Even last week, members of state Sen. Mark Leno's team thought the smartphone kill-switch bill was a longshot. The proposal to require all smartphone manufacturers to equip their devices with antitheft technology had foundered in the same chamber only one week prior. The telecom industry's main trade group, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), was aggressively lobbying to kill it; Apple, Samsung, and Verizon had all voiced their opposition. AT&T, one of the bill's most formidable opponents, even hosted a golf-themed schmooze-fest for Democratic legislators at Pebble Beach the previous weekend in the hopes... More >>>