In some ways, life was easier as a teen before ubiquitous broadband Internet connections made file sharing an all too accessible past time. Just ask one 15-year-old from Sweden who now faces prosecution for sharing movies online. According to translated text from Swedish website GP.se, the kid from Gothenburg is accused of making available over 30 copyrighted movies via computer, and his fate now lies in the hands of a public defender.
The not-so-shocking study of the day comes from Telstra, a telecommunications and information services company in Australia. No need to brace yourself for this one, but according to Telstra's research, Generation Y teens often user their smartphone apps in conjunction with social networking sites in order to boost their social cred. For example, a third of Gen Ys who participated in the survey admitted to downloading iPhone apps simply to appear cool.
Listen, we're not looking to spark a debate over marijuana, so let's not get sidetracked in the comments section. But no matter where you stand on the issue, we can all probably agree that texting your local sheriff looking to score a bag of weed is a dumb idea.
"Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?," a teen from Helena, MT sent out in a text message.
In his haste to get high, the teen texted the above message to the wrong number, and out of all the wrong numbers he could have sent that message too, it ended up going to Sheriff Leo Dutton, who initially thought it was a joke.
"I'm thinking, 'Hey this is odd,'" Dutton said. "I was looking around to see if there was someone outside my window playing a prank."
There wasn't, so Dutton enlisted the help of the Missouri River Drug Task Force and set up a sting to catch the teen. It worked, with Dutton getting the parents involved. No citation was issued.
The moral of the story? Double check those digits before texting.