July 6, 2012 at 9:32 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.
Does the U.S. government read your email ... you know, without a warrant? Could be! But the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service don't want to talk about it.
Meanwhile, will tech firms cooperate with oppressive regimes ... oppressive regimes not in the United States, anyway? Experts are seriously split.
In related news, the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU just release the free app, Police Tape which allows you to "discreetly" video tape cops ... it's a lot like the Stop and Frisk, a similar free cellphone app released by the NYCLU last month.
A teacher who got on Facebook and likened one of her students to an orangutan could wind up losing her teaching license for the derogatory comments she made on the social network.
Twitter is rolling out a "search and discovery" update today, according to Twitter's Pankaj Gupta.
Not to mention the three Kindle Fire 2 tablets in the works (one with 4G, one without)!
Apple says it's fixed that App Store glitch causing corrupted updates.
And for Friday, 17 Pugs Whose Dreams Have Come True!
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