Mint.com is a free, personal finance web site owned by Intuit. On Wednesday, it mistakenly sent out some 11 million emails to most of its 4 million users, which caused many them to worry that their financial accounts had been hacked, the AP reports.

Mint.com said that the problem wasn't caused by hackers but instead was caused by "a misconfiguration with our email provider."

The company apologized, of course, and said that it would "post an update on the Mint.com homepage soon to let users know what went wrong."

As of this blog post, no further information has been posted. I'll let you know when it does.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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