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Pre-caffeine tech: Christmas lights, monkey meme!

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

Parents still aren't given the guidance they need to determine whether or not kids' apps are safe, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. 

So parents, here's how you can keep your kids safe around tablets. 

Twitter released an update for its iPhone and Android apps Monday, adding the ability to edit and apply filters to photos — and further distancing itself from now-rival photo sharing service Instagram.

A number of Facebook users found themselves unable to access the social network Monday for a short time, but things are now back to normal, the company said.

Australian police have warned travelers off using Apple's troubled iPhone mapping software after several motorists became stuck in a snake-infested, desert corner of the country while using their phone for directions.

Good news everybody! Here's a study that says cheap smartphones will go mainstream by 2017. 

Here's the latest update in the brave saga of some guy restoring the bridge of the Enterprise-D. 

How much does it cost to run your Christmas Lights? Let's find out! 

Well, at least Google is making an MIT professor's dream come true with $99 laptops for schools. 

In closing, everything you need to know about that stylish Ikea monkey.

Compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin. Tell her to get a real job on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+.