Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Skype executives depart after Microsoft buyout

Eight Skype executives have departed the company following Microsoft's $8.5 billion buyout in May, a Skype spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.

Shazam wraps real-time lyrics feature into application

Shazam, the maker of an application that identifies the artist behind a song, said on Wednesday it has added a feature that shows scrolling lyrics as a tune is playing.

Skype sign-in problems knock millions offline

Millions of Skype users were having trouble on Tuesday signing into the application, less than two weeks after the company published Windows and Mac software updates to fix a similar problem.

Researcher: Police increasingly peeping at e-mail, instant messages

Law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but few detailed statistics are available, according to a privacy researcher.

AT&T Facebook traffic takes a loop through China

Traffic destined for Facebook from AT&T's servers took a strange loop though China and South Korea on Tuesday, according to a security researcher.

Berlin court rules Street View doesn't invade privacy

Google won a civil lawsuit in Germany lodged by a woman who contended its roving camera cars that shoot photographs for Street View violated her privacy.

Google to add offline storage to Apps by year end

Google is working to restore offline storage capabilities for its Apps productivity software and should have it done by the end of the year, a senior company official says.

iPhone users complain of spring-ahead clock glitch

Some iPhone users in the U.S. are complaining their phone's clock did not correctly adjust to the daylight saving time change.

Symantec finds fake Google Android update

Google's latest update for its Android mobile OS appears to already have been subverted by hackers, according to the security vendor Symantec.

After attacks, Google vows to fortify Android Market

Google will build new safeguards into Android Market, its application store for the Android mobile OS, following an attack that infected thousands of phones and forced the company to wipe the malware remotely from phones.

Android Market spiked with malware-laced apps

More than 50 applications containing malware have been discovered in Google's application market for its Android mobile OS.

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.

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.

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.