The Digest: Apple ‘failing to protect workers’… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’ | BBC News

“Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.”

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White House calls Sony cyber attack ‘serious national security matter | Re/Code

“The White House considers the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment a serious national security matter, and is weighing how to respond. A spokesman for the Obama administration declined to identify the ‘sophisticated actor’ behind the destructive breach, saying it remains under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. News organisations reported on Wednesday that US investigators believe North Korea was centrally involved in the attack. The attackers repeatedly demanded that Sony withdraw The Interview, a comedy revolving around a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.”

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Telltale Games, Mojang Team Up for Minecraft: Story Mode | PCMag.com

“How is this one going to work? Minecraft developer Mojang has announced that the popular game will be getting its own adventure story treatment. And everyone’s favorite developer of adventure story games, Telltale Games, will be taking on the task. We’re just a little confused as to how it’s all going to go down, given that Minecraft is, for all intents, a building simulator. There’s no plot. At least not yet.”

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MP says Twitter should ban racist words | Huffington Post

“Racist words should be blocked by Twitter, a Labour MP who was a victim of online anti-Semitism has said. Luciana Berger, shadow minister for public health, said she received 2,500 hate messages at the height of an internet campaign against her.”

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Google is now worth more than the whole Russian stock market  | The Independent

“Google has become the third big technology company to be worth more than the entire Russian stock market — and Google itself isn’t even having a very good time of it. All of the shares listed on Russia’s stock market, the Moscow Exchange, are now worth $325 billion, less than Google’s more than $340 billion.”

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Stuart O’Connor