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  • Safety: Obama Administration now looking to eliminate texting while driving

    Safety: Obama Administration now looking to eliminate texting while driving

    Looks like the Obama Administration, which really ought to be focused on getting Americans like me affordable health care (unless doctors now accept World of Warcraft Gold as payment, lol!), has set its sights on eliminating the scourge of distracted driving once and for all. Case in point: Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood is holding a summit this week that has the ultimate goal of “finding ways… Read More

  • Car and Driver: Texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving

    Car and Driver: Texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving

    Here's more evidence that texting and driving is terribly dangerous. Car and Driver magazine tested to see how long it takes to hit the brake when completely unimpaired, legally drunk, reading e-mail, and sending a text message. It turns out that sending a text message adds 70 feet to your drive before you hit the break, the most out of all four scenarios. Read More

  • 13-year-old girl sends 14,528 text messages in a single month

    13-year-old girl sends 14,528 text messages in a single month

    Man alive! This young lady sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in a single month, embarrassing her entire family, yes, but giving the New York Post the opportunity to use “lol” and “omg” in its story. It’s a great paper, really. The girl, 13-year-old Reina, from California, sent the texts during her winter break because she was “bored.” Reading a book… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to implement $0.03 charge for certain text messages

    Verizon Wireless to implement $0.03 charge for certain text messages

    Either Verizon Wireless is hurting for money or there’s a guy there who’s job it is to aggravate the blogosphere. Get this: the company is set to charge a $0.03 (three cents) levy per text message sent to its customers. Now, this only affects companies and services—iPhone users won’t be asked to cough up the $0.03 when they text their VZW buddies, for example. Think of it… Read More

  • iPhone flaw could expose your text messages to others

    iPhone flaw could expose your text messages to others

    There’s a flaw in the way the iPhone (with the latest firmware, mind you) handles supposedly secure text messages. Here, a secure text message is one that says something along the lines of, “You have a new text message” when it initially flashes across the screen. Insecure text messages are, “Hey, dude, are we still going to get smashed later tonight?” (Yes.) When the… Read More

  • Text messaging to blame for deadly train crash?

    Text messaging to blame for deadly train crash?

    Reuters is reporting that text messaging may have had something to do with a recent train crash in California that killed 25 and injured 135. Cell phone records show that the train’s conductor received a text message at 4:21:03 PM, followed by the crash at 4:22:23 PM. The idea is that he got the text message, looked down to read it, and missed the trackside signal. The commuter train then… Read More

  • Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit

    Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit

    Timberland, makers of boots and outdoor wear, and GSI Commerce, the e-commerce company behind the online presence of Timberland and many other companies, might just owe you some money. After a heap of unauthorized ad-filled text messages were sent out between January 2003 and August 2008, frustrated recipients banded together for a class action lawsuit. Though the companies insist that the blame… Read More

  • Parents want SMS, web updates from teachers

    Parents want SMS, web updates from teachers

    A report recently came out that says parents and teachers are not communicating. Parents blame their busy schedules for not being able to meet with teachers.The report also said that parents know more about their bank accounts then they do about their kid’s report card. The reason for this is simple. The information about your bank account is readily available online and via text messaging. Read More

  • Chair of antitrust Senate subcommittee wants to know why text messages cost so much money

    Chair of antitrust Senate subcommittee wants to know why text messages cost so much money

    It turns out we’re not the only ones concerned about the (unnecessary?) rise in the cost of sending a text message. This time, though, it’s someone who may actually be able to do something about it. Sen. Herb Kohl, who’s the chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, recently sent a letter to several cellphone companies (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mo) asking them to explain… Read More

  • Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango, the ad-supported group SMS service previously known as networkText, spent the last few months in a private beta following a functional and visual overhaul and a round of funding by Bellingham Angel Organization. Now everyone is free to get in on the group texting good times; they’ve opened the doors to the public. The service is dead simple to use, as it should be. I made the jump… Read More