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California bill proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets

The bill comes in answer to rising smartphone and tablet theft across the U.S. and could usher in the technology on phones sold nationwide

  • San Francisco Distict Attorney George Gascón speaks to reporters in his office on July 19, 2013

  • Law enforcement officials try and crack anti-theft security systems on Samsung phones during an event at the San Francisco District Attorney's office on July 18, 2013.

  • Law enforcement officials try and crack anti-theft security systems on Samsung phones during an event at the San Francisco District Attorney's office on July 18, 2013.

  • In this CCTV image from London, a suspected thief grabs a cell phone as he cycles by a victim.

  • In this CCTV image, a suspected robber grabs a tablet PC from a passenger on a London train.

  • In this CCTV frame, a suspected robber (in checked shirt) is running towards an escalator at Oakland BART station in California after a passenger's tablet PC was stolen from her bag.

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