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California's smartphone kill switch bill passes a second senate vote

May 9 2014, 5:46am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

California's smartphone kill switch bill passes a second senate vote
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The opposition dropped down to a great extent after changes were made in the bill

So it is true that persistent efforts do end up with good results. Previously the kill switch bill wasn’t able to get through all stages of the Senate due to lack of votes. Only a few weeks earlier, the California senate shot down a bill that would require a remote kill switch feature on smartphones. However, now the legislature has passed an amended version of the same would-be law and after these changes were made to the bill, the opposition has declined. The major changes were made to both give companies more time to implement the technology and explicitly left tablets out of the regulation. At first, Apple and Microsoft had also been rejecting the notion but now they also support the bill after the changes. Though the opposition has dropped down, we still can’t be sure whether the kill switch feature would become official or not.

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