Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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.

Soon after release, latest iPad model is jailbroken

Hackers claimed to have figured out a way to bypass Apple's technical restrictions and install unauthorized applications on the company's latest iPad after its Friday release.

IDC: China to pass U.S. in smartphone shipments in 2012

China will surpass the U.S. in smartphone shipments this year, a title which the U.S. is never expected to regain, according to market figures released on Thursday by IDC.

Dropbox's URL shortener abused by spammers

Spammers are abusing a Dropbox feature that lets users share a shortened link, directing people to websites selling questionable pharmaceuticals, Symantec says.

Flashback malware for Mac changes infection tactic

A new variant of the password-stealing Flashback malware aimed at Apple computers has emerged, which tries to install itself after a user visits an infected itself after a user visits an infected website.

Adobe issues out-of-band updates for Flash

Adobe issued patches on Monday for two critical vulnerabilities in its Flash player found by employees of Google's Security Team.