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Pre-caffeine tech: Ancient mysteries, important cats!

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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: 

Who could ever get tired of ancient mysteries when there are so many dinosaur fossils, hominid skeletons and mysterious markings to decipher? Check out the top ancient mysteries of 2011.

One of the most desolate spots on Earth recently got a visit from one of the most elusive characters on Earth — the cable guy. Four very high-tech and capable cable guys, to be specific! (Meanwhile, you took the day off work and you're still waiting!)

So. you can either wait for the Facebook Timeline announcement to appear at the top of your Facebook profile, or you can roll out your own timeline no. Either way, you've got 7 days to approve it before it automatically goes live.

Two years ago, only 18 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers owned a smartphone; now 44 percent do.

Meanwhile, the average teenage girl in the U.S. sends nearly 4,000 texts a month!

Oh, and is Apple working on a tinier iPad for 2012? Could be!

That said, Dell is ditching netbooks. Forever.

And Chrome just knocked Explorer out of the No. 1 browser spot for the first time since practically forever! (I exaggerate.)

Speaking of the Internet, Vinton Cerf, one of its pioneers, and 82 other Internet inventors and engineers signed a letter to Congress protesting SOPA and related Internet legislation that they say would "create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure." And they're right.

Meanwhile,  a senior executive at a tech company that makes monitoring software secretly installed on 141 million cellphones says the FBI approached the company about using its technology but was rebuffed. The FBI denys it. Gee, who's telling the truth?

In closing, the 30 Most Important Cats of 2011.

— compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or FacebookAlso, Google+.