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Pre-caffeine tech: Carrier IQ, giant bugs

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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: 

Three of the nation's four largest wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — say they use Carrier IQ's controversial key-logging software, say they do not use it to monitor subscribers' activities.

If you use iTunes or buy iPhone and iPad apps, you need an Apple ID. And, as with anything millions of people need and use frequently, cybercriminals are going to try to get their hands on it.

A condom maker's ad agency thought it'd be a swell idea to scare men out of causing unwanted pregnancies by — wait for it — sending them Facebook friend requests from their unborn future offspring.

Speaking of Facebook, now you can post status updates that are over 60,000 characters long.

The next time you feel guilty about wasting half an hour on watching a sitcom, consider this: 62 percent of Americans spend more than three hours glued to their television sets each day.

Apple's iPhone edged past major news events, celebrities and pop stars as the top searched term on the Web in 2011, according to Yahoo.

Oh, and another iPhone 4 has supposedly exploded, this one in Brazil, where the phone was plugged in for overnight charging.

Beer snobs wishing to know the provenance of their favorite European pilsners and lagers are in luck: Scientists have developed a new chemical test that can tell you where the brew originated.

Oh, and is this the world's biggest bug? As with all superlatives, it depends on your definition.

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