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The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the release of a status report outlining progress that has made since the group’s initial high-profile audits of several Foxconn facilities in China serving as assembly plants for Apple products. In follow-up visits to the plants in late June and early July, the FLA found that Foxconn has made a number of changes to help meet the group’s recommendations for improving working conditions. “Our verification shows that the necessary changes, including immediate health and safety measures, have been made.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Jobs family home in Palo Alto, California was burglarized last month, with over $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” taken from the home. A suspect has been arrested and charged in the case. More than $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” were allegedly stolen, but Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, who died last year at the age of 56, or another family member.
Valve today announced that beginning September 5 it will expand its Steam store for digital distribution of gaming titles to include other types of applications. The expansion of Steam to other software categories could pose signification competition for other digital marketplaces such as Apple’s Mac App Store. The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.
Back in January, we reported on ZEVO , an effort by former Apple file system engineer Don Brady to finally bring the Sun-backed ZFS file system to OS X. Brady’s company, Ten’s Complement, had begun releasing a set of software packages to support the robust file system on OS X, but planned launches for the some of the more advanced packages had begun to slip in recent months. As noted by TUAW , Brady has now announced that ZEVO has been acquired by GreenBytes a storage appliance hardware company that already uses ZFS in its products. Brady will also be joining GreenBytes as a development engineer. As to the future of the project, GreenBytes’ spokesman Michael Robinson responded to TUAW’s inquiry: “ZEVO’s ZFS on OS X is safe.
The San Jose Mercury News reports ( via The Next Web ) that Apple has received approval from the City of Cupertino to build a new 21,500 square foot cafeteria several blocks away from its main headquarters. The facility is being planned to primarily support workers from Apple’s satellite buildings in the immediate vicinity, giving them a private location to eat and conduct business without needing to worry about competitors overhearing their conversations. “We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they’re engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations,” Dan Whisenhunt, Apple’s director of real estate facilities, said at Tuesday’s meeting. “That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we’ve got other companies here in our same business.” The facility will offer a full cafeteria, as well as private meeting rooms, lounge areas, courtyard space, and a 70-space parking garage underneath the cafe
Rob Schmitz of public radio show Marketplace played a key role in debunking a number of Mike Daisey’s claims about his trip to China to see working conditions at Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn. As part of his investigation, Schmitz tracked down Daisey’s translator and learned that a number of the experiences Daisey related as part of his “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” theater monologue never happened
The outside of the box said "Windows base machine or better", so I bought a Mac.