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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Cox to pay $595,000 for Lizard Squad data breach

Cox Communications has agreed to pay $595,000 and submit to seven years of computer security compliance monitoring by the Federal Communications Commission to settle an investigation into whether the cable TV and Internet operator failed to safeguard the personal information of its customers.

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Drone pilots get a guide to the sky, safety alerts with new app

Drone pilots will have a little more insight into the world around them and get safety alerts through to a free smartphone app launching on Thursday called Hivemapper.

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Hilton hotel fined for obstructing FCC investigation into Wi-Fi blocking

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Hilton Worldwide Holdings $25,000 for obstructing its investigation into whether the hotel operator blocked Wi-Fi hotspots being used by customers.

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Revealed: The top 10 apps that companies hate

Companies are wary about what employees are doing on their smartphones. Be it data loss or time-wasting, a growing number of employers are actively stopping staff from using certain apps on company-controlled devices.

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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.