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Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for and CNET

Startup pitches free smartphone service

If you're interested in a smartphone but discouraged by the monthly service costs, you will soon have a free alternative. Startup wireless provider FreedomPop announced Wednesday that it's launching a new service plan this summer that Read More →

Pictures of Earth from new Landsat satellite hit the Net

If you're a geography geek, there's something new to cheer about: Images from the latest of the U.S. government's land surveying satellites are now available online. Last week, the United Read More →

Zynga layoffs hit “Draw Something” studio

It looks like one of the casualties of today's restructuring at Zynga was star-crossed studio OMGPOP. All Things D reported earlier today that among the offices the Read More →

Zynga cuts 18 percent of staff, closes offices

Zynga is laying off hundreds of workers and closing offices as part of a restructuring, the company announced on Monday. The social gaming company is laying off 520 employees, or about 18 percent of its workforce. Read More →

Tech Files mailbag: Cloud storage

I often receive email from readers of my Tech Files column who are looking for advice or recommendations or just want to comment on my pieces. From time to time, I’m republishing edited versions of my email exchanges with Read More →

Apple quietly rolls out new iPod

What if Apple introduced a new handheld product and nobody knew about it? That was essentially the case this week when the tech giant introduced a new model of its iPod touch. The company didn't Read More →