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1:20 PM ET, March 22, 2008

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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.
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 and Slashdot
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
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Wine 1.0: Coming soon to a computer near you  —  After nearly 15 years of development, the WINE project is scheduled for the landmark 1.0 release.  As with most open source programs, it is hard to sit back and say “ok it's done”.  The work will always continue, but at some point the program …
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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Hopes for Wireless Cities Are Fading  —  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 of bringing free …
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift
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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
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
wikinear.com, OAuth and Fire Eagle  —  I'm pleased to announce wikinear.com.  It's a simple site that does just one thing: show you a list of the five Wikipedia pages that are geographically closest to your current location.  It's designed (or not-designed) to be used mainly from mobile phones.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours  —  If you buy a regular old book, CD or DVD, you can turn around and loan it to a friend, or sell it again.  The right to pass it along is called the “first sale” doctrine.  Digital books, music and movies are a different story though.
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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