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Pre-caffeine tech: Google snoops, Etsy pugs!

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Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today.

Google is snooping in Internet Explorer as well as Apple, turns out!

Last week's revelations that Google , Twitter and other popular Internet companies have been taking liberties with customer data have prompted criticism from privacy advocates and lawmakers, along with apologies from the companies. So, you know, business as usual.

Sure enough, assessing the price of admission to join the super-networked, digital class is not so simple; even experts on the issue admit that they don't have a full picture of the way personal information is collected and used on the Internet. But here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.

Iranians faced a second and more extensive disruption of Internet access Monday, just a week after email and social networking sites were blocked, raising concerns about state censorship ahead of parliamentary elections.

Protests against Europe's version of SOPA seem to be working.

Meanwhile, the chief of the NSA says Anonymous could totally crash the Internet.

And watch out, Amazon! Barnes & Noble has just announced an 8GB version of its Nook Tablet and priced it at $199 — which makes it very dangerous competition for the similarly-priced Kindle Fire.

While it seems like just about everyone has a smartphone now, a closer look by Nielsen finds that 66 percent of those in the 24- to 34-year-old age group have smartphones, representing "the greatest proportion of smartphone ownership" of any age group.

The first-ever hamburger to come from a lab instead of a dead animal is due to be served this fall after a $330,000 development effort. Delicious!

In closing: Pickles! The Etsy hat model pug!

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