California bill to deter smartphone thefts advances; mandates built-in shut-off technology

  • by: DON THOMPSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 4:45 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On a second attempt, California lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would require electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones as a way to deter what one senator called a crime wave of thefts.

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