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Ohio Unveils Distracted-Driving Bill as Lawmaker Zooms While Driving
Lawmaker on
Video Call Busted
by His Seat Belt
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Lawmaker on Video Call Busted by His Seat Belt

State Sen. Andrew Brennerd drives while Zooming, on day Ohio unveils distracted-driving bill

(Newser) - On Monday, House Bill 283 was introduced in Ohio in a bid to tamp down on distracted driving by banning texting, taking photos, livestreaming, or otherwise using an electronic device while behind the wheel. That same day, a state senator was busted doing just that during a virtual meeting of...

Canadian Lawmaker Gives Colleagues an Accidental Show

William Amos said he stripped down in front of camera, not realizing it was on

(Newser) - A Canadian member of parliament appeared naked in front of his colleagues Wednesday when he changed out of jogging clothes in his office—right in front of his camera. Liberal MP William Amos, the parliamentary secretary to Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, was seen completely naked during a virtual parliamentary session,...

State Senator on Zoom Call: Yeah, I'm Breaking the Law

Rebecca Saldana admitted she attended virtual hearing while driving in Washington state

(Newser) - Washington state Sen. Rebecca Saldana has voted in support of penalties for distracted driving. She's also vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, which makes it especially surprising that she opted to break a distracted-driving law during a virtual hearing of that committee on Tuesday. The Democrat representing parts...

Mom: Teacher Went on Racist Zoom Rant for 30 Minutes

California teacher Kimberly Newman apparently thought Zoom session had ended (it hadn't)

(Newser) - The mother of a Black 12-year-old boy is seeking damages from a Southern California school district after her son's teacher went on a half-hour tirade laced with racism and profanity. Katura Stokes filed a damage claim—typically a precursor to a lawsuit, per the AP —on Thursday on...

Citigroup Bans Zoom for Workers, but Only on Fridays

For one day a week, employees won't have to take part in Zoom meetings

(Newser) - Does the thought of yet another videoconference with colleagues make you want to stick a Post-it over your laptop camera? One global company hears that and is taking measures. "After listening to colleagues around the world, it became apparent we need to combat the 'Zoom fatigue' that many...

Zoom Dives 7% on Weak Day for Tech Stocks
Zoom Drops 7% as
Markets Pull Back

Zoom Drops 7% as Markets Pull Back

Nielsen surges 7.7% after Roku deal

(Newser) - Stocks closed lower on Wall Street after a wobbly day, giving back some of their big gains from a day earlier. The S&P 500 lost 0.8% Tuesday after flipping between small gains and losses throughout the day. A day before, it leaped 2.4% for its best performance...

Doctor Appears in Court Via Zoom Call from Operating Room

The Medical Board of California is investigating

(Newser) - A California doctor freaked out at least one judge and has caught the attention of investigators after making a virtual court appearance from an operating room where a patient was undergoing surgery. Dr. Scott Green appeared Thursday for his Sacramento Superior Court virtual trial dressed in surgical scrubs, the Sacramento ...

Flub on G7 Call: Angela, 'I Think You Need to Mute'

British PM Boris Johnson had to inform German chancellor that everyone could hear her talking

(Newser) - No one turned into a cat , appeared upside down , or made a Britney Spears reference , but world leaders attending a virtual G7 conference on Friday experienced their own low-key videoconferencing snafu. Reuters reports it came courtesy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who inadvertently interrupted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as...

Congressman's Virtual Call Goes Awry: 'Are You OK?'

Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer appeared before House panel as an upside-down head

(Newser) - Another day, another viral videoconferencing flub. If you're still laughing at the infamous "Cat Lawyer" Zoom clip , we have a new blunder to get you through Thursday. Mashable reports it comes courtesy of GOP Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, who was piped in virtually for a meeting of...

Zoom's 'Cat Lawyer' Speaks Out After Viral Video

'I disappeared and a cat appeared,' says Rod Ponton

(Newser) - Everyone is supposedly due their 15 minutes of fame, and Rod Ponton just got his—except not as a human, but as a cat. Thanks to a video that went viral , the Texas attorney is now known around the world for being the lawyer on Zoom who couldn't figure...

