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Finally: Apple and Foxconn to Participate in Fair Labor Audit


Was it the segment on The Daily Show, one of the iTunes store’s bestselling TV shows? Or the eye-opening investigative report from the New York Times, prominently featured in every other Apple commercial? Or that episode of one of the most downloaded podcasts/radio shows in the country, This American Life? Or—after weeks of silence—Apple’s most famous fanboy, David Pogue, finally weighing in?

Whatever it was, Apple is now blessing and participating in the Fair Labor Association’s “unprecedented” inspection of Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer whose negligence towards human rights has been opened to the world in recent months. Read More


The Annotated Steve Jobs FBI File: Apple Founder Was a Manipulative Druggie

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The Legitimately Important Takeaway

The FBI file of one Steve Paul Jobs has now been released! While knowing the character makeup of the deified technology person isn’t nearly as exciting for Apple fans as the day of release for all the wonderful shiny gadgets his legacy is constructed of, for a segment of the human population skeptical of Jobs’ status as a Thundergod of Nerddom, it’s quite a thrill. So: Why does it exist? And what’s in it? Read More


Facebook Founder Eduardo Saverin on Facebook’s IPO: ‘What a Ride!’

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Facebook is going to become a stock you can invest in as of today. If you haven’t already heard this news, you probably don’t even know what Facebook is (in which case: How’d you get here?).

Either way, Eduardo Saverin—the press-shy founder of Facebook who was famously ousted from the company in its early days, thus giving The Social Network a plot and Saverin a decent-sized cash settlement—has spoken on the matter of the Facebook IPO… Read More


Mark Zuckerberg, Pre-IPO: ‘I Don’t Really Like Putting A Price-Tag On The Stuff I Do’

Cares about you, kind of. Not really.

Well, Facebook is probably going to file for an IPO tomorrow. In the event you haven’t already been bombarded with this news and don’t know what it means, it means that Facebook is going to go to the stock market, and soon you—or anyone—will be able to own an over-hyped, overvalued piece of The Most Famous Social Network Basically Ever.

Seeing as how this is the case, there seems to be no better time than to bring forth the quotable Mark Zuckerberg on the matter of selling out. Read More

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NYT Tech Columnist David Pogue’s Silence on Foxconn Persists, Even After the Times’s Damning Expose

The man and his muse

On the front page of today’s New York Times is a massive umbrella piece about China’s Foxconn—who manufactures, among other things, Apple iPhones—and the sub-humane, dangerous conditions their workers assemble these products under. It is, in many ways, as astonishing as it is unsurprising, and it’s as depressing a systemic problem as they come.

So what does the Apple fan’s Apple fan—the New York Times‘s own David Pogue, the (somewhat controversial) most widely-read technology columnist in the country—have to say about Apple’s relationship to Foxconn? Especially given the front page of today’s Times, do these sorts of revelations about their manufacturing processes change the way he feels and/or writes about Apple? Read More


The RIAA Performs Victory Dance on Megaupload’s Dead Corpse

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Megaupload/Megavideo was shut down by the Federal Government last week! It was sad. Also—coincidentally, or not—right around the time SOPA and PIPA, the anti-piracy legislation meant to prevent sites like Megaupload from ever doing business, died their own lame legislative deaths.

A week later, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued a press release basically dancing over the grave of the cloud-upload site. Read More