Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

iPhone prototype's "finder" identified.

Wired Magazine has identified Redwood City, California resident Brian J. Hogan as the guy who found a G4 prototype of Apple's iPhone in a bar.  Wired also learned that instead of making good faith efforts to find its owner, Hogan made bad faith efforts to find a technology website to buy the phone.  Hogan and tech website Gizmodo, which paid $5,000 for the phone, had said that Hogan had tried to contact Apple Support and was rebuffed until he passed it on to Gizmodo, but he never actually did, and he declined a friend's offer to call.  Meanwhile, the phone's anxious owner checked the bar every day hoping someone had turned it in.  Hogan's role was discovered after Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home was raided by Silicon Valley's computer crime officers.  The police are holding off on examining the equipment they confiscated from Chen until they determine whether Chen qualifies for California's journalist shield laws.

Yahoo! News article.
Tags: california, gizmodo, iphone, law, prototype, tech, technology
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