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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Eric Schmidt sees a huge future for machine learning

The man who helped build Google from a search engine into one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world has predicted the emergence of a new computing architecture based on crowd-sourced data and machine learning.

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Take a 4K VR tour around Google's Oregon data center

Data centers are typically high-security locations and operators don't like you snooping around, but Google is giving users a look at one of its latest and most advanced centers through virtual reality.

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Apple sees weakness in FBI hearing request

A last-minute request for witnesses could indicate a change in the FBI's thinking, says Apple.

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Alphabet plans analytics platform to help cities solve traffic problems

Sidewalks Labs, a unit of Alphabet, is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transport to build a data and analytics platform that promises to help cities understand where people go and how they get there so they can better design transportation infrastructure to suit.

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Watch a DJI drone race a Jaguar XJ

What happens when you pair a top Hollywood stunt driver with one of the world’s best drone pilots? You get an amazing cat and mouse chase between the two. That’s what.

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How smartphones helped NASA to build tiny satellites you can hold in your hand

The same advances in electronics that bring us ever more powerful smartphones are helping NASA become more nimble in exploring the universe.

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Sony's PlayStation VR headset is coming in October for $399

Sony's long-awaited virtual reality headset for the PlayStation games console will go on sale around the world in October, the company said Tuesday.

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Drones present minimal threat to aircraft, says study

Just how likely is it that a drone hits an aircraft and causes a death or injury? Not very, according to research from George Mason University. The study suggests the Federal Aviation Administration could significantly loosen rules regarding private drone use and not endanger general aviation.

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Almost 400,000 drones are registered with the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration's drone registration system is about to hit the 400,000 mark, three months after it was launched.

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The US will see an amazing total solar eclipse in 2017

If images of this week's eclipse whetted your appetite for the real thing and you live in the U.S., you don't have long to wait. In August 2017, a total solar eclipse will be seen in a path that crosses the entire country -- the first time in almost 100 years that this has happened.

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Facebook shows off progress in using lasers to deliver Internet

A key part of Facebook's ambitious plan to deliver Internet connectivity via drone is an air-to-ground laser link that will connect the high-flying aircraft to the Internet, and on Tuesday, Facebook showed off important progress it's made in realizing that technology.

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Space X fails again at a sea landing

For the fourth time, Space X has failed at the difficult task of landing a rocket on a platform bobbing up and down in the middle of the ocean.

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US says cyber battle against ISIS will 'black these guys out'

The U.S. is aggressively targeting ISIS in cyberspace, attempting to halt the group's ability to communicate electronically, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday.

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The U.S. military is shooting these creepy robot dummies to make better Marines

They're not the kind of thing you might expect to see on a battlefield, but a four-wheeled robot recently tested by the U.S. Marines could help make better soldiers.

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DOD to invite security experts to Hack the Pentagon

The Department of Defense plans to ask computer security experts to Hack the Pentagon as part of a push to improve its cyber defenses.