Cyber Beat Daily: Backlash Over TIME Reporter's Tweet Suggesting Drone Strike on Assange + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day’s top picks in social media and technology for 8/18: Backlash over TIME reporter’s tweet suggesting drone strike on Assange; Google patents “pay per gaze” eye tracking tool; NBC hiring “media hacker”; what’s behind Wikileaks’ ‘insurance’ files release?; Stuxnet leak leads to White House; radio station criticized for encouraging listeners to troll celebrity; Lady GaGa tweets Perez Hilton is stalking her; feds threaten Lavabit owner with arrest for shutting down; internet takedown of massive child porn conspiracy; Electronic Arts settles with makers of Bell Helicopter.

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Backlash Over TIME Reporter’s Tweet Suggesting Drone Strike on Assange

How quickly they protest when the target is one of their own…
Time correspondent under fire for tweet suggesting Assange be killed in drone strike

Wikileaks called for Grunwald’s resignation, saying that “calling for the murder of other journalists, or, indeed, anybody, is never acceptable.”

It’s encouraging that the entire internet was aghast that a journalist would express such a thought. However, I can’t help but recall some journalists who criticized the few news outlets that called out death threats against another high profile figure like Sarah Palin and even referred to it as a “death threat meme,” despite the fact that the threats could be observed all over the internet by anyone who cared to look.

#NewTone, it’s the name of a one-way street.

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Oh Google, don’t be creepy. “The idea is to measure how long a person looks at an ad, as well as their emotional response as indicated by pupil dilation.”
Google patents ‘pay-per-gaze’ eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads

Will the tech world ever break free of the “stacks” like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft? History says it’s not inconceivable.
The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

As you might expect, that job title is a tab bit misleading.
NBC News is Hiring a “Media Hacker”

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

The whole internet is abuzz with speculation.
What’s behind Wikileaks’ latest release of “insurance” files?

In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House

Listeners actually complained, accusing the radio station of promoting bullying.
Radio station apologises after encouraging listeners to troll Helen Flanagan

Lady GaGa tweeted allegations IN ALL CAPS that the celebrity blogger is stalking her.
Is Perez Hilton Stalking Lady Gaga? Celebrity Blogger Issues Statement About The ‘Lies’

Law and Order.

The Lavabit saga continues.
Feds Threaten To Arrest Email Provider for Closing Rather Than Snooping on Customers

‘How the Internet police mounted an international effort against “The Cache.”‘
Taking down “the largest child pornography conspiracy ever prosecuted”


Electronic Arts vs. the makers of Bell Helicopter, settled – when do you need permission?
EA Ends First Amendment Claim to Use Real-World Helicopters in Games


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