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Phone Thieves Beware: Android, Nokia to Get Kill Switches

Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. will incorporate a “kill switch” into the next versions of their smartphone operating systems as evidence mounts that such security measures may be deterring theft.

Mobile phone technology companies have faced pressure from public officials over the past year to add mechanisms for disabling the devices if they’re lost or stolen to help curb resale potential. More than 30 percent of robberies in major cities involve mobile phones, with smartphones often targeted because of their high value, according to the Federal Communications Commission.