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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the remind-me-never-to-lend-my-phone-to-these-people dept.

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theodp writes "A little over a year ago, an iPhone 4s prototype walked into a San Francisco bar, prompting a controversial manhunt by a now-deceased Apple investigator and the SFPD. Now, Wired reports that a Nexus 4 prototype walked into a San Francisco bar last month, prompting Google to sic its security team on 'Sudsy,' a San Francisco bartender who notified Google that he'd found their phone, which was slated to make its debut at a since-cancelled Android event on Oct. 29. When the 'Google Police' showed up at the bar, Sudsy's co-worker sent the 'desperate' Google investigator on a wild goose chase which landed him in an under-siege SFPD Station, from which he and Sudsy's lawyer had to be escorted out of under the watch of police in full riot gear with automatic weapons so the pair could arrange a 1 a.m. pickup of the phone."

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200 comments

Google Police (1, Insightful)

DogManhunt (2761763) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795133)

Nice to see Google walking around with private investigators and lawyers just because one of their workers "forgot" his phone in a bar. Do no evil, amirite?

Re:Google Police (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795191)

Would you prefer they'd sent a blade runner instead?

Re:Google Police (4, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795211)

They should go straight to Taffy's bar.

Re:Google Police (3, Funny)

mrbester (200927) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795617)

Not that it's my kind of place, but apparently he's on the level if you want a drink.

What the story doesn't say (2)

lord_rob the only on (859100) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795659)

A client (we'll call him Tim C. for anonymity) is said to have thanked the barman for having prevented a bad guy from stealing his new iPhone prototype.

Re:Google Police (5, Insightful)

Altanar (56809) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795217)

I highly suggest you read the article since the summary is highly edited to make Google look bad. Example: Google didn't send a private investigator. It sent a single Google employee who was jerked around by the bartender and his friend because they wanted to cling to their powertrip. The only lawyer was just guy the bartender knew. Google even offered to give the bartender guy a free phone if he promised to be quiet about the leak until the phone was announced at the Android event.

Bad Luck Google: Sends a guy to pick up a lost phone. Gets screwed around by the people who found it. Still offers a free phone to the guy. Gets called evil by the Internet.

Re:Google Police (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795323)

Everything in the USA in "full riot gear" this, "revolving doors with the government" that, "war murderer^Whero" this, fear mongering that...

It is really really obvious the USA is on the brink of collapse into the 5th Reich of Jesus Incorporated.

Re:Google Police (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795605)

Three Questions.

How can you loose a phone while showing it off to all your friends in a bar?

Its already been knocked off in China so whats the big deal?

Can I have one?

Re:Google Police (4, Informative)

skegg (666571) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796037)

You must have somehow missed these lines:

global investigations and intelligence manager at Google

He insisted on meeting ASAP, that night, at the bar. Barton refused. Telling co-workers he felt “harassed,”

“He was little but really pushy, like military. He said he wanted to keep me out of trouble — like I was in any kind of trouble — keep the bar out of trouble. They could file criminal charges, he said.”

Kind of paints a different picture to yours, oui / non?

Re:Google Police (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796151)

Well, yes, they _could_ file charges. If you remember a certain other company losing prototype phone a while ago, retrieval in that case involved a police raid with company's employee present at the scene - despite this not being a usual police procedure.

Re:Google Police (5, Informative)

Maow (620678) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796039)

I highly suggest you read the article since the summary is highly edited to make Google look bad. Example: Google didn't send a private investigator. It sent a single Google employee who was jerked around by the bartender and his friend because they wanted to cling to their powertrip.

Bad Luck Google: Sends a guy to pick up a lost phone. Gets screwed around by the people who found it. Still offers a free phone to the guy. Gets called evil by the Internet.

Not quite how I read it. The guy that came to pick up the phone sent a flood of calls to bartender's teck-savvy friend (who'd contacted Google on his behalf). Bartender felt "harassed" so didn't stick around work for what he seemed to think would be a confrontational meeting.

Indeed, Google rep was described as pushy and seemed to threaten the other employee and maybe even the bar with some kind of charges, although the bartender was not resisting the return of the phone. Colleague that dealt with the rep didn't like being threatened and sent rep on "wild goose chase" to police station.

Seemed to me that Google's security team could've done a bit better job on the recovery had they used a bit less bluster and a bit more appreciation (aka people skills).

Now, I'm not sure how it worked out that the bartender, although offered a free phone to keep quiet, still seems to have provided photos to accompany the story. Should've taken the free phone and shut up about it. I believe the story contained a disclaimer about paying for the photos.

Re:Google Police (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796603)

Shitty bar. Guy loses something, it instantly becomes bartender's property? No lost and found box? No turning over to the police, or trying to find the owner? It's a bar after all, so, I expect people losing/forgetting stuff is a frequent occurence.

