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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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.

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Revealed: The top 10 apps that companies hate

Companies are wary about what employees are doing on their smartphones. Be it data loss or time-wasting, a growing number of employers are actively stopping staff from using certain apps on company-controlled devices.

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Google said to eye drone delivery from 2017

Google is hoping to start commercial package delivery by drone in 2017, the head of its drone project said Monday.

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US Army tests swarms of drones in major exercise

The U.S. Army has for the first time tested swarms of consumer drones during a major military exercise and determined the low-cost technology is at a stage where it could be used offensively.

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Google, Amazon and Wal-Mart join FAA drone task force

Google, Amazon and Wal-Mart have joined the government's task force charged with figuring out a registration and identification system for drones.

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Facebook revs up a new money machine to tackle emerging markets

Facebook is on an aggressive push to gain users in emerging markets and on Thursday began tackling a new task: making money from them.