Daily Cuppa: Samsung reviews Chinese suppliers over child labour, Foxconn buys Sharp shares

Lenovo has praised Microsoft's Surface tablet, and did you hear that one of the Pirate Bay's founders has been arrested in Cambodia?
Written by Spandas Lui, Contributor

Before you get straight into work, here's a cup of tech news to ease you into your day.

Samsung will be reviewing over 250 of its Chinese suppliers for breaking the law, after one of them was accused by US-based group China Labor Watch of using child labour.

HEG Electronics owns the plant in question. The company builds goods for a number of vendors, including Samsung, Motorola, and LG.

Speaking of companies with questionable labour practices, Foxconn may be buying its 10 percent stake in Japanese electronics giant Sharp for a lower price than expected.

The contract manufacturer had agreed to buy the stake in March, and the sale at the time was priced at ¥550, or US$7 per share for a total of US$800 million. But due to a credit rating cut and a plunge in share prices, Sharp shares are now worth a lot less.

Lenovo's Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division head Gianfrano Lanci has praised Microsoft's Surface tablet just a month after Acer's CEO JT Wang lashed out at the device.

Wang wasn't particularly pleased about Microsoft's intention to compete with its hardware partners, but Lanci said that the device will be a good addition to a competitive market.

Lenovo is also said to be looking for acquisition opportunities to expand its mobile device division.

The Pirate Bay's 27-year-old co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been arrested in Cambodia.

Sweden had issued an international warrant on Warg for "a crime related to information technology." Warg has been in hot water thanks to his popular torrent website, and is likely to be sent home to Sweden.

Web metrics firm NetMarketShare has released data showing that usage of Apple's Mac OS X platform has overtaken Microsoft Windows Vista. However, Windows 7 is now the dominant OS in the world, having finally overtaken the popular Windows XP.

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