Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

Foxconn workers stage protest in Chinese city

Workers at a Foxconn Technology Group campus in China staged a protest last week, threatening to jump off a building if the company did not meet their compensation demands, according to local reports.

Chinese writers sue Apple for allegedly hosting pirated ebooks

A group of Chinese writers has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company's App Store sells pirated versions of the authors' works.

iPhone built for China Telecom gains regulator approval

A version of the Apple's iPhone built for China Telecom's networks has received approval from a Chinese regulator, putting the iconic smartphone closer in the hands of customers of the mobile operator.

Apple MacBook component factory in China still shut down

Chinese authorities continue to inspect a factory that produces aluminum casings for Apple's MacBook laptops, following residents' complaints of unbearable odors coming from the facility.

Apple faces legal threat to iPad trademark in China

A Chinese court has rejected Apple's lawsuits to gain control of the iPad trademark in China, where a little-known Chinese firm is looking to ban the tablet from being sold in the country under the iPad brand.

Deal could bring Microsoft-compatible apps to iOS, Android

Microsoft said on Tuesday it will license the protocols for many of its enterprise systems to a company that will develop compatible applications for Android and iOS.

Research firm: China overtakes U.S. in smartphone shipments

China has passed the U.S. in the third quarter to become the world's largest smartphone market by shipments, but may find it tough to hold the position in the next two quarters, Strategy Analytics says.

Apple to audit suppliers after pollution concerns

Apple plans to hire a third-party auditing firm to investigate 15 of its suppliers suspected of violating environmental regulations.

Apple supplier Foxconn may start building robots

The parent of Apple supplier Foxconn has broken ground on a new R&D facility in Taiwan to produce what could be robots that will be used in the company's facilities.