Chinese Prisoners Forced To Farm Warcraft Gold Or Get Beatings

Chinese Prisoners Forced To Farm Warcraft Gold Or Get Beatings

To get ahead in online games like the popular World of Warcraft, sometimes people will turn to the black market and purchase in-game gold from other gamers using real world dollars. It sounds relatively harmless, except the person you’re buying it from could be a prisoner in a Chinese labor camp under threat of cruel physical punishment. [More]

Three Workers Die In Explosion At Foxconn Factory

Three Workers Die In Explosion At Foxconn Factory

Three workers have died in an explosion at a plant run by Foxconn Technology Group in Hongfujin, China. Fifteen other workers were injured at the plant, said to be a manufacturing base for Apple’s iPad. [More]

Fisticuffs Erupt When iPad 2 Goes On Sale In Beijing

Fisticuffs Erupt When iPad 2 Goes On Sale In Beijing

Four people were sent to the hospital when the crowd outside Beijing’s number one Apple store turned violent as they stormed to get their hands on the new iPad 2 when it went on sale there this weekend, reports AFP. [More]

Pizza Hut Put Kibosh On The Amazing Salad Towers Of China

Pizza Hut Put Kibosh On The Amazing Salad Towers Of China

Our post last week about “How To Game The Salad Bar” reminded commenter power lurker of the Chinese way of playing the game at Pizza Hut. See, in America when you tell people their salad bar is limited to one plate, they shrug because no American eats salad. But in China in the mid to late 2000’s, they turned into a competition to see who can create the tallest and most elaborate salad tower. [More]

You Can Now Open A Chinese Bank Account, Invest Directly In Yuan

You Can Now Open A Chinese Bank Account, Invest Directly In Yuan

This week, for the first time ever, the Bank of China in the US is letting American customers open up accounts and invest directly in Chinese currency. Last year the “closed” currency yuan gained 3.3% against the dollar while the highest American “high interest” accounts were delivering around 1.7%. WSJ gives 5 reasons for getting in on the hot renminbi action: [More]

New Law Says Pentagon Must Buy American Solar Panels

New Law Says Pentagon Must Buy American Solar Panels

Sorry, Chinese solar panel salesmen, your days of racking up commissions from sales to the American military are over, because a new federal law forbids the Pentagon from buying non-American panels. [More]

Starbucks To Grow Its Own Coffee Beans In China

Starbucks To Grow Its Own Coffee Beans In China

In March 2011, Starbucks will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first store. And while the company has since grown into the beverage behemoth we all know today, it has never attempted to actually grow its own coffee beans. That’s all about to change as the Starbucks CEO announced yesterday that they are going to be going the DIY route in China. [More]

Pix Of Where The Chinese iPhone Worker-Drones Sleep

Pix Of Where The Chinese iPhone Worker-Drones Sleep

Gizmodo’s Joel Johnson got to peek inside the Foxconn factory in China where your iPhone and other fancy gadgets get made. Some 200,000 workers work inside, and also live in on-site dorms. Perhaps the most gripping images, however, are of what’s on the outside. Every building is draped in protective nets to prevent workers from suiciding off the roofs. [More]

China To Exceed US Credit Card Use By 2020

China To Exceed US Credit Card Use By 2020

We don’t need to worry about China getting ahead, Mastercard said today that China is set to surpass the US by 2020 in America’s favorite pastime: using credit cards. It will only be a matter of time after that they implode on a consumer credit bubble, muahaha, exactly as we planned. See, you’re not the only ones that can export poison! [More]

Airport Installs 40-Foot-Tall Twister Slide

Airport Installs 40-Foot-Tall Twister Slide

To distract travelers from delayed and canceled flights, Singapore’s Changi Airport installed a 40-foot-tall super twister slide that they can zip down at 19 feet per second. [More]

Sunglass Hut To Customer: Italy And China Are The Same, Don't Be Picky

Sunglass Hut To Customer: Italy And China Are The Same, Don't Be Picky

Brett tried on a pair of “Made in Italy” Ray-Bans at a Sunglass Hut and liked them, but they were the display model so he had to come back to pick up his own a few days later. When he did, he discovered that the real pair he bought said “Made in China,” and in his opinion they felt lower quality. [More]

Chinese Traffic Jam Enters 10th Day

Chinese Traffic Jam Enters 10th Day

A 62-mile traffic jam going into Beijing, China has entered its 10th day. Roadside vendors have quadrupled prices on noodles. Interviewed drivers say they’re not leaving because alternate routes would use up more gas. [More]

Chinese Milk Accused Of Sprouting Boobs On Babies

Chinese Milk Accused Of Sprouting Boobs On Babies

They say that girls are developing earlier and earlier these days, but this is just disgusting. Chinese authorities are investigating reports that three Chinese infant girls prematurely developed breasts after consuming hormone-tainted powdered milk made by Chinese manufacturer Synutra. [More]

~600,000 Chinese Die Making Our Shiny Toys

~600,000 Chinese Die Making Our Shiny Toys

Let’s expand our foreign language vocabulary! Can you say, “guolaosi”? It’s a Mandarin word meaning “death from overwork!” The word describes the phenomenon of Chinese workers falling dead on the spot as they toil in sub-Dickensian conditions so you can save a dollar on your next laptop! [More]

Lowe's Proposes To Settle Sulfur-Spewing Drywall Claims With
Piddly Gift Cards

Lowe's Proposes To Settle Sulfur-Spewing Drywall Claims With Piddly Gift Cards

Lowe’s is proposing to settle in the tainted drywall class action lawsuit with gift cards. The gift cards will be $50, $250, or $2000. Never mind those who entire homes, way of life, and most of their possessions and electronics ruined or contaminated by the sulfur-emitting drywall. Here, how about a discount on a new showerhead? [More]

Hong Kong Tourists Forced To Shop 'Til They Drop

Hong Kong Tourists Forced To Shop 'Til They Drop

For decades, Hong Kong has attracted shoppers with its tax-free designer knock-offs, antiques of recent vintage, and just about any kind of electronic gear imaginable. Most shoppers are there because they actually want to buy something. But some are forced onto long shopping marches, and one tourist died of a heart attack recently after arguing with a tour guide after refusing to shop. [More]

Reader Nearly Gets Jacked By Fake ATM

Reader Nearly Gets Jacked By Fake ATM

Reader Paul was trying to enjoy fried pop tarts at an outdoor city festival in his hometown when his debit card was nearly stolen by a fake ATM. Someone had modified an arcade cabinet and placed it outside a bank where it had captured the overflow traffic spilling out of the bank lobby. [More]

Fake ATMs Drain Your Account Dry

Fake ATMs Drain Your Account Dry

We’ve talked about spotting skimmers placed on ATMs before, but what if the whole ATM is a skimmer? [More]