“The criminal probe into Apple’s errant iPhone prototype is expected to broaden, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNET,” Declan McCullagh and Greg Sandoval report for CNET.
“San Mateo County’s investigation may expand beyond Gawker Media’s Gizmodo.com, which acknowledged buying the prototype for $5,000, and the unknown person who sold it to the gadget blog, the source said,” McCullagh and Sandoval report. “One reason for an expanded investigation is obvious: law enforcement wants to learn who found the so-called 4G prototype and offered it for sale. California law makes it a crime for someone to find lost property but not return it.”
“Josh Topolsky, Engadget’s editor-in-chief, said police haven’t contacted anyone in his organization as of Monday evening. Engadget had communicated with the person who found the iPhone prototype, reportedly in a Redwood City, Calif., bar in San Mateo County, and posted a handful of photographs on April 17,” McCullagh and Sandoval report. “CNET has not been able to confirm whether the felony investigation is targeting Gizmodo staff, the iPhone seller, or someone else. A blog post at NYTimes.com, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, said charges could be filed against the buyer of the phone–meaning Gizmodo employees.”
Much more in the full article here.