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* Late last week, the highly-respected radio show This American Life announced it was retracting an episode it aired about a Foxconn iPad factory because one source, off-Broadway performer Mike Daisey, fabricated information about Apple's labor practices. "What I do is not journalism," Daisey responded. "The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism. ... This American Life is essentially a journalistic -- not a theatrical -- enterprise, and as such, it operates under a different set of rules and expectations." (The Verge)
* The Federal Aviation Administration, which currently doesn't allow the use of tablets and e-readers on planes during take-off or landing, may be having a change of heart. According to The New York Times, the F.A.A. plans to re-examine in-flight usage of such devices, although it will likely be some time before any changes take place. Also worth noting: smartphones won't be included in the new rounds of testing (for now). (The New York Times)
* Sprint (S) ended its 15-year spectrum-hosting and network buildout agreement with Philip Falcone's Lightsquared. The move stemmed from Lightsquared's inability to fix network interference issues with GPS signals. (The Wall Street Journal)
* A conversation with Esther Dyson, the veritable "godmother" of Silicon Valley. (PE Hub)
* Despite the rapid innovation in smartphones -- sharper, larger screens, faster speeds -- the one area that remains sorely lacking is battery life. (PandoDaily)
* How many mobile game developers give away their apps for free up-front but make money off extra features. (The New York Times)
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A high-tech delegation discovers that sunny Silicon Valley optimism is not the easiest concept to explain to Russians.
By Julia Ioffe, contributor
Ashton Kutcher was not prepared for this. When he arrived with a U.S. State Department technology delegation last week, he expected the screaming teenage girls, the journalists fighting for interviews, heck, he even expected the cold. But sitting with a group of Russian technology executives on Sunday night, the MOREFeb 24, 2010 1:35 PM ET
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