Prosecutors in California filed charges today against an alleged thief who infamously handed a lost iPhone 4 prototype to reporters at Gawker Media.
Brian Hogan, 22, of San Mateo county, was charged with misdemeanor theft. He faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Also charged was Sage Robert Wallower, 28, suspected of organizing the handover, which precipitated wall-to-wall coverage of the device at Gawker's gadget blog, Gizmodo.
The early iPhone 4, its distinctive form masked by a heavy-duty protector, was left in a Redwood City beer garden by Robert Gray Powell, a 28-year-old engineer at Apple. Gizmodo reportedly paid $5,000 payment for the handset, only returning it to Apple days later.
Gizmodo itself reports being off the hook, despite an editor's house being searched. Perhaps tech pundits are not legal experts after all! [via Ars Technica and Gizmodo]
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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