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Pre-caffeine tech: Google news, Nora Ephron quotes


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.

Google I/O, the search engine giant's annual developer conference kicks off in San Francisco today at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET, and we're there reporting live on all that we're expecting Google to unveil, including its latest and greatest mobile operating system, a new tablet and more.

Speaking of Google, the tech giant getting help from Howard Stern to revive its Internet TV software, which has languished since its debut 19 months ago.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone owners might have felt a bit put out at the news that Windows Phone 8, with all its fancy new features, would not be coming to their hardware, but all is not lost: one of the cooler pieces, the customizable start screen, will in fact be coming to older handsets. And Microsoft has just put up a little demo of it on video.

The list of features said to be making their way to the new iPhone has grown by one today; Near-field communications (NFC), used for transmitting small amounts of data like credit card numbers over very short distances, is now in the mix.

Zynga, the company behind "FarmVille," revealed Tuesday that a sequel to its enormously popular Facebook game is in the works and that it is creating a social network of its very own to bring gamers together.

In other game news, an artist used "Draw Something" to animate a John Mayer music video.

U.S. law enforcement officials busted 24 suspected hackers on four continents in a an enormous sting operation targeting online financial fraud involving stolen credit card and bank information. 

Here's a weird interview with that woman who insulted most of Twitter when it was her turn to manage Sweden's country's official Twitter account.

DC Comics: Now available on Nook!

In closing, Nora Ephron's 27 Best Quotes on Love, Life and Death.

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