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Samsung looks, says it finds no child labor in its Chinese factories

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Samsung has claimed to find zero underage workers at 105 of its suppliers in China, contradicting a report put together by China Labor Watch, according to the BBC. Samsung has stated that it did find instances of inadequate practices, including illegal overtime practices; however, according its audit, there was not...
Samsung looks, says it finds no child labor in its Chinese factories

Apple opening up supplier factories to third-party environmental inspections

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In addition to inspections of working conditions, Apple has agreed to cooperate on audits with independent environmental group seeking to verify the company's own findings....
Apple opening up supplier factories to third-party environmental inspections

Facebook and FTC Finalize Privacy Settlement

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Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission have a final settlement concerning charges that Facebook deceived members when it said they could keep their information private on the social platform while allowing it to go public. The settlement requires Facebook to give consumers clear notice and get their consent before sharing...
Facebook and FTC Finalize Privacy Settlement

The FLA Now says Apple’s Foxconn factories have ‘tons of issues’

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The Fair Labor Association group tasked with auditing a Foxconn Technology Group plant in Shenzhen, China has found a ‘ton of issues’ that need fixing, according to a report from Bloomberg. This report is interesting in light of the fact that Auret van Heerden, the president of the FLA, has already made...
The FLA Now says Apple’s Foxconn factories have ‘tons of issues’

With dividend, Tim Cook thinks differently about Apple

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While playing the “Steve would never do that” game is seldom a great idea — it’s akin to calling yourself a fortune teller or a mind reader — it is fairly safe to say, based on his prior statements and declarations, that Steve Jobs chose a successor who is...
With dividend, Tim Cook thinks differently about Apple
Tim Cook visits Foxconn's newest iPhone production line in Zhengzhou

FTC Censures Facebook, Asks You to Like It... on Facebook

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The Federal Trade Commission approved a final settlement with Facebook Friday over the social platform's privacy policies. Way to go FTC, it is about time the government stepped up and scared the pants off these big, reckless technology companies that run ripshod over their users. But, wait. What is this?...
FTC Censures Facebook, Asks You to Like It... on Facebook

How To Conduct A Link Audit

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In the comments section of my last column, someone asked me about link audits, and after looking around to see if I could find a good resource to point her to, I didn’t find anything that was exactly what I was looking for. I found loads of great pieces on...
How To Conduct A Link Audit

Apple and Foxconn vow to improve working conditions, which could boost costs for Dell, Sony Amazon and more

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In response to a wide array of issues discovered by the Fair Labor Association, Apple and Foxconn have entered into an agreement to improve working conditions at the Chinese manufacturer’s plants, reports Reuters. The pledge covers things like safety conditions, maximum number of working hours and overtime compensation. The agreement...
Apple and Foxconn vow to improve working conditions, which could boost costs for Dell, Sony Amazon and more

Chill Out, Eh. Canada Commends Facebook’s Privacy Progress

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You can put down your pitchforks and torches. An investigation by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada found three recent complaints against Facebook were either unfounded, resolved, or both. Considering most government privacy audits end with demands for specific changes, this looks like a win for the folks at 1 Hacker Way....
Chill Out, Eh. Canada Commends Facebook’s Privacy Progress

Apple says its supply chain hit a new high of 99% 60-hour work week compliance in January, 2013

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Apple has published a new update to its Labor and Human Rights page that claims a new high of 99% compliance with China’s maximum 60-hour work week throughout its supply chain. Apple’s December update noted that it was tracking 1 million workers. In line with Chinese labor laws, Apple requires that workers...
Apple says its supply chain hit a new high of 99% 60-hour work week compliance in January, 2013

Future changes to Facebook privacy settings to be opt-in

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The Federal Trade Commission has accepted a final settlement with Facebook, initially proposed last year, which requires that all future changes to privacy settings on the social network be made opt-in. Further, the company must undergo biennial privacy audits for the next 20 years from an independent third party. Since...
Future changes to Facebook privacy settings to be opt-in

DARPA Director Goes to Google But Probes Continue

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Regina Dugan takes a senior executive job at Google, but audits continue into potential conflicts of interest with contract awards during her DARPA tenure....
DARPA Director Goes to Google But Probes Continue

Sadly, Apple holds the high ground in electronics manufacturing

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Apple has been rightly criticized for the labor conditions in the factories that make its iPhones, iPads and Macs. When Apple joined the Fair Labor Association, the group investigated the factories Apple uses, the most famous of which is Foxconn. The report found cases of excessive overtime, unsafe working...
Sadly, Apple holds the high ground in electronics manufacturing

