Today in Tech: Mike Daisey responds to Apple backlash

March 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)

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

* 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)

* Zynga (ZNGA) is reportedly in talks to buy OMGPOP, the developer behind the app Draw Something. (TechCrunch)

* 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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JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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