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Revealed: The Guys Involved With the Lost iPhone Prototype

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Can this lost/stolen next iPhone prototype story get any juicier? I wonder if Jason Chen from Gizmodo ever imagined his revealing posts would result in his home being raided. The Apple Engineer that lost the iPhone was identified to the world by Gizmodo.

Revealed: The Guy Who Sold the iPhone to Gizmodo

Wired has interviewed the guy who sold the iPhone prototype to Gizmodo as 21 year old Brian Hogan. CNET has identified his buddy who acted as the middle man trying to peddle this prototype to tech sites.

According to 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. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein.

“He regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone,” says Bornstein’s statement. “Even though he did obtain some compensation from Gizmodo, Brian thought that it was so that they could review the phone.”


So it seems like Brian Hogan already has hired a lawyer. Smart move, given that everyone else has done the same. What about his friend who tried to help him sell the phone?

According to CNET:

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.

In an in-person interview with CNET at his home in Oakland on Thursday, Wallower said, “I’m not the person who found it. I didn’t see it or touch it in any manner. But I know who found it.” He declined to identify anyone else, however, in part because he said conversations with law professors had convinced him that Apple was a “legal juggernaut.”

“I need to talk to a lawyer,” Wallower said. “I think I have already said too much.”


Both of these guys have legal help, which is probably a smart move. Apple is known to have a heavy hand when it comes to flexing their legal muscle. What surprises me is why didn’t they try harder to return the phone to Apple? For Gizmodo to convince them to let it go for $5000US is a deal–for Gizmodo.

How will this strange story end? We’ll find out soon. For now, it looks as if it’s now up to lawyers to do all the dirty work.

[CNET, Wired]

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  • gtasscarlo

    Hahahah idiots I wonder why the police in Toronto don't make a huge stink like this when you lose an iPhone and it gets sold and you have to buy another one but cus apple sinks there teeth into police they'll do anything to fuck thesse guys plus they try to return it by calling apple so if they got 5 grand they'll take it but I guess lawyers are gonna cost more than 5 g lol

  • Cchevy

    Wow, I'm not sure I have ever seen a run-on sentence that ran-on like that before. Well done. Very impressive.

  • Cchevy

    These two morons are going to be sued into oblivion. Jobs will now have two new pool boys for the rest of their lives.

  • bloodseed

    Agreed!!!!!!!!!
    LOL!!!!!!!!!

  • mackman6151

    LMAO what they said! haha but to answer ur question its cuz it was a prototype that was stolen. the leaked info Apple could claim could potentially cause them millions in lost revenue/benefit of surprise/give other ppl a head start in cloning it. that constitutes grand theft (potentially if their lawyers are any good lol). also, i can pretty much guarantee if it was proven that a large company or tech store bought a stolen phone from someone they would be investigated by the police or reported to the better business bureau and may evn lose their license. the fact is when u or i lose a phone its really only a few hundred dollars. same can be said if a bike gets stolen. police will file a report but nothing will come of it. it doesnt pay for them to waste their time because if they did you'd be paying more than the allready huge taxes we are paying in TDot 😛

  • mackman6151

    LMAO what they said! haha but to answer ur question its cuz it was a prototype that was stolen. the leaked info Apple could claim could potentially cause them millions in lost revenue/benefit of surprise/give other ppl a head start in cloning it. that constitutes grand theft (potentially if their lawyers are any good lol). also, i can pretty much guarantee if it was proven that a large company or tech store bought a stolen phone from someone they would be investigated by the police or reported to the better business bureau and may evn lose their license. the fact is when u or i lose a phone its really only a few hundred dollars. same can be said if a bike gets stolen. police will file a report but nothing will come of it. it doesnt pay for them to waste their time because if they did you'd be paying more than the allready huge taxes we are paying in TDot 😛

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