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Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

New Woes for San Fran PD: Offensive Texts To, From Ex-Cop

CNN has docs showing racist, homophobic texts to and from James Lai

(Newser) - An ex-San Francisco cop described by his attorney as "well loved on his beat" is at the center of a text-messaging scandal over offensive texts sent to and from his personal phone, per documents obtained by CNN . The texts, exchanged in 2014 and 2015 between Jason Lai and friends... More »

Olivia Munn Refutes 'Engagement'— With Her Mom

Posts 'text conversation with my Asian mom'

(Newser) - Rumors flew through the gossip media Tuesday that Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers got engaged, but Munn made it clear the rumors were not true in a rather clever way: She posted a text message exchange she had with her mom on the subject, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Dad Who Leapt Off Bridge With Baby Sent Mom Chilling Texts

'He's dead ... And soon I will be too'

(Newser) - The body of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday night in the Connecticut River, and 21-year-old Tony Moreno, his father, has been charged in his murder after confessing to tossing him off a bridge , the AP reports. Before jumping into the water himself, Moreno made what he thought was a... 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 »

Coming Soon: Middle Finger Emoji

It's what we've all been waiting for, right?

(Newser) - A whole new set of emoji will soon be on your smartphone ... including a sure-to-be-useful middle finger emoji. Unicode—the company that standardizes text across the software industry—announced more than 2,800 new characters it's adding in Version 7.0. That includes about 250 new emoji, which also... 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 »

3 Text Messages to Fan Cost Buffalo Bills $3M

He brought class-action suit after too many alerts

(Newser) - In a case most commentators are calling frivolous, finicky, or just plain silly, the Buffalo Bills have coughed up $3 million to settle a lawsuit from a fan who complained that the team sent him too many text messages. The fan brought the class-action suit after he signed up for... More »

US Tried to Sow Dissent By Building 'Cuban Twitter'

AP reveals secret program aimed at spurring Cuban Spring

(Newser) - The US in 2009 started work on a thoroughly 21st-century way to attempt to stir unrest in Cuba: It concocted a "Cuban Twitter" that it hoped would draw young people that it could prod toward dissent, an AP investigation has found. The text messaging platform, ZunZuneo—slang for a... More »

Catholic Church Fined for Mass Texting

Not to be confused with texting during Mass

(Newser) - Austria's Roman Catholic church has learned its lesson: Mass is OK. Mass texting is not. A diocese in the southern city of Graz says it has been found guilty of contravening Austria's telecommunications law by sending mass texts to the cellphones of followers asking them to pay overdue... 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 »

‘Dystextia': Mangled Texts Can Point to Brain Disorders

Doctors say garbled messages might be diagnostic tool

(Newser) - You might want to turn off your phone's autocorrect, because your garbled typing could save your life. Doctors are calling it "dystextia," when brain-related problems such as strokes start showing up in text messages, resulting in bizarre ones, reports Reuters . Researchers say the first documented case of... 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 »

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 »

NHL Fan Sues Penguins for 3 Texts Too Many

Fred Weiss says he agreed to only 3 a week, got 9 in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Fred Weiss signed up to get text message alerts from the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was assured by the promotional agreement he would only receive up to three texts per week. When he started receiving more than that, rather than simply unsubscribing, he filed a lawsuit. Weiss alleges that the NHL... More »

Judge: Text Sender Can't Be Sued in Crash

Girlfriend sent driver a text moments before crash

(Newser) - Should the person who sends a text message to a driver be held liable if an accident occurs? A judge in New Jersey says no. He threw out a lawsuit today against a young woman who texted her boyfriend moments before he crashed into two motorcyclists, reports the Star-Ledger . "... More »

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