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Pre-caffeine tech: Security issues, squid sperm

Location: Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, St Leonards
Location: Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, St LeonardsFinn Julian / Museum Victoria

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

Turns out, the CIA didn't always know who it was killing in drone strikes, classified documents show.

Also, the NSA is collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.

This security firm uses "martyr" posts to on the Internet to analyze "foreign fighters" aiding Syrian rebels.

China's top Internet security official says he has "mountains of data" pointing to extensive U.S. hacking aimed at China, but it would be irresponsible to blame Washington for such attacks.

And yet, a proposed U.S. law would punish hackers backed by China or other countries.

In other news, when Americans voted to keep President Barack Obama in the White House, his super team of tech nerds was largely credited with his success. Republicans, apparently, took note ... and hired a dude from Facebook.

Meanwhile, if a tree falls in the (rain) forest, and no one is there to hear it (except illegal loggers), does it make a sound (or otherwise alert the authorities)? If you've installed phones all over the forest that listen for chainsaws, it does.

But will a "kill switch" curb smartphone thefts? Prosecutors think so, and they want cellphone manufacturers to think so, too.

Researchers are teaching Wi-Fi to identify gestures, which seems cool. And scary. Scary-cool.

And now, another educational fact about eating squid sperm.

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