Amnesty International accuses major tech companies of failing to ensure that their batteries don't contain cobalt mined by underage workers.
Malicious ads served to Yahoo users were designed to transform computers into a Bitcoin mining operation, according to a security firm.
When the open-source hardware makers at Adafruit began taking Bitcoin as payment yesterday, among the first customers were some who had earned their Bitcoins using Adafruit's miner.
Google might still be testing its driverless car, but the mining industry is already operating with vehicles that don't require humans.
Did you ever wonder how your iPhone screen got its color? It's from rare-earth minerals. CNET's Jay Greene takes you on a tour of a rare-earth mineral mine in California, where you'll see firsthand how rocks become the pixie dust that powers your iPhone.
Molycorp, which plans to officially reopen its rare-earth mine in California this week, buys a company which can manufacture neodymium-based alloys for permanent magnets from the minerals it mines.
Apple and Nintendo are among tech titans accused of failing to ensure their raw materials are not bought from violent gangs in the Congo, while HP has been praised for its efforts.
As the miners are pulled to the surface one by one, streaming video provides live coverage, and sites like Twitter provide an outlet for reflections on the good news.
Hewlett-Packard is one of a few companies seeking certification that ensures metals used in their products do not fund the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Molycorp Minerals seeks to reopen a California mine to extract rare earth elements, a group of metals used for magnets and batteries in hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, and other green technologies.