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.

The IRS wants to ID every U.S. Coinbase user from 2013 to 2015

With choice for CIA chief, Trump picks a foe of Silicon Valley's encryption stance

With choice for CIA chief, Trump picks a foe of Silicon Valley's encryption stance

In his nomination of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, President-elect Donald Trump has picked a supporter of NSA surveillance programs and a critic of Silicon Valley's stance on encryption.

When Airbnb asked users to pledge to treat people equally, a lot refused

When Airbnb asked users to pledge to treat people equally, a lot refused

Stung by criticism and evidence that some of its hosts discriminated against non-white guests, Airbnb this month began asking users to pledge to treat everyone equally.

A.I. beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google's cloud chief

A.I. beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google's cloud chief

The head of Google's cloud business says she doesn't expect machine intelligence to exceed that of humans during her lifetime, despite recent rapid progress that has surprised many.

It's time for companies to stand for something, says Marc Benioff

It's time for companies to stand for something, says Marc Benioff

One of Silicon Valley’s most opinionated CEOs says it’s time for more companies to be vocal about important social issues.

Facebook hits 20Gbps in tests for internet drone data transmission

Facebook hits 20Gbps in tests for internet drone data transmission

Facebook has succeeded in transmitting data at almost 20Gbps between two towers in Southern California in tests of a technology key to its plans to deliver internet service to rural areas using drones.

Facebook halts Whatsapp data sharing in the UK

Facebook halts Whatsapp data sharing in the UK

Facebook has agreed to stop using WhatsApp data to target users with advertising in the U.K. and has been warned it could face legal action if it resumes the practice.

Intel's first commercial drone lands in the U.S.

Intel's first commercial drone lands in the U.S.

Intel began promoting its first commercial drone in the U.S. this week, as it seeks to carve out a place for itself in the fast-expanding market.

Flexible solar panels are vastly increasing drone endurance

Flexible solar panels are vastly increasing drone endurance

Flexible, thin-film solar panels from a Silicon Valley company are allowing drone makers to keep their aircraft in the sky for hours longer than is possible with batteries alone.

Lost thumb drives bedevil U.S. banking agency

Lost thumb drives bedevil U.S. banking agency

A U.S. banking regulator says an employee downloaded a large amount of data from its computer system a week before he retired and is now unable to locate the thumb drives he stored it on.

Samsung sales and profits dive after Note7 recall

Samsung sales and profits dive after Note7 recall

Samsung's smartphone division struggled to breakeven between July and September as sales plunged due to the recall of its high-end Note7.

Apple sales, profits fall again but a brighter outlook ahead

Apple sales, profits fall again but a brighter outlook ahead

Apple recorded its third consecutive quarter of lower revenue as it fought lower demand for the iPhone and tough competition from lower-priced competitors.

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