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Apple suppliers - UniMicron and Foxconn - are accused of dumping toxic waste into nearby rivers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Taking into account numerous accusations and suspicions of local environmental groups, Chinese government decided to begin the investigation of the incident.
Apple’s supplier - Pegatron - is accused of 86 labor rights violations, China Labor Watch reports. The information about these infringements was collected by undercover investigators, who have been working on three Pegatron factories for a couple of months. They claim about underage workers employment, low wages, poor working conditions and other infringements.
According to the latest rumours, Apple is currently testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad. The Wall Street Journal claims the company from Cupertino ordered several prototypes from its Asian suppliers several months ago.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple and Samsung are negotiating the patent problem. The year 2012 was marked by celebrated cases regarding patent infringement claims. Last summer Apple won a major lawsuit against Samsung in California court. The issue concerned design patent infringement claims regarding the iPad and iPhone.
Since last summer, the Cupertino and South Korean companies have been negotiating privately quite regularly. They were obviously trying to come to some sort of settlement. However, some lawsuits are been filed since then. It was rumored that in February the tech giants were close to an agreement, but as we can see, it did not work out.
According to Wall Street Journal, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) has agreed to supply Apple with A-series chips. Although the matter has been discussed since 2010, the deal was only signed this month, and TSMC starts producing some of the chips in 2014. By that time, the Taiwan company will improve the quality of the products so that they meet Apple’s requirements. The chips will become smaller and more energy efficient by using 20-nanometre technology.
When negotiating the deal, the American company offered either to invest in TSMC or to assign one factory as an exclusive Apple supplier. However, the Taiwan company did not accept either of the options to keep TSMC independent and adaptable.
Samsung used to be Apple’s main A-series chips supplier, but present ferocious competition between the companies is forcing the latter to diminish its dependence on the Korean company.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, patent holding company Intertrust has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Cupertino-based company infringes on 15 of its patents. Intertrust licenses and invents technologies for digital rights management and currently holds more than 150 patents.
An appeal filed by Apple over its use of the "iPhone" trademark in Mexico, was rejected, according to The Wall Street Journal. It continues for some time, but did not appear to affect Apple’s ability to sell the iPhone and related services in the country.
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The Wall Street Journal reports on recent Apple’s operations to increase sales in India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The company recently launched iTunes and Apple TV there. There also were rumors that Apple was planning to open retail stores in India.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is in talks with music publishers to develop Spotify-styled subscribtion streaming music service for the Android operating system.
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