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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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By Gio6518 on 4/20/2010 1:46:01 PM , Rating: 4
what a bore !
basically all the same hardware just some new aesthetics
a flash for the camera, and a front facing webcam, a larger battery, whoop de freakin do......
wow they just keep falling farther and farther behind..

Nexus One, Incredible, and especially the EVO 4g are so much more impressive




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By jrb531 on 4/20/2010 1:57:15 PM , Rating: 1
And beta was technically better also...

Yes the Iphone/Touch is not the best "technically" but who the hell cares if I cannot get in on those 500k apps that are for the Iphone?

Until another company can compete in the app dept... well game over man!


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By Gio6518 on 4/20/2010 3:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes the Iphone/Touch is not the best "technically" but who the hell cares if I cannot get in on those 500k apps that are for the Iphone?


and with multi-tasking coming ill be able to use all 3000+ gps programs all at once, or even all 5000+ fart apps at once to make a super-atomic-seismic fart noise weehaa


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