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Monday, April 29, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 29, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Alexandria, Va., dubbed most well-read city by Amazon.com
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/04/24/Alexandria-Va-dubbed-most-well-read-city-by-Amazoncom/UPI-97241366831168/#ixzz2Rs85t79L
Online store Amazon.com said Alexandria, Va., topped its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America.

The website said its third annual list, compiled using sales of both print and Kindle editions of all books, magazines and newspapers per capita in cities with a population of more than 100,000 since June 1, 2012, was topped by Alexandria, followed by Knoxville, Tenn.; Miami; Cambridge, Mass.; and Orlando, Fla.

The Top 10 was rounded out by Ann Arbor, Mich.; Berkeley, Calif.; Cincinnati; Columbia, S.C.; and Pittsburgh.

"The results of our annual Most Well-Read Cities list is proof that people across the country are reading, and also that we're still seeing the popularity of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" said Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle. "It's fun for us to see facts like the citizens of Cambridge are buying the most books in the business category or that one of our favorite novels of 2012, 'Gone Girl,' is the best-selling book in the Most Well-Read City, Alexandria."

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A mentor tormented by his Iranian cyber-stalker - 04/29/13
http://www.haaretz.com/culture/books/a-mentor-tormented-by-his-iranian-cyber-stalker.premium-1.518187
How does one write about obsessive love? Well, if “Lolita,” “The Kreutzer Sonata” and “Wuthering Heights” are to be any kind of guide, then the answer is: Magnificently. But what if our focus is not on the Humbert Humberts, the Pozdnyshevs, the Heathcliffs of our world? What if our narrator is not the one obsessed but is rather the object of obsession? And what if the nightmarish events that he describes – not without a sense of foreboding – are real? Add to that the peculiarities that define the age of the Internet (Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, she became a cyberbully), and the result is the fascinating new book “Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked,” by James Lasdun.

Facebook loses millions of users as biggest markets peak - 04/28/13
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/28/facebook-loses-users-biggest-markets
Facebook has lost millions of users per month in its biggest markets, independent data suggests, as alternative social networks attract the attention of those looking for fresh online playgrounds. As Facebook prepares to update investors on its performance in the first three months of the year, with analysts forecasting revenues up 36% on last year, studies suggest that its expansion in the US, UK and other major European countries has peaked.

Internet, social media make college assignments a 'free market' - 04/27/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/04/27/Internet-social-media-make-college-assignments-a-free-market/UPI-16841367039835/#ixzz2Rs7bMV24
University at Albany (N.Y.) officials say they are investigating allegations about 100 of 650 students in a class paid for someone to complete their homework. University spokesman Karl Luntta told the Albany Times Union the school is conducting an investigation into allegations of cheating in one class, but he declined to confirm how many students were involved.

British internet troll who admits threatening to kill 200 US citizens in Facebook posts which led to thousands of children staying off school - 04/26/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315163/British-internet-troll-Reece-Elliott-admits-Facebook-threats-kill-200-US-citizens-Warren-County-Tennessee.html#ixzz2Rs2dJK3eA British internet troll caused ‘hysteria’ in America by posting messages on Facebook threatening to kill hundreds of people in a school massacre, a court heard yesterday. Reece Elliott, 24, said he would drive to a school in Tennessee and ‘kill at least 200 before I kill myself’. He suggested someone should call police because ‘I’m on my way’.

Madison man charged in Craigslist stalking wants out of jail - 04/26/13
http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/local_news/madison-man-charged-in-craigslist-stalking-wants-out-of-jail/article_4fb6d99e-add6-11e2-a1ad-001a4bcf6878.html
The Reva man facing federal stalking charges for allegedly using Craigslist to post sex-wanted ads targeting an ex girlfriend is trying to get out of jail to go live with another girlfriend pending trial. Kenneth Edward Kuban, 61, of Madison County has been in federal custody since being arrested March 20 for reportedly using his work computer to pose as the alleged female victim on the free online classifieds site, offering sex and pornography, providing her address and photograph and telling respondents to ignore the security gate at her Fauquier County home.

