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Pre-caffeine tech: Reinvented toilets, pizza-fied Cinnabons!

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.

Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet! The winning design in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet project was announced Tuesday in Seattle during an exposition of the cheap, efficient toilets funded by Foundation grants. 

Speaking of reinventing things, Cornell University researchers have devised a new method for restoring human vision by looking into the way retinal cells communicate with the brain and each other. The result, they claim, is an enormous leap in quality over existing visual prosthetics.

In case you were wondering, here's why APple doesn't just sue Google and get it over with, according to Roger Cheng at CNET.

Here's how President Barack Obama made muggles get all meme-y via an undoctored AP photo that is very Hogwarts. 

Here's a new report that says President Barack Obama has an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney when it comes to reaching voters online. 

Here's how Alexa Dell -- daughter of computer moguel Michael Dell -- put her whole super rich family at risk by posting their richey-rich goings on on Instagram. 

It's not unusual for consumers to take to Twitter to complain about — or praise — a company for products or actions. But sometimes a company hops on social media to do what it thinks is the right thing, then ham-handedly botches it. Twice. Gather 'round for the tale of Progressive vs. the Fisher Family.

Bike advocates want the City of Roses to be even friendlier — and safer. In an effort to advance their cause, Cycle Oregon donated a $20,000 visual bike counter to Portland,  which has been installed on a bridge bike path that’s popular with the pedal-power set. 

Sony will roll out its PlayStation Mobile cross-platform gaming service starting this fall.

Ugh. Here's that 17-foot Burmese python discovered in the Everglades with 87 eggs...that can't be good.

In closing, the Pizzabon from Cinnabon: You know you want it. 


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