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Laziness 1, Privacy 0

For a few hours last week, seemingly every blog with any connection to technology featured the same story: The iPhone is recording your every move!

I assume that level of surveillance is exclusive to actual iPhone users, but you never know; Steve Jobs is a clever dude.

It turns out Apple was open about that function, so it was a little bit of a nonissue—but the mini-scandal does bring up questions about what we're willing to give up, privacy-wise, to use the newest technological advances.

If you have an iPhone (and if you don't, accept my sympathies), you know that nearly every app out there these days asks for permission to use your location. I understand why the Tucson Weekly Happy Hour app wants to know where I'm at, and a case could perhaps be made for gift-certificate apps like Groupon to know one's location. But why would the flashlight app I downloaded the other day need to know what specific area I'm trying to illuminate?

Still, a recent survey showed that the younger the user, the less likely a person is to be irked by the perceived invasion of privacy. I usually feign some amount of outrage when I feel like I'm giving up some of my rights—but it's not like I've ever turned off location services on my iPhone.

In my case, my general laziness trumps my concerns about privacy.


We followed the latest news about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' recovery and her planned trip to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour; uncovered accusations of fraud in the recall effort against Sheriff Clarence Dupnik; celebrated the end of the legislative session; noted the latest on the political battle over Mexican-American studies within the Tucson Unified School District; did a spit-take at Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's campaign against Blast by Colt 45, which he called a "binge in a can"; broke the news that Republican Ron Asta was going to remain in the mayoral race; and marveled at the lunacy that is the mayoral campaign of Marshall Home™.

We were nauseated by Meghan McCain's interview with Donald Trump; marveled at the mayors of Waffle Houses; noted the growing support for gay marriage in national polling; gave you another reason to hate Arizona State University; and eyed the world longest cheesesteak, built on the UA mall by Albert Hall of Acacia and Frankie Santos from Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteaks.

We followed the Tucson Padres' wins and losses while reviewing Thirsty Thursday; let you know that Plush is now serving small dishes to go along with drinks and great live music; noted that the restaurant formerly known as Vila Thai Cuisine was moving from the UA area to downtown; brought you photos from the Pima County Fair; and suggested that you consider a summer getaway in Prescott.

We urged you to watch Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, Treme and Doctor Who; suggested you check out the Fort Lowell Records Showcase at Hotel Congress and Fishtank Ensemble at Plaza Palomino; and discovered that owning a magical unicorn is less awesome than we thought.


"Must be like taking candy from a baby (or moron, in this case)."

TucsonWeekly.com commenter(s) "Nick and Johnny" ponder the ability of Tea Partiers to discover a possible scam artist in their midst ("Tucson Tea Party Denounces Backer of Dupnik Recall," The Range, April 19).


Since A. the Intern is getting close to graduating from high school and making a decision about what to do with her life—should she become mayor of Tucson, or should she leave town for college?—we have an update on her candidacy. A number of novelty candidates are vying to complicate this year's race, and A. will have to decide whether she's in or out, although at press time, a final decision had not been made.

Also, weeks after Adam Borowitz reported on the magical Coca-Coca Freestyle machine, we finally took the Tucson Weekly TV camera to see one in person. What magical combinations could we come up with? Will they be potable? There's only one way to find out.