Unable to log into itunes store (0x80092013) and update problems

I am having problems logging into the itunes store using itunes 10.6.0.40 in Wndows 7 in the uk  which results in the error message shown below:
'We could not complete your itunes store request.  An unknown error occurred (0x80092013).  There was an error in the itunes store please try again later"
However, I am able to browse the itunes store without any problems (this does not require logging in).
In addition selecting the menu item Help > Check for updates in itunes results in the message "The itunes server could not be contacted.  Please check your internet connection or try again later'
I also have two ipods and an ipad and clicking on the <Check For Update> button on each of them within itunes results in the error message "The ipod update server could not be contacted.  Make sure your network settings are correct and your network connectivity is active or try again later". 
In trying to fix the above problems I have tried the following:
Re-installed itunes
Ran ipconfig /flushdns
Changed my dns entries to use dynamic dns entries and also tried googles settings (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4)
Put entries in the hosts file for gs.apple.com etc
Reset the winsock using the command netsh winsock reset
Turned Norton smart firewall off completely
Ensured interent settings were set to 'Check for server certificate revocation' was unticked and "SSL 3.0" and "TLS 1.0." were both ticked
General internet connectivity is working fine it is just itunes where the problems are.
I can also log onto the itunes store from the ipad itself without a problem.
I also have a Windows Vista laptop which can connect to the itunes store without a problem and can also run the menu item Help > Check for updates and results in a message saying itunes is the latest version.  This also runs Norton Smart Firewall and is having no problems.  So I am assuming from this that my setup is not at fault and it is not an isp issue.
I have also noticed that a number of other people are reporting problems logging into the itunes store and also error 0x80092013.
The results of an itunes diagnostic test (Help > Run Diagnostics) are shown below (this shows that the itunes store can be browsed but attempts at prurchasing etc cannot be completed)
  Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
System manufacturer System Product Name
iTunes 10.6.0.40
QuickTime 7.7.1
FairPlay 1.14.34
Apple Application Support 2.1.7
iPod Updater Library 10.0d2
CD Driver 2.2.0.1
CD Driver DLL 2.1.1.1
Apple Mobile Device 5.1.1.4
Apple Mobile Device Driver 1.59.0.0
Bonjour 3.0.0.10 (333.10)
Gracenote SDK 1.9.5.502
Gracenote MusicID 1.9.5.115
Gracenote Submit 1.9.5.143
Gracenote DSP 1.9.5.45
iTunes Serial Number 0012AF0402B0FA18
Current user is an administrator.
The current local date and time is 2012-03-11 18:01:37.
iTunes is not running in safe mode.
WebKit accelerated compositing is enabled.
HDCP is not supported.
Core Media is supported.
Video Display Information
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Radeon HD 4870
**** External Plug-ins Information ****
No external plug-ins installed.
iPodService 10.6.0.40 is currently running.
iTunesHelper 10.6.0.40 is currently running.
Apple Mobile Device service 3.3.0.0 is currently running.
**** Network Connectivity Tests ****
Network Adapter Information
Adapter Name: {46932D17-49B1-4170-9CA8-EA1A00438097}
Description: Microsoft Loopback Adapter
IP Address: 169.254.183.23
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway: 0.0.0.0
DHCP Enabled: Yes
DHCP Server: 0.0.0.0
Lease Obtained: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 1970
Lease Expires: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 1970
DNS Servers:
Adapter Name: {58D508FD-AACB-4B61-B19B-D91F9FD1F400}
Description: Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) #2
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway: 0.0.0.0
DHCP Enabled: Yes
DHCP Server:
Lease Obtained: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 1970
Lease Expires: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 1970
DNS Servers:
Adapter Name: {4C3DB141-4DA2-4484-A598-E5B7ACD6E684}
Description: Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller(NDIS6.20)
IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
DHCP Enabled: Yes
DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
Lease Obtained: Sun Mar 11 17:05:46 2012
Lease Expires: Sun Mar 11 17:05:45 2012
DNS Servers: 192.168.1.1
Active Connection: LAN Connection
Connected: Yes
Online: Yes
Using Modem: No
Using LAN: Yes
Using Proxy: No
Firewall Information
Windows Firewall is off.
Connection attempt to Apple web site was successful.
Connection attempt to browsing iTunes Store was successful.
Connection attempt to purchasing from iTunes Store was unsuccessful.
An unknown error occurred (0x80092013).
Connection attempt to iPhone activation server was unsuccessful.
An unknown error occurred (0x80092013).
Connection attempt to firmware update server was unsuccessful.
An unknown error occurred (0x80092013).
Connection attempt to Gracenote server was successful.
Last successful iTunes Store access was 2012-03-11 17:58:25.

I have spoken directly with Apple over the last couple of hours.  They are aware of the problem and are going to ask their engineering department to investigate.  It is perhaps not a big priority at the moment as they say they only have 30 confirmed reports of the issue worldwide.
Is it possible that there are other people who are having the same problem and are watching the forums waiting for answers?  If so, please report the problem.  This is the only way for Apple to understand the scale of the problem (if indeed it is a big problem) and to be able to escalate the issue and allocate suitable resources.  The issue we are seeing is:
I mentioned what you said about downgrading - I have also contemplated this but I am expecting I will need to run 10.6 for HD media and syncing with the new iPad.  Apple agree downgrading is not an acceptable solution, and there must be a way forward, but if you dont need 10.6 then why not downgrade until the problems are resolved.
My take on the problem is this:
The error code is the same as a Windows error code that suggests the issue is with accessing the certificate revovation lists (CRL).  iTunes 10.6 is a signed application that needs to access a CRL to determine whether its certificate is still active.   iTunes own diagnostic tool points in the same direction too.  The network connectivity test (see image below) shows the network interface and internet connection are fine.  It is just the secure link that is failing.  It is possible to view the apple store, and download podcasts etc.. but it is not possible to sign into an account or make purchases.
One person has replied to many of these postings suggesting the problem can be fixed by updating DNS settings, which could add weight to this theory.  The person who posted this didnt explain why this worked for them, but if DNS settings have not propogated fully for a new CRL this could be causing problems for some users.  If so this could just fix itself in the coming days, or it may work if you can connect to the internet from a different connection like a public wifi hotspot.
I will post updates if I get anywhere or hear anything back from Apple.

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