Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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

Microsoft: Alleged spy worked as a software tester

The twelfth person detained for allegedly spying for Russia worked as an entry-level software tester at Microsoft for nine months, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Lawsuit against Apple continues as a class action

A lawsuit against Apple and AT&T Mobility now has a define group of plaintiffs following a ruling in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

Google will resume Street View photography in four countries

Google said on Friday it will resume its Street View imaging in four countries following the removal of Wi-Fi collection equipment.

Facebook investigates e-mail notification issue

Facebook is investigating an issue where some users do not receive an e-mail notification when someone messages them on the social networking site.

Suspicious Facebook app attracts nearly 300,000 fans

A suspicious application is circulating on Facebook and could be used to spam up to 300,000 users, according to a security analyst.

Testing reveals security software often misses new malware

New research has further confirmed the difficulties security software companies are having keeping up with an explosion in malicious software programs.