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Google, Microsoft agree to compromise on 'kill switches'
Google, Microsoft agree to compromise on 'kill switches'

Law enforcement officials and smartphone makers met in the middle Thursday, with two major industry players agreeing to meet cops halfway on “kill switches.” Users of phones with Google or Microsoft operating systems will soon be able to activate kill switches on their devices nationwide. The ability to render the pricey smartphones inoperable if stolen is believed to be a major deterrent for potential thieves. But the changes agreed to by Google and Microsoft still require users to take the proactive step of opting in, stopping short of the default kill switch law enforcement officials have been pushing for. Still, the agreements were hailed as a positive step in a...