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Illegal or just immoral? Film explores texting suicide case

Michelle Carter sent her suicidal boyfriend countless text messages encouraging him to follow through on his plan to take his own life until he actually did. Two years after Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a case that gripped the nation, the director of a new documentary wants viewers to decide for themselves whether her actions were criminal.

How the death of voicemail is changing the way we connect

Although phone-message technology advanced steadily from cassette recorders attached to landlines to services offered by phone companies to cloud-based message storage for mobile devices, it’s now running up against a changing American society that places increasing value on saving every possible moment of time.

Senate kills hands-free cell phone bill on 13-22 vote

The Idaho Senate has killed SB 1283a, the bill to allow only hands-free use of cell phones or other electronic devices while driving, on a 13-22 vote after a long debate. The bill, which would have replaced the state’s current ban on texting while driving,...

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to combat distracted driving

Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the cellphone records showing the driver of the car his son was in had been texting behind the wheel.

Distracted driving law needs an update

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has failed to update the law.

WA Lawmakers: Don’t Facebook and drive

OLYMPIA – Facebooking while driving would be just as illegal as texting while driving under a pair of bills announced Tuesday in the Washington Legislature.

Bills would ban Facebooking while driving

Facebooking while driving would be just as illegal as texting while driving under a pair of bills announced Tuesday in the Washington Legislature.

Distracted-driving law needs major update

Now drivers grab their smartphones and jump onto Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and other apps that weren’t around in 2007. None of these acts is illegal. Only talking and texting are prohibited.