Today in Tech: How the iPhone 5 is made

September 12, 2012: 11:20 AM ET

What Mark Zuckerberg didn't say (but should have); 500 million Android devices activated to date.

The undercover report on how the new iPhone 5 is made inside Foxconn factory [M.I.C. GADGET]

The Chinese journalist precisely recorded his 10 days of working experience in the factory and published a dairy to disclose the inside story of manufacturing the iPhone 5. The Tai Yuan Foxconn factory is recently well-known for it's large-scale workers strike which took place during March. Back then the factory urgently needs 20,000 more workers because Foxconn has received orders for the production of iPhone 5. The plants needs to produce 57 million iPhone 5 for each year. Apparently, the journalist only stayed inside the Foxconn factory for 10 days due to the undesirable working conditions. He has undergone mean training during the first 7 days and finally got the chance to take part the producing of iPhone 5 on the 8th day …

Expectations build up for Apple's new iPhone [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

The next iPhone, which has been referred to internally by the code name N41, has been in the works for more than a year, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple is expected to tweak the smartphone's shape with a slightly larger screen and a different shell, and it will work with wireless carriers' fastest LTE networks and run new mobile software. That software, iOS 6, includes improvements to voice-activated assistant Siri, a new digital-coupon-and-passes service called Passbook, and new call-blocking features, among several others.

What Mark Zuckerberg didn't say (but should have) [FORTUNE]

At times, the social network's plunging stock overshadows the actual service. Zuckerberg has admitted in the past his reluctance to go public, and now it's not hard to see why. Given recent events, conference attendees were eager to hear more from Facebook's CEO. Does he regret going public? Was Facebook initially way overpriced? How would Zuckerberg have done things differently? In reality, Zuckerberg revealed very little: the stock drop has been "disappointing," and when it comes to company morale, "it doesn't help," both of which are hardly earth-shattering revelations despite the flurry of media headlines yesterday. On this front, Zuck's appearance was a missed opportunity for some real insight.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff drops bomb on Box and Okta [VENTUREBEAT]

Towards the end of the innocuous, albeit interesting conversation, Benioff dropped a bomb: Salesforce is launching its own versions of enterprise products Box and Okta at the Dreamforce conference next week. ... This announcement directly poses a threat to the fellow players on the field, although when interviewer Michael Arrington quipped that the boys backstage must be shaking in their boots, Benioff smiled calmly.

Google: 500 million Android devices activated [CNET]

"Today is a big day for Android... 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day," said Hugo Bara, Android's director of product management, in aGoogle+ post. It's not clear how many devices are replacing older ones, though. Barra said in June at the Google I/O show that 400 million Android devices had been activatedand that the rate was 1 million per day.

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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