Well the iphone story goes like this.
An software engineer who was "beta" testing the "prototype" went to a bar to celebrate his birthday. During the celebration he leaves the prototype iphone on a bar stool. Some drunk guy picks it up and asked some random guy if it belongs to him. Random guy initially says no but then ends up taking the phone.
Random guy and his friends inspect the phone and come to realize that it is a "future" iphone. Random guy emails Gizmodo pictures of the discovery. Gizmodo doesn't believe Random guy so they arrange to meet. Gizmodo confirms the discovery and gives Random guy $5000USD for the phone. Random guy says, "Dang that'll buy me a lot of beer!"
Gizmodo is able to identify the name of the software engineer who originally lost the phone. They tell him the story of how they got his lost phone and embarrass him by publishing his name, etc. The phone is eventually picked up by Apple.
I read the article from the link. I wonder how much evidence the police are going to get from the guys business cards they confiscated...
Well they are after Random guy too I'm sure. If they find Random guy and then find him with a Gizmodo business card they could link him to the "stolen" phone.
I find it very hard to believe these sort of stories!
Unless the person that is testing out decides to sell the product for a profit and make up a story the company that it was stolen from him.
I doubt the software engineer was a willing participant. He will most likely get fired from his dream job now. Or get tossed out of a high rise building by Apple goons like the last guy who lost an Apple prototype! I'm not joking!