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News roundup: Foxconn slammed for working conditions, Cricket offers prepaid iPhone, Google cleared of copyright violations

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer best known for producing Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad, is under fire yet again for poor working conditions in its Zhengzhou and Shenzhen production sites. A report by a watchdog group accused Foxconn of subjecting workers to limited freedoms, inhumane treatment and unsafe working conditions.

In yet another legal dispute,Google has been cleared of copyright violationswith regards to its use of parts of Oracle's Java programming language. "Copyright law does not confer ownership over any and all ways to implement a function or specification, no matter how creative the copyrighted implementation or specification may be", wrote US district judge William Alsup.

Budget mobile operator Cricket has become the first US network to offer the iPhone on a prepaid plan. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will be available on Cricket without a contract for a relatively affordable $55 (£35) per month as of 22 June.

Londoners and Olympic visitors will be pleased to

discover that Virgin Media hasbegun itsdelivery of wireless service to some 80 tube stations across the city.Virgin has announced that busy stations like Oxford Circus, Victoria, London Bridge and Paddington will be among the first to get Wi-Fi connectivity.

In what could be perceived as a hostile move, Facebook has dropped Chrome from its list of recommended web browsers in favour of Opera. Some have taken the switch-up as a confirmation of the social network's intention to take over the Oslo-based browser company in the near future.