Tech 2.0 for Monday, September 24, 2012

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 9/24/2012 2:33 pm


The company that makes Apple's iPhones has stopped production at one of its plants -- this after a fight that it said involved as many as 2,000 employees. Foxconn Technology Group and police say the fight broke out yesterday at a privately managed dormitory near the factory, located in northern China. The official Chinese news agency says the brawl was brought under control after 10 hours. Foxconn says production at the factory will resume tomorrow. But it wouldn't confirm whether the factory in question makes the Apple smartphone.

Timing is everything in life -- and the timing couldn't have been much worse the other day for Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry smartphone. The chief executive of the scuffling company issued an apology Friday for a service outage that struck Europe and Africa. The outage and its scope would have been bad enough on its own. But it also came the same day Apple released its new iPhone 5. Blackberry resolved the outage issue later the same day. But the service disruption brought up unpleasant memories of last year's troubles with emails and chat messages that left many users out of touch for up to three days.

Google says it's closing a music download service in China -- because so few people were using it. Google launched the music site in 2009 as a legal alternative to Chinese pirate web sites. To make money, it shared ad revenue with music companies. But now, Google says the service is getting such low support, it's pulling the plug. The move will further reduce Google's presence in China, which is the world's most populous Internet market. Two years ago, Google shut off the tap for its mainland search engine in a dispute over censorship and computer hacking.


RT @washingtonpost: Report: 5,000 police officers dispatched to brawl at Foxconn factory http://t.co/mgRXcc8f

SLAVE TO THE APPLE: Riots break out at FOXCONN factory in China http://t.co/gb3mVVaY

2000 workers riot at Foxconn in China, the home to Apple's assembly line, after guards beat workers. Plant is shutdown. #iPhone5

Blackberry service down in Europe, Mideast, Africa: BlackBerry is reporting an outage affecting users in Europe,... http://t.co/bhKBfPjk

BlackBerrys stopped working in 3 continents yesterday http://t.co/j9i1EEzP


Google to shut down music service in China despite 538 million online users ~ http://t.co/vAt8TQll

Get Mp3 Google says it will shut China music service - http://t.co/c1AYqbkr

Radio silence: Google unplugs its China-only music service http://t.co/uk8X8QhU
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