The U.S. Supreme Court has handed corporations a major victory. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled Wednesday that companies can enforce contracts that bar consumers and employees from banding together to bring class action suits.
Ever read that long cell phone contract you signed when you enrolled for service? Well, look again. It likely has a provision requiring all disputes to be resolved by arbitration and barring consumers from banding together in a class action. Your credit card agreement, your cable agreement and maybe even your employment agreement have similar clauses.
President Obama has done pretty well on Facebook. He recently told an audience at a San Francisco fundraiser that he has 19 million friends on the website, "which only puts me half a million friends behind SpongeBob SquarePants."
The president's chummy relationship is not just with Facebook users — he's also friendly with Facebook executives.
At least according to the Jazz Journalists Association, which announced its JJA Jazz Award nominations this morning. Here's the complete list. Awards are given in a ceremony on June 11, 2011, which will also be streamed as a live video webcast.
If you listen to Alt.Latino regularly, you know by know that co-host Felix Contreras and I have very different musical tastes. He loves his 15-minute psychedelic guitar jams; I love my punk rock. He loves ranchera, Tex-Mex and banda; I love salsa and merengue. He's into ska. I crave indie-pop. It makes for an interesting show, but what's especially lovely is when an artist brings us together.
Angeliki Kapoglou, who took this photo, was selected to serve as a member of an international crew on the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), which simulates the environment on Mars in the Utah desert to develop knowledge needed to prepare for human exploration on the Red Planet. She writes:
"Unlike researchers in typical laboratory facilities ... crew members who live and work at MDRS are forced into a unique mindset, as if they themselves were exploring the surface of Mars and living in an early Mars habitat.
Today, Apple announced that the collection and storage of location data was due to a programming error.
"We don't think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data," the company said in a press release. In next few weeks, it added, Apple will release a new version of its software that keeps only a limited amount of location data, does not write the information to a computer and deletes the information as soon Location Services are turned off.