Jeremy KirkAustralia correspondent, IDG News Service

Dropbox brings in outside team to investigate spam run

Dropbox is investigating reports that some European users are receiving spam to email addresses associated with their accounts.

Nvidia investigating breach of hashed passwords

Nvidia said it is investigating the release of encrypted passwords from its user forums, another significant data breach following recent compromises at Yahoo and LinkedIn.

Twitter loses fight to withhold activist's account information

Twitter has lost a fight in which it challenged a court order to turn over public but now deleted Twitter messages written by an Occupy Wall Street protestor.

Twitter explains outage, apologizes for downtime

Twitter was forced to roll back its software to a previous stable version on Thursday in order to restore service after a two-hour outage.

Australian Judge: iPad customers felt 'short changed' by Apple

An Australian Federal Court judge ordered Apple to pay a fine and court costs to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely marketing the 4G capabilities of its latest iPad.

Apple to pay penalty for 4G iPad claims in Australia

Apple has agreed to pay a 2.25 million Australian dollar (2.21 million U.S. dollar) penalty for allegedly misleading consumers by promoting the 4G capabilities of its latest iPad despite its incompatibility with Australia's only 4G network.

Yahoo implements latest antispam defense

Yahoo is rolling out the DMARC system this week, which helps email providers eliminate bogus messages

Google acquires social media toolbar maker Meebo

Google has acquired Meebo, a company that makes a toolbar that aggregates content from websites as well as displaying advertisements.

Twitter resists subpoena to release user's data without warrant

Twitter is contesting a court order requiring it to turn over private data on a user charged with disorderly conduct during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Skype investigates tool that reveals users' IP addresses

Skype said Tuesday that it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address, a potential privacy-compromising issue.

Symantec: Flashback malware netted upwards of $10,000 a day

Symantec said on Tuesday the Flashback malware that attacked Apple Mac computers could have netted its authors up to $10,000 a day.

Engineers ponder easier fix to dangerous Internet problem

IT engineers are studying what may be an easier way to fix a long-existing weakness in the Internet's routing system.

Apple contests Greenpeace's coal-fired data center claims

Apple on Wednesday contested claims from Greenpeace that its North Carolina data center will be mostly coal powered.

Activists allege Facebook dragging its feet on privacy changes

Privacy activists are alleging Facebook hasn't met a deadline set by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to make changes to its privacy controls.

Apple to offer refund over Australian 4G iPad claims

Apple will offer refunds to people who bought its latest iPad following a claim by Australia's competition regulator that it ran misleading advertisements regarding the tablet's 4G support--which doesn't work with Australia's carriers.