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Pre-caffeine tech: Cyber Monday, Gangnam Style!


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

Happy Cyber Monday, everybody! With your inbox full of website deals and hours to waste shopping on the company dime, you may be wondering, "I wonder who will have the best deals today?" Let's find out! 

Cyber Monday and Black Friday aside, here are some gadgets worth buying -- even if they're not on sale. 

Or, why not just give the gift of premium Web services? 

Could computers become cleverer than humans and take over the world? Or is that just the stuff of science fiction? Cambridge University is trying to figure that out. 

Meanwhile, this Harvard professor found racial profiling in personal data site -- suggesting that she might have an arrest record. 

In Facebook news, everyone's freaking out about a Facebook Data Use Policy email that is, believe it or not, totally real and not spam or a scam. Here's what you need to know about that. 

Apple had a great big temper tantrum after a judge told the company what to do. 

Chris Brown quit Twitter ... boo hoo and whatnot over that. 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featured confetti made out of confidential police documents. Whoops

Also on Thanksgiving, a record number of people Instagrammed pictures of their turkeys or whatever, setting a record for the photo-sharing app. 

"Gangnam Style," the greatest video in the world that we will never ever get sick of, is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time.

Speaking of pairings for the post-apocalypse: What to drink with rats, dog food, and more!

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