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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

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 →

Exhuming “E.T.”: Buried game may soon see light

Here's an alien autopsy you can believe in: E.T. may soon be exhumed. No, I'm not talking about the lovable title character in Steven Spielberg's classic science fiction movie of the same name. Instead, I'm Read More →

Start button’s returning to Windows — but not really

The rumors are true: The Start button is coming back. But only after a fashion. In a blog post on the site, a Microsoft vice president confirmed reports that the iconic Windows Read More →

Lego shows off new Mindstorms robot kit, touts summer tour

In case it isn't clear, that picture above is an electric guitar made out of Legos. An actual, playable guitar powered by Lego's newest Mindstorms robotic system. The folks from Lego Mindstorms stopped by this week to Read More →