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Thomas P. DiNapoli
State, local officials step up efforts to prevent cellphone theft
State, local officials step up efforts to prevent cellphone theft

Just hours before they were scheduled to meet with representatives from four leading phone manufacturers Thursday, two public officials announced they have lined up support from 40 government leaders and scholars urging phone makers to make devices with antitheft features. Warning about the prevalence of violent robberies involving cellphones, New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón have repeatedly called on the tech industry to create phones that would no longer be usable once reported stolen. They plan to meet in New York on Thursday with executives of Apple Inc., Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Microsoft Corp. Five other state...

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