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Police Identify iPhone Prototype Finder/Keeper

Police have identified the person who found the prototype iPhone lost by an Apple engineer in a Silicon Valley bar last month. Investigators have interviewed the person who sold the prototype to Gizmodo for $5,000, Stephen Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, said in a telephone interview. He did not disclose the name of the person, and it wasn't clear if whoever found the "4G" phone was responsible for selling it or how police found the person.

The phone has been the subject of massive media attention since April 18, when the blog Engadget posted photos of the device. Two days later, Gizmodo, an arch rival, said it had paid $5,000 to someone who found it at the Gourmet Haus Straudt. Apple lawyers requested that Gizmodo return the phone to the company, which it did.
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Source: CNET