U.S. officials push cellphone makers to add theft deterrents

An Apple logo is seen at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San FranciscoBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. state and city officials are banding together to pressure cellphone makers to adopt technology, including a "kill switch" to disable stolen phones, that would deter rampant theft of the devices. Authorities have criticized cellphone carriers and handset makers for their perceived unwillingness to make changes to technology to combat the problem. …


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