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Fair Labor Association Begins Auditing Foxconn's Manufacturing Facilities at Apple's Request

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Last month, Apple and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced an agreement that would see the FLA monitoring workplace conditions in Apple's supply chain, providing independent oversight to ensure compliance with worker rights standards set by Apple and the FLA. Apple is the first technology company to join the FLA,...
Fair Labor Association Begins Auditing Foxconn's Manufacturing Facilities at Apple's Request

Apple's supplier audits uncover labor agent conspiracy to hide underage workers

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Apple has issued its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report (PDF), noting that it uncovered a plot between third-party labor agents, a major labor agency, and workers to disguise underage employees at a factory in China. The iPhone maker’s annual report included a section on “How dishonest third-party labor agents conspire to...
Apple's supplier audits uncover labor agent conspiracy to hide underage workers

Starbucks Approached Square After Rejecting Every Other Mobile Payment Player

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Just when the mobile payment wars were heating up, Square dropped an A-bomb on the competition. Last night the payment processing startup, previously focused on small and very small vendors, announced a deal with Starbucks. Square will now process all credit and debit payments for 7000 US Starbucks stores....
Starbucks Approached Square After Rejecting Every Other Mobile Payment Player

Apple faces its 'Nike moment' over working conditions in Chinese factories

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Apple contractor, Foxconn raises wages by 25% after reports of long hours for the hundreds of thousands of staff in ChinaApple is facing a "Nike moment" which hit the shoe company in the 1990s when its use of cheap labour in the Far East was revealed, one of the inspectors...
Apple faces its 'Nike moment' over working conditions in Chinese factories

Facebook IPO reaps huge rewards for founders as buyers watch and wait

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Early trading delays subsided to sell 82m shares of Facebook stock in 30 seconds before subsiding close to the offer priceFacebook became a public company on Friday after one of the most frenzied share sales in history led to the social network giant being valued at over $100bn.The share sale...
Facebook IPO reaps huge rewards for founders as buyers watch and wait

Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions

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Two online petitions beseech Apple to improve working conditions in the Chinese factories that make its products. The petitions, both filed within the last two weeks, follow a renewed round of criticism directed at the company over labor practices at overseas facilities like the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China....
Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions

FLA president: iPad plants are no sweatshops, boredom and monotony contributing to suicides

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With the Fair Labor Association (FLA) audit of Apple suppliers at Foxconn City underway for several days now, first details are trickling in. The non-profit agency’s head Auret van Heerden told Reuters than working conditions at Foxconn’s iPad plant are “far better” than those at other sweatshops elsewhere in...
FLA president: iPad plants are no sweatshops, boredom and monotony contributing to suicides

LifeStreet Media pays out more than $150M ad revenues to devs, powers 300M ad conversions

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Stealthy LifeStreet Media, which raised a large $66 million round last year, is eager to boast the performance of its social and mobile advertising platform. The company announced today that it has paid out more than $150 million to developers in ad revenues, after reaching the $100 million milestone...
LifeStreet Media pays out more than $150M ad revenues to devs, powers 300M ad conversions

Universal Music CEO: We're Not In This To Make Art

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Whenever debates come up about disruptive innovation in the entertainment industry, the big record labels and big movie studios like to fall back on claiming that they (and often they alone) are the last vanguards protecting our culture. They talk about how, without greater copyright protections, their "art" may die...
Universal Music CEO: We're Not In This To Make Art

Here's How Smart Investors Made A Killing On IPOs In 2012

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2012 turned out to be a very good year for investors who bet on new enterprise-tech companies. This year, companies such as Splunk, Palo Alto Networks, and Workday had extremely successful opening days in spite of the Facebook IPO fiasco--or maybe because of it, as investors veered away from consumer...
Here's How Smart Investors Made A Killing On IPOs In 2012

Cure.org helps you save kids across the world with your smartphone

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Nonprofits are waking up to the benefits of having a mobile and social media strategy. Cure.org is on a mission to raise money for children in need, and is experimenting with a suite of mobile apps to draw attention...
Cure.org helps you save kids across the world with your smartphone
Welcome to the new (and fast-growing) ecosystem of mobile business apps

ServiceNow Has Cured The Post-Facebook IPO Market (NOW)

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ServiceNow had a phenomenal IPO today, soaring nearly 37 percent in its New York Stock Exchange stock debut. ServiceNow planned to price shares between $15 to $17 but it opened at $23.16 and that was after raising its opening price to $18. Shares were selling for over $26 in after-hours...
ServiceNow Has Cured The Post-Facebook IPO Market (NOW)

Apple Orders Foxconn Labor Inspections

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With outcry growing over working conditions at some of its overseas manufacturing partners, Apple is taking a more socially responsible stance on the matter. In January it became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). Today it announced that the FLA, at its request, has begun...
Apple Orders Foxconn Labor Inspections

Stealthy LifeStreet Media nabs $66M for awesomesauce Facebook, mobile in-app ads

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You’ve likely never heard of LifeStreet Media, even though the company has paid Facebook and mobile developers over $100 million in advertising revenue, and driven more than 200 million app installs. Today the company is coming out of hiding to announce a huge $66 million funding round led by...
Stealthy LifeStreet Media nabs $66M for awesomesauce Facebook, mobile in-app ads

