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.

Sophos CEO sounds the alarm on enterprise ransomware attacks

IBM's wearables hub could get you out of the hospital faster

IBM's wearables hub could get you out of the hospital faster

Researchers at IBM have developed a hub for wearables that can gather information from multiple devices and share it with a doctor, potentially cutting down on the time patients need to spend in a hospital.

Tokyo wants to make Olympic medals from old smartphones

Tokyo wants to make Olympic medals from old smartphones

Japan will kick off a drive this week to collect old smartphones and other portable gadgets so that they can be turned into medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

FCC takes first step toward over-the-air 4K broadcasting

FCC takes first step toward over-the-air 4K broadcasting

The FCC has taken the first step toward the eventual rollout of over-the-air terrestrial 4K TV broadcasting in the U.S. It published a proposed regulation that would allow stations to begin broadcasts using the ATSC3.0 format.

Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order Tuesday that gives each cabinet official more responsibility for the safety of data within his or her agency.

Uber, Amazon and Tesla ramped up their U.S. lobbying in 2016

Uber, Amazon and Tesla ramped up their U.S. lobbying in 2016

Many major tech companies spent less money lobbying in Washington in 2016, but a handful, including Uber and Amazon, invested significantly more in attempting to influence politicians and the regulatory process.

Alt Twitter government accounts spring up to challenge Trump

Alt Twitter government accounts spring up to challenge Trump

Alternative facts and fake news, meet Alt-Twitter. In the last few days a growing number of Twitter accounts have been started claiming to be the "alternative" or "rogue" voices of U.S. government workers and agencies.

Trump, May agree to take on ISIS in cyberspace

Trump, May agree to take on ISIS in cyberspace

The U.K. and U.S. are planning to work more closely to combat the spread of extreme Islamist ideology in cyberspace, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

Alphabet Q4 earnings surge on mobile, YouTube

Alphabet Q4 earnings surge on mobile, YouTube

Alphabet reported significantly higher revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 on the back of increased mobile and YouTube video advertising.

Controversial Park Service tweets arose from old Twitter passwords

Controversial Park Service tweets arose from old Twitter passwords

Two instances of tweets from National Park Service accounts that became political hot potatoes in the last few days were the result of bad password management, according to officials.

GPG Suite updated for secure email on OSX Sierra

GPG Suite updated for secure email on OSX Sierra

GPG Suite, an application that brings encrypted email to Mac OS, is now available in public beta for Sierra.

Samsung gets 2016 profit jump despite Note 7 debacle

Samsung gets 2016 profit jump despite Note 7 debacle

Samsung Electronics said its profit rose almost 20 percent in 2016 despite nearly flat sales and the costly recall of the Note 7 smartphone.

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