“The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from Wired.com,” Brian X. Chen and Kim Zetter report for Wired.
“Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone,” Chen and Zetter report. “Gizmodo emphasized to him ‘that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,’ according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein.”
“According to the statement from his lawyer, Hogan was in the bar with friends when another patron handed him the phone after finding it on a nearby stool. The patron asked Hogan if the phone belonged to him, and then left the bar. Hogan asked others sitting nearby if the phone belonged to them, and when no one claimed it, he and his friends left the bar with the device,” Chen and Zetter report. “‘Brian opened the phone onto a Facebook page but then the phone shut down,’ attorney Bornstein writes. ‘From that time on, the phone was inoperable the entire time Brian had it.'”
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Greg Sandoval, Steven Musil and Declan McCullagh report for CNET, “Hogan, however, had help in finding a buyer for the phone. CNET has learned that Sage Robert Wallower, a 27-year-old University of California at Berkeley student, contacted technology sites about what is believed to be Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The device was lost by an Apple engineer last month. Police in San Mateo County have said they are investigating the lost phone as a possible theft.”
“CNET’s sources said Wallower, a former Navy cryptologic technician who transferred to UC Berkeley two years ago, acted as a go-between,” Sandoval, Musil and McCullagh report. “CNET has learned that there were at least three people involved: Hogan, Wallower, and someone else connected to the sale. Records indicate that Wallower and Hogan may have attended Santa Barbara City College during the same period.”
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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “ChrissyOne” for the heads up.]