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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Apple Donates $8 Million to Chinese Earthquake Victims




Following a devastating earthquake that struck in Sichuan, China over the weekend, Apple has donated 50 million RMB or approximately $8 million to affected victims.

In addition to the donation, Apple has also updated the front page of its Chinese website to express its condolences and to offer schools in the area new Apple devices. Tech In Asia has a translation of the message:
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At this difficult time, our hearts are with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Aside from the cash donation to help the affected people to tide over their difficulties, we are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area, and Apple employees in the locality are on stand-by at any time to help.
Donations during disasters are not uncommon for Apple, with the company previously offering relief money to victims struck by tragedy on several occasions.

Apple has had a strained relationship with China in recent months, after the company's iPhone warranty policies were highly criticized in the country, though the tensions were relieved in early April when Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to customers announcing changes to the warranty policy.

The earthquake, which measured between 6.6 and 7.0, struck the city of Ya'an in the Sichuan province on Saturday, causing hundreds of casualties and widespread destruction.

Article Link: Apple Donates $8 Million to Chinese Earthquake Victims
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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I wonder how many "well with Apple's millions, is this all they can donate?" comments we get.

EDIT: Quite a lot, it seems.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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Good Gesture
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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good gesture yes, but wth?? they donate more oversees than to domestic causes? its their money to do with as they wish, but really... smh...
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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Well a win win I guess. Great for Apple's marketing and great for the earthquake relief.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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In Chinese culture, the number 8 is a lucky number.

So cool beans.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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"They help us make billions of dollars every year... yeah a fraction of a cent on the dollar should do..." - Apple
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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Call me cynical, but I think this is just to offset some of the heat they're facing in China.

Obviously a good use of their money though.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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"They help us make billions of dollars every year... yeah a fraction of a cent on the dollar should do..." - Apple
Microsoft is way ahead in this charity game.. Just saying
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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Good job, Apple. Help other countries when in need but don't help your own country when there's a disaster.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:30 PM   #11
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good gesture yes, but wth?? they donate more oversees than to domestic causes? its their money to do with as they wish, but really... smh...
American's are always complaining...never enough...lol
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:31 PM   #12
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Great Job! Apple.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Okay, lets see...
Apple is wonderful for doing this!
Apple is evil for not doing more!
Did I cover everything?
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:32 PM   #14
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Microsoft is way ahead in this charity game.. Just saying

Charity should not be a competition.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:32 PM   #15
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Makes me wonder why they never donate to...hmm... let say Ethiopia , which by the way don't have that $$$godzilion$$$ sitting in their banks quite oppose to China
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:38 PM   #16
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I knew reading these comments would be a bad idea, yet I just couldn't help myself.

Rather than picking them apart for what they haven't done, why not commend them for helping?
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:39 PM   #17
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8 million dollars is a lot of money, it will definitely help Chinese authorities find survivors and rebuild. Quit bashing Apple 24/7, it gets old.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:39 PM   #18
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In Chinese culture, the number 8 is a lucky number.

So cool beans.
Shouldn't it have been $8,888,888 then? :/
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:43 PM   #19
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Great job apple.

It's terrible when people hate you so much they bash the good you do as insufficient
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:43 PM   #20
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Cool to help but would be nice if it helped the people in America that need it lol
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:45 PM   #21
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A good gesture.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:45 PM   #22
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There will undoubtedly be an onslaught of annoying people complaining that they should have given more. And what exactly have you given? (to those complaining that haven't given).
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:49 PM   #23
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I'm not bashing them for giving more. I only wonder whether or not they would have given any money to them at all if it weren't for the bad PR they are receiving from the Chinese national government right now. Trying to maintain a foothold in their #2 market. Kind of like the Dutch boy trying to keep his finger in the dam.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 01:52 PM   #24
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good gesture yes, but wth?? they donate more oversees than to domestic causes? its their money to do with as they wish, but really... smh...
You do realize that Apple is an international company with more revenue overseas than domestic.

Anyhow, good going Apple. You can always be cynical about why they do it, but I don't the people who gets aid in a dire situation really cares why, just that they get it.
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way more important than the boston bombing just saying
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