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Brian Gongol

June 2, 2010

Computers and the Internet Almost a dozen people have killed themselves this year at a Chinese factory making iPhone components
Interestingly, even the Chinese media are starting to make a story out of the situation, with one even saying, "[I]t is unsustainable to keep relying on this low-end means of production that is built on cheap labor." Steve Jobs, who's undoubtedly gloating on the inside that his company is now the largest technology company in the world, as measured by market capitalization, really sounds like he just isn't interested in discussing the working conditions under which his equipment is assembled, which is unfortunate. If it's really so bad that even the state media says something, then he probably needs to step up and show some leadership before the situation takes on the same kind of momentum as the Nike "sweatshop" accusations of 15 or 20 years ago.

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