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California lawmakers want to require 'kill switch' on smartphones
California lawmakers want to require 'kill switch' on smartphones

SACRAMENTO — Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available. The theft of such devices now accounts for nearly one-third of robberies in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission. "This...

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