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.

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The US Defense Department is expanding its efforts with tech startups

The Department of Defense is expanding its effort to work with tech startups, bringing on executives from top technology companies to work at its Silicon Valley lab and planning a new office to tap into the research taking place in the Boston area.

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US sounds alarm after SAP bug found affecting multinationals

The U.S. government is warning major corporations to check the configuration of their SAP software systems after a computer security company discovered at least 36 global enterprises were still vulnerably to a significant bug that had been patched by SAP over five years ago.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.

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Solar airplane begins journey across the continental U.S.

Solar Impulse 2, a pioneering solar-powered aircraft attempting to fly around the world without burning a single drop of fuel, set off early Monday for the U.S. coast-to-coast leg of its flight.

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Zuckerberg sees 'better than human' AI in next 10 years

Mark Zuckerberg expects artificial intelligence will progress to make computers better than humans at basic sensory perception within the next 10 years and Facebook will end up knowing a lot more about you.

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Facebook proposal will keep Mark Zuckerberg in control for many years to come

Facebook is taking steps to ensure that founder Mark Zuckerberg stays connected and in control at the social network even as he pursues other goals related to charity and research.

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Google, Uber, Lyft team up on self-driving cars

Google and ride-sharing rivals Uber and Lyft have formed an unlikely alliance to attempt to influence politicians and steer forthcoming self-driving car laws in their favor.

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Drone deliveries are arriving at a Japanese golf course

Golfers in Japan will soon be able to get drinks, snacks and other products delivered to them by drone while they're out on the course.

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Solar-powered aircraft lands in Silicon Valley

Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft that's circumnavigating the globe without using a single drop of fuel, arrived in Silicon Valley on Saturday evening.

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Uber and Twitter have jacked up their spending on political lobbying

Uber and Twitter significantly expanded their attempts to influence members of congress through political lobbying in the first three months of this year.

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EFF sues to uncover government demands to decrypt communications

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its failure to disclose if Internet companies have been compelled to decrypt user data and communications.

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NASA plans major test of drone management system

A NASA-developed air traffic control system for drones could take a major step forward this week when up to 24 drones take to the skies from locations across the U.S. in the agency's first coordinated test.

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Japan earthquakes disrupt electronics supply chain, take Sony smartphone sensor fab offline

A series of powerful earthquakes that has shaken southwest Japan this week has also disrupted the electronics supply chain. Sony, Mitsubishi Electric and chip-maker Renesas are among the companies with factories in the area.

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Sharp's half-robot, half-smartphone Robohon is coming in May for $1,800

Japan's Sharp will launch in May a smartphone that's built into a humanoid robot. Or is it a humanoid robot with a built-in smartphone?