Cyber Beat Daily: Twitter and retractions: it’s still messy out there when news breaks + The Day’s Top Tech Picks

The weekend’s picks in social media and technology for 11/1 – 11/3: Twitter and retractions: it’s still messy out there when news breaks; Obama’s Twitter army; Trucker on Facebook at time of deadly crash; more on the /r/politics controversy; arguing via text is bad; LA city council takes on SWATters; hackers deface websites in Australia and Philippines; many businesses not prepared for cyberattack; interesting read about the first botnet; woman allegedly hacks ex’s email, steals photos of his other exes; Extra Life charity hit by DDoS during gaming marathon fundraiser; more on Xbox One dashboard.

Read below for these stories and more.

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Twitter and retractions: it’s still messy out there when news breaks
Broken news: struggling to find facts in the Twitter maelstrom

This seemed a promising tool, until its account got suspended…on a technicality of sorts.

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

The White House didn’t like an unflattering NBC report: “During the next hour, White House staffers would tweet and retweet messages about the story more than a dozen times, including tweets directly to the NBC reporter.”
In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter army

Trucker on Facebook at time of deadly crash, records show

The controversy continues…
Reddit Moderators Apologize for Handling of “Bad Journalism” Ban

Especially when you forget the emoticons. Game over.
It’s Probably a Bad Idea to Resolve Arguments via Text, Science Says


Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Says it will reward tipsters.
L.A. City Council strikes back against ‘swatting’ pranks

Hackers deface dozens of websites in Australia, Philippines

Some may learn it’s more expensive to recover from an attack…
A staggering percentage of businesses aren’t prepared for a cyberattack

How a grad student trying to build the first botnet brought the Internet to its knees

Law and Order.

Disaster breakups in the age of social media…
Woman allegedly hacks ex’s email, puts nude photo on social media accounts


Despite the downtime, they raised over $3 million
Extra Life charity struck by DDoS attack during fundraising event

With clip from The Verge.
Another Good Look At The Xbox One’s Dashboard


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