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Inside a Foxconn Factory

A look inside Foxconn gives us a new perspective on workers’ conditions; one solution to the “right to be forgotten” dilemma may be to implement mandatory online insurance; meanwhile, a Columbia grad in New York has been converting pay phone booths into libraries. These discoveries and more below.

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What Cameras Inside Foxconn Found
Last month, The New York Times published a front-page article highlighting working conditions at a factory in China owned by Foxconn Technology, where Apple’s products are built, but there have been some developments, some progress and some new revelations.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Scamming Nigerian Scam Artists
Australia’s Courier Mail brings us this rather ironic piece of news to brighten our day: An Australian woman nearly made off with more than $30,000 after pulling her own scam on a bunch of Nigerian scam artists.

Google, Others Agree To Adopt Privacy Button
The industry move toward a “do-not-track” setting comes as the government steps up Internet privacy monitoring and protection.

Israel backing down on Iran threats
The U.S. president reportedly feels recent threats by Israeli spokesmen are unnecessary warmongering and believes the Iran issue should be handled by superpowers.

How Fox News Recycled GOP Talking Points — With Typos
An excerpt from David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, and Media Matters’ new book, “The Fox Effect,” published by Random House.

Romance Novels, The Last Great Bastion Of Underground Writing
Romance fiction is widely reckoned to be a very low form of literature.

British culture may be our great new industry
The power of British culture has replaced the class system, and has stimulated an economy of the mind.

The Information Welfare State
The “right to be forgotten” doesn’t go far enough. We need mandatory insurance to protect online reputations.

How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street
The Houses of Morgan, Goldman and the other Big Five are justifiably worried right now, because an “event of default” declared on European sovereign debt could jeopardize their $32 trillion derivatives scheme.

Why We Speak Freely on Social Networks
Social networking sites give us portals into another person’s (user’s) mind, so far as that person (user) makes public their thoughts, ideas, feelings and desires.

Could the secular world draw useful lessons from religious life?
The decline of religion in the West has brought a decline in community spirit.

How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries
John Locke thinks people should read more. So in the past few months, the Columbia architecture grad has slipped around Manhattan with a sack of books and custom-made shelves, converting old pay phones into pop-up libraries.

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