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Google, Microsoft to Include Smartphone "Kill Switch"

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Google and Microsoft plan to include a so-called kill switch in the next version of their smartphone operating systems.

The technology makes it more difficult for a thief to use a phone that's been stolen.

Newer versions of Apple's iOS already include versions of a kill switch and Samsung launched a similar system last month.

With Google and Microsoft on board, kill switches will be available for 97% of the smartphone market.