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Early One Night in Harlem

Cody Lyon | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
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On the last Sunday in February at around 8 p.m., Jon Jensen, who teaches English at Kingborough College in Brooklyn, was walking north on Frederick Douglas Boulevard near 135th Street in Harlem.

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New Legislation Would Require A 'Kill Switch' In Every Phone

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.03.2014 | Technology

A New York congressman announced legislation Monday aimed at reducing the growing number of smartphone thefts across the country. The bill, introdu...

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U.S. Senator To Introduce 'Kill Switch' Legislation To Combat Phone Thefts

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will introduce legislation in coming weeks to fight a growing trend of smartphone thefts nationwide by forcing the i...

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Smartphone Thefts Rose Again in 2013 Despite Efforts To Stop Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

Thefts of smartphones and other mobile devices increased in major cities nationwide in 2013, despite new efforts by law enforcement and the industry t...

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California Lawmaker To Introduce Bill Mandating Smartphone 'Kill Switch'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

A California state senator plans to introduce legislation next month that would require every new smartphone sold in the state to carry anti-theft tec...

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The Company Wireless Carriers Don't Want You To Know About

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

When Lawrence Flynn’s smartphone was stolen in Atlanta in July, he assumed it was gone for good. Weeks went by. Police had no leads. “I had gi...

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AT&T And Verizon Need To Explain Themselves

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is raising questions about whether wireless carriers are blocking new technology that could re...

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Stolen Smartphones Are The New Cocaine

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

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Why Wireless Carriers Rejected A Simple Solution To Smartphone Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology

As cell phone robberies have soared nationwide, phone companies have found a lucrative side business offering insurance to customers who are anxious t...

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De Blasio Has A Plan To End New York's iPhone Theft Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.22.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK -- Bill de Blasio, the front-runner to become New York City's next mayor, called Monday for new technology and more police officers on the st...

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Lawmakers Take Aim At iPhone Black Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.18.2013 | Technology

Two New York state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would make it illegal for businesses to sell used smartphones without proof of ownersh...

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Police Brace For New Wave Of Thefts As iPhone 5S Hits Stores

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.24.2013 | Technology

As Apple fans flock to buy the new iPhone 5s on Friday, they may encounter not only a friendly Apple store employee, but also a police officer worried...

Cops: Don't Use Your iPhone On Miami Beach

Posted 08.20.2013 | Miami

Police are warning against using iPhones in public in Miami Beach. It's a pretty dire directive for a city full of Instagramming visitors, but a r...

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Prosecutors To Test Apple, Samsung Smartphone Anti-Theft Features

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.18.2013 | Technology

Security experts on Thursday will test new antitheft features recently introduced by Apple and Samsung by employing the same tactics used by thieves t...

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Inside The Massive Global Black Market For Smartphones

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

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Major Smartphone Maker Promises Anti-Theft Feature As Prosecutor Imposes 'Kill Switch' Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.14.2013 | Technology

Samsung on Thursday promised to swiftly add a new feature to its smartphones allowing owners to entirely deactivate their devices if they are stolen, ...

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Prosecutors Probe Smartphone Makers' Failure To Deter Thefts

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.13.2013 | Technology

Top state and city law enforcement officials on Thursday will announce an expansive investigation into the failure of Apple and other smartphone manuf...

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Apple Introduces Feature To Deter iPhone Thieves

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology

Apple on Monday unveiled a new iPhone feature it billed as a potent protection against thieves, seeking to stem a national crime wave focused on its u...

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Smartphone Makers Will Have To Answer For Street Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has summoned representatives of the four largest smartphone makers to a summit next week where he plans to...

2 Men Arrested After Teen Was Run Over For His iPad

AP | By MARTIN GRIFFITH | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology

Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michae...

Teen Killed Over iPad

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.19.2013 | Technology

A Las Vegas boy was killed Thursday after being run over when two men attempted to steal his iPad. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Marcos Arenas, 1...

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NY Attorney General Aims To Crack Down Common Type Of Violent Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology

New York's attorney general on Monday became the latest public official to pressure smartphone manufacturers to combat thefts, saying the rising numbe...

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Undercover Police Stings Target Front Lines Of Stolen iPhone Market

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.28.2013 | Technology

This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be f...

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Top City Prosecutor Says Apple Should Create Stolen iPhone 'Kill Switch'

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology

The top prosecutor in San Francisco wants Apple to design a "kill switch" for iPhones that would render devices useless after they are stolen. San ...