Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
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Apple got caught in a wave of bad publicity this year about poor working conditions at the Chinese factories that make its products (and those of many other computer vendors). At the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, where some 300,000 people build computers for Dell and HP in addition to Apple, seven employees had committed suicide by May. Meanwhile, workers Taiwan's Wintek plant claimed that a chemical used in iPhone manufacture was poisoning them. The company also discovered that some contractors had used child labor. Apple vowed to continue inspections and to demand that its contract manufacturers abide by the company's standards.