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March 17, 2012, 10:35 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.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
AT&T brings customer's throttling dispute to an end with $850 payout  —  AT&T's back-and-forth with Matt Spaccarelli, the customer that took the carrier to small claims court for its throttling practices on unlimited data plans, appears to be over.  AP reports that the carrier sent Spaccarelli …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPad launch day: Where are all the sell-outs?  —  iPad launch day is quite a fiasco.  Apple Stores around the country see eager customers line up hours or even days ahead of the tablet's release, and people often wait hours before they finally make it into the store to purchase an iPad — if there are any left.
Manan Kakkar / Techie Buzz:
Apple Copies Zune Tag Line For iTunes  —  This is too good to not be reproduced.  Looks like the photocopiers at Cupertino are working overtime.  Perhaps, the artists at Cupertino are out of innovation.  Use any of the many smart retorts by the loud Apple fans over the years against Microsoft and reverse the company names.
More: ZunitedTweets: @manan and @edbott
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!
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
New iPad 32GB + 4G Carries $364.35 Bill of Materials  —  The new iPad, equipped with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless capability, carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $364.35.  When the $10.75 manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the new iPad rises to $375.10.
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 …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @johnolilly
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck Rallies Troops For Revolution Against TV  —  Glenn Beck still rails against his usual enemies, from the “hardcore socialist left” to “extreme Islam.”  Now there is a new target: mainstream television.  —  After parting company with Fox News last year, Mr. Beck took his message of outrage and self-reliance online.
More: SplatFTweets: @glennbeck
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Fred Amoroso: Is this the man behind Yahoo's patent offensive?  —  Fred Amoroso joined Yahoo's board of directors in February.  About a month later, Yahoo unleashed a massive patent lawsuit against Facebook.  —  Coincidence?  Probably not, since Amoroso is one of Silicon Valley's most enthusiastic proponents of patent warfare.
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Confirmed: ICS coming to the Nexus S in the next few weeks  —  Own a Nexus S or Nexus S 4G?  Wondering when you'll finally get to enjoy a tasty bite of Ice Cream Sandwich?  One our trusted sources has confirmed that Google is not abandoning you, and that an official Android 4. update …
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 Rose / Google+:

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