Pre-caffeine: More NSA sharing, Sharknado!


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

Just as we expected: Microsoft let the NSA bypass encryption on mail, chats and cloud storage, says the Guardian.

After DefCon gave feds the "No Spooks Allowed" note, Black Hat turned around and asked the NSA chief to deliver its keynote.

Hey parents "conniving" to help your children use Facebook (before they're 13)! This expert says you're putting them in danger.

Check out this human-powered helicopter! It totally took the prize the with its record-breaking flight.

After two historic carrier landings, the Navy's X-47B drone scrubbed a third.

Hey 1 in 10 adults! Stop using your smartphone during sex. That's just sad.

What ever did we do before the Internet? Let's find out!

Now that we have the Internet, here's another story about how it's destroying the middle class.

Whose behind those French anti-semitic tweets? Twitter has agreed to tell French authorities.

From Scientology to the quantified self: the strange tech behind a new wave of self-trackers!

In closing, here's the "Sharknado" writer attempting to explain himself.

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