Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

Jeremy reports on security and regional news for the IDG News Service.

Google error wipes out Gmail accounts

Google apologized to Gmail users who in some cases have seen their e-mail history deleted, but said that some accounts have already been restored. The problem is affecting less than .08 percent of its user base, according to Google.

Google moves to shuffle down low-quality sites

Google says its changing its search engine to punish Websites that pilfer content from other places on the Internet or do not offer high-quality information.

After glitch, Microsoft pulls Phone 7 update for Samsung

Microsoft has pulled a software update for Samsung phones running its Windows Phone 7 OS after it caused problems with those devices, according to the company.

Twitter working with operators on SMS short codes

Twitter is working with operators in the Middle East to make it easier for users to send Twitter messages using SMS (Short Message Service) short codes.

RIM to launch LTE, HSPA+ PlayBook tablets by year-end

Research In Motion (RIM) announced plans for two new versions of its PlayBook tablet at the World Mobile Congress on Monday -- although it hasn't even begun selling the two models it has already announced.

US indicts 27 in Apple product credit-card fraud ring

New York prosecutors indicted 27 people on Wednesday as part of a crime ring that bought Apple iPods, iPads and other products with stolen credit card information for resale in the criminal underground.

US peer-to-peer traffic lower than world average

The U.S. has one of the lowest relative rates of use of P-to-P (peer-to-peer) networks compared to the rest of the world, according to a new study.

Twitter targeted with fake antivirus software scam

Twitter has been resetting passwords for accounts that started distributing links promoting fake antivirus software.

Google enhances e-mail security in Apps

Google has taken a step to stop legitimate e-mail messages sent by its Apps customers from getting caught in spam filters.

FarmVille developer Zynga buys social browser Flock

Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has acquired Flock, which develops a Web browser fine-tuned for real-time social networking data feeds.

Firefox becomes most-used browser in Europe

Firefox was the most-used browser in Europe in December, edging out Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the first time, according to new data released by the Web...

After hack, Gawker CTO outlines security changes

Gawker Media's CTO has outlined a series of security changes to the company's IT operations following an attack last week that compromised up to 1.4M accounts.

Gawker Media hacked, warns users to change passwords

E-mail addresses and password details for 200,000 registered users of Gawker Media Websites are now circulating on peer-to-peer networks after a weekend hack.

Fake receipt program targets Amazon retailers

Amazon retailers are being targeted by fraudsters who have created a custom-built a program that generates fakes receipts for nonexistent orders.

Researcher: iPhone's Safari dials calls without warning

A security researcher contends that Apple has made a poor security decision by allowing its Safari browser to honor requests from third-party applications to perform actions such as making a phone call without warning a user.