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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Huawei prototype battery charges to 50 percent in five minutes

Huawei's prototype smartphone battery was shown off in a pair of videos.

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Fool's gold could mean faster-charging batteries

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have gained new insight into the nanoscale workings of lithium-ion batteries, a discovery that could speed the development of batteries that can be recharged in seconds.


Watch out, Venmo: Person-to-person payments may be coming to Apple Pay

Apple is in talks with major banks on an extension of its Apple Pay service that would allow person-to-person payments, according to a report.

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Alibaba's Singles Day smashes online shopping records

It was always going to be big, but the day-long "Singles Day" promotion on Chinese online shopping site Alibaba on Wednesday smashed previous records, with millions of people participating and $14.3 billion worth of goods sold.

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VW snags leading self-driving car expert from Apple

Volkswagen just hired an expert on car automation technology away from Apple, signaling its intention to become a serious player in the next-generation and self-driving car markets.

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Alibaba sales hit $5B in first 90 minutes of 'Singles Day' promotion

An annual sales promotion on China's biggest online shopping site is off to an spectacular start with $5 billion of goods sold in just 90 minutes.

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Researchers discover hydrogen treatment brings better batteries

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered lithium ion batteries can last longer and charge faster if their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.

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Autonomous cars aren't nearly as clever as you think, says Toyota

The head of Toyota's billion-dollar U.S. artificial intelligence research center delivered a reality check on Friday for anyone over-enamored of autonomous car technology: the cars aren't as clever as you might think.

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Google is seeking test pilots for Project Wing, Project Titan

Google is looking for a couple of people with the right stuff -- test pilots for its Project Wing drone delivery project and Project Titan airborne Internet service.

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Toyota to make $1 billion artificial intelligence, robotics R&D push in US

Toyota plans a major push into artificial intelligence and robotics technology research and will invest $1 billion over the next five years in a research and development center in the U.S. to pursue those goals.

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FAA panel still hasn't decided how to regulate drones

A task force convened to work out registration rules for consumer drones ended a three-day meeting on Thursday with apparently no final conclusion.

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Artificial intelligence will attempt to persuade thousands of people via smartphone app

Researchers in Singapore began a two-year trial this week of a smartphone app that attempts to use artificial intelligence to influence the real world decisions of users.

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Cox to pay $595,000 for Lizard Squad data breach

Cox Communications has agreed to pay $595,000 and submit to seven years of computer security compliance monitoring by the Federal Communications Commission to settle an investigation into whether the cable TV and Internet operator failed to safeguard the personal information of its customers.

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Drone pilots get a guide to the sky, safety alerts with new app

Drone pilots will have a little more insight into the world around them and get safety alerts through to a free smartphone app launching on Thursday called Hivemapper.

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Hilton hotel fined for obstructing FCC investigation into Wi-Fi blocking

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Hilton Worldwide Holdings $25,000 for obstructing its investigation into whether the hotel operator blocked Wi-Fi hotspots being used by customers.