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Foxconn short 20,000 factory workers to make iPhone 5

Now that the new iPad is out the door, Foxconn has started hiring to build the next iPhone. According to fresh reports, Foxconn is short 20,000 pairs of hands to handle Apple's production demands for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's going to be called).

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Huge parts of Mike Daisey's report on Foxconn factory conditions completely made up

Mike Daisey had straight-out lied to This American Life fact-checkers about many encounters with Chinese factory workers, according to Rob Schmitz, a writer for Marketplace who investigated his claims on the radio program.

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Apple now selling iPhone 4 handsets made in Brazil

It looks like Apple has started selling iPhone 4 units produced out of Foxconn's new Brazilian manufacturing plant, which has been up and running since late 2011. According to photos released by Portuguese news site Meio Bit, the iPhone 4's in question appear to be the lower-end 8GB variation, with unit stamps indicating Apple may have only begun selling them just a few short weeks ago.

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Apple and Foxconn offer ABC clarifications on iFactory tour report

The other night, ABC's Nightline got to investigate the humanitarian conditions of Apple's factories, and though there were certainly some interesting findings, there are a few details that Apple and Foxconn wanted to clarify.

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Nightline goes inside Apple's Chinese iFactory

Nightline has aired their well publicized "exclusive look inside Apple's factory in China", which follows a month of media, environmental, and social scrutiny of the Chinese factory system.

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Foxconn buildings covered in suicide nets, though most workers are just sleepy and bored

Although Nightline reports that there are nets just about everywhere at Foxconn to catch anyone trying to commit suicide, depression is apparently not that common. The counseling center is sparsely used, and most of the workers were simply tired from their 10-to-12-hour shifts.

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Apple grants ABC's Nightline exclusive access to their suppliers' factories in China

Responding to the ongoing controversy surrounding working conditions in Chinese factories, Apple has granted ABC News and their Nightline series exclusive access to go inside Foxconn and take a look around. Nightline new anchor Bill Weir has gone to Shenzhen China with film crew in tow to bring back the visual documentation of what exactly happens there.

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Apple welcomes Fair Labor Association voluntary inspections to its Foxconn assembly lines

Apple has voluntarily requested that the Fair Labor Association conduct special audits of its final assembly suppliers. Apple has moved very quickly following the damning report by the New York Times last month where workers’ rights and safety whilst working on the manufacture and assembly of Apple products was in question.

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iPhone and iPad manufacturer Foxconn hacked by Swagg Security, e-mail addresses and passwords leaked

Foxconn, a major manufacturing partner for Apple and many others in the electronics industry, has recently been hacked by a group called Swagg Security.

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