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Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Earlier in the week, we talked about workers at a Foxconn plant in China that threatened to kill themselves by jumping off the roof over a compensation dispute. The original report was that there were 300 workers involved. According to PC World, there were only 150 involved in the protest. Microsoft has investigated since the protest was at its Xbox 360 production facility.

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300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

Foxconn has been under intense scrutiny in the past after workers committed suicide by jumping from the top of the factory. Allegations have included long working hours and little pay. According to an anti-government website in China, 300 workers at a Foxconn factory at Foxconn Technology Park in Wuhan threatened to jump from the top of the building.

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10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

Amazon's 10.1-inch Kindle Fire tablet is expected to hit production before the end of the year, with shipments potentially in time for the 2011 holiday sales season, according to the latest rumors. Although the larger Kindle tablet was initially tipped for release in early 2012, DigiTimes' sources reckon Amazon is pushing ahead with a more aggressive timescale for the Foxconn-produced 10-incher.

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Brazilian iPad production readies for December shipments

Brazilian iPad production readies for December shipments

iPad production in Foxconn's Brazilian production facility will see shipments beginning in December, according to science and technology minister Aolizio Mercadante, with the extra supplies expected to see the Apple slate come down in price. "At first many doubted, but it will be the first time that the company will produce iPads outside Chinese territory" Mercadante told press this week, Computerworld Brazil reports, going on to suggest that "we are taking a big step towards digital inclusion in the country."

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150,000 iPhone 5 a day as Apple ramps for launch

150,000 iPhone 5 a day as Apple ramps for launch

With the launch of the iPhone 5 expected to be a matter of weeks away, it's hardly a surprise that Apple's production partners should be beavering away at building the fifth-gen iOS smartphone. Still, from the latest channel leaks, it sounds like Apple isn't leaving stock levels to chance: DigiTimes' sources say Foxconn, Apple's OEM, is churning out 150,000 handsets per day.

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Foxconn looks to use robots to replace a million human workers

Foxconn looks to use robots to replace a million human workers

Foxconn has been making a bunch of Apple gear for a long time now. The company has hoards of workers in China that build iPhones, iPads, and a bunch of other gear for Apple, Sony, and Nokia in what is often alleged to be harsh conditions. The company was besieged at one point by a rash of workers jumping from the building to their deaths. The company has also had problems with leaks of new products ahead of launch.

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Foxconn blocks iPad production plans

Foxconn blocks iPad production plans

Foxconn has reportedly blocked arch-rival Pegatron from securing iPad 3 manufacturing orders, with the company supposedly persuading Apple not to double up on its production partners. Rumors earlier this week suggested Apple was hedging its bets on future iPad fabrication by adding a second supplier, with Pegatron - which already produces the CDMA iPhone 4 - tipped as the most likely option; however, now DigiTimes' sources suggest Foxconn has reacted quickly to change the Cupertino company's strategy.

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