Sure, it was one of the busiest weeks on the tech earnings calendar, but despite a crush of important indicators about the health of the industry, all anyone seems to care about was that famously wayward iPhone, which caused such a stir earlier in the week.
And just as it seemed the story was about to peter out, there was a report Friday that the police are now investigating the case.
If you’ve been living in a cave for the past week (ignoring David Letterman and publicity-seeking airlines) and missed all the hubbub, here’s the recap: young Apple engineer accidentally leaves a apparent prototype of fourth-generation iPhone in a Silicon Valley bar, where the device is recovered by an unknown individual, who turns around and sells it to gadget site Gizmodo for $5,000. Gizmodo promptly reveals to the world all the glories of the new iPhone, complete with pictures. Apple asks for, and gets, the device back.
Cue raging debate across the Apple-obsessed blogosphere about Gizmodo’s ethics, Apple’s PR strategy, etc, etc…
The latest wrinkle: Cnet, citing an anonymous law enforcement source, reported that Apple has spoken to local police about the matter. The investigation, which Cnet said is believed to headed by a computer crime task force led by the local district attorney’s office, is to determine whether there is enough evidence to file criminal charges — the article cites an 1872 California law under which a person who finds lost property and knows who the owner may be, but keeps it anyway, can be guilty of theft.