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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Mark Zuckerberg says VR is the future of Facebook

The CEO first dreamed of virtual reality as a teen and now sees it as the future of social media.

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Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

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As video surges, Facebook considers a dedicated service

Facebook is considering a dedicated service or page where users will be able watch videos and not be bothered by other content.

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Samsung makes last-chance appeal to Supreme Court on Apple verdict

Samsung is attempting to take its years-old patent fight with Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday it filed an appeal to the court asking it to take a look at the rules regarding design patents -- rules that haven't been touched in 120 years.

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Here's a look at Walmart Pay in action

On Thursday Walmart announced a payment system of its own that uses barcodes and it doesn't look too clumsy.


Watch out, Venmo: Person-to-person payments may be coming to Apple Pay

Apple is in talks with major banks on an extension of its Apple Pay service that would allow person-to-person payments, according to a report.

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VW snags leading self-driving car expert from Apple

Volkswagen just hired an expert on car automation technology away from Apple, signaling its intention to become a serious player in the next-generation and self-driving car markets.

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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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This woman bought an iPhone via a telepresence robot

It might have been the most unusual customer to ever appear at Apple's Palo Alto store, but not entirely out of place in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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AT&T says rogue employees secretly unlocked hundreds of thousands of phones

AT&T said three of its employees secretly installed software on its network so a cellphone unlocking service could surreptitiously funnel hundreds of thousands of requests to its servers to remove software locks on phones.

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Samsung to appeal Apple patent loss to Supreme Court

Samsung Electronics plans a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for infringing Apple patents, but the chances of success don't appear high.

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Here's how Apple's 'mysterious' Frank Fearon really signs his email

The world of Frank Fearon, an Apple engineer who is thought to be working on autonomous car technology, isn't perhaps as cloak and dagger as you were told.

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Car and pedestrian collision? There'll soon be an app for that

The new system will alert drivers and pedestrians of potential collisions.

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After photo leak, North Korea said to block Instagram

Fire at iconic hotel could be trigger for the country's first known Internet filter.

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Uber driver deemed an employee by California Labor Commission

The company was ordered to reimburse a single driver $4,152, but the decision could completely blow up Uber's business model.