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3:30 PM ET, March 16, 2012

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This American Life:
Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”  —  Ira writes:  —  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.
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Rob Schmitz / Marketplace:
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, New York Magazine and 9to5Mac
Steve Myers / Poynter:
New York Times could look outside journalism for next social media editor  —  How hard will it be for The New York Times to replace Liz Heron, who is leaving her job as social media editor to become director of social media and engagement for The Wall Street Journal?
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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
CNN Takes Social Media Crown in Cable ... But Where Are the Ratings?  —  CNN accounted for almost 13 percent of all social media mentions in February, making it the most social network of all cable for the month, according to social media analytics firm Trendrr.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Heron: WSJ pay wall will be an ‘interesting challenge’ for social media efforts  —  Liz Heron, who is leaving her position as social media editor for The New York Times to lead social media and engagement for The Wall Street Journal, will have to figure out a strategy that works with the Journal's more restrictive pay wall.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Scripps Howard Awards announced  —  Editorial writer Jamie Lucke of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News, and Danny Hakim and Russell Buettner of The New York Times are among the winners of this year's Scripps Howard Awards, which were announced this morning.
Guardian:
@fieldproducer quits Sky News |  Media Monkey  —  The social media wunderkind Neal Mann, better known as @fieldproducer, has walked out on Sky News just weeks after bosses told journalists to curb their Twittering.  Monkey hears that the new top-down guidelines - which have been widely lampooned …
Discussion: @dansabbagh and @fieldproducer
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Wikipedia Didn't Kill Britannica.  Windows Did  —  First edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.  Photo: Courtesy Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.  —  I have never owned a print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.  After the Britannica company's announcement that …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
NBC News Stays on Top, While Its Newsmagazine Struggles  —  NBC News celebrated its status as the top news division in television with a presentation for advertisers Thursday in New York, led by Brian Williams, the anchor of its top-rated evening newscast.  —  But NBC News and Mr. Williams …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
L.A. Weatherman Sues CBS Stations For Hiring Young, Attractive Women  —  Kyle Hunter has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting and its stations KCBS and KCAL.  —  A Los Angeles weatherman has filed a lawsuit claiming he was passed over for jobs at two prominent stations …
Willamette Week:
The Oregonian Fires Editor Who Provided False Information About the Death of Bob Caldwell, the Paper's Editorial Page Editor  —  An editor at The Oregonian says she was fired Thursday after she misled the newspaper about the death of the O's long-time editorial page chief, Bob Caldwell.
Guardian:
News Corp and Permira sell NDS to Cisco for $5bn  —  Rupert Murdoch group expected to make $1bn and private equity firm $2bn by offloading pay-TV encryption company  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and private equity firm Permira have sold pay-TV encryption company NDS to Cisco in a $5bn …
 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bin Laden's media adviser hates Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Jonathan Berr / InvestorPlace:
Patch's dizzyingly fast ramp-up is being dismantled just as quickly, with a cascade of layoffs
Discussion: Bits
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Philly Newspapers Shedding 40 Workers This Month
Fortune:
Meet Magic Johnson, the media mogul
Discussion: Company Town
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Corrected: Murdoch internal watchdog seeks improved security
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Publish and perish  —  This is excerpted from a speech I gave …
BBC:
Swedish investigation into The Pirate Bay ‘deepens’
Discussion: WebProNews
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Time Style & Design Returns
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Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Why Studying Journalism Is Still a Good Idea
Guardian:
Trinity Mirror raids pension pot
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Happy hour conversation: Are paywalls disrespectful to readers?
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Google engineer goes news-free for a month
Discussion: Matt Cutts