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  • The 2,000-person fight was allegedly in response to security's beating a worker

    Call it another black eye for Foxconn, the embattled Chinese manufacturing company responsible for assembling hot Apple products like the new iPhone 5. Foxconn's 79,000-employee Taiyuan plant was shuttered earlier today after a fight escalated to the point that it involved 2,000 company workers.

    It's believed the riot began as a result of a small handful of Foxconn security workers violently beating one of the estimated 1 million workers employed by the company. Word of the abuse spread through a Chinese Twitter-like site and quickly spiraled into angry protest. Posts on the social media site suggest that as many as 2,000 workers were involved in the riot. According to a statement by Foxconn, "The cause of this dispute is under investigation by local authorities and we are working closely with them in this process, but it appears not to have been work-related."

    The Chinese iPhone factories run by Foxconn have suffered a series of black eyes over the last year, standing accused of

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  • Analysts believe over 40 million phones could be in the public's hands by year end

    Did you rush out and buy a new Apple iPhone 5 on Friday, or did you have one ordered online in time for first-day delivery? If so, you're in good company: Apple estimates that it sold over 5 millions iPhone 5 devices this past weekend, a number limited only by the quantity of units the company could produce.

    Lines and hype aside, it turns out that Wall Street was a bit disappointed with Apple's opening-day sales. Some analytics firms were expecting sales to reach nearly double that. But those "disappointing" sales were simply a matter of demand outstripping supply — countless customers are still anxiously awaiting their phone delivery. Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S units on that device's opening weekend, with 1 million people pre-ordering a device the first day it was possible to do so. Comparatively, 2 million iPhone 5s were sold within 24 hours. Brian Marshall, an analyst with ISI, suggests sales of the iPhone 5 will reach as high as 41 million by the end of the year.


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  • The technique could be used to treat anxiety and other disorders

    You know that irrational fear of clowns you have because one accidentally popped a balloon animal in your face when you were a kid? If a new technique developed by Swedish scientists had existed back then, that fear might never have developed.

    Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have found that it's possible to interrupt the formation of memories during a crucial stage when they're being cemented in your brain by proteins. In fact, it seems that memories associated with fears can be replaced entirely — if caught before this consolidation process can finish.

    By displaying a photograph and simultaneously administering a small electric shock, the researchers were able to induce formation of a fear memory in test subjects. Then, by showing half of the subjects the same photo without the shock repeatedly during the consolidation process, they were able to stop a sense of fear from being permanently associated with the picture.

    There's still a lot of testing to be done, but the

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  • China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses
    China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses

    China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but is also closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.

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