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.

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.

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Samsung infringed Apple patent on text selection, says ITC judge

A handful of Samsung smartphones infringe an Apple patent on text selection, according to the initial determination of a U.S. International Trade Commission judge.

Amazon to acquire Goodreads book recommendation site

Amazon.com will acquire Goodreads, a website that recommends books.

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ITC postpones decision on iPhone, iPad sales ban

The U.S. International Trade Commission will take two more months to decide whether Apple's iPhone and iPad should be taken off sale in the U.S. due to alleged patent infringements, it said late Tuesday.

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Skype launches limited video messaging trial

Skype soft-launched a video messaging service on Friday that allows its subscribers to deliver recorded clips to Skype contacts for playback when they come online.

Macmillan will end e-book discounting ban in price-fixing settlement

The company that publishes books under the Macmillan imprint has agreed to allow discounting of its electronic books as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over price-fixing in the fast-growing e-book market.

Apple beat Samsung in Q4 U.S. phone sales

Apple topped Samsung as the leading cellphone vendor in the U.S. in the last three months of the year, at the same time that overall sales for the year declined.

Jobs' house burglar gets seven-year sentence

The man who broke into the Palo Alto, California, home of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and stole laptops, iPads and other possessions has been sentenced to seven years in a California state prison.

Judge orders Apple, Amazon to settlement talks on App Store dispute

A federal judge in California has ordered Apple and Amazon.com to sit down and attempt to settle a lawsuit between them over Amazon's use of the "Appstore" name for its online application marketplace.

Apple's iPhone found to infringe Sony, Nokia patents

A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.

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Judge urges 'global peace' in Apple-Samsung patent battle

A California judge asked Apple and Samsung to consider how to resolve their patent fight, at a recent hearing over the $1 billion in damages, accusations of juror misconduct, and legal maneuvers.

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California judge warns Apple, Samsung to follow court rules

Two days ahead of the first post-trial hearing in the patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, a California judge has signaled to lawyers for both companies that she expects them to follow her instructions and work by her rules.

RIM takes another hit: Nokia seeks to block sale of some products

Nokia has asked a California court to enforce an arbitration award that would prevent Research In Motion from selling products with wireless LAN capabilities until the companies can agree on patent royalty rates.

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Nokia enters the mapping wars with Here, its cross-platform location service

Nokia plans an ambitious expansion of its mapping and location-based services platform beyond its own smartphones to competing devices running OSes other than Windows Phone 8, it said Tuesday.

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Apple v. Motorola patent case gets tossed by Wisconsin judge

A highly anticipated patent infringement case between Apple and Motorola Mobility was dismissed by a Wisconsin district court Monday, hours before the trial was due to begin.