Marc FerrantiEditor in Chief , IDG News Service

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

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Drone registration recommendations handed to FAA

A mandatory consumer drone registration system looks set to be in force before the end of the year after an industry task force delivered its proposals for the system on Saturday.

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Microsoft's flagship New York retail store opens on Surface Book's launch day

Six years after stepping into the retail market with smaller mall outlets, Microsoft is literally taking the wraps off its flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Monday, the same day as the general release of its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

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U.S. will require registration process for drones

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation said Monday that it will form a task force to come up with a registration process for drones.

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Software a winner as VC market heads to biggest year since dot-com era

Venture capitalists are investing more money in private companies than at any time since the dot-com bust, with software companies grabbing the biggest slice of the pie.

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IBM's Watson Analytics offers new data discovery tools for everyday business users

If you're trying to figure out an optimal fantasy baseball lineup, how an unusually cool summer affected beer sales, or what Twitter users can tell you about why your company's stock price tanked, then IBM's Watson Analytics team has something new for you.

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Samsung banks on classy looks and high performance with Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

The company's two new smartphones will start shipping this month

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AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A new analysis of documents leaked by Edward Snowden highlights massive surveillance efforts with special help from AT&T.

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EU Council OKs contentious data privacy plan, pushing reform forward

But the proposal does not go far enough, say privacy organizations and industry lobby groups

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Russia, China reportedly crack Snowden's files, identify US, UK spies

British intelligence agents have been withdrawn from overseas operations following the decryption of sensitive documents.

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Charter reportedly close to $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The deal, in the wake of Comcast's failed bid, may be announced as early as Tuesday, according to reports

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Turing manuscript sells for $1 million

A German Enigma machine, also up for auction, sold for $269,000.

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SAP co-founder Tschira dies at 74

He founded SAP with four former IBM colleagues in 1972 with a vision of real-time data prcoessing

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Judge dismisses antitrust case alleging Google's Android app requirements hurt consumers

Complainants alleged Google's restrictive contracts on manufacturers of Android devices resulted in higher prices on phones

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US rejects North Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

US stands firm in its allegations that North Korea was responsible for hack

NSA spy program targets mobile networks worldwide

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show evidence of previously undisclosed operations.