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Steve Jobs is not amused
Gawker Media paid $5,000 for stolen iPhone

The iPhone 4G (or HD if you prefer) saga appears to be winding down. The story started over the weekend when Engadget gained access to pictures of what appears to be a prototype for the next generation iPhone. Gizmodo one-upped Engadget by actually gaining access to the actual phone.

To get the iPhone, Gawker Media -- parent of Gizmodo -- paid $5,000 to the person that found the iPhone at a bar. While Gizmodo kept the name of this person secret, it had no trouble outing the actual Apple employee who lost the phone. The employee is a 2006 graduate of NC State University and works at Apple as a BaseBand Software Engineer according to his Linkedin profile (which has since been taken down).

Now that the cat is out of the bag, Apple wants its iPhone back. Gizmodo's Brian Lam received a letter this morning from Bruce Sewell, an Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The letter confirms that the iPhone in question is in fact from Apple (and not a counterfeit) and goes on to state, "This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit."

Lam wrote back in a joking fashion, and even asked Apple go easy on the person that lost the phone:

Happy to have you pick this thing up. Was burning a hole in our pockets. Just so you know, we didn't know this was stolen when we bought it. Now that we definitely know it's not some knockoff, and it really is Apple's, I'm happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.

P.S. I hope you take it easy on the kid who lost it. I don't think he loves anything more than Apple.

Whether Apple will take Lam's advice and go easy on the guy remains to be seen. However, given that Steve Jobs once threw a tantrum over a newspaper exec tweeting from a prototype iPad before its release, it's doubtful that Steve will show mercy.



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Gorilla Marketing...
By djcameron on 4/20/2010 11:02:55 AM , Rating: 5
There is no way this was an accident. This was just Apple, doing what they always do, and using hype, the news media, and the blogs to gain tons of free advertising and "excitement".




RE: Gorilla Marketing...
By geddarkstorm on 4/20/2010 12:54:10 PM , Rating: 3
It is rather brilliant when you think about it. And now if they "spare" the poor employee who "lost" the device... boom, even more good kudos points for Apple in the eyes of the public. It's no surprise they picked a 4-years-out-of-college guy to take the fall for this.

I mean, come on, found in a bar? Can you really believe a story like that for a prototype device from a company that takes secrecy to the point of insanity? No.


RE: Gorilla Marketing...
By phattyboombatty on 4/20/2010 12:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
It is definitely hard to believe that a prototype iPhone 4G was able to make it out of the Apple building. The security is amazingly tight at those facilities.


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