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'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 »

Man Texting While on Motorcycle Loses His Life

Brandon R. McClain was headed south on I-65 in Indiana

(Newser) - Should you need more proof that texting while driving can be a deadly mix, consider the story of Brandon R. McClain. The 43-year-old Indiana man was heading south on I-65 on his motorcycle Thursday afternoon—while texting at the same time, police say. He apparently veered into the grassy median,... More »

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 »

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