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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 inighthawki on 4/23/2010 10:04:57 PM , Rating: 5
While there is question of whether or not it was wrong to not contact the owner, I would hardly call "finding" something and keeping it to be the same as stealing. If you found a $20 bill on the ground are you going to put it back because you don't want to steal it from someone or do you smile because you're now $20 richer?


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/23/2010 10:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
It's kinda hard to assign a $20 bill to a particular person. But if you pickup a cell phone, it's usually quite easy to find out who it belongs to with a few quick phone calls from the phone -- or just checking for personal information within the phone itself.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By rs1 on 4/23/2010 11:35:15 PM , Rating: 4
So if I start writing my name on all my money, I can be stupid and leave it lying around in public places and not have to worry about anyone taking it? Cool.

Just because something has your name on it, that doesn't mean you're entitled to have it returned to you if you decide to do something foolish with it like live it behind at the bar. Stupidity has consequences. Such as losing your things.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By MartyLK on 4/24/10, Rating: 0
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/24/2010 10:03:23 AM , Rating: 1
Accidents happen, and not necessarily due to stupidity. If I'm sitting on a stool and my phone slips out of my pocket unnoticed, I wouldn't call that stupidity. I'd call it an accident.

If someone found my phone laying on the floor, I'd hope that they'd give me the courtesy of trying to get it back to me.

I've found wallets and cell phones on occasion. In all instances, I've turned them into whoever was in charge at the store/restaurant I was in.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By dark matter on 4/25/10, Rating: -1
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By crleap on 4/25/2010 12:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
hahaaaha... "worth reading" didn't seem to quite echo my pleasure with this post. kudos.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thekdub on 4/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/24/2010 3:29:42 PM , Rating: 3
I would and have turned found money to the clerk or whomever was at the place where I found it. If I need $20 bad enough to take it when it is not mine I have bigger problems than the $20 is going to solve.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By inighthawki on 4/24/2010 5:26:07 PM , Rating: 1
It's not about needing or at all. Most people when they find a $20 bill on the ground just find themselves lucky and go buy something with it. Eluding yourself to believe that you are actually being a good samaritan by turning in a $20 is just stupid because it's never going to be claimed. Chances are the person you give it to is just going to pocket it anyway. It doesn't make you a bad person to keep money you find on the ground. Unless the amount of money you find is substantial, nobody is going to come looking for their lost $5/$10/$20 bill.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By thurston on 4/24/2010 5:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I'm stupid then.


RE: Way to go, Lufthansa!!!
By MartyLK on 4/24/2010 6:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not at all. You are the ideal. If everyone had such an attitude as yours toward everyone else, there would be no crime and life would be a paradise. Nothing stupid about that.


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