Stories by Martyn Williams

North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.

Starbucks says 1 in 6 payments already mobile

Starbucks says mobile payments are taking off in a big way and it's already handling almost 7 million a week at its U.S. coffee shops.

Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

MCX says CurrentC is less about tech, more about relationships

The company behind CurrentC, an in-store mobile payment system backed by some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., attempted on Wednesday to play down a growing controversy over whether its backers could accept Apple Pay.

Earth imaging start-up lost 26 satellites in Antares explosion

Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based start-up that wants to provide daily images of every spot on earth, lost 26 micro satellites when an Orbital Sciences rocket exploded shortly after lift-off Tuesday.

Sensitive crypto gear could slow recovery of Cygnus spacecraft cargo

Sensitive technology on board an Antares rocket that was headed for the International Space Station could slow investigation into its explosion shortly after lift-off on Tuesday evening.

California reports huge jump in data breaches

The number of personal records compromised by data breaches in California surged to 18.5 million in 2013, up more than six times from the year before, according to a report published on Tuesday by the state's Attorney General.

Commercial pilots group concerned over Amazon drone safety

An organization representing thousands of commercial pilots in the U.S. and Canada says it's concerned about the safety implications of Amazon flying drones at a site near Seattle.

Apple Pay saw 1 million activations in first three days

Apple's new contactless payment system on the iPhone 6 saw 1 million activations in its first three days of use, pointing to an initially enthusiastic response from Apple users.

CVS joins Rite Aid in refusing NFC payments

It's been around only a week, but Apple Pay is already making waves in the mobile payments field. On Monday, major drugstore chain CVS joined rival Rite Aid in disabling the NFC (near-field communication) payment function on in-store terminals.

Everspin deal with Global Foundries may push MRAM chips to production faster

Everspin has signed up chip maker Global Foundries as a manufacturing partner for its next-generation MRAM (Magnetoresistive RAM) memory chips, in a development that should help the promising technology move toward mass production.

Apple Pay tops Tim Cook's to-do list in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook says bringing the recently launched Apple Pay system to China is his top priority for doing business the country.

RiteAid blocks Apple Pay, Google Wallet

Days after the launch of Apple Pay, Rite Aid has stopped accepting the payment system at 4,600 stores across the United States.

Apple Pay's next move could be phone-to-phone payments

The launch this week of Apple Pay is giving many people their first taste of NFC payment technology, which allows them to buy things in a store by bringing an iPhone 6 close to a compatible terminal.

AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter

AT&T signed up half a million cars to its 4G network between July and September, the result of deals with Audi and General Motors to connect cars and offer in-vehicle hotspots for riders.