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Tim Cook: We're Going to Make Macs in America

He doesn't say which Mac line, or where the manufacturing will happen

(Newser) - Looks like Apple is sick of being the face of outsourcing. America's most valuable company is bringing production of one of its Mac lines to the US, CEO Tim Cook says in a pair of interviews out today. "We've been working for years on doing more and...

Foxconn: We Hired Underage Interns

Company sends 14- to 16-year-olds back to school

(Newser) - A Foxconn internal investigation found the company employed underage interns for three weeks, the firm tells Bloomberg . An advocacy group yesterday cited a "small number" of summer interns between the ages of 14 and 16. "Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations...

Culprit in iPhone Shortage: It Scratches Too Easily

Quality control crackdown slows production at Foxconn

(Newser) - IPhone 5's shortages are due to a quality control crackdown aimed at reducing the number of handsets shipped with scratches, an insider tells Bloomberg . The special aluminum used to make the shell of the phone is lighter and thinner, but also softer and easier to scratch—though officially Apple...

Reports: Foxconn Workers Strike Over iPhone Standards

Company in China denies iPhone 5 lines were stopped in dispute

(Newser) - More Foxconn drama: The electronic manufacturer denied today that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said workers halted production lines yesterday. New York-based China Labor Watch reported that 3,000 to 4,000 workers...

China Foxconn Plant Shut After Riot Erupts

40 hurt, several arrested in plant melee

(Newser) - A riot erupted yesterday at a Foxconn plant in China, triggering a shutdown of the operation, reports the BBC . Windows were smashed and a guard tower toppled as riot police moved in at the Taiyuan factory, reports NBC . The clash was reportedly triggered when a factory guard struck a worker...

Foxconn Finally Improves Conditions

Audit finds progress at electronics giant

(Newser) - Life has become less stressful for the million or so people employed by electronics giant Foxconn, an audit from the Fair Labor Association has found. The company, which suffered a spate of suicides at its plant in southern China, has complied with most of the recommendations made after Apple opened...

Amazon Preps iPhone Challenger

Teams up with Foxconn to build smartphone

(Newser) - Amazon is opening up a new front in its battle with Apple and Google. With help from Foxconn, the firm is developing its own smartphone, insiders tell Bloomberg . Alongside the Kindle Fire, the phone would offer a cheaper alternative to yet another popular Apple product, and would also compete with...

Another Foxconn Worker Jumps to Death

First suicide since Apple supplier agreed to overhaul conditions

(Newser) - Despite the company's efforts to improve working conditions, another Foxconn suicide has occurred: This time, the Apple supplier says a worker jumped to his death from his apartment. The 23-year-old had just joined the company last month, Reuters reports. Yesterday's suicide is the first since Foxconn and Apple...

1K Workers Riot at Foxconn
 1K Workers Riot at Foxconn 

1K Workers Riot at Foxconn

Conditions still terrible, despite Apple's initiative

(Newser) - Dozens were arrested Monday night after a riot broke out at a dormitory in Foxconn's factory in Chengdu. The trouble started when security guards were called to stop a thief, an opening other workers used to start a scuffle, the Taiwan-based Want China Times reports. Before long, up to...

Apple, Foxconn to Overhaul Conditions

Move follows report critical of factory conditions

(Newser) - Apple and Chinese supplier Foxconn promise to boost factory conditions and wages for Foxconn's workers. Apple's announcement follows an independent investigation which found that Foxconn, which builds iPads, iPhones, and more, was breaking labor laws; workers at the company were averaging more than 60 hours per week at...

Mike Daisey's Really Sorry —for Real This Time

Performer 'failed to honor the contract with audiences' in Apple exposé

(Newser) - Mike Daisey, the writer/performer at the heart of a controversy over the Apple exposé that proved riddled with what he later termed "theater," is now contrite for his fabrications, reports the LA Times . The man behind the one-man-show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, apologized on...

No, Mike Daisey&#39;s Apple Lies Were Not OK
 No, Mike Daisey's 
 Apple Lies 
 Were Not OK 
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No, Mike Daisey's Apple Lies Were Not OK

David Carr ties retracted story to 'propaganda'

(Newser) - After fabrications emerged in his This American Life story on Apple , Mike Daisey has defended himself by suggesting that his material was theater, not journalism. Host Ira Glass doesn't agree—and neither does David Carr. "Is it OK to lie on the way to telling a greater truth?"...

This American Life Retracts Foxconn Story

Says piece on Apple's China factories had 'significant fabrications'

(Newser) - A compelling account of the abuses at Apple's China factories became This American Life's most popular podcast ever, with 888,000 downloads, but now the radio show is retracting the story due to "significant fabrications." The 39-minute piece by monologuist Mike Daisey was excerpted from Daisey'...

Foxconn Caves to Pressure, Ups Wages

Apple supplier works to improve conditions following consumer outcry

(Newser) - Foxconn will bump workers' salaries by as much as 25% while decreasing the amount of overtime demanded of them, the company announced this weekend, in a bid to stem the tide of outrage against it and high-profile customers such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell. The move is a victory for...

Apple Asks Outside Group to Inspect Plants

FLA to audit working conditions at Apple suppliers

(Newser) - Apple, facing worldwide protests over conditions for workers who make its gadgets, says it has opened up its supply chain to a level of scrutiny unprecedented in the electronics industry. An outside group, the Fair Labor Association in Washington, DC, has been asked to audit conditions at the plants where...

Protests Head for Apple Stores Today

6 stores will be hit in protest of suppliers' treatment of workers

(Newser) - Consumers are planning to flock to one of a half-dozen Apple stores around the globe today—and not to wait in line for the latest gadget. Protests are set to hit "marquee locations" in Washington, DC; New York City, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore. The gripe? The way...

Apple's Own Reports Reveal Awful Working Conditions

Chinese suppliers are supposed to adhere to a code of conduct ... but most don't

(Newser) - The news that the Chinese workers who pump out Apple's iPads and iPhones suffer fairly awful working conditions gets a new and very long look in today's New York Times , in an article sourced from Apple's own audits of its suppliers, along with interviews with some 40...

Apple Proves It: Jobs 'Aren't Coming Back' to America

Asia provides workers, flexibility that US can't match

(Newser) - Last year, President Obama asked Steve Jobs whether iPhones could be made in the US instead of Asia. Jobs was blunt: “Those jobs aren’t coming back." The New York Times takes a long look at why. In short, Asia has a surplus of engineers and factory workers...

Foxconn Workers Vowed to Jump Off Roof in Protest

Chinese employees take action against assembly line conditions

(Newser) - Close to 150 Chinese workers gathered on the rooftop of their Foxconn factory in Wuhan and threatened to leap to their deaths in a "suicide protest" against poor working conditions. The workers were talked down by the local mayor and company officials after spending two days on top of...

Apple Cans App That Slams Its Supply Chain

Phone Story contains 'objectionable content,' Apple says

(Newser) - An app that takes a harsh look at the smartphone industry has been removed from Apple's App Store. Phone Story included four mini-games involving child labor in Africa, worker suicides in China, e-waste disposal in developing countries, and consumerism in the West. Apple says it banned the app for...

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