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Today's Tech: Apple sends Foxconn a warning, Lenovo plans RIM takeover

Apple will no longer turn a blind eye to its manufacturing partners' reported maltreatment of staff. The Cupertino, California-based company has promised to launch a more comprehensive investigation into the managerial practices of partner Foxconn. The Taiwanese firm's plants in China have been linked to multiple suicide incidents, reports of humiliating treatment of workers, hiring interns as young as fourteen, and the outbreak of mass riots. Apple exec Jeff Williams said ensuring no underage workers were at its supply factories and limiting employees' working hours to 60 hours a week were priorities.

In other news, Lenovo is apparently mulling a takeover bid for erstwhile Canadian smartphone giant Research In Motion, according to one of the Chinese firm's top executives. Interviewed at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CFO Wong Wai Ming claimed that his company was increasing its efforts to break into mobile and was already in talks with RIM over potential joint strategic ventures. Observers are sceptical about the prospect of an outright sale and any potential interest in RIM is likely contingent on the success of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. Still, a blockbuster acquisition to match or exceed Facebook's 2012 Instagram buy could be in the off.

The issue of child safety online has cropped up in the news a lot of late. This week, Conservative MP Claire Perry threw her two cents into the debate (partly through obligation as the government's "adviser on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood") and suggested that parents should "discuss these things with their kids and make sure they're friends with them on Facebook." This has stirred discussion among ITProPortal readers, with some endorsing the use of software that shows what your child is doing on the web and who they are interacting with on social networks. Are these sound recommendations, or do they take child protection too far? Follow the link for our full analysis.

Lastly, the official launch of BlackBerry 10 finally around the corner but, over the past year or so, we've had to contend with endless rumours and predictions about what the next-generation operating system from RIM will feature. Accordingly, with just a few days to go before BB10 is finally unleashed, we've sifted through the gossip to determine which pieces of information are accurate. Read on for a look at the facts and features you can definitely expect to see alongside next week's BB10 launch.