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Following on earlier news that a California court would be releasing documents related to a search warrant for the lost next-generation iPhone that ended up in the hands of Gizmodo, CNET has now posted the full documents released by the court. The documents indicate that Gizmodo's Jason Chen was considered in the requests to be a suspect in three felonies, including purchase or receipt of stolen property, theft of trade secrets, and malicious damage to another person's property (the prototype iPhone) valued at over $400.

The documents also include testimony that Brian Hogan, the finder of the iPhone, had received $8,500 from Gizmodo for the device, with an additional bonus payment to be made if Apple releases the expected device this summer.

The affidavit from Detective Matthew Broad outlines a series of events, including a discussion with Apple executives which revealed that Hogan's roommate had contacted Apple after Hogan connected the iPhone to her computer, fearing that the lost or stolen device would be traced back to her. Hogan's roommate cooperated fully with authorities and assisted them when Hogan and an acquaintance removed several pieces of evidence from his apartment. The evidence, which included a desktop computer, USB flash drive and memory card, and stickers from the iPhone prototype, were found in a church, under a bush, and in a gas station parking lot.

Hogan's roommate relates a story very similar to that previously related by Hogan to Gizmodo, suggesting that another bar patron had picked up the iPhone and given it to him thinking it was his. It is unclear exactly how Apple engineer Gray Powell lost the iPhone, although he noted that the last thing he remembered was placing it in a bag he had brought with him to the bar. The bag was later knocked over, and it is possible that the phone fell out at that time.

Hogan's roommate also noted that she and other attempted to talk him out of selling the prototype iPhone by pointing to the effect it could have on Powell's career, but he was unswayed. Hogan reportedly said, "Sucks for him. He lost his phone. Shouldn't have lost his phone."

The documents also include an email from Gizmodo editor Brian Lam to Apple CEO Steve Jobs in which he offered an explanation for his publication's actions and expressed disappointment that Gizmodo had been receiving less attention from Apple than other media outlets recently.
The thing is, Apple PR has been cold to us lately. It affected my ability to do my job right at iPad launch. So we had to go outside and find our stories like this one, very aggressively.
Apple also documented damage to the prototype iPhone upon its return, noting that a ribbon cable had been broken, a screw had been inserted incorrectly causing an electrical short, snaps for the back plate had been broken, and several screws had been stripped.

Overall, the investigation remains ongoing and neither Chen nor Hogan has been charged in relation to the case. The entire affidavit is fascinating to read and is available in its entirety.

Article Link: Details of Lost Next-Generation iPhone Saga Revealed in Search Warrant Affidavit
 

Magaman

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They paid 8,500 plus a possible bonus, well if that doesn't spell guilty I don't know what does. And claiming "we did it cause Apple doesn't like as as much" is as good of a defense as the Chewbacca defense. This just shows how unprofessional and horrible that website and gawker are. They don't deserve to be considered press if they think breaking the law for a news story is ok.
 

ouimetnick

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I read the entire thing an hour ago at cnet. MR can be slow to report things it seems. I see the entire story now. Not just Gizmodos. I think this Brain guy is an ass. He knew it was more than a 3GS, but offers no sympathy. He could have wrote to Apple and included photos. But still why Gray would bring something priceless to a bar, where people get drunk is beyond me. I'm not liking Gizmodo/Jason's actions either. tearing the phone apart, and screwing it up.

Its a BIG mistake on Apple's part to trust a young 27 year old with something priceless. Yet, this Brian guy should have done the right thing. Now can someone explain the 2 other leaked prototypes?
 

lu0s3r322

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if that truly is the model that will be released that prototype must be worth...i dont even know...
 

ChazUK

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I read the entire thing an hour ago at cnet. MR can be slow to report things it seems. I see the entire story now. Not just Gizmodos. I think this Brain guy is an ass. He knew it was more than a 3GS, but offers no sympathy. He could have wrote to Apple and included photos.

I would have hoped that the folks at Apple would have been overjoyed if he'd have handed it in and they offered him something in return.

He is simply a greedy ****.
 

SPUY767

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This is abundantly obvious to most of us, but the phone cost Gawker 5k to buy, and probably cost Apple a few million in lost sales.
 

.Andy

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This is abundantly obvious to most of us, but the phone cost Gawker 5k to buy, and probably cost Apple a few million in lost sales.
And apple have "probably" netted a few million + in continued, free advertising of their new phone. If it cost apple sales it will have cost other phone retailers sales as well with people holding off.
 

ouimetnick

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Do you bring your cell phone when you go places? Honestly, that's quite an unintelligent thought.

Is my iPhone 3Gs the next priceless prototype? I don't think so. When ever i go places like to a pool, or dances at the YMCA, my 3GS stays at home, and that cheap ass Nokia comes with me. Why can't the immature drinker do just that? Sorry, but you failed.:rolleyes:
 

gloss

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"Apple's been cold to us lately."

Boo freaking hoo. Just wait until you see how little attention they're going to give you now.
 

H. Flower

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They paid 8,500 plus a possible bonus, well if that doesn't spell guilty I don't know what does. And claiming "we did it cause Apple doesn't like as as much" is as good of a defense as the Chewbacca defense. This just shows how unprofessional and horrible that website and gawker are. They don't deserve to be considered press if they think breaking the law for a news story is ok.

+1. jizmodo and Gawker aren't credible news sources. They are nothing more than cheap blogs.
 

DougB541

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Ahhh whole story is VERY different.

Still don't know how much trouble Giz can/or will get into...but the kid knew what he was doing....and knew he could get in trouble.
 
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