Cyber Beat Daily: Social Media and the Boston Marathon Tragedy + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/15 feature social media and its impact on the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Also included:  a Turkish pianist convicted of insulting Islam on Twitter, social media’s role in a Pulitzer Prize win, your social media posts and the IRS, Anonymous has hacked North Korean sites again, a hacker’s online posts from prison, updates in the case of Audrie Pott, one Judge’s fateful rant about Facebook, sexting and Megan’s Law, lawmaker proposes bill to ban non-existent ‘Mature Rated’ public arcade games, disabled gamer caught walking on camera, ‘Defiance’ comes to TV, and EA closes Sim City, Sims Social, and limits Facebook exposure.

Read below for these stories and more.


Featured Stories: Social media and the Boston Marathon tragedy

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Suspended 10-month prison term for “internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist and composer convicted of insulting Islam and offending Muslims in postings on Twitter.”

Pianist’s Posts on Twitter Spur Penalty From Turkey


Reporting on the Aurora shooting: “the Pulitzer committee specifically cites the newspaper’s “comprehensive coverage … using journalistic tools, from Twitter and Facebook to video and written reports, both to capture a breaking story and provide context.”

Denver Post Highlights Social Media Coverage (And Storify) In Its Pulitzer Win

What could possibly go wrong?

Could What You Post On Social Media Get You Audited By IRS?

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

For the second time this month…

Anonymous again hacks into North Korean Web sites

After finding a way to tweet from prison, now he’s posted audio messages.

Hacker ‘Weev’ Sends SoundCloud Message From Prison

Updates in the case of Audrie Pott, who posted messages on Facebook about her alleged sexual assault, then later committed suicide.

Lawyer: Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

Law and Order.

Sometimes things are better left unsaid.

Judge’s Random, Unrelated Rant Against Facebook Leads To Child Porn Sentence Being Overturned

Unintended consequences keep rearing their ugly heads…

Modernizing Megan’s Law: Kanka family seeks updates to exclude sexting between children, increase failure to register penalities


Kind of useless when arcade machines aren’t even rated by the ESRB.

NJ Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Ban Non-Existent ‘Mature Rated’ Public Arcade Games


Disabled Gamer Gets Caught Walking on Camera

TV meets video games: “What if you could watch the consequences of your actions on TV the next week?”

‘Defiance’ merges video game with TV drama

“This marks a move away from a market pioneered by acquisitions made during John Riccitiello’s time as CEO…”

Anti-Social Behavior? EA Closes Sim City, Sims Social, Limits Facebook Exposure