Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service Follow me on Google+

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecommunications, Silicon Valley, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Softbank pays $20 million for stake in Ustream

Japan's Softbank has paid $20 million for a 13.7 percent stake in Ustream and holds options to purchase further shares, it said Tuesday.

Sony to launch first TransferJet devices this week

TransferJet, a Sony-developed short-range wireless system, will be launched this weekend in Japan and from February overseas.

LG develops cell phone for US mobile DTV standard

LG Electronics has developed handheld terminals compatible with the U.S. mobile digital TV format and will show then at CES.

Toshiba develops translation system for cell phones

Toshiba has developed a cell phone translation system for English, Chinese and Japanese that could one day find its way on to the iPhone.

LG Display develops thinnest-yet LCD TV panel

LG Display has developed a prototype LCD panel for television sets that's less than a quarter the thickness of the company's current production panels.

Seagate to launch slimmer laptop hard disk at CES

Seagate is planning to launch at CES a new 2.5-inch drive that's 25 percent thinner than current models.

Sony's 3D TV plans become a little clearer

Sony hopes 3D-capable TV sets will account for up to half of all TVs it sells in 2012, an executive said in an interview.

Pioneer sues Garmin over navigation technology

Pioneer has lodged a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Garmin alleging some of its products infringe on Pioneer patents.