Trolls, memes and spam: author offers guide to web words - 04/26/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10021175/Trolls-memes-and-spam-author-offers-guide-to-web-words.html
Tom Chatfield hopes that his book will be a guide for those baffled by the recent influx of new words into the lexicon. The important figures excluded from debates on technology because they don't know the jargon, the policy makers with a circumspect understanding of the culture their legislation will affect, the famous users new to twitter that make errors that lead to ridicule from clued-up users. Ed Balls.

Paul Ryan Intern Accused: Former Campaign Intern Indicted of Extortion and Cyberstalking 15 Women - 04/25/13
http://www.latinospost.com/articles/17532/20130425/paul-ryan-intern-accused-former-campaign-indicted-extortion-cyberstalking-15.htm
A former Republican presidential intern has been accused of extortion and cyberstalking 15 women. FBI agents arrested the intern, identified as 21-year-old Adam Svador, at his Great Neck, Long Island home on Tuesday, the NY Daily News reported. Savador, a political science student at SUNY Farmingdale, had previously interned for House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and as the "sole intern" of Republican vice presidential Paul Ryan. According to the NY Daily News, the 21-year-old was charged with illegally obtaining naked photos of 15 women and threatening to make them public unless they sent him more.

Wikipedia bumps women from 'American novelists' category - 04/25/13
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/25/wikipedia-women-american-novelists
There are American novelists, and then there are American women novelists – at least according to Wikipedia, where outrage has been building over the quiet categorisation of major names such as Harper Lee and Donna Tartt according to their gender. Wikipedia has a category for "American novelists", but it runs to so many names that the site has said "pages in this category should be moved to subcategories where applicable".

When oversharing online can get you arrested - 04/24/13
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/tech/social-media/online-oversharing-arrests/index.html
The five-minute video opens with a man cruising along in his car, cracking open a bottle of what appears to be Beck's beer and taking a swig. "We all know drinking and driving is against the law. You're not supposed to do that. But they didn't say anything about driving and then drinking," the man says to the camera. "You just have to be learned enough to understand the symbols of drunkenness."

'My little princess banged her head at McDonald's': Boyfriend 'took to Facebook to construct alibi after beating partner's 23-month old daughter to death' - 04/24/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314146/Roxie-Archer-Ben-Raftery-took-Facebook-construct-alibi-beating-partners-23-month-old-daughter-death.html#ixzz2Rs1rROqU
A 23-month-old girl was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend who then took to Facebook to construct an alibi for what he had done, a court heard today. Roxie Archer died from a 'devastating' brain injury inflicted by Ben Raftery, 21, just hours after her mother had flown out to New York to celebrate her 21st birthday, the jury were told.

Restaurant worker 'took photos of bad tippers and posted images online with insulting hashtags such as #jew and #hillbillies' - 04/24/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314171/Restaurant-manager-took-photos-bad-tippers-posted-images-online-insulting-hashtags-jew-hillbillies.html#ixzz2Rs21fDZE
A Delaware restaurant has come under fire after photographs of bad tippers and their receipts were uploaded to its social networking sites alongside offensive and racist messages. The Padi Restaurant in Hockessin has apologized after images appeared on its manager's Instagram account and the eatery's Facebook page calling people names such as 'cheap' and 'hillbilly'. But the manager, Aaron Kwan, has denied he took the images or wrote the messages - and has instead blamed other employees for accessing his online profiles when he was not looking.

WiFi porn in public areas to be blocked - 04/23/13
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10013914/WiFi-porn-in-public-areas-to-be-blocked.html
The Prime Minister is to announce a Government-backed code of conduct which will mean that pornography is blocked in public spaces such as cafes and railway stations where children are likely to be present. Mr Cameron said that he wanted “good, clean WiFi” in public spaces which would give parents confidence that their children cannot access illicit websites on smart phones or mobile computers.

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