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As of Today, You Can't Do This Anymore on Honolulu Streets

No more looking at phones, electronic devices while crossing; fine will go up to $99

(Newser) - Visiting Honolulu? Better get out of the habit of texting while walking, or at least while walking across a street. In a new law that took effect Wednesday, the Hawaiian city has banned looking at your phone (or any mobile electronic device) while crossing a street or highway. Anyone who... More »

Secret Messaging App Both Adored and Feared

Sarahah lets users send messages anonymously

(Newser) - Imagine being able to hear exactly what family, friends, and coworkers think of you without knowing who is behind each comment. It's enticing to the millions of people who've downloaded the massively popular new app Sararah since it was released in June. Adweek reports that it's currently... More »

Court Sees Chilling Plane Texts on Alleged Child Abuse

'I'm just so thankful the kids are safe,' says woman who reported fellow passenger

(Newser) - The chilling text messages that alerted an airline passenger to suspected child abuse were revealed in court documents Monday. Investigators say Michael Kellar, 56, discussed drugging and raping two children, ages 5 and 7, that 50-year-old Gail Burnworth would be looking after, the Los Angeles Times reports. In messages that... More »

Woman Who Sent Texts Urging Boyfriend's Suicide Sentenced

Michelle Carter gets 15 months in jail

(Newser) - A woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter, the AP reports. Michelle Carter was convicted in June by... More »

Honolulu Takes Big Step to Combat 'Smartphone Zombies'

Law bans looking at smartphone, texting while crossing the street

(Newser) - You won't find padded lampposts in Honolulu. That's because the Hawaiian city hopes to discourage pedestrians from "distracted walking" altogether, notably with one piece of legislation its mayor signed into law late last week, Reuters reports. Per the new mandate to combat "smartphone zombies," pedestrians... More »

We're Living in the 'Age of Bailing'

David Brooks laments how easy it is these days to blow somebody off

(Newser) - The era of insta-communication via text has had an unfortunate consequence, writes David Brooks in the New York Times . "It's clear we're living in a golden age of bailing." By that he means it's way too easy these days for people to make a commitment,... More »

Watch Out for That Hole: Woman on Phone Tumbles

She's hospitalized in serious condition

(Newser) - "I thought texting and driving was a bad thing. Now it's texting and walking," a New Jersey bystander tells NBC New York after he watched a woman tumble head first into a gaping hole in the sidewalk on Thursday. The 67-year-old woman was staring at her phone... More »

Man Calls His Date 'Threat to Civilized Society,' Sues Her

Brandon Vezmar wants $17.31 back after he says woman texted during movie

(Newser) - "I am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation," Brandon Vezmar tells KVUE . The 37-year-old from Austin, Texas, filed a complaint Thursday in Travis County small-claims court against a 35-year-old Round Rock woman for $17.31—the price of the 3D movie ticket he purchased for her... More »

After Quake, Nun Texted 'Adieu' to Family

Strong aftershock hits stricken Italian town

(Newser) - The AP has tracked down the nun seen in an iconic photo of this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Marjana Lleshi, 35, says she thought she would die when the Amatrice convent she was sleeping in collapsed early Wednesday, killing three other nuns and four of the elderly... More »

Texting on Road Impairs Our 'Sixth Sense'

It's worse than other forms of distraction, says study

(Newser) - There are all sorts of ways a person can be distracted at the wheel—kids screeching, sleep deprivation, arguing—and they predate cell phones. But research in the journal Scientific Reports pits two types of distraction (being "emotional" or "absent-minded") against texting and finds the latter far... More »

You Could Be Liable for Texting a Driver

Distracted-driving laws still murky, but more onus being placed on message senders

(Newser) - Court rulings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are taking texting-while-driving laws down a new road, opening the door to not only holding the offending driver liable for a car accident, but perhaps also the person texting the driver, Consumerist reports. In neither case has anyone (yet) had to legally... More »

'Textalyzer' Could Tell Cops Who Texts and Drives

NY considering device for cops at scene of accidents

(Newser) - When his son died following a car accident in New York state in 2011—he was a passenger in a vehicle that "drifted over the yellow line" and collided with another—Ben Lieberman was amazed that police didn't review the driver's cellphone records. The driver said he... More »

Kids Text 911 From Inside Allegedly Drunk Dad's Car

Brother and sister feared for their lives

(Newser) - Two Nebraska children may have saved their own lives and the lives of others when they texted 911 from inside their allegedly drunk father's car, WKBN reports. Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie and 12-year-old Ethan were driving through Nebraska with their 44-year-old dad, Jason Behrens, on the way to a vacation in... More »

AMC Quickly Backtracks on Ill-Advised Texting Plan

No texting in theaters, at least not in the 'foreseeable future'

(Newser) - Well, that didn't take long: Less than two days after AMC's CEO gave an interview in which he suggested the theater chain might allow texting in its theaters , he's put out a statement backtracking. "NO TEXTING AT AMC. Won't happen. You spoke. We listened. Quickly,... More »

Biggest Theater Chain May Allow Texting

As a way to bring in millennials, says AMC CEO

(Newser) - Prepare to be thrilled or peeved, depending on your age. The newly appointed CEO of AMC Entertainment says he's considering allowing mobile phone use, including texting, in theaters as a way to attract millennials to see a show. It's actually one of many new strategies being discussed—including... More »

NJ Bill Would Jail People for Texting While Walking

Offenders could see 15 days in jail under assemblywoman's proposal

(Newser) - Texting while walking? Beware. Doing exactly that in New Jersey could soon carry the same penalties as jaywalking: up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail. Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt has proposed a bill that would ban pedestrians from using communication devices like cellphones while walking along roads or... More »

20-Foot Sculpture Moved After Texters Kept Bumping Into It

'The Kiss' at Salisbury Cathedral formerly straddled a path

(Newser) - Walking while texting can be dangerous—a fact that was recently reconfirmed in England. A 20-foot-high sculpture of two clasped hands that formed an archway over a path on the grounds of the Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire had to be relocated because walkers kept bumping into it (despite the 6... More »

Accidental Text to Stranger Leads to Wedding Bells

Henry Glendening, Kasey Bergh married 3 years after accidentally texting

(Newser) - When Kasey Bergh accidentally sent a text to Henry Glendening, a complete stranger, during a business trip to Denver in 2012, her primary emotion was frustration at not being able to get a hold of any of her Nestlé-Purina colleagues. Turns out Glendening was in fact the exact person... More »

Fatal Crashes Are Surging; Buffett Says He Knows Why

It's not just about more cars on the road, he insists

(Newser) - If automobiles are constantly improving, why are traffic deaths going up? Warren Buffett thinks he knows. Fatal accidents surged 14% in the first half of the year, and one of the consequences of that is that Geico lost money and is now raising insurance premiums. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns... More »

Prosecutors: Teen Who Encouraged Boyfriend's Suicide Sent These Texts

Prosecutors release texts to support manslaughter charge

(Newser) - "You can't think about it," 17-year-old Michelle Carter allegedly texted her boyfriend the day he killed himself. "You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't." After Carter's defense team asked... More »

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