Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Facebook quashes mobile phone rumors

Facebook said it is not building a mobile phone, dismissing a TechCrunch story that it is working on software for a device from a hardware manufacturer.

Botnet takedown may yield valuable data

Researchers are hoping to get a better insight on botnets after taking down Pushdo, one of the top five networks of hacked computers responsible for spam.

Huge spamming botnet injured but still alive

A botnet responsible for a significant amount of spam has been crippled but may reconstitute itself in a matter of weeks, according to vendor M86 Security.

Germany considers ban on using Facebook for hiring

Germany is considering a law that would ban employers from mining information from social networking sites such as Facebook to protect people's privacy.

Adobe fixes 20 vulnerabilities in Shockwave Player

Adobe patched 20 security vulnerabilities in its Shockwave Player on Tuesday, hoping to stop attackers from running rogue code on affected PCs.

VideoLan releases VLC media player fix

Developers for the VLC player have released a new version that takes care of several bugs and adds other improvements.

Intel to buy security vendor McAfee for $7.68 billion

Intel said Thursday it plans to acquire security vendor McAfee in a cash deal valued at about $7.68 billion and aimed at enhancing the chip maker's mobile strategy.

Apple pulls Grooveshark music streaming app from iTunes

Apple has pulled Grooveshark's music streaming application from its store due to a complaint from an entertainment company just days after it launched.

Facebook fixes e-mail notification problem

Facebook said Friday it has restored a feature lets users receive e-mail notifications of new messages sent by their friends.

New Android malware texts premium-rate numbers

Researchers at Russian security company Kaspersky Lab say they've discovered first malicious software program to target Google's Android operating system.

South Korean police raid Google's office over Street View

South Korean police raided Google's office on Tuesday over the company's Street View mapping project.

Elcomsoft releases iPhone 4 password cracker

Russian password-cracking company Elcomsoft has released new software that can in some instance figure out the password used to encrypt backed up iPhone data.

Report: Google, Verizon in talks over net neutrality deal

Google and Verizon are reportedly in talks over how to manage network traffic, an agreement that could influence U.S. regulators.

Twitter encounters more digital certificate problems

Twitter is having trouble with a digital certificate that secures communications to its Web site, which has been causing trouble for third-party applications.

Mozilla increases bounty for security bug info to $3,000

Mozilla has upped the amount it will pay security researchers from $500 to $3,000 for information on vulnerabilities in its products