Tech giants unite for Chinese earthquake relief, raise $32 million

By on April 22, 2013, 10:18 AM

Several tech industry rivals are putting their differences aside in order to come together to help raise money for victims of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in China. A score of tech firms have donated more than $32 million in towards the relief effort thus far according to various reports.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwest Sichuan Province around 8am local time on Saturday according to reports, claiming the lives of nearly 200 people thus far with nearly 8,200 others being sent to local hospitals. To make matters worse, drinking water in many of the affected areas is expected to diminish in just a few days according to state-run media.

An even more deadly quake struck the region in 2008, killing more than 87,000 people.

Apple promised to donate RMB 50 million ($8 million) alongside a statement on the matter. In it, the tech giant said their hearts are with victims of the Sichuan earthquake and aside from the cash donation, they are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area.

Samsung China pledged RMB 60 million (roughly $9.7 million). The company’s president for the China division Zhang Yuanji expressed his condolences on Samsung’s Chinese web portal, saying the company would be with the Chinese people through thick and thin to tide over the difficulties.

Foxconn is also divvying up roughly $8 million while Asus has pledged nearly half a million and Microsoft China has agreed to donate $161,000.




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Guest said:

they are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area.

Apple product promotion?

OneSpeed said:

I am sure the shelter-less and hungry Chinese would love a new Apple device after this. They'd be better served if Apple sold 20,000 shares and provide what is really needed. Apple devices!!! Way to promote yourselves in a disaster Apple.

1 person liked this | captainawesome captainawesome said:

Thank goodness for the comments. Because I was about to ask "WHY??!"

Guest said:

Hah, microsoft can't even win the donation wars let alone tech products.

Saintnsinner said:

Talk about giving aid and comfort to the enemy. China is the biggest source of hacking and industrial espionage the globe and these companies are giving them aid? We're our own worse enemies.

Guest said:

Their own fault for outsourcing development instead of providing their own economy with jobs within the state, anyone else want cheaper labor?

OneSpeed said:

Hah, microsoft can't even win the donation wars let alone tech products.

Do you know how much Bill Gates has donated to world causes through his philanthropy foundation alone!!! Apple does not even come close.

Guest said:

Hah, microsoft can't even win the donation wars let alone tech products.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation..

OneSpeed said:

Hah, microsoft can't even win the donation wars let alone tech products.

Now we know where the $8 million worth of products are coming from. Apple will probably unload them here --> read this [link] -- Apple has rejected up to 8 million iPhones from Foxconn, report says

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