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.

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Mobile networks almost back to pre-Hurricane Sandy reliability

Cellular coverage for some carriers approached normal levels in the northeastern U.S. a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but some areas remained cut off from mobile service because of ongoing power and telecommunications outages.


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Apple financial data may be unsealed in Samsung case

Information about sales, profits and margins for specific Apple products should be made public, the judge hearing the company's lawsuit against Samsung Electronics ruled on Wednesday, though a higher court's decision could keep the data from ever being revealed.

FCC chief details spectrum plan to boost high-speed services in 2015

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski detailed plans on Thursday to free up more wireless spectrum that carriers say they need to offer high-speed mobile services.

Birdeez app flies toward birdwatchers' iPhones

Using the phone's location awareness and calendar, Birdeez can build a customized list of species that a birder is likely to see

T-Mobile USA invites iPhone users to HSPA+ networks

As the latest iPhone went on sale Friday, with T-Mobile USA once again left out of the party, the fourth-place U.S. carrier started turning on a network that is designed to offer high data rates on unlocked iPhones.

Apple's LTE move with iPhone 5 leaves Europe on the back burner

While Apple is moving to LTE with the iPhone 5, it's focused for now on North America and advanced Asian markets, leaving Europe's most important LTE bands behind.

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US may ease up on in-flight use of electronics

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking a new look at the use of portable electronics on airplanes, seeking public comments starting this week and...

Trial with Samsung reveals Apple's 7-inch iPad vision, 'Purple Project'

Among the testimony to come out of the Samsung-Apple trial last week: Apple considered developing a car or a camera after seeing the iPod's success, and in early 2011 one of its top executives recommended making a 7-inch iPad.

Judge rejects Apple's punishment against Samsung

The judge in Apple's patent-infringement suit against Samsung Electronics turned down Apple's request to impose harsh sanctions against Samsung for distributing inadmissible court exhibits to some media outlets. Friday's session also saw testimony from Apple executives Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall.

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Apple asks court to punish Samsung for releasing documents in iPhone suit

Apple will ask a federal court to sanction Samsung Electronics for releasing documents that were not allowed as evidence in the companies' dueling patent infringement suits.

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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.

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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.

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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.