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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

Open ... and Shut Last quarter Apple churned out extraordinary profits: $13.06bn of them. But according to a New York Times article, Apple achieved these amazing profits on the backs of Chinese workers, who are subjected to punishing work conditions to ensure high-quality iPhones and iPads at the lowest possible price. While the company claims …
Matt Asay, 31 Jan 2012
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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

Canadian scammers are buying iPad 2s, replacing them in their original packaging with ZipLoc bags filled with modeling clay, "professionally shrink-wrapping" the boxes, then returning them for refunds, absconding with the precious fondleslabs. The precisely weighted, shrinkwrapped packages containing the clay-filled bags are …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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Amazon throws tax hissy-fit, dumps California affiliates

Amazon and Overstock have severed their agreements with affiliates based in California, in an overnight response to the imposition of a sales tax for online retailers of physical goods. Online retailers are exempt from sales taxes, but dead-broke California introduced such a law on Wednesday night. "We oppose this bill because …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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iPhone 4 to slum it at Wal-Mart

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart will join the iPhone 4's coming-out party on June 24. Wal-Mart has carried iPhones in the past, but the launch of the "biggest leap since the original iPhone" will be the first time that the Destroyer of Small-Town America™ has participated in the now-traditional get-in-line-with-your-fellow-fanbois …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2010
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Wal-Mart buys internet TV biz

Worldwide retail giant Wal-Mart is buying its way into the rapidly expanding sphere of on-demand, internet-based television. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based destroyer of America's small-town shopping districts has forged a "definitive agreement" to acquire Vudu, the Silicon Valley provider of IPTV hardware and services. In …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Feb 2010
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DDoS attack scrooges Amazon and others

Service to Amazon, Wal-Mart and several other shopping sites was briefly blocked on Wednesday evening when their DNS provider was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Neustar, which provides DNS services to high profile website addresses under the UltraDNS brand, said the flood of malicious traffic, just two …
Austin Modine, 24 Dec 2009
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Text-message hoax threatens death by Wal-Mart

Text messages are appearing all over the US that warn women to stay away from Wal-Mart stores or risk being murdered. Fear not. This swarm of quasi-lethal smarm is a hoax, patterned after similar floods of cyber-crap that started back in 2005, according to überdebunker Snopes.com. On example of this fear-mongering was …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2009

Walmart's Jesus Phone no better, no worse

Mercilessly squashing any vestiges of what rumors remained of a $99 iPhone, the megamall-master Walmart today let the world know that, yes, they will be offering the Jesus Phone to the world beginning on Sunday, but no, they won't be adding a $99 super-savior to the mix. Yawn... Walmart will sell the ubiquitous black 8GB …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Dec 2008

Apple prepping $99 Wal-Mart iPhone?

Every December, the rumor mills begin to churn with speculation about what Apple will reveal at January's Macworld Expo. The first scintillating scuttlebutt of this year's rumor season, however, focuses not on Steve's traditional "And one more thing..." but instead on Wal-Mart's possible revival of the 4GB iPhone. The Boy …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Dec 2008
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Wal-Mart punts industrial strength feminine deodorant

There's an old saying* that Canada's a country where men are men - and so are the women. For proof, look no further than the local Wal-Mart tentacle, which demonstrates just how the local lasses apply their "Summer’s Eve Ultra Feminine Deodorant Spray": Wal-Mart screen grab showing industrial applicator for feminine deodorant …
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2008
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Wal-Mart pressured into tune keys life support

For digital music vendors, protecting files with digital rights management (DRM) is like a lobster trap. It's easy enough to enter into, but getting back out is another matter entirely. Like Microsoft and Yahoo before it, US music selling heavyweight Wal-Mart has found itself in the same cagey predicament. Wal-Mart today bowed …
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2008

Dell and Wal-Mart team on TV installations

Good idea? Bad idea? Not even Wal-Mart and Dell are sure. The two "low-cost providers" have teamed to experiment on Dallas natives with a range of technology services. Customers visiting local Wal-Marts will find "Solution Stations by Dell" where they can get help with "home television installation, PC set-up, wireless network …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2008
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'Legit' website compromises reach epidemic proportions

Once upon a time surfers could stay unmolested by malware by staying away from warez and smut. Those days are well and truly over as changes in hacking tactics mean that compromised content on legitimate website has become the main conduit for so-called drive-by download attacks. Web security firm ScanSafe reports that two in …
John Leyden, 5 Jun 2008

Wal-Mart stores drop cheap-as-chips Linux PC

Wal-Mart has stopped selling cheap PCs pre-loaded with Linux at its stores because consumer just weren't interested enough, the retail colossus said yesterday. "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," a company spokeswoman told the Associated Press newsagency. Wal-Mart's experiment started in October 2007. …
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2008

Wal-Mart denies cheap HD DVD deal

Wal-Mart has denied it is working with a Chinese manufacturer to build millions of budget HD DVD players, a move that could prove decisive in the battle with rival next-gen optical disc format Blu-ray Disc. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman yesterday claimed that a Chinese-language report indicating the retail giant had ordered $300m …
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2007

Wal-Mart orders 2m HD DVD players from China

US retail giant Wal-Mart is to fill its North American store shelves with a 2m low-cost HD DVD players, a move that could help kick up a gear consumer interest in the next-gen optical disc format. According to a report by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, local operation Fukuhiko Electronic will make the players, …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2007
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What's Green for Wal-Mart is Green for America

The Greening of Wal-Mart, America's least popular popular retailer, continues apace. This time it is putting the squeeze on consumer electronics suppliers, with a scorecard to assess the "sustainability of their products". Products are to be marked for hazardous materials, packaging, durability, upgradability and …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007

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