James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Judge lowers Apple's $1 billion Samsung award, orders partial retrial

A judge has ordered a partial retrial in Apple's patent lawsuit against Samsung in California, and has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the $1 billion in damages that Apple was awarded last summer.

Twitter hacked; 250,000 users must reset their passwords

Twitter's servers have been breached by "extremely sophisticated" hackers who may have made off with user names and passwords for about 250,000 users, the company said Friday.

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Gorilla Glass 3 promises 40 percent fewer scratches (video)

Corning has developed a new version of its Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets that it says will result in 40 percent fewer scratches and appear in devices later this year.

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Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Yahoo buys Stamped; will kill its mobile app

Marissa Mayer has made her first acquisition at Yahoo, a recommendations app called Stamped that was developed by ex-Googlers and has even received backing from Google Ventures.

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Samsung says ITC ruling in favor of Apple would mean less choice, higher prices

Samsung contends that a finding by the U.S. International Trade Commission that the company infringed Apple's patents will lead to less choice and higher prices for consumers.

Foxconn factory workers strike, stall iPhone 5 production

Thousands of workers went on strike at a Foxconn factory in China on Friday, bringing some iPhone 5 production lines to a halt, a labor rights group said.

Zuckerberg says IPO has been 'disappointing,' eyes search opportunity

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave his first interview Tuesday since the company's troubled initial public offering earlier this year at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

Expert: Quick verdict in Apple trial doesn't mean jury shirked its duty

It may have been surprising that the jury in the Samsung-Apple trial returned a verdict after just three days of deliberations, but Roy Futterman, director at DOAR Litigation Consulting and a clinical psychologist who works on trial strategies and the mindset of jurors, says it appeared that the nine-person panel did its job.

Apple scores big win in Samsung patent case

A nine-person jury found that Samsung did indeed violate Apple patents and ordered the smartphone maker to pay Apple a little more than $1 billion in damages.

Apple hardware engineering chief Mansfield retires

The Apple executive in charge of hardware engineering for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple products is retiring from the company, Apple said Thursday.

Google says new 'Jelly Bean' version of Android coming in July

Google has taken the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, which adds improvements to search, voice typing, and notifications.

Judge clears Google of Java copyright infringement

A U.S. judge has ruled that the Java application programming interfaces used in Android are not protected by copyright, marking a defeat for Oracle in its lawsuit against Google.

Google's Android did not infringe Oracle patents, jury finds

Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle's Java patents, a jury in San Francisco found Wednesday in a setback for Oracle.

Judge deems Kodak digital camera patent invalid

A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that a Kodak patent asserted in a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion is invalid.