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.


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 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.

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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.

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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.


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?

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White House won't say if it's hoping for a cybersecurity deal with China

With the visit of Chinese premier Xi Jinping just a week away, the White House isn't being drawn on whether an agreement might be reached with China over cybersecurity.

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Traders pay $30m to settle newswire hacking case

The Securities and Exchange Commission says two of 32 people charged with profiting from information hacked from newswire services have agreed to pay $30 million to settle the changes.

Mt. Gox chief charged with embezzling bitcoin funds

Japanese prosecutors have charged the former CEO of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox with embezzling the money of clients. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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DARPA envisages robotic satellite repair missions

A former astronaut working at DARPA believes a new breed of robotics could revolutionize the satellite telecommunications industry, bringing better services to consumers and resulting in less space junk.

Free speech for computers, and nine other DARPA ideas

DARPA computer scientist and philosopher Paul Cohen delivered a thought-provoking speech Thursday at the DARPA conference in St. Louis.

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DARPA shows off a crowd-sourcing radiation detector

In the quest to make a better radiation detector, engineers at DARPA are taking a leaf from crowd-sourcing and have developed one that's compact and cheap, integrates with a smartphone and sends its data to the cloud.