Fair Labor Association Reaches Agreement with Foxconn on Working Hours and Pay

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Following its audit of Foxconn's facilities where the company assembles Apple products, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Foxconn that will result in stricter controls over working hours and an examination of salaries paid to workers at the facilities.Foxconn has committed to...
Fair Labor Association Reaches Agreement with Foxconn on Working Hours and Pay

Style For Hire Wants To Bring Personal Stylists To The Masses

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Hiring a personal stylist, who will handpick and curate your wardrobe, used to be a fashion luxury that only the wealthy or celebrities could afford. Today, Style For Hire, a fashion startup co-founded by celebrity stylist Stacy London and Cindy McLaughlin, is launching as a way to help the masses...
Style For Hire Wants To Bring Personal Stylists To The Masses

Progress at Foxconn factories, but working hours still exceed Chinese laws

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Employees at the Chinese factories of Apple supplier Foxconn continue to work beyond the country's legal limit of 49 hours a month, according to a report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA). But the Taiwanese manufacturer is making overall steady progress in improving the working conditions at a select...
Progress at Foxconn factories, but working hours still exceed Chinese laws

The Telegraph goes behind a paywall in the UK, free online access now restricted to 20 articles a month

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The Telegraph goes behind a paywall in the UK, free online access now restricted to 20 articles a month

More bad news about broadband caps: Many meters are inaccurate

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For the 64 percent of Americans whose internet service provider imposes a broadband cap, and for those lucky enough to have a meter, I have some bad news. The president of the firm who audits many of the country’s broadband meters says that he can’t certify the measurements produced by...
More bad news about broadband caps: Many meters are inaccurate

Litigation between SCO and IBM to resume

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Litigation between IBM and disgraced UNIX vendor SCO is set to be reactivated, Groklaw reports. The lawsuits, which were subject to an automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy court, will now go forward and finally be brought to a close. SCO is infamous for launching a misguided legal assault...
Litigation between SCO and IBM to resume

FTC Still Seems More Interested In Making Headlines Than Really Protecting Privacy

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So, the FTC got some press today for announcing a high profile "settlement" with social networking startup Path. You might think that this is entirely about the news that came out a year ago, about Path uploading entire user address books to its server. If you don't recall, that story...
FTC Still Seems More Interested In Making Headlines Than Really Protecting Privacy

FTC finalizes Facebook settlement

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The Federal Trade Commission Friday approved a final settlement with Facebook that was originally proposed last November. To refresh your memory, the FTC alleged that Facebook was freer with personal information than was outlined in its published privacy policies. Facebook denied the allegations but agreed under the order to be...
FTC finalizes Facebook settlement

Fair Labor Association Finds Progress in Follow-Up Status Report on Foxconn's Apple Facilities

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The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the release of a status report outlining progress that has made since the group's initial high-profile audits of several Foxconn facilities in China serving as assembly plants for Apple products. In follow-up visits to the plants in late June and early July, the...
Fair Labor Association Finds Progress in Follow-Up Status Report on Foxconn's Apple Facilities

Foxconn workers in Brazil threaten May 3rd strike over poor working conditions

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Following audits and a major overhaul of workers’ rights at Foxconn factories in China, a report from newspaper Jornal de Jundiai (via Evertiq) claims 2,500 workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are threatening to strike if the company doesn’t meet their demands by May 3rd. The plant in...
Foxconn workers in Brazil threaten May 3rd strike over poor working conditions
Apple and Chinese environmental group to audit factory due to pollution concerns

FTC and Facebook settle privacy dispute, skip the fine

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Well, Mark Zuckerberg is finally trying to make things right after admitting to a "bunch of mistakes" when dealing with user privacy on his juggernaut of a social network. The FTC and Facebook had agreed to settle the dispute in November, and now the final details of the deal...
FTC and Facebook settle privacy dispute, skip the fine

Apple's new Foxconn inspections could start chain reaction

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It's a good bet other tech companies will join the Fair Labor Association and follow Apple's lead in moving to allow outside audits of manufacturing sites....
Apple's new Foxconn inspections could start chain reaction

Microsoft taking bribery allegations 'seriously'

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Microsoft is taking seriously allegations that business partners engaged in bribery to gain government contracts in three countries outside the U.S., the company said Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Microsoft for possible...
Microsoft taking bribery allegations 'seriously'
Megaupload was working on IPO prior to shutdown
Foxconn factories under inspection by the Fair Labor Association, at Apple's request
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