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If you're one of the millions who purchased an iPod between Sept. 12, 2006, and March 31, 2009, you might be in for a surprising email. It states that you're being enlisted in a class-action lawsuit against Apple — though you do have the right to recuse yourself. The class-action lawsuit was originally filed by a customer in January 2005 and was ignited by the creation of the music service Harmony .
It's only been a few weeks since the last major iOS privacy scandal. In case you were getting bored, a new, somewhat related controversy just started brewing thanks to reporting by Nick Bilton at The New York Times. This one comes three weeks after Path apologized for a privacy loophole that allowed developers to access users' entire address book without their knowledge.
In Apple 's third major privacy flaw revelation this month, app developers have told The New York Times that they can easily access private photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. App developers told the publication that after you download an app, it can easily copy your entire photo library without telling you. Apple doesn't block app developers from copying photos, but the company screens all the apps that appear in its App Store.
Apple said Wednesday that iOS apps accessing users' contact lists will require explicit permission, following a week of accusations that a number of iPhone apps were storing data on their servers.
In response to Path's fiasco of using iPhone contacts without permission (Feb. 2012) by Feb 20
Apple's public relations department is notoriously tight-lipped and only responds to a limited subset of the mainstream media, and usually only the outlets that write positive things about its products. If you dare to write an unflattering piece about Apple or -- heaven forbid -- post a rumor you're almost guaranteed to lose your access to Apple.
A class-action suit against Apple for iPhone 4 antenna reception problems has reached a settlement in the "antennagate" case, with a preliminary approval granting U.S. residents who bought the phone either $15 in cash or a bumper case from Apple. According to CNET , the preliminary approval was made on Friday afternoon in a settlement of 18 consolidated lawsuits. The combined suit alleged that Apple was "misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale and servicing of its iPhone 4 — particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software."
Hey, at least it's not a garment factory. The head of the nonprofit Fair Labor Association — which Apple hired to do audits of the company's factories in China — said the tech factories are better than garment and other manufacturing facilities in the area.
"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." - Immanuel Kant Ours is an imperfect society. The nature of our reality, our desires and our need to possess, while maintaining a façade of moral righteousness, puts us at odds with the reality that exists within the systems we have created.
Although it didn't unearth any atrocities in the factories of Foxconn - the Chinese company that manufactures goods for several electronic giants, including Apple - ABC's recent report did raise a lot of questions about the conditions there. The report suggested that many workers complain they're underpaid, while others work very long hours. Now, Foxconn, Apple and the Fair Labor Association have responded to the report, shedding new light on some important details about the working conditions at Foxconn.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to employees that addresses allegations surrounding work conditions at its supplies factories, noting that the company "never turns a blind eye to problems in our supply chain."
'We care about every worker': Apple CEO (AFP) – Jan 27, 2012
5:26 p.m. | Updated to reflect Thursday’s closing stock prices. My colleague Peter Lattman wrote on Twitter that the rise in Apple’s stock on Thursday meant that its market value was higher than Microsoft and Google combined. For more details, check out an Apple Insider post this morning .
Apple released an extensive list of its suppliers for the first time ever on Friday along with its annual report on labor conditions at contract manufacturers around the world. The move reflects an apparent sensitivity to increased public criticism of the company’s level of accountability and transparency regarding where and how its gadgets are manufactured.
<img src="http://timeglobalspin.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/gs_china_foxconn_wp.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="gs_china_foxconn_wp" title="gs_china_foxconn_wp"/> Electronics-manufacturing giant Foxconn, which saw 14 employees commit suicide at its Chinese plants in 2010, has come under renewed pressure after a group of workers reportedly threatened to jump from a building last week.
Daisey (MikeDaisey.blogspot.com) The public radio show This American Life has retracted an entire storyline told by comedian and self-described Apple fanboy Mike Daisey that aired in early January after Daisey's translator said he made up significant details of the tale. In a press release, the show says the episode was the most popular in its history and was downloaded 888,000 times.