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Silicon Valley police investigating stolen new iPhone

Written By Unknown on Friday, April 23, 2010 | 9:26 AM

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The photo above is a real iPhone 4G prototype hardware with iPhone 4.0 software that was posted on a huge tech news site, Gizmodo. Gizmodo acquired this iPhone for $5,000 from someone who stole it from an Apple employee. Now, just today CNet got news that police in Silicon Valley are investigating the iPhone prototype that was stolen.

I'm not sure as to whether or not what Gizmodo did is legit, but their story sure sounds fishy. What's interesting to note is that Apple reported this to the local police, and that's why they're investigating. Do you think Gizmodo did anything wrong by buying a stolen iPhone 4G prototype and then posting pictures and details of it online?

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wuzzed
April 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Regardless of how you feel about the company (MS Fanboy, Apple Fanboy, etc.), you can not take items that you know to be trade secrets and disclose them to the public.

Gizmodo is in the wrong and they should be ashamed of outing the engineer. Someone from Gizmodo and the guy who took/found the phone could possibly end up in jail. Gizmodo will also likely be sued for huge money. It was illegal and they knew it. They will now have to suffer the consequences.

Jacob
April 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

whatever how dumb gizmodo did nothing wrong apple should keep there stuff together and not give there "prototypes" to ppl who are dumb enough to go out and get drunk and leave it somewhere lol and gizmodo did write apple a letter and gavet he phone back what i think is that apple just wants gizmodo to be shutdown cuz they do some stuff apple doesn't like so they were trying to get the police to arrest the guy who "FOUND"!!! it and try to say gizmodo bought it illegally so they could sue them and get money so gizmodo would be shut down which i think would be stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Molly
April 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Well it depends on if gizmodo knew that it was stolen when they purchased it.

Junjlo
April 23, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Gizmodo is in the wrong knowledge or not if a pawn shop buys a stolen item it can be confiscated which means loss off money. In other words if Gizmodo knew it was stolen they are looking at some huge sanctions and its gonna be hard to justify buying an iphone 4g that's not stolen prior to their official release. So in all I would be looking forward to Gizmodo facing a law suit and possible sanctions for the seller and buyer.

joshuachristy78
April 24, 2010 at 2:48 AM

The way i see it if i was to buy a stolen Car,Gun,PC, Iphone anything stolen id go to jail and be fined. No matter how you skin it its theft

Istvan
April 24, 2010 at 4:30 AM

maybe i'm wrong, but the new Apple iPhone 4G incident happend a few days ago, maybe a week, right? Yahoo in the news department said / wrote that "a drunk employee" left the phone, by mistake with an attached (curvy) back, that made it look like a regular iPhone and somebody found it, right? ....So what if Gizmodo bought the phone and so what if they revealed the HUGE secret? If Apple is so good this should not matter !
And what i think it's even fischy'R, that only now i hear that Apple reported the incident....( a few days / a week later )NOT that day or the day after :)
Think about it girls and boys....Is it really Gizmodo the one with the fault, or the guy who sold it to them? Or is just Apple covering their unfurtunate , a little bit shitty situation :)

Dawn
April 24, 2010 at 4:44 AM

Uh incase you missed law class it is very ILLEGAL to buy something you know is stolen. It makes you just as guilty as the person who stole it. And ignorance of the law is never a good excuse. So even if you don't know the item is stolen then you will suffer consequences. Gizmodo knew they were buying a stolen prototype therefore they will have legal ramifications. There's no way around it. Maybe next time they shouldn't be party to illegal activity.

donmedodi
April 24, 2010 at 5:48 AM

its the employee fault , why the hell he took an PROTOTYPE 4g to a bar and drank ??

man what a careless people ...

Dman
April 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM

You are an idiot, they knew it was stolen, even if it wasn't, the lawsuite would still stand because if an apple employee sold it, it would still count as stolen property...I'm sorry, they should be sued...plain and simple

Paul
April 24, 2010 at 12:56 PM

If one finds a phone that a stranger has (presumably) inadvertently left behind at a bar and doesn't know how to contact said stranger, what are ones legal requirements?

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