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Opinion: It's the technology, stupidupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 13:03:00

After Tip O'Neill's "All politics is local," Bill Clinton's quip "It's the economy, stupid," is perhaps the most oft-quoted truism of modern American politics. But as times change, we should update our aphorisms accordingly.

Report: Foxconn factory workers riot in Chinaupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 10:14:00

Workers at Foxconn, which makes products for companies including Apple, have rioted at an employee dormitory in China, a Taiwanese news site reported Thursday.

Foxconn audit shows 'excessive overtime'updated: Fri Jun 01 2012 05:34:00

CNN's Pauline Chiou talks to Auret Van Heerden, CEO of the Fair Labor Association, about its Foxconn investigation.

Report: Poor conditions continue at Apple's China suppliersupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 05:34:00

The biggest manufacturer of iconic Apple products including the iPhone and the iPad has again come under fire for the alleged treatment of its workers -- this time by a Hong Kong-based rights group.

Audit of Foxconn finds major violationsupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 16:37:00

CNN's Felicia Taylor reports on the Foxconn report from the Fair Labor Association and the response from Apple.

Apple moves to share cost burden in Chinaupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:43:00

The tour of China by Tim Cook this week had all the trappings of an official visit by a popular head of state.

Don't overlook Mike Daisey's bigger point about Appleupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 07:16:00

It is unfortunate that Mike Daisey lied about Apple's labor practices on "This American Life" by fabricating some harrowing details about the suffering of workers in China who make iPads and iPhones. But this revelation should not divert attention away from the very real, pressing issue of labor abuses in China.

Analysis: Apple, China, Foxconn and the fabulistupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 13:32:00

A story that helped catapult the issue of poor work conditions for Chinese workers at Foxconn -- a primary maker of iPads and other devices for Apple Inc. -- back into the spotlight in January has unraveled.

'This American Life' retracts Foxconn reportupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 09:28:00

Acclaimed Public Radio International program "This American Life" has retracted an entire episode about working conditions inside Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that builds much of Apple's most popular hardware, after learning the reporter "partially fabricated" information about his visit to the factories.

Playwright targets Appleupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 09:28:00

Playwright Mike Daisey talks about his one-act performance looking at working conditions in Apple factories in China.

Activists take Apple workers'-rights campaign to Facebookupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 19:37:00

On Wednesday, Apple is expected to unveil the newest version of its iPad with all of the breathless hype that typically attends the consumer-tech juggernaut's public events.

Foxconn, leading iPad manufacturer, hikes wages of Chinese workersupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 08:05:00

The largest supplier of Apple's iPads and iPhones said Saturday that it increased wages by up to 25% for workers at its factories in China.

When will workers share in Apple's wealth?updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 16:49:00

Apple's CEO Tim Cook says the company "cares about every worker" in its factories and that "no one in (the) industry is doing more to improve working conditions than Apple."

Auditors inspect Apple's China supplierupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 05:27:00

Auditors from a fair labor association are at Foxconn, Apple's China supplier, to assess working conditions.

CNNMoney: Even at $500, Apple is still cheapupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 13:19:00

In case you haven't heard, Apple's stock climbed above $500 a share for the first time ever on Monday. Make no mistake: Apple is still a cheap stock.

CNNMoney: Fair Labor group begins Apple supplier inspectionsupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 15:12:00

An independent labor-rights organization that Apple joined last month said Monday that it began its inspections of the working conditions at Apple suppliers' factories in China.

CNNMoney: 'Ethical iPhone' protests hit Apple storesupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 14:38:00

Protesters visited a half-dozen Apple stores around the world on Thursday to deliver petitions calling for reforms in the working conditions at factories run by Apple's suppliers in China and other overseas locations.

CNNMoney: Protesters target Apple stores in 'ethical iPhone' campaignupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 05:07:00

Apple is facing demonstrations on Thursday at a half-dozen of its retail stores around the world from customers concerned about how Apple's suppliers treat their factory workers in China and other overseas locations.

How Apple cuts costs in building its gadgetsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 20:20:00

On the backs of iPods, iPhones and iPads, and on the bottom of Mac laptops, an inscription reads: "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 18:44:00

Miss Chen stares curiously at the iPad. Even though she works overtime in a factory in southwestern China that manufactures them, she's never seen the finished product.

