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Pre-caffeine tech: NSA spying, driverless cars!

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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. 

Amazon's new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia Oyj, according to two people familiar with the situation, which mean the tablet is totally snubbing Google.

And guess what? Facebook is now allowing advertisers to target users via  phone numbers and emails so they can find previous customers and show them advertising. Awesome.

Digg's relaunch a month ago came with a controversy: what happened to the years of links and comments people had submitted on the old site? Turns out Digg didn't throw them away after all, and you can download yours right now.

Has your wireless contract just expired? Now that you're free to use any mobile carrier, which is the best for you? Let's find out!

Looks like California is getting ready to legalize driverless cars, just like Nevada. 

Oh! And did you hear the one about the Ronald Reagan hologram at the RNC?

Meanwhile, among a bevy of patents awarded to Apple this week was one that would enable or disable certain features of a phone depending on its location. That raises an interesting  question.

That court ruling that NSA spying violated 4th Amendment remains secret -- so the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing. 

 OMG! Did Did Anonymous hack just two universities in two days?

Good news and (sort of) bad news for a bear renowned for having gone into a resident's garage fridge, opening up a bag of meatballs from Costco and eating them, and also has a Twitter following of more than 28,000. He's now headed to a permanent home — sans meatballs.

And you may not be looking forward to next week, but here are 25 animals who are excited to go back to school.

Compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+.