Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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FAA drone registrations hit 181,000

More than 181,000 drones have been registered in the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone registration database.

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Next-gen drones, talking sunglasses, and other Day Two sights from CES

Intel and Sony headlined press-conference day, showing off gadgets from collision-avoidance drones to turntables, which are making a resurgence at CES. Here's some of the things that caught our eye.

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Sony goes retro with a new record player

In an era of self-driving cars and wearable computers, Sony delivered something of a surprise at CES on Tuesday: a new record player.

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Google loses robotics chief to Toyota's $1B research lab

James Kuffner, the head of Google's robotics division and one of the original team of ten who started its self-driving car work, has left the company for a job at Toyota's $1 billion research institute in Silicon Valley.

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Audi is taking high-speed, self-driving cars to a California race track

Audi plans to begin testing highly automated self-driving car technology at a California race track that's more used to hosting auto races.

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Apple expected to cut parts procurement on slow iPhone sales

Asian electronic component makers are expecting Apple to cut procurement orders by about 30 percent in the coming quarter due to weaker than expected sales of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to a Japanese media report.

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Ford will triple its autonomous car test fleet

Ford is planning to triple the number of cars it has on city streets and test tracks researching autonomous driving technology.

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A Batmobile, two drones and other sights from CES Day One

It's time for the electronics industry to make its annual pilgrimage to the Nevada desert for the CES show. Thousands of great products, and some questionable ones, debut at the show. Here's the pick from Monday.

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Watch Faraday Future unveil the crazy FFZero1 concept car

Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept car is certainly eye-catching. Its design was instantly likened to the Batmobile and it features a "UFO line" that the company says "is intended to give the sense that this vehicle is not completely of this world."

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Parrot previews wing-shaped Disco drone

Parrot has developed a distinctive wing-shaped drone that swoops through the sky at high speed and can be automatically controlled from a smartphone app.

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Got a new drone? Read this first

Drones aren't like other gadgets—they can hurt people or tangle with aircraft if you're not careful. Learn these important safety, privacy and legal guidelines to keep you and your drone out of trouble.

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Watch: Narrow escape for skier as TV drone crashes

It's a frightening moment to watch and a sober reminder of the danger of drones. On Tuesday evening at an Alpine Ski World Cup event in Italy, a large drone carrying a TV camera crashed into the snow a fraction of a second after Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher had passed the point of impact.

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LG promises upgraded WebOS smart TV 3.0 update at CES 2016

LG says it will introduce a new version of its webOS smart TV software along with new televisions at January's CES in Las Vegas.

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Google may be working on messaging app infused with artificial intelligence

Google is working on a new messaging app that will employ artificial intelligence to bring some of the company's data smarts to a chat bot service in the software, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Forget the gadgets, come to CES 2016 for the cars

Cars look certain to be one of the stars of January's CES show in Las Vegas -- testament to the advanced technology work being done by the auto industry today and a lackluster electronics sector that is still searching for the next big thing.