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  1. Apple Reportedly Slashes iPhone 5C Orders In Favor of More 5S

    So apparently the C stands for "commercially unpopular."

    Remember how the 5C was touted as a colorful, cheaper option to the iPhone 5S that everybody was going to want for themselves? Eh. Apparently it's not as popular as Apple was hoping, because they just told two of their biggest producers that they'll be drastically reducing their orders of the 5C for the forth quarter. Trouble in iParadise, maybe?

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  2. Your PS4 is Probably Being Built by College Interns at Foxconn

    College students love Playstation, so win-win, right?

    Foxconn has enlisted the help of engineering students at the Xi'an Institute of Technology in China to keep up with PS4 production demand. In this instance, enlisted means they're basically being blackmailed with their college degrees. It's OK, greatness awaits!

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  3. Rumor: Amazon Contracts Foxconn to Manufacture 5 Million Smartphones No One Will Likely Buy

    Since it was announced earlier this year, the Amazon smartphone has been generating plenty of buzz amongst techie circles, curious to know when the phone would be released as well as whether or not it would be able to find its niche in a saturated marketplace. Today, the wheels of the rumor mill are turning full force with the latest hearsay regarding the phone's potential manufacturer. Taiwan Economic News, your one-stop source for economic news from Taiwan, reported that Amazon had granted Foxconn an exclusive contract to produce their smartphones, approximately 5 million of them by 2013. If these rumors are even remotely true, that's a whole lot of phones clogging up warehouses and collecting dust.

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  4. Foxconn Broke Child Labor Laws by Hiring Underage Interns, Nobody All That Surprised

    The amount of labor violation accusations that come out of China isn't something new. As long as there have been factories in the country, accusations have been the norm. From time to time, these even pan out. Accordingly, Foxconn has now admitted that they "accidentally" employed interns under the age of 16 -- the legal working age in the country -- after an internal investigation at their Yantai factory. That's what happens when your company gets workers shipped to them from local educational institutions.

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  5. Apple Bans ‘Objectionable’ Game Based on Foxconn Suicides

    As a company, Apple is very finicky about the content they allow onto the iOS app store. Even if an app makes its way through certification, there's always the possibility that somebody might realize that it may raise some eyebrows and get taken down. Case in point, it took Apple less than an hour to find and remove In a Permenant Save State, an interactive story following seven factory-workers who commit suicide and their journeys into the afterlife. Though Apple didn't state a reason, (they rarely do) it isn't exactly a stretch to say that Apple had a vested interest in taking the game down: The game, labelled "a serious [mobile] game", was directly inspired by real-life suicides at Apple's Chinese manufacturing partner, Foxconn.

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  6. The Worst: Foxconn Pressures Worker Left Brain-Damaged From Factory Accident to Leave Hospital

    Is there any other way than "evil" to describe a company pressuring one of their employees, that had almost half their brain removed after a work-related accident, to leave the hospital? Thought not. That's what Foxconn -- Apple's largest contract manufacturer -- is doing, though. Zhang Tingzhen, one of Foxconn's employees, was left unable to speak or walk correctly after doctors surgically removed parts of his brain following an electric shock received at the factory. Unfortunately, it appears Foxconn is tired of footing the bill.

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  7. iPhone 5 Standards Cause Fistfights and Outrage at Foxconn

    The iPhone 5 has a earned a new nickname, the "Helen of Troy" of smartphones. Heightened production standards for Apple's newest phone, mixed with the heightened urgency of a supply shortage, have led to a series of fistfights and ultimately a massive strike at infamous Apple product manufacturer Foxconn.

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  8. Sharp Mortgages Nearly Everything to Stay in Business

    Nothing invokes consumer confidence quite like a company having to mortgage nearly everything they own just to pay the bills. Sharp has done just that with most of its offices and factories, striking a deal with two financial groups to secure up to 150 billion yen, or $1.92 billion, in credit. Should Sharp default on their loan, these buildings would be used to cover their debt. As Sharp struggles to stay afloat, this cash infusion might last them until they can cut a more lucrative deal elsewhere, or it might be their undoing.

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  9. Pay Raise for Chinese Workers May Raise Prices on Tech Products

    Workers in in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are due for a pay raise next year that could mean higher price on technology products across the board for the rest of us. Located in China's Guangdong province, Shenzhen is home to factories that supply parts for some of the world's biggest technology names, including Microsoft, HP, and Apple. Low labor prices in Shenzhen -- and in China more generally -- are largely responsible for keeping prices on consumer tech low. As those labor prices rise, you can expect the price of your next laptop, tablet, or cell phone to rise with them.

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  10. Rumor: Amazon is Rolling its Own Phone

    There's been a lot of rumblings from Amazon's hardware department as of late. We've been looking forward to new Kindles from the company sometime this year, but now a new report says that we might get a lot more: Amazon phones.

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