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.

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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.

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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.