Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a measure requiring smartphones sold in the state to include a 'kill switch' -- enabling a phone to be rendered useless if lost or stolen. In May, Minnesota became the first state to do this, but what sets the California bill apart is that it requires manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Motorola Mobility to ship smartphones with that technology turned on by default. Scott Kessler, head of technology equity research at Standard & Poor's, explains that the bill pertains to largely a software issue, so phone-makers like Apple, Samsung and Motorola shouldn't be negatively impacted.

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