How corporations use fine print to deny Americans their day in court

How corporations use fine print to deny Americans their day in court

By inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies like American Express devised a way to circumvent the courts and bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits, realistically the only tool citizens have to fight illegal or deceitful business practices.

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With 12% Of Comcast Customers Now Broadband Capped, Comcast Declares It’s Simply Spreading ‘Fairness’

With 12% Of Comcast Customers Now Broadband Capped, Comcast Declares It's Simply Spreading 'Fairness'

Comcast continues to expand its usage cap "trial" into the company's less competitive markets, hitting these lucky customers with a 300 GB monthly usage cap. These users also now face a $10 per 50 GB overage fee should they cross this…

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Google Changes ‘.bro’ Filename To Avoid Accusations Of Misogyny

Google Changes ‘.bro’ Filename To Avoid Accusations Of Misogyny

Google has renamed the file suffix of its new Brotli software from ‘.bro’ to ‘.br’ to avoid the potentially misogynistic overtones associated with the term. The tech giant’s new Brotli file compression software is designed to make websites load faster. After information about the new software was shared online, one poster – a Mozilla engineer – suggested that: “'bro’ has a gender problem” and “comes of[f] misogynistic and unprofessional due to the world it lives in”.

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These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People for Generations. Now They’re Melting

These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People for Generations. Now They're Melting

Native people in Alaska and Russia store their whale meat and other traditional foods in permafrost. But their underground freezers are thawing, causing food problems. By Eli Kintisch.

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Made in Holland: The Chanel of Africa

Made in Holland: The Chanel of Africa

A small town factory in the Netherlands might not seem like the obvious birthplace for African haute couture. Helmond is a place most people (Dutch or African) wouldn’t be able to point out on a map and yet, this unassuming little town is where one of the most iconic fashion brands of West and Central Africa was created. By Inge Oosterhoff.

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People in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment

People in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment

Sweden is shaping up to be the first country to plunge its citizens into a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment: negative interest rates in a cashless society. The Swedish central bank held its benchmark interest rate at -0.35% today, the level it has been at since July. Although retail banks have yet to pass on that negative to rate to Swedish consumers, the longer it’s held there the more financial pressure there is for banks to pass the costs onto their customers.

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