June 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM ET
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.
Microsoft is making a big announcement today at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET -- what it is, we do not know. The Wrap quotes an unnamed source saying that Microsoft will be unveiling its own tablet, based on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, to take on the iPad. AllThingsD reports that it’s hearing the same thing.
(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal, but we are not privy to any additional product information due to this relationship.)
Speaking of our own Wilson Rothman, here's his hands-on review of the new MacBook Pro -- a revolution for the eyeballs, and a raid on the wallet!
Meanwhile, Facebook has agreed to pay $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users' rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses, according to court documents made public over the weekend.
In a tribute to Ray Bradbury, a leading Android developer at Google proposed the creation of an error code 451 to indicate a webpage unavailable due to legal restrictions.
Speaking of Google and spooky government actions, the tech giant says it's seeing an "alarming" level of government censorship.
The U.S. has regained the title of home of the most power supercomputer in the world.
This new website seems like a good idea: "The S.H.A.M.E. Media Transparency Project takes the war against corporate trolls and media shills to a new and more effective level."