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Apple manufacturer Foxconn improves on Chinese workers' hours and safety

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Facing mounting criticism, factories have made significant changes, but bigger steps are ahead for electronics supplierFoxconn, Apple's top manufacturer, has improved safety conditions and cut working hours in an effort to resolve violations at its plants that triggered a global scandal for the iPad and iPhone maker.The Taiwanese company submitted...
Apple manufacturer Foxconn improves on Chinese workers' hours and safety

Windows Phone Market Starting to Display ESRB Game Ratings

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While Google and Apple have opted out of the industry-standard ESRB rating systems for game titles on the respective Android Market and App Store applications storefronts, Microsoft had opted in and now we’re beginning to see ESRB ratings being displayed alongside some game titles in Windows Phone Marketplace. So far,...
Windows Phone Market Starting to Display ESRB Game Ratings

Independent Inspector Says Foxconn's Facilities Are 'First-Class' (AAPL)

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The Apple-ordered inspection of its supplier factories, including Foxconn facilities in China, is already under way by the independent group the Free Labor Association. While it's too early for any concrete results, Reuters spoke to the Auret van Heerden, president of the FLA, about what he's seen so far....
Independent Inspector Says Foxconn's Facilities Are 'First-Class' (AAPL)

Microsoft exec: Bing as good or better than Google, but users still don’t believe it

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Microsoft Bing's Derrick Connell talks to Danny Sullivan at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle this morning. Microsoft’s internal testing shows that Bing’s search results are quantifiably as relevant or, in some cases, more relevant than those from Google’s search engine. But Microsoft says its own consumer testing shows that...
Microsoft exec: Bing as good or better than Google, but users still don’t believe it

Facebook wants to double Brussels staff (to 4 people) and intensify European lobbying

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In a presentation to BELTUG, Belgium’s largest independent group of ICT managers, Facebook’s head of its Brussels office, Erika Mann, a former member of European Parliament and board member of ICANN, talked about her role at the social networking behemoth and the work she does out of Europe’s capital city....
Facebook wants to double Brussels staff (to 4 people) and intensify European lobbying

Apple supplier audit begins with Foxconn plant

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Fair Labor Association begins independent inspections of tech giant's suppliers after criticism over alleged abuses of workersApple has reacted togrowing criticism over alleged abuses of workers at its suppliers by asking an independent group, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), to conduct audits of its "final assembly" suppliers. Those include Foxconn,...
Apple supplier audit begins with Foxconn plant

As broadband caps turn 5, it's time for the FCC to take action

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In the five years since Comcast implemented the country’s first real broadband cap (it took effect on Oct. 1, 2008) the percentage of subscribers with caps on their broadband service has risen to 64 percent. Meanwhile, the FCC only began formally wondering if data caps might need some sort of...
As broadband caps turn 5, it's time for the FCC to take action

App Review: Bloom.fm (iPhone)

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Pandora-style personal radio app has a stylish design and innovative pricing modelPersonalised radio service Pandora is big in the US, with 67.1m active listeners at the end of 2012. 77% of Pandora's listening happens on mobile devices through its apps, too.For now, Pandora isn't available in the UK, so there's...
App Review: Bloom.fm (iPhone)

Stricter iPhone 5 quality standards bring worker strike at Foxconn plant

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Some iPhone 5 production was reportedly halted in one Chinese factory of mega-manufacturer Foxconn on Friday due to a conflict between workers and management. The work stoppage is being called a strike by the China Labor Watch group in a news release. The conflict was apparently related to increasingly strict...
Stricter iPhone 5 quality standards bring worker strike at Foxconn plant

European regulators calling on Google to halt changes to its privacy policy

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Add the European Union to the list of those taking issue with Google's new privacy policy: Reuters is reporting that the EU wants Google to delay the implementation of its new privacy policy so it can investigate whether users' data is sufficiently protected under the new rules. This request...
European regulators calling on Google to halt changes to its privacy policy

Fred Wilson to Media Execs: ‘Everybody, and I Mean Everybody, Is a Pirate’

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Mr. Wilson, right. At the Paley Center for Media yesterday, New York tech's paterfamilias Fred Wilson offered something largely absent from recent anti-SOPA debates: a plan for an alternative. Better yet, he wasn't just preaching to the choir. Rather, the Union Square Ventures managing partner broke on through to the...
Fred Wilson to Media Execs: ‘Everybody, and I Mean Everybody, Is a Pirate’
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