"Explosion at iPad factory"
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Explosion at iPad factory
It's Monday, May 23rd.
I'm Wilson Tang and it's time to get Loaded.
An explosion ripped through a Foxconn factory where iPads are made in Chengdu, China, killing at least 2 people and injuring at least 16.
Police are still investigating and production has been halted.
Chinese media is reporting that the explosion was caused by dust which is in line with the report 2 weeks prior from a Hong Kong-based group, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior.
The report stated poor ventilation and a buildup of highly combustible magnesium dust were in the Chengdu factory.
In more Apple news, reports are claiming that the company is gearing up for the launch of its cloud-based music streaming service called iCloud.
The company has reportedly signed agreements with major music labels Sony, EMI, and Warner Music and the lone holdout remains Universal but it's been said that they're nearing an agreement.
Mozilla released a beta version of its Firefox 5 browser.
This is the first iteration of Mozilla's rapid release schedule
which is more akin to Google's Chrome update which are now up to version 11.
You've heard the expression "Don't kick someone when they're down," but that rule doesn't seem to apply to Sony.
The company has suffered multiple major hacking attacks on its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment.
Reports are surfacing that Sony's Thai website was hacked and was hosting a fishing website, and now Sony BMG's Greek website was also hacked
and user information including user names and e-mail addresses were dumped onto website pastebin.com.
HP has yet to make an official announcement about its upcoming tablet, the TouchPad, which is supposed to debut sometime in the summer.
Information, however, was leaked claiming that major national retailer Walmart will at least be carrying the 32-gigabyte version and it will reportedly cost $599.
While little is known about the American launch, HP executives are touting that for the European launch,
the TouchPad will be receiving apps from partners Last.fm, Sky, and the Guardian.
Those are your headlines for today.
I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you've just been Loaded.