Today in Tech: Mike Daisey responds to Apple backlashMarch 20, 2012: 3:30 AM ET
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* Off-broadway performer Mike Daisey took to his blog in response to mounting criticism that he "partially fabricated" his observations of Foxconn iPad factories. "In the last forty-eight hours I have been equated with Stephen Glass, James Frey, and Greg Mortenson," he wrote. "Given the tenor of the condemnation, you would think I had concocted an elaborate, fanciful universe filled with furnaces in which babies are burned to make iPhone components, or that I never went to China, never stood outside the gates of Foxconn, never pretended to be a businessman to get inside of factories, never spoke to any workers." (Mike Daisey's blog)
* Yesterday, was the day Apple (AAPL) overtly began behaving like other companies when it took the normal step of issuing a dividend and initiating a stock buyback program. (Fortune)
* Apple sold more than 3 million new iPads in nearly 4 days. (Fortune)
* Mark Zuckerberg is more focused on Facebook, the service, rather than Facebook, the monster IPO. (The Wall Street Journal)
* Amazon (AMZN) has acquired Kiva Systems, which offers automation technology in distribution centers, for $775 million. The e-commerce giant added 17 new distribution centers last year alone. (All Things D)
* DEPARTURES: Chris Blizzard, Mozilla's director of web platform, is leaving for an unspecified startup. Esteemed Yahoo researcher Raghu Ramakrishnan, author of "Database Management Systems," is leaving for Microsoft (MSFT). (CNET)
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