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NYC, San Francisco aim to stop 'Apple picking' phone muggings

Smart phone theft is up nationwide, and especially in large cities. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hope to counteract it. 

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Men are silhouetted against a video screen as they pose with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Nokia Lumia 820 and the iPhone 4 smartphones in this 2013 photo illustration.

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Later today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – along with a cadre of representatives from Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Motorola – will meet in New York for a sit-down being dubbed the "Smartphone Summit."

The idea, Mr. Gascon and Mr. Schneiderman wrote recently in a press release, is to "press cell phone manufacturers and mobile operating system suppliers on their failure thus far to produce technology that would allow stolen devices to be rendered permanently inoperable and that would, therefore, eliminate incentives for theft." What they want, in other words, is a "kill switch" – a feature that would prevent a stolen smart phone from working. 

 
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