days in jail; he also agreed to give up his job and his teaching certificate, under a misconduct plea agreement. But another of his victims, who is now 18 years old, still wants to maintain contact with him, saying he “has been a huge support system in [her] life for the past three years.”
Oregon City HS teacher admits ‘sexting’ and will go to jail
‘News that an 8-year-old Louisiana boy shot and killed his grandmother after playing a video game has reignited public discussion of the link between violence and video games.’
Constance Steinkuehler, the former White House “video game czar,” cautions that we need to focus on the real issues, not the politically sexy ones: “The obvious issues aren’t as easily solvable and politically savory. You want to make a difference in children’s lives? Address poverty, number one. Address the fact that children are homeless, and in unsafe environments. It’s just not as politically sexy as claiming that GTA is murdering children.”
Former ‘video game czar’ weighs in on 8-year-old shooter
Console front also includes an “I made this” engraving. No word on whether or not a special edition variant will be made available to the public.
Microsoft creates white Xbox One for employees