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Woman's Buttocks Impaled When Texting While Driving

Christina Jahnz says she just checked phone for a split second

(Newser) - Ouch, and double ouch: A woman says she was texting while driving when she struck a pole that pierced her truck and ran through her buttocks and thigh, USA Today reports. Christina Jahnz says she had just dropped off her daughter's saxophone at a middle school in Elizabeth, Colo.... More »

Now You Can Text 911*

*in select areas, for now

(Newser) - Starting today in select areas, as long as you have mobile phone service through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile, you can text rather than call 911 in an emergency. The FCC's text-to-911 program will be available across the nation by the end of the year, Gizmodo reports. The... More »

Man Accused in Movie Text Killing Had Just ... Texted

Curtis Reeves sent text of his own minutes before the shooting

(Newser) - The 71-year-old Florida man who fatally shot a fellow moviegoer who was texting during previews had sent a text of his own about 15 minutes earlier, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Curtis Reeves responded to a text from his son, who was supposed to meet his parents in the theater... More »

Texting While Driving? Ariz. to Nail You for, Uh, Speeding

Using loophole, crackdown to begin in January

(Newser) - Arizona hasn't outlawed driving while texting, but it's come up with a strategy to deal with those who do use their phones while on the road: Slap them with a speeding ticket, the Pheonix New-Times reports. The crackdown will begin in January, and if you're wondering how... More »

Texas Court: Dirty Talk With Minors Is Legal

Ruling rejects 2005 law that outlawed sexual explicit language online with minors

(Newser) - A Texas court has ruled that it's legal for adults to talk dirty to minors—as long as they don't solicit sex, reports the Austin American-Statesman . The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals struck down part of a 2005 law that made it illegal to engage in sexually explicit... More »

Theater Bans Madonna After Texting Incident

She's not welcome at the Alamo Drafthouse

(Newser) - Madonna made headlines last week for texting while watching the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the New York Film Festival. And as a result, she's not welcome ... at a theater chain based in Texas. The CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse chain, known for its awesome no-talking-no-texting rules... More »

Here's What a Text Between Obama, Jay-Z Looks Like

President likes his sports analogies

(Newser) - Justin Bieber might have some kind of hotline to Bill Clinton , but Jay-Z has one to President Obama. They're texting buddies. Jay-Z revealed as much in an interview with radio station Hot97 , reports Politico . The president uses lots of sports analogies, says Jay-Z, offering up this example:
  • "When
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'Distracted Walking' More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving?

Researchers say 2M may have been injured in 2010

(Newser) - You've heard of distracted driving, but distracted walking may actually be more dangerous, according to a new study. Cellphone use while strolling about sent more than 1,500 people to the ER in 2010, a figure that has almost tripled since 2004. Researchers expect it to hit 3,000... More »

Hey, Adult Drivers: You Text More Than Kids

Just shy of half say they've done it, even though most know it's unsafe

(Newser) - Cast aside your mental image of irresponsible teenagers who just have to text while they're driving. It turns out adults are even worse. Almost half of all adults surveyed by AT&T (49%) admitted to sneaking in a text while driving, USA Today reports, compared to 43% of teenagers.... More »

Teens Now 'Sleep Texting'

Which sounds a lot like wake-texting, honestly

(Newser) - Everybody panic: Our latest youth crisis has teens texting in their sleep. On CNET , Chris Matyszczyk calls it "like sleepwalking, but potentially more amusing." As an expert explains to CBS Philadelphia , “The phone will beep, they’ll answer the text. They’ll either respond in words or... More »

Not for Sexting? Facebook Unveils New 'Poke' App

But Mashable calls it 'frustrating as hell'

(Newser) - Don't like knowing that your text messages can live on forever? Facebook has released a new iPhone app that makes messages self-destruct after a few seconds, ABC News reports. Users of the Poke app can include a photo or video and set the time for self-destruction at one, three,... More »

Texting While Walking Is Dangerous, Too

And lots of people do it: study

(Newser) - We all know texting while driving is dangerous—but texting while walking is dangerous too, a new study finds, and many pedestrians are doing it. Researchers found that almost one-third of walkers in Seattle were distracted by a mobile device while crossing busy streets. Some were talking on the phone... More »

Strange and Scary Things We Do While Sleeping

Sleepers have been known to eat, text, and make whoopie

(Newser) - So you think mumbling in your sleep is weird? Hold on to your pillow, because the BBC reports on some of the truly weird things people do while sleeping:
  • Sleep texting: If you're glued to your smartphone during the day, you may end up sending incomprehensible texts while sleeping.
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Now Saudi Women Are Electronically Tracked

Guardians get texts when women leave the country

(Newser) - It's the only country in the world where women can't drive—and now, if they leave it, their male guardians are electronically notified. When Saudi Arabian women cross the border, said guardians get a text message. The texts arrive even when couples are traveling together, AFP reports. Women... More »

New Modern Malady: Texting While Parenting

It's one plausible explanation for the spike in injuries to little kids

(Newser) - Parents of young kids, keep your phones in your pocket while at the playground: The Wall Street Journal today looks at the maybe-problem of "texting while parenting." Skeptics will note that the evidence is mostly anecdotal, but they'll have to explain a strange coincidence of stats: The... More »

Designated Driver, Make Room for 'Designated Texter'

Survey on teen safety coins a phrase

(Newser) - The bad news from a new State Farm survey is that a third of teen drivers admit to sending or reading texts while driving. The good news is that teens in general seem to have a greater awareness of the danger, with four of five saying they had scolded a... More »

Teen Wins Back-to-Back Speed-Texting Titles

'America's fastest texter' takes home $50K

(Newser) - Austin Wierschke and his furiously fast thumbs have won the National Texting Competition for the second year running. The 17-year-old from Wisconsin will take home $50,000 in prize money after out-texting ten rivals at the competition in New York City's Times Square, reports AP . "It feels incredible,... More »

Olympics to Fans: Please Stop Tweeting

Overwhelmed networks causing problems with TV coverage

(Newser) - Excited Olympics attendees have been overwhelming mobile networks, and now the International Olympic Committee is urging spectators to cool it with the texting and tweeting. "Of course, if you want to send something, we are not going to say 'you can't do it', and we would certainly... More »

New Issue for Facebook: Young Kids Not Interested?

Site called 'mom thing' by some as they turn to Twitter, Tumblr

(Newser) - Sure, it's got 900 million users—but there's a key demographic that may be slipping away from Facebook's grasp. Young teens tell the Los Angeles Times that the social network no longer boasts much of a coolness factor; indeed, it may have become a "mom thing"... More »

New Jersey Town's Cops Ticket Texting Pedestrians

'Dangerous walkers' fined $85 in Fort Lee

(Newser) - Take your fingers off your cell phone, and nobody gets hurt. That could be a warning from one New Jersey town's cops, who are handing out $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who text while they walk—117 so far. "It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching... More »

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