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8:25 AM ET, March 22, 2008

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John / John's Blog:
Apple Software Update  —  What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong.  It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Mozilla CEO says Apple's Safari auto-update ‘wrong’  —  A lot of people appear to be bent out of shape about Apple using its auto-update service to distribute the Safari Web browser on Windows.  The CEO of Mozilla, which makes the rival Firefox browser, calls it bad business.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Think before you install  —  Look, people, it's 2008: You're responsible for what you install on your PC.  —  The outrage is spewing forth over Apple's move to include Safari 3.1 as part of its Software Update program.  The new twist is that Windows users who never had installed Safari …
CNET News.com:
Apple pushes Safari on Windows via iTunes updater
Discussion: Macsimum News
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Eating our words: Apple's Mac mini to rock on  —  Apple Inc.'s Mac mini, a tiny desktop system previously pegged for extinction, won't fade into the distance after all, at least not yet.  —  Last Memorial Day, AppleInsider cited sources in reporting that it appeared to be the end of the line …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: new Mac mini in development
Discussion: MacRumors
Paul Graham:
You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss  —  A few days ago I was sitting in a cafe in Palo Alto and a group of programmers came in on some kind of scavenger hunt.  It was obviously one of those corporate “team-building” exercises.  —  They looked familiar.  I spend nearly all my time working …
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Paul Graham's Participatory Narcissism  —  I have tremendous respect for Paul Graham.  His essays— repackaged in the book Hackers and Painters— are among the best writing I've found on software engineering.  Not all of them are so great, of course, but the majority are well worth your time.
louisgray.com:
LinkedIn Company Detail Shows Silicon Valley Carousel  —  How Select Tech Titans Stack Up (Click for larger image)  —  Last night, LinkedIn rolled out a major upgrade to the professionally-oriented social network and career/recruiting database, adding new company profiles …
MSRC:
MSRC Blog: Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)  —  I wanted to let you know that we have just posted Microsoft Security Advisory (950627).  —  This advisory contains information about a very limited, targeted attack exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine.
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Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)
Discussion: IDG News Service
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Sony Won't Charge $50 To Remove Bloatware  —  Responding to a tidal wave of outrage, Sony has reversed a plan to charge $50 to remove all the pre-installed applications — often derided as “bloatware” or “craplets” — from its high-end TZ-series notebooks.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Bloggers, Legit News Photos For Free  —  PicApp, a San Francisco-based company is offering copyright news and stock photos from large photo banks like Getty Images and Corbis for free.  The company is likely to announce availability of its public beta service later today.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Design Guidelines  —  Jon Wiley, User Experience Designer for Google Apps, outlined some of the most important principles for designing interfaces at Google.  In his presentation at the WritersUA conference, Jon listed the following guidelines:  —  1. Useful: focus on people - their lives, their work, their dreams.
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
The Thin Skin of Apple Fans  —  IN his new book, “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society,” Farhad Manjoo, a writer for Salon, argues that “new communications technologies are loosening the culture's grip on what people once called ‘objective reality.’ ”
Discussion: iPhone Savior, Slashdot and DSLreports
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Did We Just Witness a Twitter Marriage Proposal?  —  Forget statistics and pageviews; marriage proposals, folks, are what really cements a web service as a part of our everyday life.  Now, we've seen Twitter on CSI, but I don't remember seeing anyone propose to someone over it.  —  Until now, that is.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Wired
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out  —  PHILADELPHIA — It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Licks its Cheap Megahertz Pops  —  Here's the telecom geek quiz of the day: What's a megahertz pop? … Yes, in fact, the answer is C. Megahertz pop is the name of a telecommunications industry measurement.  It refers to one megahertz of bandwidth passing one person in the coverage area in a spectrum license.
Discussion: PC World and TechSpot
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours
Discussion: TeleRead
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost: Web Version Coming This Year
Cindy Sui / New York Times:
Taiwan Wants to Focus on Building Its Own High-Tech Brands
Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I'd Like FriendFeed To Do
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Where Are Your Twitter Friends? Find Out With GeoTwitterous
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are VCs threatening lawsuits to stay spotless at TheFunded?
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Google wants to fill in the TV white spaces
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Oprah Going to Save the Internet?
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: The Cisco Blade Server?
Discussion: Digg
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
They Told You Not To Reply
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Salon shares secrets to get around Wall Street Journal's pay wall — but not its own
Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller / Linux.com:
From GNOME to KDE and back again: old computing habits are hard to break
Discussion: Slashdot
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Breaking the Law To Get a Break
Discussion: MediaFuturist and TeleRead
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