Holy shit this is bad. That’s all you can really say. This episode was easily the most widely circulated in the tech community for obvious reasons. And it generated thousands of other related stories.

Host Ira Glass:

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. 

It appears that Daisey pulled a Stephen Glass (no relation to Ira, pure coincidence):

Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.

In Other News…

Book Depository was bought by Amazon (no changes at this stage to free delivery), Heineken signs a global ad deal with Google, and Zynga files for a $1billion IPO (FarmVille sells a lot of virtual cows). The latter is strong evidence of network effect in play – gaming companies that currently rely on FB to reach their target audience has a vested interest to keep FB the dominant social network.