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Pre-caffeine tech: Drone-proof cities, pug party hats! 

Hamilton Pug/BuzzFeed
Hamilton Pug/BuzzFeed

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

This 13-year-old girl boldly sent Hello Kitty where no cat doll has gone before.

A new report shows increasing numbers of smartphones, many of them Android-based and capable of 4G data speeds, led to continuing increases in mobile traffic. How much more? Let's find out!

Microsoft is going after Google Gmail in its revived "Scroogled" campaign.

Some say that Monopoly's new cat-shaped game piece, which replaces the iron, symbolizes the world's transition from Industrialism to a glorious new (feline-obsessed) Information Age. What do you think?

We The People, the White House's official online petition platform, is getting a big update to make it more open to developers and Web apps ... and maybe even more Death Star-type requests. Or not.

Speaking of the White House: Is a drone-proof city possible? Let's imagine.

But that Taylor Swift "sex tape" is nothing but a Facebook scam.

This Newtown lawmaker is calling for a "sin tax" on violent video games.

Meanwhile, "Monkey Drums" won this guy a $13,500 iTunes gift card.

Don't forget! "Community" is back tonight!

In closing: Breaking News! Pugs Wearing Party Hats!

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