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Pre-caffeine tech: BlackBerry news, R2D2 shoes!


Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.

Research in Motion officially launched BlackBerry 10 and two shiny new smartphones — the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 — in an event in New York City on Wednesday (while also renaming itself ... to BlackBerry). 

Google's Nexus 4 is available again online (at least in U.S.).

Facebook killed off 37 percent of spammers since June 2012, says Facebook.

Hackers in China have attacked the New York Times for last 4 months, reports the New York Times. 

India is proposing a cellular bracelet as a rape deterrent.

Firefox is fixing to block almost all Web browser plug-ins, except for Adobe Flash Player. 

In an effort to avoid that pesky porn label from Apple, Tumblr just added a "mature" rating to its iOS app. 

This U.S. Senator just said video games are a bigger problem than guns.

And this dog found whale vomit! 

In closing: These R2D2 heels probably don’t spit out a tiny holographic Carrie Fisher, but they still rule.

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