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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One in every 14 Americans fell victim to identity theft last year

A total of 17.6 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States in 2014, the majority of it aimed at credit cards and bank accounts, the Department of Justice said Sunday.

IPhone 6S launch in Palo Alto

This woman bought an iPhone via a telepresence robot

It might have been the most unusual customer to ever appear at Apple's Palo Alto store, but not entirely out of place in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Presidents Obama and Xi news conference

US, China reach cyberespionage agreement

The U.S. and China have reached their first ever cybercrime and cyberespionage agreement, but the deal is quite general and how it will translate into actions is still unclear.

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What would a US-China cybertreaty really mean?

After weeks of meetings, the U.S. and China appear to be on the verge of an historic first agreement on hacking and cyberespionage, but what might a deal actually accomplish?

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Cook, Bezos, Nadella to meet Chinese President Xi on Wednesday

The top executives of five of the biggest tech companies in the U.S. will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle on Wednesday.

Google self driving car

Hold the hovercraft: These technologies are reinventing transportation

Transportation technology is advancing quickly and will soon change the way we get from point A to point B. Here are the most promising advances, from hyperloops to autonomous vehicles to re-imagined personal transport devices.

Bitcoin

New York issues first bitcoin license, brings consumer protection

New York State's financial regulator has issued its first bitcoin license, bringing consumer protection, compliance and cyber-security guidelines to what still is very much the wild west of the financial industry.

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US, China appear close on cyber economic espionage deal

China and the U.S. appear close to a ground-breaking agreement on cyber espionage that could be signed later this week when President Xi and President Obama meet in Washington.

Apple

Apple reportedly sets 2019 date for first electric car

Apple is targeting its first electric car for release in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Boston Dynamics Spot robot at Quantico

Marines test Google's latest military robot

The latest version of a walking, quadruped battlefield robot from Boston Dynamics, the military robotics maker owned by Google X, was tested by U.S. Marines last week.

susan rice at GWU

China 'must stop' cyberespionage, warns US National Security Advisor Rice

China's government must halt economic espionage in cyberspace, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice warned on Monday, days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Washington, D.C., on an official visit.

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UK gets first drone conviction after flights over football stadiums

A man in the U.K. has been convicted of illegally flying drones over buildings and congested areas -- the first conviction of its type in the country.

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AT&T says rogue employees secretly unlocked hundreds of thousands of phones

AT&T said three of its employees secretly installed software on its network so a cellphone unlocking service could surreptitiously funnel hundreds of thousands of requests to its servers to remove software locks on phones.

NHK 8K

The world's first 8K TV is going on sale next month for a staggering amount of money

Sharp will be the first to begin limited sales of 8K televisions next month.

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Can a computer learn when to swipe right on Tinder?

When it comes to the complex laws of physical attraction, can a computer learn your preferences on Tinder?