Lawyer Gets Stuck in Cat Mode During Zoom Hearing

'I'm here live. I'm not a cat'

(Newser) - A West Texas judge has a word of caution to those attending court hearings via Zoom: Always check for filters before logging on. Judge Roy Ferguson's warning comes after an attorney accidentally joined a video court hearing while using a Zoom filter that made him appear like a fluffy...

Think You've Had a Bad Zoom? Not Like This One
Think You've
Had a Bad
Zoom? Not
Like This One
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Think You've Had a Bad Zoom? Not Like This One

UK council meeting features tech issues, yelling, toilets flushing, and a Britney Spears reference

(Newser) - By this point in the pandemic, everyone's probably been on multiple Zoom calls, and likely experienced at least one bad one. But it's a Zoom meeting out of England that CNN has dubbed the "greatest, most ridiculous thing to come out of the past year," after...

East Coast Hit With Internet Trouble

Slowdown affects broad swath of users from DC to Boston

(Newser) - Balky internet service prevented users on the East Coast from loading the software they use to learn and work on Tuesday morning. Google, Zoom, YouTube, and Slack were among the services affected, the Washington Post reports. The source of the problem was unclear, but clues pointed to Verizon, which said...

6th Grader in Zoom Class Takes His Own Life

Officials in San Joaquin County, Calif., say 11-year-old died after shooting himself during online class

(Newser) - A sixth grade Zoom class turned tragic this week in California, leaving an 11-year-old dead after cops say he shot himself. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office started fielding calls around 11am Wednesday that there'd been a shooting in Woodbridge, and when deputies got to the scene, they...

Zooming From the Bathroom, in Hindsight, Was a Mistake

School board member resigns after leaving her laptop camera on

(Newser) - Frances Cogelja returned from a bathroom break and set her laptop down, fully rejoining the public comments portion of Monday's meeting of the Hackensack School Board. No one said anything to Cogelja, a board member, at first. Then the New Jersey board's vice president told her: "You...

Actor's Cringy Zoom Encounter With Director Goes Viral

Make sure you're muted, people

(Newser) - An actor's cringe-inducing interaction with a director during a Zoom audition probably felt very awkward at the time, but it's now garnered the actor quite a bit of viral fame. "psa if youre a s--- talking director make sure to mute ur s--- on zoom mtgings,"...

Zoom Offers Thanksgiving Surprise
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Zoom Offers Thanksgiving Surprise

Videoconferencing program will scrap its 40-minute time limit for Nov. 26 only so families can chat

(Newser) - With top health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci strongly urging people to forgo holiday gatherings with loved ones during the pandemic, many are opting to settle in for a quiet meal at home with members of their household only, perhaps with plans to hold a Zoom call with relatives far...

Even OJ Is Piling On Jeffrey Toobin After Gaffe
Even OJ Is Piling On
Jeffrey Toobin After Gaffe
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Even OJ Is Piling On Jeffrey Toobin After Gaffe

Legal analyst on hiatus after his way-too-personal mistake on Zoom call

(Newser) - Jeffrey Toobin's cringe-inducing gaffe is causing quite a stir. Motherboard was the first to report the unfortunate news that the New Yorker writer and CNN analyst began masturbating during a break in a Zoom work call with his magazine colleagues. Toobin has apologized for what he calls his "...

Jeffrey Toobin Suspended for Accidentally Exposing Himself on Zoom

He's suspended from 'New Yorker,' on leave at CNN

(Newser) - New Yorker reporter and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a major Zoom oops last week—so major that both of those gigs are currently on hold. Toobin was on an election simulation video chat with New Yorker colleagues and WNYC radio staffers when he apparently started masturbating, accidentally exposing...

Clinton Has Thoughts on Biden's 'Shut Up'

'You have no idea' how much she wanted to say that during the 2016 debates

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton entered the debate fray Tuesday night with a comment on Joe Biden's request that President Trump "shut up, man." In a tweet , the writer Jill Filipovic said she empathized with Clinton "because I'm positive she wanted to say that [during the 2016 presidential...

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