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.

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ITC finds Samsung infringed two Apple patents, orders import ban

The U.S. International Trade Commission sides with Apple in a patent cast and rules that some Samsung phones should be blocked from importation to the United States.

Xerox to patch scanner glitch that can alter numbers

Xerox will disable a scanner setting in some of its WorkCentre products that can sometimes result in figures being altered in scanned documents.

London mayor joins NY, SF in battle against smartphone thefts

London Mayor Boris Johnson has signed on to a smartphone anti-theft initiative recently launched by top law enforcement officials in New York and San Francisco. He is the first official outside of the U.S. to join the effort pushing for major smartphone makers to include technology that would render a smartphone useless if it's lost or stolen.

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Apple OKs pre-teen iTunes accounts upon school request

Apple is allowing children under 13 to have their own iTunes accounts as part of a new push coming later this year to increase the use of its iPad in education.

Possible sales ban for Samsung to be decided next week in patent infringement case

The United States International Trade Commission expects to complete its investigation next week into allegations of patent infringement between Apple and Samsung.

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San Francisco DA: Microsoft, Google not doing enough on phone thefts

San Francisco's district attorney says he's optimistic that Apple and Samsung are making progress on a system that would render stolen smartphones unusable, but the same isn't true of Microsoft and Google.

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Apple-Samsung phone battle to hit appeals court in August

A court's decision not to prevent multiple Samsung handsets from being sold in the U.S. despite their being found to infringe Apple patents will go before an appeal's court in early August.

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, has died

Douglas Engelbart, a Silicon Valley engineer who invented the computer mouse and is credited with many of the concepts that underpin modern computing and the Internet, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88.

Apple OSes to narrow gap with Windows, says Gartner

Android, however, will continue to dominate the market, Gartner says.

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Apple's law-enforcement critics 'appreciative' of new activation lock

Two prominent law enforcers in the U.S. who have been pushing Apple to do more to combat iPhone theft say they appreciate a new feature previewed earlier Monday that could help make stolen iPhones more difficult for thieves to resell.

New York calls on phone makers to help deter theft

The New York State attorney general has sent letters to the chief executives of Apple, Microsoft, Google and Samsung asking them for help in combating cellphone theft and hinting he may pursue legal action if they don't cooperate.

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Cloud indexing software extends its reach to Box

SearchYourCloud, which provides a single search interface to find documents stored on a desktop or several cloud-based services, expanded on Tuesday to include Box.

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ITC rejects Motorola touchscreen patent complaint against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found no evidence that Apple infringed on a Motorola Mobility patent covering a touchscreen function.

Turtlebot II robot uses Xbox Kinect to follow you with drinks

The Turtlebot II robot is a robotics development platform running the ROS open source robot OS. Within minutes, users can get the robot to move, follow them around and map their homes, the makers say.

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Glitch hits Apple's iMessage, Facetime

Apple's iMessage and Facetime messaging systems have been hit with a glitch that has taken the services offline for several hours.