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Tech companies like Apple use China to make things fast, but worker safety questioned

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Apple says it sold 37 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012. Getty Images

Apple has become one of the most successful, and profitable, companies in the world. It announced that 37 million iPhones were sold in the first quarter of 2012. That's more iPhones sold per day than the number of babies born daily worldwide.

But as New York Times reporters Charles Duhigg and David Barboza found out, all that profit comes at a price. The two investigated how Apple makes its products and reported on harsh labor conditions like excessive overtime, crowded dorms and improper disposal of hazardous waste by company suppliers.


Charles Duhigg is a staff writer for The New York Times

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