Martyn Williams

Senior U.S. Correspondent

Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Arduino targets the Internet of Things with Primo board

Facebook's plan to disrupt cellular gets big-name support

Facebook's plan to disrupt cellular gets big-name support

Several of the world's largest cellular carriers, representing almost 1.3 billion subscribers, have pledged support to a Facebook project that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of building and expanding wireless data networks.

Uber to test self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Uber to test self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Uber will begin real-world tests of self-driving car technology in the coming weeks, putting a custom Ford Fusion onto the streets of Pittsburgh.

Defense Department expands efforts with tech startups

Defense Department expands efforts with tech startups

The Department of Defense is expanding its effort to work with tech startups, bringing on executives from top technology firms to work at its Silicon Valley lab and planning a new office to tap into the research taking place in the...

U.S. sounds alarm after SAP bug found affecting multinationals

U.S. sounds alarm after SAP bug found affecting multinationals

A computer security company discovered at least 36 global enterprises were still vulnerable to a significant bug that had been patched by SAP over five years ago.

The FCC and FTC open inquiries into smartphone security updates

The FCC and FTC open inquiries into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.

Facebook proposal will keep Zuckerberg in control for many years to come

Facebook proposal will keep Zuckerberg in control for many years to come

Facebook is taking steps to ensure that founder Mark Zuckerberg stays connected and in control at the social network even as he pursues other goals related to charity and research.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Silicon Valley

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Silicon Valley

Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft that's circumnavigating the globe without using a single drop of fuel, arrived in Silicon Valley on Saturday evening.

Uber and Twitter have jacked up their spending on political lobbying

Uber and Twitter have jacked up their spending on political lobbying

Uber and Twitter significantly expanded their attempts to influence members of Congress through political lobbying in the first three months of this year.

EFF sues for info on gov't demands to decrypt communications

EFF sues for info on gov't demands to decrypt communications

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its failure to disclose if Internet companies have been compelled to decrypt user data and communications.

NASA plans major test of drone management system

NASA plans major test of drone management system

A NASA-developed air traffic control system for drones could take a major step forward this week when up to 24 drones take to the skies from locations across the U.S. in the agency's first coordinated test.

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