Cyber Beat Daily: Director Michael Bay walks off stage at CES after teleprompter snafu + The Day's Top Tech Picks

The day’s (and weekend’s) picks in social media and technology from 1/6/2014: Director Michael Bay walks off stage at CES after teleprompter snafu; fake social media clicks big business; middle schoolers sexting; family blames cyberbullying for teen’s suicide; crop circle story that went viral was a marketing stunt; defense lawyer says Illinois man accused of killing his wife snapped after catching her sexting with another man; malware attack hits World of Warcraft users; Valve unveils over a dozen Steam machine designs.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

A cringe-worthy minute and a half from the action film director at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES); VIDEO.
Michael Bay Had A Meltdown At Samsung’s CES Event And Walked Off Stage

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Not necessarily a new practice, but getting more sunlight.
‘Click farms’ making millions by duping social media

More importantly, there are potential digital and legal consequences if the messages/photos are shared elsewhere. “Although adolescents may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and inattention to consequences can quickly lead to serious negative outcomes”
Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

The complicated issue of cyberbullying and teen suicide.
Local authorities raise bullying awareness after teen commits suicide
More, including video interview: El Paso teen’s family says cyberbullying forced her to kill herself

I know this will surprise you (not), but…elaborate stunt crafted for the release of an NVIDIA mobile processor.
Crop circle: No, it wasn’t aliens, it was marketers

Law and Order.

A judge will determine whether or not to allow the texts as evidence in the case.  The defense argued that the texts could help show that the defendant’s first-degree murder charge should be dropped to second-degree murder. “This is a case of a defendant actually walking in on an adulterous relationship,” the man’s attorney said.
Illinois man killed wife after catching her sexting another man: lawyer


Blizzard: “The trojan is built into a fake (but working) version of the Curse Client that is downloaded from a fake version of the Curse website. This site was popping up in searches for ‘curse client’ on major search engines, which is how people were lured into going there.”
World of Warcraft users hit by account-hijacking malware attack

‘Over One Dozen Designs Announced’
Valve Reveals First Gen Steam Machines


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