Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.
Americans' email and online chats can be monitored without authorization by any National Security Agency analyst using a computer program known as "XKeyscore," according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who shared the information with the Guardian in a story published Wednesday.
Speaking of Edward Snowden, he's finally out of the airport and into Russia with temporary asylum.
And speaking of NSA's XKeyscore program, here's how that works.
In related news, the NSA capo totally got heckled at the Black Hat hackers conference yesterday.
Please enjoy the top 10 new reasons to be afraid of hackers.
And Twitter might have something to say about those NSA requests it quite possible gets a lot of.
Remember! It's not just the NSA. Here's how you're tracked digitally all day (and what you can do about it).
Check out all these fake Blackberrys and Dr Dre's head phones seized in US-China raids.
This adorable, goofy dog inspired an author with ALS to write again.
In closing: Simon Pegg is a drunk Ron Weasley.
Compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or Facebook.
First published August 1 2013, 6:57 AM