Martyn WilliamsSenior Correspondent, IDG News Service

Martyn Williams covers technology news in text and video for PC World, Macworld and TechHive and is based in San Francisco. He previously worked for IDG News Service as a correspondent in San Francisco and Tokyo and has reported on technology news from across Asia and Europe.

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Palantir to pay $1.7 million to settle racial hiring bias claim

Data analytics company Palantir will pay $1.7 million in back pay and stock options to settle charges that it routinely discriminated against Asian job applicants. In addition, it must also hire eight people from among those it allegedly discriminated against.

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Fake heads and robot probes: testing smartphones prior to launch

On the shelves of a laboratory near San Francisco sit tanks and tanks of mysterious looking liquids. It's the Silicon Valley offices of UL, a product testing organization previously known as Underwriters Laboratory, and these liquids play an important part in smartphone safety.

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Trump's cybersecurity mystery: 90 days in, where's the plan?

On Jan. 6, Donald Trump said his administration would produce a report on cybersecurity within 90 days after his inaguration. On Wednesday, President Trump marks his 90th day in office with no sign of a report or indication that one is on the way.

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Samsung taps DOD tech veteran to head enterprise push

Samsung Electronics has appointed the former CIO of the Department of Defense to help a global push to expand its mobile enterprise business.

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Apple said to be targeting a stake in Toshiba's memory chip business

Apple is the latest company to be linked with a possible bid for or an investment in Toshiba's sizable computer memory business, which is up for sale.

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Twitter pulls lawsuit after US government backs down

Twitter has withdrawn a lawsuit it filed on Thursday against the U.S. government after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection withdrew a demand that it reveal details about a Twitter account that is critical of the agency.

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Twitter sues the U.S. government for demanding it unmask critical 'alt' account

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account that is critical of the immigration service.

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Trump extends Obama executive order on cyberattacks

U.S. President Donald Trump is extending by one year special powers introduced by former President Barack Obama that allow the government to issue sanctions against people and organizations engaged in significant cyberattacks and cybercrime against the U.S.

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The top-secret X-37B space plane is about to break another record

The U.S. Air Force's top-secret autonomous space plane, the X-37B, is days away from breaking its own longevity record. The aircraft, which looks like a mini Space Shuttle, is on schedule next week to spend its record-setting 675th day in orbit, but we still don't know much about what it's doing up there.

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Cornell University's radical radio chip uses software filtering to work anywhere

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new type of radio-on-a-chip that could mean cheaper, more flexible wireless systems.

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Inside the Russian hack of Yahoo: How they did it

One mistaken click. That's all it took for hackers aligned with the Russian state security service to gain access to Yahoo's network and potentially the email messages and private information of as many as 500 million people.

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Russian government agents among those charged for massive Yahoo hack

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has charged four people, including two Russian state intelligence agents, for their involvement in a massive hack of Yahoo that affected half a billion accounts.

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US Army shows off its 'hoverbike' delivery drone

It's been a year since the U.S. Army began researching the use of a British-built hoverbike as an autonomous delivery drone for battlefields, and it recently showed off its progress.

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US Army shows off its 'hoverbike' delivery drone

It's been a year since the U.S. Army began researching the use of a British-built hoverbike as an autonomous delivery drone for battlefields, and it recently showed off its progress.

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Say goodbye to the camera bump with this smartphone concept

Engineers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed a smartphone camera module that's thin enough to be squeezed inside a smartphone, removing the need for a 'camera bump' without compromising on quality.