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Utah School Adds Text Lane on Stairs

But it's kind of a joke

(Newser) - One Utah university is giving students glued to their cellphones a place to call their own: a designated lane for texting while walking. The neon green lanes painted on the stairs to the gym at Utah Valley University were intended as a lighthearted way to brighten up the space and... More »

School Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Was Texting

2 kids and a teacher's aide were killed in Tennessee accident

(Newser) - A Tennessee school bus driver was texting at the time of a crash that killed two young girls and an aspiring teacher last year, say accident investigators. James Davenport had sent and received multiple text messages leading up to the time the two buses collided in December, Knoxville police said... More »

Driver's Text Minutes Before Fatal Crash: 'Driving Drunk'

Mila Dago is accused of causing crash that killed friend

(Newser) - Mila Dago, then 22, was enmeshed in a bitter breakup on Aug. 14, 2013. As she and her friends were out drinking in Miami, she sent her boyfriend more than 60 angry text messages, police say. The last of those messages read "Driving drunk woo," "I'll... More »

AT&T Fires Exec Over Racist Texts, $100M Lawsuit

Aaron Slator isn't the only one being sued for racially offensive images

(Newser) - AT&T confirmed yesterday that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for using his work phone to send racially offensive images. "There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret the action was not... More »

Your Old Texts Can Help You Talk, Listen Better

BuzzFeed writer says they offer lessons in how to improve as a conversationalist

(Newser) - Some might argue that texting spells doom for the art of conversation, but at BuzzFeed , Nathan Pyle explains how his old texts are helping him improve on that front. He went back over some old text conversations with his girlfriend and noticed "great fluctuation." Some days, he had... More »

Man Hiding in Building Sent Texts to Help Paris Cops

Also, hostage-taker at market mistakenly left his phone on

(Newser) - Some intriguing details about the role of cell phones in yesterday's dual raids in France that killed three suspected terrorists:
  • Hidden helper: When Cherif and Said Kouachi holed up in a building outside Paris, they were unaware that a man identified as Lilian Lepere, 26, was hiding inside. He
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Coca-Cola Does Away With Voicemail

Just text instead

(Newser) - There's no more leaving a message at the beep at Coca-Cola's Atlanta headquarters. As of this month, callers have two options: try again later, or use an "alternative method" to reach the person—like a text or email. Bloomberg reports the plan to ditch voicemail was actually... More »

Texting Puts 60 Pounds of Weight on Your Neck

Researchers warn of possible need for future surgery

(Newser) - Your Facebook-checking, constant-texting lifestyle may be taking a toll on your neck. Looking down at your phone can put a strain on your neck equivalent to the weight of 60 pounds, a study finds. To put that in perspective, 60 pounds is the weight of an 8-year-old or four bowling... More »

City Creates Sidewalk Lane for Texting While Walking

But Chinese city says move is meant to be ironic

(Newser) - Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But it's apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it's dangerous... More »

Jilted Boyfriend Called, Texted His Ex 21K Times

Frenchman gets 4 months, $1.3K fine

(Newser) - A Frenchman has paid the price for texting and calling his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times over a 10-month stretch, France24 reports. The 33-year-old was sentenced to four months in jail and told to pay a roughly $1,300 fine. He admitted in court that he was trying to reach her... More »

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 »

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