In its short lifespan, texting has been blamed for all sorts of societal ills — for distracting drivers on roads, students in school and workers who should be minding their jobs.

But now it appears that text messages are moving, at times, from an occasional annoyance to something more sinister. Texting is becoming the latest way for angry people to harass or threaten others, especially estranged spouses or girl- or boyfriends.

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