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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Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues

The law firm it used to battle Samsung will now lobby the federal government

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North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

The move affects foreigners who live in the country, as well as local citizens were already banned from using the services.

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Starbucks says 1 in 6 payments already mobile

The company said it accounted for 90 percent of mobile payments in the US last year

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Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

The apps could prove a major competitor for Apple Pay and competing products, if they make it to market.

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MCX says CurrentC is less about tech, more about relationships

The head of the retailer-backed payment system says it welcomes competition and members are free to accept Apple Pay

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Earth imaging start-up lost 26 satellites in Antares explosion

Planet Labs says the failure won't kill its plans, but didn't comment on if the satellites were insured

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Sensitive crypto gear could slow recovery of cargo from destroyed Cygnus spacecraft

The explosion of the Antares supply rocket is a blow for commercial space flight

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California reports huge jump in data breaches

Annual report says records equivalent to almost half the state's residents were lost in 2013.

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Commercial pilots group concerned over Amazon drone safety

The Air Line Pilots Association cautions that safety is paramount in commercial drone flight

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Apple Pay activated 1 million times in first three days

Consumers appear enthusiastic about Apple's new payment system.

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Everspin deal with Global Foundries may push MRAM chips to production faster

The deal is a step towards greater mass production of the new memory technology

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Apple Pay tops Tim Cook's to-do list in China

Apple CEO wrapped up a four-day trip to China on Friday

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Rite Aid stores block Apple Pay, Google Wallet payments

Payments were accepted at Apple Pay's launch on Monday, but appear to have been blocked by the retailer.

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Apple Pay's next move could be phone-to-phone payments

The NFC standard supports it, but payment software hasn't enabled it yet. Will Apple lead the way with Apple Pay?

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AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter

Audi and GM are both offering in-car 4G connections through AT&T.