Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service Follow me on Google+

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

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North Korea embarks on Internet purge of executed official

State-run websites have removed references to Jang Song Thaek, who was executed Thursday

Secure Our Smartphones (SOS) initiative being announced at press conference in New York

New York attorney general demands answers on smartphone security decision

In a letter to carriers asking why they oppose installation of a "kill switch" on handsets, Eric Schneiderman alluded to possible collusion.

President Lincoln makes cameo in Apple-Samsung court battle

A US District Court judge invokes some of Abraham Lincoln's words in a plea for compromise between the two tech heavyweights.

At CES 2014, Sony will have 4K on its mind

Sony Electronics president says 4K will be big for the company at January's trade show.

Amazon's proposed drones will deliver packages in 30 minutes or less

Amazon drones are 'fantasy,' says eBay CEO

Rival e-commerce site CEO calls out Jeff Bezos' ambitious drone delivery plan

SEC questioned Twitter claim of profit growth in IPO run up

Twitter changed a prospectus focus to revenue growth rather than profitability after SEC queries

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China Bitcoin exchange head 'surprised' at speed of regulations

The head of the Bitcoin exchange was caught off guard by the announcement of new regulations in China

Will this robot make America safer?

R2D2 meets Robocop, but privacy advocates worry about the robot's implications

Europe clears Microsoft acquisition of Nokia devices business

The EU's OK along with FTC approval over the weekend means the acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business can move forward.

Toshiba offers to buy failed SSD maker OCZ

Toshiba has offered to buy the assets of OCZ Technology, a solid-state drive manufacturer on the verge of bankruptcy.

BlackBerry increases Android app support

Some Android apps will run directly on BlackBerry phones starting next year.

Microsoft sells 1 million Xbox One consoles on launch day

The new console's launch mirrors that of Sony's PlayStation 4 last week.

Twitter tightens security against NSA snooping

The company's new technology should make it impossible for an organization to eavesdrop on encrypted traffic today and decrypt it at some point in the future, it said Friday.

Samsung must pay $290 million to Apple in patent case

After three days of deliberations, a jury came back with the figure on what Samsung needs to pay Apple for infringing on several of its patents.

Apple says Samsung tactics 'crossed bounds of reason'

As jury deliberations continue in the Apple-Samsung damages case, Apple lashed out at its rival's attempt to halt the trial.