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August 21, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Ben Chinn likes to text as much as the next guy — he just doesn't like to pay for it. Chinn, 37, sends most of his text messages free of charge with Google Voice and a smartphone application. He also pays $5 a month for up to 200 messages on his AT&T mobile phone plan. "With everything with the mobile carriers, I feel I'm getting nickeled and dimed," said Chinn, of San Francisco. "I resent paying so much for text messaging, and I feel that it's not a reasonable price to pay for something that costs the carriers next to nothing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Bob Pool
A flash flood warning was issued about 7:15 p.m. Friday for central Los Angeles County as a band of heavy rain centered over the region. Rain was falling as fast as 1 inch per hour from Sunland-Tujunga to Beverly Hills. Urban flash flooding could occur through the 8 p.m. hour. Lightning was reported in Hollywood.  The warning was sent out via text messages on cellphones around the county. The National Weather Service warned of flooding on the 210, 5, 405 and 170 freeways, as well as the canyon roads between the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.  RELATED: Azusa hillside unstable, more evacuations ordered Concern was also high Friday evening in the foothill cities east of Los Angeles, just under the San Gabriel Mountains, where burned hillsides pose a risk of mudslides.  An unstable hillside in Azusa prompted police to order evacuations of all 26 homes on Ridge View Drive in the  Colby fire  burn area.
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April 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar of Claysburg, Pa., won $25,000 and was crowned national text messaging champion in New York after she typed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the film "Mary Poppins" in 15 seconds. Morgan defeated nearly 200 competitors to become East Coast champion and then beat West Coast champion Eli Tirosh, 21, of Los Angeles. She said she sends more than 8,000 text messages a month to friends and family.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Wisconsin man has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that he sent millions of unwanted and misleading text messages to consumers with bogus offers of "free" gift cards and electronics. The FTC had accused Jason Q. Cruz of West Bend, Wisc., of sending texts that offered $1,000 gift cards to major retailers or free iPads to those who clicked on links in the messages. A typical message read, “You have been selected for a $1,000 Walmart GiftCard, Enter code 'FREE' ... to claim your prize: 161 left!
BUSINESS
September 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It may be something of a teenage nightmare: possible limits on wireless phone calls, curbs on text messages and restrictions on downloads -- all at a parent's fingertips. AT&T Inc., the nation's largest wireless carrier, will launch a service today giving parents that kind of wide-ranging control on almost all of its 63.7 million subscriber lines.
NEWS
July 3, 2001 | LAUREL ROSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students cheat on exams with it. Criminals in England have coordinated a murder with it. A church in Germany has used it to send religion to the masses. Where there is cheating, plotting and proselytizing, politics can't be far behind: In Britain's general election last month, the ruling Labor Party used text messaging to catch the attention of young voters. Text messaging, a relatively new arrival in the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez and Dan Weikel and Rich Connell
Federal safety officials called for railroads to install cameras and voice recorders in every locomotive cab in the nation as they publicly warned Thursday that cellphone texting by engineers and conductors was a growing and lethal danger. The call came as members of the National Transportation Safety Board publicly concluded their investigation into the deadly collision of a commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth in 2008 -- a crash they blamed on a Metrolink engineer who passed a stop signal as he sent a message from his phone.
