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March 16, 2012, 9:55 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.
Laura June / The Verge:
Excerpts from ‘This American Life’ on Mike Daisey: ‘Why not just tell us what really happened?’  —  We've received an early transcript of the episode of This American Life which will air this evening at 8:00PM ET entitled “Retraction.”  The episode features Mike Daisey …
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.
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. :)
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Apps VP Dave Girouard Leaving to Start a Company  —  Dave Girouard, who is Google's VP of apps, is leaving the company, Google said today.  —  Girouard had been responsible for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and other cloud applications.  —  After eight years at Google …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Yahoo Decides to Fire Its Brightest Tech Minds.  Facebook Will Gladly Take Them.  —  Yahoo is just completely crying uncle when it comes to innovation at this point.  —  Not only has it embraced the dark side of using vague patents to prevent others from innovating on the Web …
Tweets: @johnolilly
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Collected video: the whole world wants an iPad in its hand  —  The new Apple [AAPL] iPad briefly hits store shelves across ten countries this morning and the video evidence shows thousands are rushing to get hold of the new device, demand for which is “off the charts”.
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David Meyer / GigaOM:
Transfer files inside Facebook, thanks to Pipe  —  File transfer is coming to Facebook early next week in the form of a new app called Pipe.  —  The app is set to go into beta on Monday after an official unveiling at the London Web Summit.  —  Yes, it's already possible to transfer files …
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.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: EMC Buys Pivotal Labs  —  EMC Corp., the Hopkinton, Mass.-based storage and cloud hardware company has bought Pivotal Labs, a San Francisco-based consulting firms well known for its tool Pivotal Tracker and also for its pioneering work on agile development methodology.
Thanks:@tomkrazit
Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Perkins Planning to Raise New Venture Fund  —  Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers plans to start fund raising for a new early-stage fund, said people familiar with the plans.  —  The Menlo Park, Calif., venture firm, which has backed tech companies such as Google Inc …
More: Fortune
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Introducing Instapaper 4.1 for iPhone, iPad  —  With so many Retina iPad updates, it looks like the App Review team is working overtime to approve apps quickly.  In a very pleasant surprise, my 4.1 update was approved much more quickly than I expected.  Thanks, App Review team!
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
LightSquared to FCC: You owe us spectrum  —  Updated.  If the Federal Communications Commission won't let LightSquared launch LTE in its satellite spectrum, then the carrier wants the FCC to find its network another home on the airwaves.  —  The commission shot down LightSquared's 4G plans …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
OS X Mountain Lion DP 2 now asks permission before allowing apps to access your contacts  —  The latest version of OS X Mountain Lion developer preview was released earlier today and there is one change that has been noticed already.  Designer Dustin Curtis points out that Mountain Lion …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court Orders SOPA-style Blackout of 100+ Music Sites  —  Every single ISP in India has been ordered to block 104 sites offering unauthorized music.  A total of 387 ISPs must block the sites immediately via DNS and IP address blocking, backed up with Deep Packet Inspection.

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