Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Apple, Samsung both claim innovator status in opening of patent trial

Apple and Samsung hurled strong statements at each other in the opening rounds of their Silicon Valley patent trial on Tuesday.

Yahoo's Levinsohn leaves, as expected, after Mayer gets top job

Ross Levinsohn, who served as Yahoo's interim CEO for about two months until the company hired former Google executive Marissa Mayer on July 16, will leave the company Tuesday.

Twitter blames two-hour failure on dual data-center crashes

A Twitter outage on Thursday that lasted as long as two hours for some users was caused by separate data centers failing at nearly the same time, according to the microblogging service.

Passwords leaked from Yahoo: Boozy, preachy, angry -- and easy

A look through the compromised Yahoo account information says a lot about Web users and security -- namely, that they don't use much of it.

Wi-Fi Direct may get a reboot with push for better ease of use

The Wi-Fi Direct standard may get a much-needed boost next year from work by the Wi-Fi Alliance to make it easier to use for both consumers and developers.

Cisco apologizes for privacy 'confusion,' makes cloud service an opt-in feature

Cisco Systems has taken a step back from its Cisco Connect Cloud service, removing it as the default setting for management of its Linksys EA Series Wi-Fi routers after a firestorm of complaints from customers about automatic firmware updates and the service's terms of service.

Report: Apple wins injunction against Galaxy Nexus

A California court has granted Apple an injunction against Samsung over sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S.

T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm resigns

Philipp Humm has resigned as CEO of T-Mobile US, the fourth-largest U.S. mobile operator, and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Jim Alling on an interim basis.

FCC rules might tighten up use of cell-signal boosters

A proposal includes requiring users to notify their mobile operators, and carrier permission might be required.

AT&T works on expanding Toggle BYOD service to PCs, Macs

On Wednesday, AT&T said it was bringing Toggle, its service that lets Bring Your Own Device users put their work-related data usage on a separate account, to iOS. Now the carrier says it's working to expand Toggle to Macs and PCs as well.

Toggle separates work and personal on iPhone

AT&T's Toggle service allows users to create work-only sectors on their Android phones. Now the service is coming to iOS.

LightSquared declares bankruptcy after GPS worries sank its mobile dream

LightSquared, the startup that planned a nationwide wholesale mobile network only to be shot down by regulators because of GPS interference concerns, is declaring bankruptcy.

AT&T sees an end to Wi-Fi-only tablets

Tablet makers are moving toward selling only models equipped with cellular radios and away from having separate Wi-Fi-only units, according to an AT&T executive.

Judge again orders Apple, Samsung to streamline claims in iPad patent case

Apple and Samsung Electronics have until Monday to further boil down the number of claims to be considered in the sweeping intellectual-property lawsuit being fought between the two companies.

Small firm takes on Apple, Google over voice patent

Apple, Google, Microsoft and all major smartphone vendors were slapped with a lawsuit Wednesday by Potter Voice Technologies, an obscure Colorado company that claims they are infringing its patent on natural-language voice control of a computer.