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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Apple Makes $1.6 Million Donation to Support Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts




Following a major earthquake in China's Yunnan Province earlier this week that killed over 600 people and caused widespread damage, Apple has made a donation of 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) in support of relief efforts in the region, reports CRIENGLISH.com. Apple has also updated its Chinese home page to acknowledge the disaster.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also sent an email to company employees, shared by 9to5Mac, in which he expresses "deepest sympathies" to those affected and mentions Apple presence in the region and commitment to help.
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Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China's Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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Apple made a similar but larger donation in support of relief efforts following another earthquake in China last year, and the company has committed to charity support on a number of other occasions, including facilitating donations from iTunes Store users following such disasters as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Super Typhoon Haiyan last year.

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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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our deepest sympathies....and....... wanna buy a phone?
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:03 PM   #3
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Give money, but move manufacturing jobs back to America.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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Give money, but move manufacturing jobs back to America.
Easier said than done.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot , Apple and Tim.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:09 PM   #6
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our deepest sympathies....and....... wanna buy a phone?
First post in and already a cynical comment. Sigh.
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Give money, but move manufacturing jobs back to America.
They'd love to, if American companies/workers could be nearly as nimble and flexible to their needs.

How much faster do you think they could have gotten the Mac Pro deployed had it been manufactured in Asia?
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:12 PM   #8
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Let's see if Samsung copies, er matches, Apple's donation.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:25 PM   #9
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Microsoft would give them free Nokia phones.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:25 PM   #10
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Godd to see Tim avoid the notorious Red Cross Society of China and give some money to an international organization.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:30 PM   #11
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Couldn't they add a zero after the one? 1.6 Million is like petty cash for Apple. They probably make that back in a minute.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:31 PM   #12
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It goes to show how compassionate Apple is, even to those whose government allows blatant coping of products and according to recent rumors have blocked purchase of Apple products with public funds.

Let's hope that the money came from the offshore coffers or that the onshore tax benefits justify using onshore funds.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:32 PM   #13
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Good for Apple for being a bigger personality than the China government. Their own government probably care less about the people than Apple.

And before anyone make a smart ass remark about how 1.6 million is just a drop in Apple bucket, consider how much are you donating.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:33 PM   #14
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Can't be absolutely sure with out the tones or characters, but longtoushan = Dragon Head Mountain. Pretty cool name.
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Smart move with the recent rumblings in China. Who says these guys haven't got the right stuff.
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This is the same guy that would complain why his American-made iPhone costs $999 instead of the $849 it used to cost.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:39 PM   #17
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Maybe they are counting on others to follow their example but $1.6 million does not seem like a lot...

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Knowing Apple, I'm wondering if this is actually 1.6 million in iTunes credit
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Couldn't they add a zero after the one? 1.6 Million is like petty cash for Apple. They probably make that back in a minute.
And if they donated 10.6M someone would say it should be 100.6M. How much have you donated?
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Maybe they are counting on others to follow their example but $1.6 million does not seem like a lot...
Maybe but it's a lot more than $0.
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It goes to show how compassionate Apple is, even to those whose government allows blatant coping of products and according to recent rumors have blocked purchase of Apple products with public funds.

Let's hope that the money came from the offshore coffers or that the onshore tax benefits justify using onshore funds.
Yeah, but don't forget who makes most of Apples hardware.
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Old Aug 8, 2014, 12:47 PM   #22
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I reckon it's about 25 seconds worth of Apple's annual Profit
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Couldn't they add a zero after the one? 1.6 Million is like petty cash for Apple. They probably make that back in a minute.


I almost smashed my phone with your bug running around! Thanks!
Good for Apple to help! Help is help! Not for me to say how much! At least they helped!
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I almost smashed my phone with your bug running around! Thanks!
Good for Apple to help! Help is help! Not for me to say how much! At least they helped!
Thanks for providing a reasoned, common sense post. Lest we forget, China's government is not exactly poor...
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Give money, but move manufacturing jobs back to America.
And put the already poverty stricken working population out of a job? Yeah that will sure help...
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