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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Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

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Thousands of hoverboards seized by US customs

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has seized tens of thousands of hoverboards in the last month in a crack down on a hot holiday gift that's been held responsible for several home fires.

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This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions. From radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones, but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution that's much more elegant.

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Watch: Boeing's new 737 Max has first test flight

The new airliner is scheduled to be delivered in 2017, 50 years after the Boeing 737 debuted

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Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Control Center

This is Verizon's Super Bowl command room -- a temporary, purpose-built nerve center in the shadow of Levi's Stadium that pulls in data from permanent and temporary base stations to ensure the network keeps running.

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Verizon told to remove huge Super Bowl ad in San Francisco

Verizon has been told it must remove huge ads that are blanketing two sides of a building in downtown San Francisco a stone's throw from the city's Super Bowl celebration.

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Samsung profit plummets on weak smartphone sales

Weak demand for mobile phones and display panels pushed down Samsung's profits last quarter, and the company doesn't expect much improvement this year.

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As video surges, Facebook considers a dedicated service

Facebook is considering a dedicated service or page where users will be able watch videos and not be bothered by other content.

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After lackluster Apple report, all eyes on Samsung

Just how bad are conditions in the smartphone market? We'll get a better idea later Wednesday when Samsung announces its latest quarterly earnings.

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Sony is moving its PlayStation base to California

Sony plans to shift its global headquarters for PlayStation from Tokyo to California this year, it said Tuesday.

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Europe's space laser communications system will launch this week

A "space data highway" that links satellites using high-speed laser transmissions should take a big step forward this week with the launch of the Eutelsat 9B satellite.

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Almost 300,000 drones have been registered with the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration says its drone registration system has hit almost 300,000 registrations, one month after launch.

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Criminal charges filed against two LA drone pilots

The Los Angeles City Attorney filed criminal cases against two drone pilots on Wednesday for allegedly flying their drones in controlled airspace.

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San Francisco has had its first self-driving car accident

San Francisco saw its first traffic accident involving an autonomous car earlier this month when a Nissan Leaf autonomous vehicle operated by Cruise Automation hit a parked Toyota Prius.

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Major tech companies spent millions more on lobbying in 2015

Most major tech companies increased the amount of money they spent attempting to influence lawmakers in Washington, D.C., through federal lobbying.