Apple and Foxconn: Who made your iPhone?updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 16:51:00

CNN's Stan Grant talked to a Foxconn worker in China about conditions in factories where Apple products are made.

Inside story of Foxconn shrouded in secrecyupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 16:51:00

We meet her by chance on the side of a road. She looks the very model of a Chinese factory worker: young, vibrant, dressed in the cheap brand-name knockoff fashions so common of poor rural villages.

Q&A: Apple's China supplier in the spotlightupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 01:00:00

Earlier this month Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report which detailed alleged workplace health and safety protocol violations by its suppliers.

Apple threatened with product boycottupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 09:36:00

Writer Dan Lyons discusses a call for a boycott on Apple products due to concerns over factory conditions.

Should you feel guilty for buying your iPhone?updated: Tue Jan 31 2012 09:36:00

Last week, The New York Times gave us an inside look at what it's like to work at Foxconn, the manufacturing company that owns several China-based factories that crank out Apple's iPads, iPhones and iPods by the millions.

Report: Chinese workers threaten suicideupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 10:33:00

Microsoft investigates a report that workers at a plant manufacturing Xbox systems threatened suicide in a pay dispute.

Apple, consumers must urge worker justiceupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 10:33:00

Last week, Apple released its sixth annual supplier responsibility report, which detailed violations made by its suppliers. In the same week, news surfaced that about 150 Chinese workers at a giant manufacturing plant that produces Microsoft's Xbox 360 had threatened mass suicide by throwing themselves off their factory rooftop amid a labor dispute.

Microsoft probes mass suicide threat at China plantupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 01:53:00

Microsoft is investigating a report that workers at a Chinese plant that manufactures its Xbox game systems have threatened mass suicide in a pay dispute, according to a statement by the company's Hong Kong office.

CNNMoney: Job killing companiesupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 12:29:00

No doubt about it, the job recovery has all but hit a standstill.

Apple manufacturer to replace some of workforce with robotsupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 08:33:00

Foxconn, a company that manufacturers parts used in Apple's iPhone and iPad, said it aims to replace workers with 1 million robots in the next three years, Xinhuanet reports.

CNNMoney: Cisco to axe 16% of its workersupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 12:53:00

Cisco announced plans on Monday to lay off 9% of its workforce and to transfer another 7% of its staff to another company in a sale of one of its businesses.

Report: China factory gives 2nd round of raises following suicidesupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 03:56:00

Foxconn -- a Chinese contractor that makes brand-name electronics for companies such as Apple -- is raising workers' pay for a second time following a spate of suicides this year at its factory in Shenzhen, according to state media.

iPhone factory struggles with suicidesupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 19:53:00

CNN's John Vause takes us to a Chinese factory that's dealing with a series of suicides among workers.

Fortune: Why is the Chinese government allowing workers to strike?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 15:17:00

Strike one: May 17, 2010. Strike two: June 7, 2010. Workers at Chinese manufacturing plants for the Japanese automaker Honda have twice raised their fists, calling walkouts to demand higher wages. The images from these events -- photographs of uniformed Chinese workers wearing medical masks to hide their faces -- flashed across TV screens around the globe.

Chinese manufacturers face labor upheavalupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 21:24:00

Zhang Xinquan has to learn how to do business again. As a top manager in a major leather and shoe business, he built his career turning profits in booming China. But these profits are now getting harder to come by.

iPad goes globalupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 15:44:00

CNN's Zain Verjee talks to hardcore Apple fans waiting to buy an iPad in London.

Apple, Dell investigate Foxconn deathsupdated: Fri May 28 2010 05:20:00

Did work conditions lead to suicides at Foxconn? CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

China, company seek answers to rash of suicidesupdated: Fri May 28 2010 03:03:00

Liang Chao was a typical farmer's son who migrated to the city seeking a better life. He seemed to have found it in Shenzhen, a booming city in southern China, where he worked at Foxconn, a company better known for producing components for Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other companies.

Factory worker commits suicide over missing iPhone prototypeupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 09:06:00

A Chinese factory that makes iPhones said Wednesday that it has suspended several staffers after an employee committed suicide, apparently under duress when a prototype went missing. Mystery 'iPhone Girl' Generates Internet Intrigueupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 12:00:00

Pictures of an Asian factory worker found on a new iPhone sold to a British customer have generated keen discussion on the Internet about her identity -- and her fate

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