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10:35 AM ET, March 22, 2008

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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.
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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.
CNET News.com:
Apple pushes Safari on Windows via iTunes updater
Discussion: Macsimum News
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.
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
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:
Microsoft Security Advisory (950627)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine (Jet) Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of very limited, targeted attacks using a vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine that can be exploited through Microsoft Word.
Discussion: IDG News Service
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
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony is giving “Fresh Start” a fresh start, losing the $50 fee  —  After a minor outcry at Sony's new “Fresh Start” option to skip the crapware on TZ laptops for a hefty $50 charge, the company has seen the error of its ways and is going to start offering the option for free as of tomorrow.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Sony realizes $50 crapware removal fee is, well, total crap
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.
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
Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I'd Like FriendFeed To Do  —  1) I want to reply to a comment, like I can in disqus, and not have to use an @ sign  —  2) if the post is an mp3, put a play button like the yahoo or delicious player does  —  3) if the post a photo, put a thumbnail of the photo right in the feed.
 
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Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours
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