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Apple's iPhone Suppliers Use Children To Dig In Lethally Dangerous Mud Pits For Tin Ore, The BBC Alleges

• That Apple sources the tin for its iPhones from mud pits in Indonesia where children work, risking frequent mudslides that frequently claim lives.<br>• That work inside its Chinese iPhone factories is so grueling that workers fall asleep on the factory line.<p>Apple told the BBC it would investigate the …

Europe Can't Split Google In Two Anyway, These Antitrust Experts Say

But we were wondering: how can Europe order an American company to break apart? How would that even work?<p>"I don't know," answered Herbert Hovenkamp , a law professor at the University of Iowa who is considered one of the leading American experts on European antitrust law.<p>"I think it'd be very …

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

<i>This is the January 25th email from MPAA Global General Counsel Steven Fabrizio, laying out the group's Goliath strategy:</i>

Why Google should leave Europe

Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, …

An update on Google News in Spain

After 9/11, one of our engineers, Krishna Bharat, realized that results for the query “World Trade Center” returned nothing about the terror...

EU's Right to Be Forgotten Rules Amount to Search Engine Censorship

The right to be forgotten concept is the right to free oneself from being stigmatized for events that happened in the past.<p>It sounds like a great …

What This Adorable Google '20% Project' For Tracking Santa Shows About How The Company Works

The interactive " Santa's Village " world offers a bunch of educational games to teach children geography, different holiday traditions, and basic Javascript, and culminates on December 24 when "Santa Tracker" lets you watch Mr. Claus's journey around the world on Google Maps.<p>Santa Tracker started …

Cute

One man's fight against Africa's ivory poachers

Most tourists who walk into Hong Kong’s many licensed ivory stores and carving factories, browse the displays of statues, pendants and jewellery and accept the official assurances that it all comes from sustainable sources.<p>But not the reserved middle-aged man who last month went into a Kowloon …

Here Are The Countries Where Young People Are Happiest

For the first time, The Youth Well-Being Index (PDF) — a joint effort by the International Youth Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hilton Worldwide — tries to assess how teens are doing in 30 countries.<p>Note that these are not the top 30 countries in the world; …

Depression

Peru's rainforests turn to desolate wastelands

Peru’s beautiful rainforests have transformed into unrecognizable, desolate wastelands.<p>Decades of illegal gold mining in the southeastern region of …

7 Reasons You Should Consider Quitting Coffee Today

I was also hopelessly addicted to coffee . I began each morning with an extra large coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. Then at lunchtime I had a second large cup of coffee. On most days, I'd follow that up with a third large cup of coffee around 4 p.m. for the final sales push of the day.<p>When the local …

Coffee

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to …

Middle-class

I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>I hated government — even as it was the only thing trying to save me. Here’s how, one day, I finally saw the light<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>July 16, 2014 8:45pm (UTC)<p>I was a 20-year-old college dropout with no more than $100 in the bank the day my son was born in 1994. I’d been in the Coast …

California's drought is the worst in 1,200 years, evidence suggests

As California finally experiences the arrival of a rain-bearing Pineapple Express this week, two climate scientists have shown that the drought of …

The commoditizing of humans

<i>Commoditize: to render a (good or service) widely available and interchangeable</i><p>From nearly the moment it expanded beyond universities and government agencies, the Internet was seen as a way to connect people from anywhere in the world. Today, that vision has been largely realized — but there is a …

Lad os stoppe karakterkrigen

Jeg startede i 1.g efter sommerferien. Jeg gik ind til min nye ungdomsuddannelse med følelsen af, at jeg nu skulle bruge de tre næste år af mit liv …

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Plan to Wire the World

handauli is a tiny town in rural India about a four-hour drive southwest of New Delhi. India’s a big country, and there are several Chandaulis. This …

Interstellar: Good Space Film, Bad Climate-Change Parable

A story about looking for a new world is more exciting than a movie about saving an ailing one.<p>There is already plenty of evidence of America’s alarming inability to reckon with climate change, but perhaps none is more surprising than this: Even Hollywood doesn’t get it. The entertainment industry …

Community Discussion: Does Hollywood get climate change?

<b>(Larry via Flickr)</b><p>2014 saw Hollywood stepping up its climate game. Is it succeeding?<p>Salon Staff<p>December 5, 2014 6:43pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this week liberal icon Barbra Streisand was stunningly revealed as the nefarious mastermind behind the whole "global warming" thing, along with several other members …

Seneca on the Analysis and Therapy of Occurrent Emotions

The Happiness Level Of Every Part Of The World In One Incredible Infographic

We often think about how happy we are as individuals in a given moment, but rarely look at the bigger picture.<p>The website MoveHub.com is a resource for people looking to move abroad, and they recently put together a fantastic and eye-opening infographic that measures the happiness levels of every …

Happiness

What Chinese child laborers have in common with the American truckers who unload their goods

When Chinese factories and American shippers are using the same tactics to abuse workers, the problem is bigger than either economy.<p>China Labor Watch revealed yesterday (pdf) that, despite claims to the contrary, a factory that makes mobile phone parts for Samsung still employs child laborers. …

Los Angeles

Walmart Workers Will Make History on Friday as America Confronts Growing Inequality

This Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday discounts on computers, toys, and cell phones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items. But at more than 1,500 of Walmart's 4,000 stores, shoppers will be …

America: We're Fucking Poor, and We're Fucking Scared

The <i>Washington Post</i> has done a poll that shows lower-income workers are terrified they will lose their awful jobs. Then it interviewed one of those …

Economics

Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America

I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.<p>This didn't even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a …

The top 10 myths about working retail – at the holidays and beyond

Myth 1: Most retail workers are teenagers or young adults who do not really need the money<p>Reality: The average age of a retail worker is 37 years old (pdf), and more than half of year-round retail workers contribute a significant portion (pdf) of their family's total income. For example, …

Technology didn't kill middle class jobs, public policy did | Dean Baker

The story is that innovation rapidly reduced the need for factory workers and other skilled labor. The data just doesn't support it<p>A widely held view in elite circles is that the rapid rise in inequality in the United States over the last three decades is an unfortunate side-effect of technological …