Apple's excessive work hours progress: tracking 800k, 97% 60-hour work week compliance

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Apple has updated its Labor and Human Rights page to detailing its efforts to curtail excessive work weeks in its suppliers factories, like Foxconn in China. The improvements include the fact that they are now tracking over 800k workers to gather the data, and that their compliance was ‘sustained’ in...
Apple's excessive work hours progress: tracking 800k, 97% 60-hour work week compliance

BOOK EXCERPT: Johannes Gutenberg Was The World’s First Tech Entrepreneur

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In a new Kindle Single, "Gutenberg the Geek," Jeff Jarvis argues that the inventor of printing was also possibly the world’s first technology entrepreneur, for he faced the same business and technology challenges as – and caused even more disruption than – any Silicon Valley startup. Here, in an...
BOOK EXCERPT: Johannes Gutenberg Was The World’s First Tech Entrepreneur

Apple’s reaches 95% compliance in China over excessive working hours, expands monitoring to 800,000 workers

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Apple has provided a more detailed insight into its efforts to end excessive overtime and longer working weeks in its supply chain, highlighting in its monthly Supplier Responsibility report that it had increased compliance to the 60-hour work week to 95%. The company said its compliance levels rose from 84% to...
Apple’s reaches 95% compliance in China over excessive working hours, expands monitoring to 800,000 workers

Apple supplier's 60-hour week compliance rate down from 97% to 88% in Sept. due to 'peak' production

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Apple has updated its Labor and Human Rights page to detailing its efforts to curtail excessive work weeks in its suppliers factories, like Foxconn in China. The updates include the fact that they are now tracking over 900k workers — up from 800K in August and 500K in January — to gather...
Apple supplier's 60-hour week compliance rate down from 97% to 88% in Sept. due to 'peak' production

Fair Labor Association begin audits of Apple suppliers at Foxconn City

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Following the release of Apple’s 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report, Apple announced it would be the first technology company admitted to the Fair Labor Association. The FLA will “independently assess facilities in Apple’s supply chain” and publish its independent findings to its website. Today Apple has announced via a press...
Fair Labor Association begin audits of Apple suppliers at Foxconn City
Apple now tracking over 1M workers in supply chain, drops back to 88% compliance with 60-hour work week

Zite intelligent magazine iOS app goes 2.0 with Facebook integration and 40,000 categories

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Zite has upgraded magazine app for iOS from personalized to “intelligent” with version 2.0, giving it Facebook integration, a new Explore page for finding content, and 40,000 categories to choose from. Previously, Zite had 2,5000 categories available, so it’s a big jump up in terms of content. “In Zite 2.0 we’ve...
Zite intelligent magazine iOS app goes 2.0 with Facebook integration and 40,000 categories

Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions

mashable.com
Two online petitions beseech Apple to improve working conditions in the Chinese factories that make its products. The petitions, both filed within the last two weeks, follow a renewed round of criticism directed at the company over labor practices at overseas facilities like the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China....
Petitions Demand Apple Improve Foxconn Conditions
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Ian Breach obituary

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Former Guardian journalist and television presenter who became one of the BBC's first environment correspondentsSome Guardian journalists stay for life; others move on. Ian Breach, who has died aged 72, was in the second category at a time when many stayed. He joined the Manchester features department as a young...
Ian Breach obituary

Apple supplier Foxconn sees profits drop due to higher employee costs

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Score one for human rights, zero for an Apple supplier’s bottom line. Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry posted lower profits than usual in the first quarter of 2012 due to higher employee costs. These costs are directly related to fair labor audits prompted by Apple. The manufacturer’s...
Apple supplier Foxconn sees profits drop due to higher employee costs

Cars.com And BP-Owned Castrol Put $13M Into Online Marketplace For Auto Repair, RepairPal

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RepairPal, a marketplace for auto repair, has raised $13 million in funding led by Cars.com and Castrol innoVentures, the venture arm of Castrol, BP-owned developer of lubricants for engines and machines. This is the first technology investment for Castrol. RepairPal has raised $20 million to date. The site was founded...
Cars.com And BP-Owned Castrol Put $13M Into Online Marketplace For Auto Repair, RepairPal

How A Car Crash Changed Vishal Sikka And The Direction Of SAP

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It’s a rare fall rainy day in Palo Alto and SAP Executive Board Member Dr. Vishal Sikka is as sick as a dog. It’s less than a week until SAP Sapphire in Madrid and the community around him are like a worrying family. I had told them that it is...
How A Car Crash Changed Vishal Sikka And The Direction Of SAP

Pegatron: Apple hasn’t informed us about forthcoming labor audits

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Apple’s contract manufacturer Pegatron Technology of Taiwan is unaware of any forthcoming labor inspections at its Asian plants because its client hasn’t officially tipped them about labor audits, chief financial officer Charles Lin tells Bloomberg this morning. Lin was reacting to yesterday’s announcement by Apple of California that the first audits in cooperation...
Pegatron: Apple hasn’t informed us about forthcoming labor audits
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