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.

Proposed California law would mandate smartphone kill switch

The bill, if passed, could effectively mean kill switches on phones sold across the US.


Most iPhone users have activation lock enabled, survey finds

The survey, by San Francisco's district attorney, sees room for improvement in Apple's implementation

Secure Our Smartphones (SOS) initiative being announced at press conference in New York

New York attorney general demands answers on smartphone security decision

In a letter to carriers asking why they oppose installation of a "kill switch" on handsets, Eric Schneiderman alluded to possible collusion.


Apple vs. Samsung

President Lincoln makes cameo in Apple-Samsung court battle

A US District Court judge invokes some of Abraham Lincoln's words in a plea for compromise between the two tech heavyweights.

Apple's legal bill in Samsung fight $60M and counting

Costs keep rising for both sides as the patent case continues.

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Samsung must pay $290 million to Apple in patent case

After three days of deliberations, a jury came back with the figure on what Samsung needs to pay Apple for infringing on several of its patents.

Apple vs. Samsung

Apple says Samsung tactics 'crossed bounds of reason'

As jury deliberations continue in the Apple-Samsung damages case, Apple lashed out at its rival's attempt to halt the trial.

Carriers slammed for rejecting smartphone 'kill switch'

The officials have been pushing for a “kill switch” that could render smartphones inoperable after they’re stolen, reducing the incentive for crime.


Apple vs. Samsung

A single piece of paper means excitement in the Apple-Samsung trial

It doesn’t take much to bring lawyers and reporters scurrying to the courtroom in the Apple-Samsung trial.

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You can't patent sexy: The Apple-Samsung trial told in tweets

For the past five days, a handful of reporters have listened to Apple and Samsung's lawyers argue over patent minutia. Fortunately, they still had access to the Internet.

Apple vs. Samsung

Samsung denied mistrial on racial bias claim in Apple case

Judge Lucy Koh, apparently keen to avoid a re-do of the trial, denied the Samsung request.

Apple vs. Samsung

Apple's $380 million case against Samsung goes to jury

Jurors will now decide how much Samsung must pay Apple for infringing on several patents with its smartphones.

Apple vs. Samsung

Apple, Samsung rest case in multimillion-dollar patent fight

The two companies have been arguing in front of a jury for four days over the amount of money Samsung should pay to Apple for infringement of five of Apple's patents.

Phil Schiller, iPhone 5S Event

Apple's Schiller testifies in case against Samsung

Phil Schiller tried to convince a jury that Samsung's infringement of Apple patents cost the company phone and tablet sales.

Apple experts seek to justify $380 million damages claim against Samsung

How much do you pay for iPhone and iPad features covered by patents? That's what expert witnesses discussed in the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent infringement hearing.