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Brock Turner May Have Shared Pics of Victim's Breast

Witness saw him aiming his phone at her

(Newser) - A Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault may have snapped photos of his unconscious victim's breasts while assaulting her—and sent the pics to friends in a group chat, Cosmopolitan reports. According to police, a witness who saw Brock Turner, 20, standing over the woman's body during... 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 »

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 »

Strangers Get Errant Text, Drive Hour to Hospital

'What a blessing these 2 guys were to our family'

(Newser) - A woman spreading the word about her new grandson accidentally texted a complete stranger on Saturday. He responded in the best possible way. Deorick Williams of Tallahassee, Fla., tells Fox 13 that his brother, Dennis Williams, started getting texts about the impending birth of a baby at a hospital in... More »

Why You Think Your Phone Is Buzzing When It's Not

Maybe you've got a little attachment anxiety

(Newser) - You'd have sworn your phone was buzzing, but when you check there's no text, no call, no email, nothing. What gives with the phantom vibration? Maybe you wanted, or even needed, the phone to buzz. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that people with attachment anxiety—... More »

Missing Man's Eerie Text: 'My Luck Has Run Out'

Mystery in Seattle as cops hunt for 62-year-old who vanished 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - No one knows where Richard Arneson is, except maybe Richard Arneson, and the mystery surrounding the Seattle man's disappearance deepens at every turn. After the 62-year-old didn't show at work, a concerned friend headed over to his apartment on Feb. 5 and found a troublesome scene, per KOMO... More »

The Secret to Sincere Texts? Lose the Period

Proper punctuation is a turnoff

(Newser) - Don’t end your texts with a period. Period. After all, that’s what jerks do, New York magazine opines, with a new study out of SUNY Binghamton lending scientific credence. Researchers showed 126 undergraduates a bunch of texts featuring an invitation and a reply. Participants rated replies that were... More »

This Company Will Break Up With Your Partner for $10

The Breakup Shop thinks 'everyone deserves to be single'

(Newser) - There is now a service for everything—and yes, that extends to the very personal act of breaking up with your significant other. Founded by two brothers in Canada who love their idea enough to market it but not enough to give their full names, The Breakup Shop will send... More »

Bad Idea: Trying to Buy Weed, Texting a Cop

A narcotics cop, at that

(Newser) - We've all sent dumb texts, but it takes a truly epic blend of idiocy and terrible luck to replicate the life and times of one William Lamberson of Port St. Lucie, in why, yes, Florida. According to police, 29-year-old Lamberson was looking to score a little weed, so he... More »

Texas Victim Texted Mom Before Death

But it was too late to stop murder of entire family

(Newser) - One last wrenching detail from the murder of an entire family near Houston over the weekend: The mother being held at gunpoint somehow texted her own mother during the ordeal pleading for help, reports the Houston Chronicle . Deputies headed to the scene, but it was too late to save Valerie... More »

95% of Androids Are Wide Open to Major Hack

Android owners could be in trouble if Stagefright bugs are exploited

(Newser) - "If you ever heard about the 'Heartbleed,' this is much worse," explains Android researcher Joshua Drake on the Zimperium blog , via Forbes . Six serious flaws have left 95% of Android phones vulnerable to data-stealing attacks that, in some cases, can be delivered via "silent" text... More »

Guy Who Thought Up Text Messaging Dies

Finn came up with the idea 8 years before first text sent

(Newser) - Matti Makkonen didn't much care for being called the "father of SMS," but that's how a lot of people have been describing the tech pioneer after his death at the age of 63. The Finn thought up the idea of sending text via cellphones over a... More »

Cops: Kidnapped Woman Saved by Text

Authorities say she got access to assailant's phone, sent message to sister

(Newser) - A woman who had been kidnapped, raped, and brutally beaten managed to save herself when her abductor left the hotel room where she was being held and neglected to bring his phone, say police. The victim then sent a message to her sister, reports the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee.... 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 »

Woman Canned After Sending Worst Text Ever to Boss

Louise Nesbitt tried to pass off 'complete d---' message as lighthearted humor

(Newser) - If you're going to insult your boss, there's no better way to ensure getting fired than making sure that insult is unequivocal. That's the situation former Dragon Mountain Gold employee Louise Nesbitt found herself in last year when the Aussie woman accidentally sent an unflattering text message... More »

Study Shows Cost of After-Work Emails

They have 'real effect' on some employees' private lives

(Newser) - When work follows you home, it can take a significant toll, researchers say. They looked at a week in the lives of 341 people as they received communications outside of work hours—facing, in the words of Texas A&M researcher Wendy Boswell, "a new night shift." Subjects... 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 »

Reeva Texted Pistorius: 'I'm Scared of You'

Couple's WhatsApp revealed in court today

(Newser) - Another neighbor testified at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today, saying she heard "terrified, terrified screaming" that didn't sound as though it was emanating from an enclosed space, like a bathroom, the morning of Reeva Steenkamp's death, the Telegraph reports. But the most attention-grabbing part of today's... More »

Scientists Send Text Message via Evaporated Vodka

Information was encoded in the evaporated alcohol

(Newser) - Usually alcohol and text messages don't mix—but researchers in England have now found a way the two can work together. Using vodka and a desk fan, scientists at York University have sent a new kind of text message—encoding information in evaporated alcohol. According to the lead researcher... More »

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