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minerals

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Apple, Samsung and Sony under fire over child miners in Africa

Amnesty International accuses major tech companies of failing to ensure that their batteries don't contain cobalt mined by underage workers.

By January 19, 2016

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Yahoo malware turned PCs into Bitcoin miners

Malicious ads served to Yahoo users were designed to transform computers into a Bitcoin mining operation, according to a security firm.

By January 9, 2014

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Turnabout is fair play: Bitcoins mined with Adafruit's miner used to buy Adafruit products

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.

By November 26, 2013

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Quartz crystal computer rocks

"Irrational Computing" has interlinked a series of untreated crystals and minerals to create a primitive signal processor.

By May 19, 2014

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RTS becomes real: driverless mining trucks return minerals to HQ

Google might still be testing its driverless car, but the mining industry is already operating with vehicles that don't require humans.

By November 26, 2012

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Inside a rare-earth mineral mine

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.

By September 25, 2012

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FairPhone ethically-sourced phone hits target, out in autumn

The FairPhone is built using ethically-sourced minerals, and using factories with a good employment conditions record.

By June 6, 2013

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Rare-earth mining company replaces CEO amid SEC probe

Molycorp said Mark Smith's departure from the company, which mines minerals that are crucial ingredients for mobile phones, was unrelated to a regulatory investigation into the company's public disclosures.

By December 11, 2012

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Digging for rare earths: The mines where iPhones are born

How are these unusual minerals extracted from the ground and why is that process an environmental risk? CNET's Jay Greene explains.

By September 26, 2012

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How rocks power your iPhone

CNET's Jen Haley talks to senior writer Jay Greene at the site of a rare-earth elements mine about how minerals become essential components in iPhones.

By September 25, 2012