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'Sexting' Teens Avoid Child Porn Charges Under N.J. Bill

The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill yesterday that essentially decriminalizes teen 'sexting,' by allowing the courts to send teens to a diversionary program, rather than strapping them with a criminal record. As sexting among teens grows increasingly popular -- the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, notes that 20-percent of teens surveyed have sent explicit images -- the legislation...

Fox's Fundamentals of Sexting: Learn Your MOOS from Your MOSS

Hey, old folks! Feel like getting into the exhilarating practice of sexting? Gizmodo breaks down some intrepid reporting typical of Fox News, so that the next time you get a text that reads 'GYPO IAYM,' you'll know it's not the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends deriding your Gypsy heritage. Fox reminds you: "Take it slowly. Sexting can quickly go from fun to creepy if you keep it up for too long or...

Canadian Woman Wins $30,000 in Sexting Lawsuit

A woman who lost her job after ignoring her boss' sexually explicit text messages has been awarded $30,000 by a Canadian court. The woman, Lisa McIntosh, worked as a truck driver at an aluminum company in British Columbia, where she was briefly involved in a consensual relationship with Zbigniew Augustynowicz, the company's owner. During the relationship, the two would exchange text messages on...

For Women, Text Messages Mean More Sex

Share Take it from a lady: Nothing gets a gal's heart racing like longing, hand-written missives, promising sweet nothings and slipped into hands or lockers, bags or under doors. Or, you know, a 160-character text message drunkenly sent at 3 a.m. Apparently, lovelorn romantics of the digital age no longer sit up all night on the phone, draining the battery on the cordless and then sneaking...

New Jersey Bill Would Let Sexting Teens Avoid Child Pornography Charges

It seems that when little Johns and Janes hit that certain age when their bodies begin to undergo some changes, their thumbs start compulsively pressing the shutter buttons of their cell phone cameras, capturing themselves in various states of undress. These puberty-addled souls then feel compelled to send these photos to various friends and love interests, throwing parents and lawmakers into a...

Apple Patents 'Text-Based Communication Control' for Filtering Naughty Messages

Hide your sexts, hide your pics -- Apple's patenting everything up in here! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just approved a 2008 application from Apple to patent a parental control system, which can halt "objectionable" text messages from being either sent or received. The patent states that the control application uses "objective ratings criteria or a user's age or grade level" to filter...

Textees: Thumb Cozies for Imprecise Texters

You, dear reader, need a pair of Textees! They look like tiny Crocs for your thumbs, and, if this promo video's correct, they'll save you from sending the wrong text to the three girls you're playing at once. Textees could also be great for senior citizens who like to sext but have poor dexterity, and who enjoy canned gangsta rap with their cable commercials....

NYC Schools Propose Punishment for Sexting Outside of Class, Parents Are Torn

The New York City Department of Education recently proposed an amendment to its disciplinary code that would punish students for sexting outside of school hours. Under the new rule, kids could face 90-day suspensions for sending sexy texts, e-mails or photos that cause disruptions in school -- regardless of where or when they were sent. The rule would also address instances of cyber-bullying. A...

Bangladesh Lifts Facebook Ban, China Commits to World's Fastest Train

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... "Objectionable" Mohammed content recently inspired Pakistan and Bangladesh to implement Facebook blockades. The site eventually relented to pressure from the two nations and various Islamic organizations by removing the offensive page, prompting Pakistan to lift the ban. Bangladesh followed suit on Sunday by removing its barricade...

Another Teen Sexting Suit Comes to Allentown, PA

A high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania -- in the same district that originated the first criminal sexting case ever to reach a federal appeals court -- is now embroiled in yet another sexting lawsuit. A female student claims that Tunkhannock Area High School Principal Gregory Ellsworth confiscated her cell phone in January of last year, found nude photos that the girl had taken of herself and...

Supreme Court Justices Aren't Big Texters

The position of Supreme Court justice might be the most secure, cushy job in the country, but it's certainly not as easy as it looks. Keeping your finger on the pulse of society long enough to fairly interpret the laws governing it definitely requires some leg work. And, as we found out yesterday, the job is sometimes so difficult that obscure social phenomena can manage to completely elude the...

Maryland Sexting Case Calls for Police, and Societal, Examination

Police investigators in Bethesda, Maryland are currently looking into a widespread sexting scandal at a local middle school, and, as the Washington Post reports, say they've traced it back to one entrepreneurial student. According to the Montgomery County Police, a student at Pyle Middle School was recently caught passing around his iPod touch to all his friends, and charging them for the chance...

Supreme Court Sexting Case: Will Workers' Privacy Rights Sink or Swim?

In December, we told you about a group of police officers in Ontario, California, who had taken their Chief to court after discovering that he'd been reading sexually explicit text messages they had sent on pagers provided by the police department. After a lower court ruled in favor of Sergeant Jeff Quon and the three other plaintiffs (two of whom were Quon's wife and mistress, both policewomen),...

Microsoft Edits Kin Ad Following Sexting Concerns

Share Microsoft has been forced by the moral authority of Consumer Reports to censor an ad for its new line of Kin social-networking phones. The ad for Microsoft's Kin features a house party concert invaded by attractive hipsters who play with bubble bath foam, wear animal masks and spend more time photographing and talking about their experiences than actually experiencing anything. The ad...

Court Rules That Sexting Teens Aren't Felons

After a teenage girl from Pennsylvania was caught sending topless photos of herself to her fellow classmates, then-District Attorney George Skumanick offered her the chance to avoid court time by taking a class on sexual harassment. When the 16-year old called his bluff, Skumanick threatened her with felony charges. The student, in turn, filed her own lawsuit against the D.A.'s office, eventually...