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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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Wireless data traffic more than doubled in US in 2013

The average subscriber line carries 801 megabytes of data per month, said the CTIA.

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages

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Bill Gates urges Stanford grads to focus on progress, not profit alone

If innovation is only market-driven, inventions may leave the world even more divided, he said

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Judge: Lawsuit over LinkedIn's repeated invitation spam can proceed

Plaintiffs allege LinkedIn improperly profited from their names by sending multiple invites to join the site to their contacts.

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AT&T says customer data accessed to unlock smartphones

Social Security numbers were accessed in a bid to unlock smartphones

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US government OKs sharper satellite images

A long-standing restriction has been lifted to usher in better quality online mapping.

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

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Samsung dominates nascent smartwatch market, way ahead of Pebble

More than 400,000 smartwatches were sold in the six months around the end of the year, according to NPD.

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Groups ask Apple to end toxic chemical use

Used in electronics factories, benzene can cause cancer and n-hexane can cause nerve damage.

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Second Chinese army unit linked to corporate cyber-espionage

Internet postings link a Chinese hacking group to a military unit

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We snuck an unauthorized hands-on with Asus' super-thin Transformer Book T300 Chi

Initial specs suggest that the hybrid device is slimmer than the Macbook Air

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Microsoft: Sub-$200 Windows Phone handsets on the way

New partners could have handsets out by the end of the year, according to Nick Parker, who handles Microsoft's partnerships with device makers.

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There's plenty of wearable competition at Computex, but not much innovation

Plenty of device makers at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week are hoping to stake a claim in the growing market for wearable devices. But the products on display looked like more of the same.

Competition, not innovation, in wearables at Computex

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Smartwatches and fitness trackers are still the market mainstays