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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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.

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The coolest, craziest next-gen car tech from the Tokyo Motor Show

Japanese car companies have a major presence at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show and unveiled new prototypes that provide a taste of the tech we'll soon be seeing in our cars.

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Samsung sees profits jump on demand for chips and displays

Samsung Electronics achieved higher sales and profits in the third quarter of this year, but competition in the smartphone market remained intense, it said in Seoul on Thursday.

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Biometric data becomes the encryption key in Fujitsu system

Fujitsu says it has developed software that uses biometric data directly as the basis for encryption and decryption of data, simplifying and strengthening security systems that rely on biometrics such as fingerprints, retina scans and palm vein scans.

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Controversial CISA bill sails through Senate despite strong tech opposition

The U.S. Senate approved a controversial cybersecurity bill on Tuesday, despite opposition from major tech companies and privacy advocates who fear it will result in more of citizens' private information going to the government.

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Drone carrying drugs, hacksaw blades crashes in Oklahoma prison

A drone carrying drugs, a cell phone, hacksaw blades and other contraband was discovered crashed in an Oklahoma prison yard on Monday morning.

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Chase Pay to take on Apple, Google and Samsung in 2016

JP Morgan Chase will launch its own smartphone payment platform in mid-2016, going head-to-head with rival services from Apple, Google and Samsung.

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Wal-Mart wants to deliver by drone too

Wal-Mart has applied for permission to begin testing home delivery by drones -- a move intended to ensure online rivals Amazon and Google don't corner the much-hyped market before it gets off the ground.

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World View a step closer to balloon space flight

World View says a successful test flight over the weekend puts it a step closer to commercial balloon flights high enough to see the curvature of the earth and the black of space.

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NEC's surveillance system will detect, track drones

NEC has developed a surveillance system that can spot drones from up to a kilometer away.

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Panasonic shows world's first UltraHD '4K' Blu-ray player

Panasonic will soon begin selling in Japan a Blu-ray Disc player compatible with 4K UltraHD discs, the first such player in the world.

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Sharp's Robohon is a cute little robot that doubles as a phone

From the country that brought you pretty much every crazy robot you've ever seen, Sharp on Tuesday showed off a prototype robot that doubles as a smartphone -- or is that a smartphone in the form of a robot? It's not entirely clear, but it is cute.