SAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors on Apple’s home turf have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Gizmodo technology bloggers who got hold of a lost iPhone 4 prototype.
A man who purportedly found the gadget in a bar and another who brokered a deal to sell it to Gizmodo will face charges, according to a release online Thursday from the district attorney’s office in San Mateo County, California.
Early last year, Gizmodo published pictures and details of the iPhone prototype after buying it for 5,000 dollars from Brian Hogan, who claimed to have found it in a beer garden where it was lost by an Apple software engineer.
Hogan, 22, was charged with misappropriation of lost property while 28-year-old Sage Wallower faces that charge plus one accusing him of possession of stolen property, according to prosecutors.
The California men are to be arraigned in court on August 25.
“After a consideration of all of the evidence, it was determined that no charges would be filed against employees of Gizmodo,” the district attorney’s office said in the release.
While investigating how the supposedly secret prototype misplaced in March of last year ended up with Gizmodo, police raided the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, seizing computers and other equipment.