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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Apple, Samsung drop some patent claims as trial approaches

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop some of the patent infringement claims they have filed against each other in a move aimed at simplifying litigation between the two companies when the jury trial begins next week.

Apple kerfuffle prompts EPEAT to review thin laptops

EPEAT has launched a review of ultra-thin and light laptops carrying its environmental ratings after Apple withdrew from and rejoined the organization last week.

Apple sued over noise reduction technology

A small Silicon Valley company is suing Apple, alleging the computer maker infringed its patent covering noise-reduction technology for cell phones.

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RIM delays BlackBerry 10, reports plummeting sales

Research In Motion is delaying the launch of its BlackBerry 10 operating system due to delays in completing the software.

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Samsung appeals Apple injunction against Galaxy Tab

Lawyers for Samsung Electronics have petitioned a U.S. court to suspend a preliminary injunction that has blocked its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer from sale in the country.

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Cell phones play increasing role getting US online

Half of all adults in the U.S. now use a cell phone to access the Internet, the Pew Internet & American Life Project says.

California judge puts limit on Apple-Samsung patent exhibits

A California court will limit the number of exhibits Apple and Samsung are able to submit when their multifaceted patent infringement case comes before a jury next month.

Microsoft previews Windows Phone 8

Seeking to drive greater compatibility between smartphones and PCs, Microsoft is planning to base its upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS on the same OS core as its desktop and laptop computers.

By the numbers: Microsoft's Surface vs. Apple's iPad

Here's a quick overview of how the specs compare between the iPad and Microsoft's newly announced Surface tablet.

Microsoft previews Surface tablet

Microsoft took a bold step into the tablet market on Monday with the unveiling of a computer aimed squarely at bettering Apple's market-leading iPad.