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Next Step in Amazon’s Path to World Domination Said to be a Smartphone

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Do we detect a little extra joy in Jeff Bezos’s supervillain laugh lately? Well, a spot of plotting does warm the heart, and it sounds like he’s cooking up something big. Judging from a Bloomberg report this morning, it’s looking like that Amazon smartphone may very well be more than mere rumor.

Anyone from Microsoft might just want to go ahead and leave the room; coming on the heels of that Vanity Fair article, this’ll just upset you.

Bloomberg cites two people “with knowledge of the matter,” who claim an Amazon smartphone designed to compete with iPhone and Android is on its way. According to one of those sources, the company is already working with Foxconn on the device. Read More

Apple in Your Eye

Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide Months After Agreement with Apple to Improve Conditions

In a statement released by Foxconn today, the company acknowledged the first suicide since the supplier brokered an agreement with Apple in March to improve “sweatshop-like” conditions. The worker in question was a 23-year-old male who jumped from his apartment yesterday outside a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, reports Reuters. He joined the company last Read More

After After the Fact

Mike Daisey Finally Gives the Apology The Media Has Been Waiting For

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After a swath of deflection attempts and half-apologies, notorious truth-exaggerator and Apple opponent Mike Daisey has finally issued the genuine apology we’ve all been waiting for.

In an entry posted to his blog yesterday, Mr. Daisey apologized to everyone who ever paid him a modicum of attention, including his audience, theater coworkers, journalists and human rights advocates, for exaggerating the negative details of Apple’s Chinese factory conditions on “This American Life.” Read More

After the Fact

Mike Daisey Will Deconstruct His Agony and Ecstasy: ‘I Will Be Making a Full Accounting of This Work’

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On his personal blog yesterday, Mike “The Boy Who Cried Foxconn” Daisey responded to Ira Glass’s public shaming and retraction of excerpts of his monologue that aired on “This American Life.”

“I thought the dead air was a nice touch, and finishing the episode with audio pulled out of context from my performance was masterful,” wrote Mr. Daisey, who seemed to object to being lumped into the same category as James Frey and Stephen Glass.

“Given the tenor of the condemnation, you would think I had concocted an elaborate, fanciful universe filled with furnaces in which babies are burned to make iPhone components, or that I never went to China, never stood outside the gates of Foxconn, never pretended to be a businessman to get inside of factories, never spoke to any workers,” Mr. Daisey wrote with pride. Read More

Apple in Your Eye

At His Last New York Performance, Mike Daisey Wins Crowds Over with Fabricated Tales of Foxconn

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Gawker may be on a witch hunt to catalog every lie and half-truth Mike Daisey has ever uttered, but audiences at the final performance of  his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” were much more forgiving. In fact, the crowd at yesterday’s matinee performance, Mr. Daisey’s final showing at The Public Theater on Lafayette, gave the second-coming of James Frey a standing ovation.

Ira Glass and Public Radio International retracted its most-listened to segment ever for Mr. Daisey’s willingness to lie to fact-checkers about things like whether he actually encountered underage workers at Foxconn (he did not) or whether a Foxconn worker with a mangled hand compared a finished iPad to “magic” (he neither worked for Foxconn, nor emoted thusly).

But that didn’t seem to deter onlookers: Read More

Apple in Your Eye

Everyone Got Over Their Foxconn Guilt Just in Time to Buy a New iPad

Workers in a Chinese Apple factory. (cultofmac.com)

Remember that whole Apple/Foxconn debacle, wherein the New York Times questioned the human cost of the iPad’s Chinese production? Yeah, neither do we.

It turns out that the majority of Americans have succeeded in ignoring the gnawing guilt they displayed a few months ago over the whole ordeal just in time for the release of the new iPad. Congratulations, short-term Internet memory! You win again. Read More

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Finally: Apple and Foxconn to Participate in Fair Labor Audit

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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

Apple in Your Eye

Apple Protest Over Conditions at Foxconn Planned for Grand Central Terminal at 10 AM Today

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Consumer groups are planning to protest Apple stores this morning in the wake of The New York Times explosive investigation into working conditions at Foxconn, Apple’s primary manufacturer. We’re curious what took everyone so long, considering Wired magazine’s similarly eye-opening feature about Foxconn came out almost a year prior. (Perhaps they wanted to see whether that iPhone 4S was going to be 4G?) But regardless, blood iPhones are the new Nike sweatshops and people are thinking about the hidden costs of coveted objects again.

Leading the charge are the lobbying group SumOfUs and social activism site Change.org. As part of the effort, they’re staging a protest at 10 am today outside the gleaming crown jewel in Apple’s retail empire: its new store inside Grand Central Terminal. Read More