When a prototype of the Apple iPhone 4 was left at a bar in San Francisco, it was sold to Gawker Media’s Gizmodo tech blog. When Gizmodo wrote about the new phone weeks before it was released, they received millions of hits for having the exclusive details about the device.
Recently the same thing almost happened when Jamin Barton, a bartender at the 500 Club in San Francisco found an unclaimed smartphone at the venue back in September. The Nexus 4 did not have a SIM card, but it have a Google logo on the back that said “not for sale.”
When Jamin Barton told the story, he said that his friend “Dave” recognized that the phone was most likely the next Nexus device and had agreed to contact Google. Dave became upset the following day and said that Google threatened that he could be an accessory for what could be considered a crime.
Google’s Global Investigations & Intelligence Manager Brian Katz was put in charge of retrieving the phone and told individuals at the 500 Club that Google could file criminal charges in connection with the Nexus that went missing.
Google got the phone back on September 20th and the Nexus 4 ended up leaking multiple times weeks later. Mr. Katz supposedly offered Barton a free phone if he kept the incident quiet.