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March 16, 2012, 6:35 PM

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Ira Glass / This American Life Updates:
Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”  —  I have difficult news.  We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications.  We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth.  This is not a story we commissioned.
Rob Schmitz / Marketplace from American Public Media:
An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details  —  Apple got a lot of attention recently over conditions in the Chinese factories that make its iPhones and iPads.  The public radio show “This American Life” aired an electrifying account of one man's visit to several factories.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
This American Life Retracts Its Damning Episode About Apple and Foxconn  —  This American Life has retracted its episode on Apple and Foxconn.  —  The episode detailed life at Foxconn and painted a damaging picture of life for employees.  —  This American Life says the show was “partially fabricated.”
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Nexus tablet is a “done deal”, to retail for as low as $149  —  Earlier this month we revealed that Google had chosen ASUS to produce their upcoming “Nexus tablet.”  This report was later echoed by Digitimes, who said the 7-inch tablet could arrive as early as May.
Lukas Mathis / ignore the code:
The New iPad's Screen Under the Microscope  —  Like any self-respecting UI designer, I have a cheap digital microscope sitting on my desk.1 Here are some pictures comparing a bunch of different screens.  They're all taken at approximately the same magnification.2
Kevin Rose / Google+:
I'm beyond excited to announce that the Milk crew (+Kevin Rose +Daniel Burka +Chris Hutchins +Joshua Lane) is joining Google!  It's been a privilege to use Google products over the years (I still remember begging for a Gmail invite) and I can't wait to be a part of the amazing team that is shaping the future of the web. :)
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Plan Debut of New Xbox in 2013 at Earliest  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will release the next version of its Xbox console in 2013 at the earliest, as the company squeezes at least one more year of sales out of its current model, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
James Bamford / Wired:
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)  —  The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze.  Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah's Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Will Retina-ready iPad apps explode in size?  Not necessarily  —  In case you hadn't heard, the sky is falling. iPad apps as we've known them are about to get super-sized and are now on a collision course with whatever space you thought you had on your iPad—old or new.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Cristina Cordova:
Oink's Data Privacy Breach: Download the Data of Any User with Their Own Export Tool  —  When Oink shut down yesterday, I used their export tool so that I could do something useful with the information I gave them.  In requesting my data, which I did simply by filling out a form with only my username, I received the email below.
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Google in New Privacy Probes  —  Regulators in the U.S. and European Union are investigating Google Inc. for bypassing the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser, according to people familiar with the investigations.  Google stopped the practice last month …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Satisfaction, Thy Name Is iPhone  —  Here's a data point sure to get prominent mention during Apple's next big media event.  The iPhone has once again claimed the top ranking in J.D. Power's semiannual smartphone satisfaction study.  —  For the seventh consecutive time.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft seeks patent on monetizing buttons of TV remote  —  How much would you pay to watch a replay of a great play, or skip a bunch of television commercials?  And should you have to?  —  Those are a couple of the questions raised by a newly surfaced Microsoft patent application.
More: CNET, WinBeta, CNET and DVICE
Tim Rowe / AllThingsD:
The New Law That Will Turn the Start-Up World Upside Down: Crowdfunding  —  Remember that special moment when we all realized that the Web was going to remake yard sales and auctions, but we didn't know yet who was going to win?  (And then eBay left the rest in the dust?)
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
New iPad jailbroken on day of release, ‘still lots of work to do’  —  That didn't take long — prolific iOS hacker MuscleNerd has just tweeted a screenshot of a jailbreak on the new iPad.  While this is only the first step on the way to a stable jailbreak, the news means that the iPhone dev-team can get to work on a public release.

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