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Apple's fourth generation iPhone  (Source: Gizmodo)
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

It's been a wild week for Gizmodo. The popular tech blog got what could be considered the tech scoop of the year (and possibly of the past decade) when it laid hands upon a prototype fourth generation iPhone.

According to Gizmodo's numerous stories on the topic, the phone was left behind at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a bar in Redwood City, California specializing in German suds. The person that found the phone tried to contact Apple directly in order to return the phone. The quest to find someone at Apple who could identify the lost prototype proved unfruitful.

Interestingly, the person who found the phone didn't hand the lost phone over to a bartender or appear to try to contact the person that actually lost the phone. The name of the person was gleaned from his Facebook profile on the iPhone and all of his pertinent information was available -- we know this because Gizmodo outed the Apple employee that actually lost the phone.

In the end, Gizmodo ended up paying $5,000 to the person that found the iPhone and ran with the story. Gizmodo later returned the iPhone prototype at the behest of Apple after it a finished a dissection.

According to Apple guru John Gruber, the iPhone in question is indeed a late prototype judging by its barcode:

One of the barcodes attached to the unit read “N90_DVT_GE4X_0493”. According to several sources (of mine) familiar with the project, “N90” is Apple’s codename for the fourth-generation GSM iPhone, slated for release this June or July. “DVT” stands for “design verification test”, an Apple production milestone. The DVT milestone is very late in the game; based on this, I now believe that this unit very closely, if not exactly, resembles what Apple plans to release.

Now, almost a week later, the police are involved according to CNET. Police in the Silicon Valley-area are now investigating whether the actions of Gizmodo and the person who found the phone were criminal and if there is enough evidence to file charges. The investigation is being headed by a computer crimes task force based out of the Santa Clara County DA's office.

CNET also reports that Apple has been in contact with the authorities regarding the incident.

The boys over at Gizmodo and Gawker Media are probably sweating a bit now that the police are involved, but the Apple employee who lost the phone may actually have a free getaway to Germany waiting for him. Lufthansa has offered the unlucky fellow a free flight to Germany where he can continue his love for great beer.

"At Lufthansa we also noted with great interest your passion for German beer and culture," said Lufthansa's marketing director for the Americas, Nicola Lange. "We thought you could use a break soon--and therefore would like to offer you complimentary business class transportation to Munich, where you can literally pick up where you last left off."

 



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RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By shabby on 4/23/2010 9:51:28 PM , Rating: 4
That only works between the ages of 4 and 10.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By JonnyBlaze on 4/24/2010 5:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
Finding a next gen iphone does not make you a douche bag thief. It makes you lucky.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/24/2010 5:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Finding a next gen iphone does not make you a douche bag thief. It makes you lucky.


No, but living by the motto "finders keepers" does.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By mindless1 on 4/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By jRaskell on 4/27/2010 8:58:52 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Possession is 9/10ths of the law.

That's a catchy little cliche saying, but under REAL law, it's not even remotely true.

quote:
In other words, I will assume if you leave something behind that you didn't deserve to have that thing in the first place. It can't be very valuable to you if you can't bother to treat it as valuable.


You can assume all you want, but I guarantee you that if I were to leave my car running with the doors wide open, anywhere at all, and you drove off with it, the police won't give a rat's ass what you assumed if they catch you. They will arrest you. You will be charged with auto theft, and you can cry to Bubba about how possession is 9/10ths the law and you assumed nobody wanted the car anyways while you receive night after night of buttseks from him.

The only difference between a car and a cell phone is the cost of the item. Nothing else.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By Azure Sky on 4/28/2010 1:12:07 PM , Rating: 2
actually here, they would at minimum give you a ticket possibly even arrest you for leaving your car running with the keys in it, no, im not kidding, I watched them arrest a lady at the convenient store near my house after some kids stole her car (she left it running when she went in for coffee)

they arrested the kids as well, but the kids just got a slap on the wrist, cant remember what the crime is called but its a form of negligence and I dont feel sorry for the car owner for having her car totaled (on a USPS mail box), If you value something you take care of it, I am VERY careful not to leave my stuff behind or leave stuff where somebody could get access to it easily(example i lock the car doors when im not in it.


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