OPINION
January 8, 2009
Re "Jury out on new law for drivers," Jan. 3 The law prohibiting text-messaging is well-meaning but will be blatantly ignored, just as the hand-held cellphone law has been ignored by drivers. When that took effect, there was absolutely no law enforcement evident. Why? Because the fine is as meaningless as it is with the text-messaging law. I got a $55 ticket the other day for a street-cleaning violation -- and that doesn't have the potential to maim or kill. Insurance companies must insist that motorists bear the cost when they have an accident while using a hand-held phone or while text-messaging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Phil Willon
The union representing Metrolink engineers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to halt the video-surveillance systems recently installed in all the commuter rail line's locomotives. Metrolink installed cameras as a direct response to the deadly 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people and apparently involved an engineer who had been text messaging on his cellphone. Metrolink officials said the purpose of the video recording system, which cost $1 million to install in all locomotives, was to ensure that engineers adhered to agency bans on cellphones, text messaging and allowing unauthorized passengers in the cab. However, Paul T. Sorrow, acting president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, called the cameras an "invasion of privacy" that violated federal law as well as the terms of the union's contract with Metrolink.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2006
PLEASE give Carina Chocano a raise. Her commentary ["It's Critics vs. the Hype Not the Audiences," Aug. 20] got right to the heart of the simplistic, either/or, binary thinking that pervades so much of today's discourse.... Her writing is incisive and witty.... In our current era of pre-release hype and word-of-mouth/blog/text messaging, a good critic is more important than ever, and Chocano is an excellent one. ATARA STEIN Chino
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The National Security Agency collects nearly 200 million text messages per day from around the world as part of a program code named Dishfire, according to a new report based on data leaked by Edward Snowden. The NSA gathers text messages with Dishfire to collect all kinds of information, including where people are traveling to and their financial transactions, according to The Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News . The two news organizations used documents provided by Snowden to uncover the program.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The text messages and voice mails started blowing up on Ed Orgeron's phone soon after USC upset Stanford. Former Trojans coach Pete Carroll and others from the Seattle Seahawks staff sent congratulations. So did former Miami players such as Warren Sapp and Cortez Kennedy and former USC players Brian Cushing , Kenechi Udeze , Marcus Allen and Anthony Munoz and many others. "On and on and on," Orgeron, USC's interim coach, said Sunday during a teleconference with reporters.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Susan Josephs
As a child growing up in Houston, David Roussève spent most of his Sundays attending an African American Roman Catholic church. Though determined to be a model altar boy, he questioned the definition of sin. "I certainly wasn't in touch then with my own sexuality," says the now 53-year-old choreographer, who came out as a gay man in his mid-20s to his family. "But I knew for a fact there were people in that congregation who were having sex and who weren't married, and it didn't seem right that all these people were going to hell.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple's "tri-tone" that sounds when an iPhone receives a text message has become such a part of the fabric of our lives that it's hard to remember a time before we heard it almost every day.  But in a post over the weekend that has Apple geeks buzzing, San Francisco developer Kelly Jacklin told the long, technical and surprising tale of how this little bit of sound came to be.  "Back some time in 1998, a friend I used to work with...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Katy Perry is revealing details of her short-lived marriage to British comedian Russell Brand  - and they sure are fireworks. The 28-year-old pop star, who is voicing Smurfette in the upcoming flick "Smurfs 2," opened up about her relationships with Brand and musician John Mayer in Vogue's July issue , candidly expressing how hurt she was during her breakups and how she hasn't heard from Brand in some time. Her ex-husband Brand, 38, was "a magical man" when she first met him at the MTV Movie Awards in 2009, when he very publicly flirted with the singer.
HEALTH
March 30, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Day 1 My anxiety grows as I get to Larkspur, several hours into my drive to Spirit Rock. I stop for a snack, worried the food will be hippie-style brown rice casseroles. When I pull into the parking lot, I'm told I can carry my bags up the hill or put them in a pickup. I heft them, worried it's too indulgent to do otherwise. Later, walking to dinner, people talk tentatively; it's our last chance to speak to one another, and rather than motivating a full-on chat stream, that makes me pretty uninterested in small talk.
SPORTS
May 1, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer
It comes as no surprise that college coaches ended up abusing what should have been an invaluable technological asset, text messaging, forcing the NCAA to impose a ban on text messages to high school prospects beginning in August. It probably took lots of practicing for older college coaches to master the art of text messaging, but apparently, a few of the younger generation got a little too exuberant.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2011 | David Sarno
The gig: Scott Lahman is co-founder and chief executive of Gogii Inc., a Marina del Rey start-up that created the free text-messaging application textPlus for the iPhone and Android smart phones. TextPlus is one of Apple Inc.'s all-time most popular "apps," with nearly 8 million active users. The ad-supported app allows users to join group texting conversations with people in their social circles or interest groups, and is an attempt to add new visual and social functions to text messaging, long an unadorned but widely used technology.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on text message spam, announcing Thursday it has filed eight complaints against 29 defendants in courts around the U.S. The agency said the defendants bombarded consumers with more than 180 million text messages that often promised "free" $1,000 gift cards to popular retailers but then required consumers to pay for a subscription to a service, apply for credit or enter sensitive personal information before...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I noticed when I shopped for Valentine's Day cards that the supply at my local Hallmark store was woefully thin. I chalked that up to my own procrastinating. But when I went back this week to buy a thank-you card to mail to a friend, I found a note taped to the door that moved me uncomfortably close to tears. To our Valued Friends, it read. Thank you for 20 years of patronage and friendship! We are now permanently closed for business. " Greeting cards, it seems, are becoming passe in an era of Evites, Facebook birthday posts and thank-yous via text.
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