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March 17, 2012, 1:25 AM

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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:
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.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Suddenly, the storage on your old iPad or iPad 2 is going to feel a lot smaller  —  Now that the new iPad has hit the shelves of stores around the world, equipped as it is with a Retina display, it's going to have a frustrating effect on otherwise happy owners of the original iPad or the iPad 2 …
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
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 …
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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Verizon iPad Runs on AT&T 3G Networks with AT&T Micro-SIM  —  One of the major selling features of the new Verizon iPad Wi-Fi + 4G LTE is its compatibility with GSM networks for international roaming purposes.  But what hasn't been clear is whether users could insert an AT&T micro-SIM card …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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