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Hell Is Cheaper: China, Apple and the Economics of Horror

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's how the economics of outsourcing -- the economics of horror -- works: companies like Apple that ignore reports of fraud and danger against employees make it impossible for honest, conscientious suppliers to survive.

Inspectors Descend On iPad Factories Suspected Of Worker Abuses

Reuters | Terril Yue Jones | Posted 04.16.2012 | Technology

By Terril Yue Jones BEIJING (Reuters) - Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants where Apple Inc's iPads and iPhones are made...

Foxconn Hacked! (Could It Be You?)

Christopher Burgess | Posted 04.15.2012 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

The headlines read, "Foxconn Hacked," but could it have just as easily had your name instead? Keep you, your company, and your customers safe by staying secure and closing those windows.

Apple Announces Investigation Of Foxconn Factories

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 02.13.2012 | Technology

Apple on Monday said that it has asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct "special voluntary audits" of several of its assembly suppliers' faciliti...

Can Manufacturing Jobs Come Back? What We Should Learn From Apple and Foxconn

David Paul | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
David Paul

If Americans care about where their products are made, companies will care. Therefore, even as the president promoted tax credits for insourcing -- the new word for bringing those jobs back -- perhaps another step would be to build on the power of choice.

Conan Reveals Mock Apple Product: A Suicide Net For Workers

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 02.02.2012 | Technology

The New York Times and CBS News have both hit Apple on the working conditions in manufacturing partner Foxconn's Chinese plants, with the Times detail...

Apple's Ethical Blindness Selects for Criminal Suppliers in Fraud-Friendly Nations

William K. Black | Posted 04.01.2012 | Technology
William K. Black

Apple and its Western counterparts have driven the creation of an Asian network of fraudulent firms that has distorted international trade, hollowed out U.S. manufacturing, and created a bizarre hybrid: quasi-communist crony capitalism.

Apple CEO Responds To Report Of Horrific Worker Conditions At Foxconn

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has never turned "a blind eye" to the problems in its supply chain and any suggestion it does not care about the p...

Foxconn By The Numbers

ProPublica | Posted 03.28.2012 | Technology

As well as working with companies like Dell, Motorola, Nokia and Hewlett-Packard, Foxconn assembles popular Apple products like the iPhone and iPad.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Declares An End To Math, Urges Working Class To Get Awesome! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media

As Friedman bops from one global aerie to the next, absorbing the latest sweet whispers from the mesmeric elites he encounters, there's never a reason to end the pep rally. Everything just looks amazing once you're ahead of the curve.

The Dark Side Of The iPad

The New York Times | Posted 01.26.2012 | Technology

The explosion ripped through Building A5 on a Friday evening last May, an eruption of fire and noise that twisted metal pipes as if they were discarde...

Factory Worker Lights Himself On Fire To Protest Working Conditions At Hyundai Plant

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business

The auto industry saw a largely strong year in 2011 with U.S. sales rising 10 percent, but a recent incident at a Hyundai plant in South Korea may rai...

iPad-Maker's $12-Billion Deal Faces Major Hurdles

Posted 12.30.2011 | Technology

By Luciana Lopez and Stuart Grudgings JUNDIAI, Brazil (Reuters) - The nondescript stretch of asphalt is an unlikely symbol of Brazil's attempt to l...

Cultural Revolution Redux... Little Red Book and Little Grey Apple Hook Up

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Apple's first quarterly downturn in five years is being spun by analysts as a one time event linked to planned obsolescence of an iPhone and the death...

Steve Jobs Was Far From Perfect

Mac Hart | Posted 12.20.2011 | Home
Mac Hart

The popular media sees Steve Jobs as a founding father and revolutionary to how the masses use computers. But Mr. Jobs had his faults, and the problem I am having is that the media is ignoring this.

First Nighter: Mike Daisey Takes a Big and Sour Bite Out of Steve Jobs's Apple

David Finkle | Posted 12.19.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

During the nearly two-hour intermissionless talk, technology-worshiping Daisey does acknowledge that Jobs was "the only hero I ever had." But that was prior to a trip he made not that long ago to Shenzhen, China and the Foxconn manufacturing plant.

China is Not the Problem, It's a Symptom

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

The vote by the U.S. Senate to proceed with sanctions to "punish" China for its currency policy is hypocritical and is a further sign of Washington's inability to deal with U.S. economic problems.

iPad Maker's $12 Billion Deal Faces Trouble

Posted 11.30.2011 | Technology

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is "in doubt" due...

Fire Breaks Out At Foxconn Factory In China

Gizmodo | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology

Foxconn is burning yet again. Deep, black smoke was seen coming out of a Foxconn factory in Yantai, a city in the northeastern Shandong Province of Ch...

Six Reasons Why Both Political Parties Are "Econitwits"

Jane White | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Jane White

How are we going to get unemployed Americans back to work? The GOP wants to lower taxes and decrease regulation because it thinks we're stifling innovation. The Dems want to spend tax dollars on infrastructure and other public works projects.

Is Steve Jobs the Next John Browne?

Christine Bader | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
Christine Bader

Pollution and human rights abuses cannot be offset by great products. Steve Jobs -- and all other CEOs -- must be judged on how they affect people and planet as much as how they affect the company's share price.

Alleged Worker Abuse At Manufacturer Of Cars 2 Toys

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.30.2011 | Business

Toys bring great joy to many young children. But produced under abusive conditions, they also bring pain. An undercover investigation in Shenzhen,...

High Tech, Low Pay: Let the Workers Behind Our Electronics Be Heard

Smita Narula | Posted 10.04.2011 | Technology
Smita Narula

Apple may be reporting record company sales in 2011, but one thing the company is not making noise about are the details surrounding a string of recent tragedies at the Chinese factory where so much of Apple's current success story is based.

7 Ways Robots Are Replacing Humans

The Huffington Post | Jason O. Gilbert | Posted 10.02.2011 | Technology

I've seen the first thirty minutes of Terminator enough times to know that murderous robots are eventually going to take over the world and enslave us...

Foxconn To Overhaul Human Workforce With Robot Replacements

Xinhua News Agency | Posted 10.01.2011 | Technology

Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve effi...