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Best of the Tech Blogs: Apple Works to Improve Labor Conditions in China


Plus, did AT&T violate net neutrality?

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web.

Insider Monkey
Link: Apple Inc. Working to Improve China Labor Conditions
"Apple Inc. (AAPL) has been getting a lot of heat in recent years over labor practices in it manufacturing plants outside of the US, especially in China. Now, after an audit by a global labor watchdog organization, Apple will be working with its partner, Foxconn, to continually improve conditions at the various Foxconn plants across China."

Link: AT&T Defends FaceTime Over 3G Decision, Says It Isn't Violating Net Neutrality
"AT&T (T) ruffled more than a few feathers last week when it announced that only customers on the carrier's new Mobile Share plans would be able to use iOS 6′s FaceTime over 3G feature. Almost immediately, people began to wonder whether or not this course of action put AT&T at odds with the FCC's stance on net neutrality.

"The company waited until today to issue an official response - AT&T SVP Bob Quinn just recently took to the company's Public Policy blog to explain how the decision doesn't violate FCC rules, but not without jabbing that those who questioned it in the first place."

Link: PayPal Partners With Discover to Outdo Square/Starbucks in Mobile Payments
"Who needs Starbucks (SBUX)? In an effort to ramp up its mobile payments offerings, PayPal announced today that it will team up with Discover (DFS) to bring its technology to more than 7 million merchants next year.

"In terms of sheer numbers, the deal one-ups Square's partnership with Starbucks to replace credit card processing for its 7,000 stores in the US, since it brings PayPal's technology to millions of retail locations. Though it's worth noting PayPal will be just one of many payment options at Discover locations - with the Square/PayPal deal, Square is taking over all of the coffee shop's card processing (and getting plenty of publicity to boot, along with $25 million in funding)."

Zacks Investment Research
Link: Allscripts and Microsoft to Engage
"Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX), a leading player in the health care information technology market, recently reported that it is engaged with Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to develop its Allscripts Application Developer Program to provide greater flexibility for healthcare customers. Their effort to design an open system will permit more players to engage with the Allscripts offering. For its part, Microsoft seeks to leverage its expertise in the health care arena."

Link: Opera Software in new pact with Google
"Norwegian Web browser developer Opera Software ASA ( OPESF) said Wednesday it has entered into a new agreement with Google Inc. (GOOG) to integrate Google as the default search partner for the Opera mobile and desktop browsers, and said it remains positive about the company's overall growth prospects."
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