No wonder the guy didn't want the publicity and tried to spin it. As a bartender he's done.

Re:Google Police (2)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796677)

Disclosure not disclaimer. Wired actually admits paying the phone finder: "(Disclosure: Wired agreed to pay Barton a freelance fee for the photos published with this article.)"

But yes, Google wasn't exactly being nice here. Maybe that was part of the comedy act? That "little but really pushy" Google agent going up against the bartender's "well-inked" associate with a "don't-fuck-with-me" attitude.

What's with all the cloak-and-dagger over some cellphone that resembles every other cellphone made within the past two years? If I were the head of research at one of these mobile companies, I'll order any employee taking out a phone for testing to have the phone chained to his or her wrist.

Re:Google Police (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796711)

Shh... don't you know? When an action is taken by Apple, it's evil. When the same action is taken by Google, it's "protecting themselves". Subscribe to the Slashdot double-standard or be damned!

Re:Google Police (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796497)

Bad Luck Google: Sends a guy to pick up a lost phone. Gets screwed around by the people who found it. Still offers a free phone to the guy. Gets called evil by the Internet.

And the police in riot gear weren't there for the phone, as implied in the summary, from TFA:

On nearby 14th Street, undercover cops had just gunned down a gang suspect in the road after he produced an illegal TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol and appeared to point it at one of them. The neighborhood erupted in outrage, and dozens of people attacked and vandalized the Mission precinct station while Katz was still inside.

“It was the night of the riot,” says Ragi Dindial, a lawyer Barton knew through the music scene. “I met Katz there and they hustled us out the back door, past riot police in full riot gear and automatic weapons.”

Re:Google Police (5, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795237)

What evil? Someone lost his phone, the company that owns it sends a guy over to collect it. Given the fact that it was an important prototype, it's understandable that the guy was a bit anxious to get it back.

Then again, Google might have staged the whole thing. I think they are a little jealous of Apple, with their millions of fans going ohh and ahh over fuzzy pictures of a frickin' new docking connector of all things...

Re:Google Police (4, Insightful)

r1348 (2567295) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795247)

Brand new /. account posts pretestuos anti-Google comment the same minute the story is published.
Shill anyone?

Re:Google Police (0, Offtopic)

beelsebob (529313) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796101)

Idiot assumes that someone posting within the first minute on the world's most popular tech news web site must have had something to do with the article... Believe it or not, people who disagree with you are not all shills.

Re:Google Police (1, Flamebait)

r1348 (2567295) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796141)

Moron fails to recognize obvious patterns.

Re:Google Police (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796541)

r1348 /. account posts comment with manufactured nonsensical word. Gets modded +5 Insightful. Literacy anyone?

Do No Evil (3, Interesting)

nurb432 (527695) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795661)

Unless it brings you free press. It was staged, just like the apple incidents were.

Really? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795135)

This is difficult to take seriously.

Re:Really? (3, Funny)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795173)

All that's missing is the hard bitten gumshoe and the dame with legs that go on and on...

A PR Stunt? (5, Insightful)

Dupple (1016592) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795427)

Google’s Andy Rubin: ’I’d Be Happy’ If Someone Left Prototype Android Phone In A Bar ‘And Someone Wrote About It’

http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-andy-rubin-id-be-happy-if-someone-left-prototype-android-phone-in-a-bar-and-someone-wrote-about-it-2010-4#ixzz2ASEIo0n1 [businessinsider.com]

nope (2)

jmd_akbar (1777312) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795141)

nope.. don't believe it!!

fuck em (-1)

sentientbeing (688713) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795145)

These companies want to take their head out of their ass

WTF? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795147)

why wouldn't you just return the fucking property?

why play hide and seek? why play games at all? just give them their property, FFS.

Re:WTF? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795943)

It says right there in the fucking article: "What was I supposed to do, look for the guy with Google shirt? How did I know this guy didn't work for Apple?"

What is this fucking summary about? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795155)

It does not parse right in any of the 6 natural and about 12 computer languages I know well. Can someone translate?

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795195)

Have you tried 'idiot'? I hear it almost sounds like English at times.

I doubt it'll sound better in 'idiot', though, it sounds pretty absurd in English.

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795683)

I prefer 'stupid'. Much easier to pick up than 'idiot'.

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (5, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795465)

It's in two layers! Layer one is a factual summary about a barman finding a lost Google prototype. Layer two is a veiled rant about companies overreacting when their trade secrets may be compromised.

Re: summary written by whale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795771)

The summary was written by a whale imitating a human moron telling a joke about a phone going into a bar.

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795815)

"It does not parse right"? It looks like you should study those 6 natural languages a bit more, and stop being such a hypocrite.

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796403)

Really? What's your complaint, that language should "be parsed" rather than "parse", or that "right" can't be an adverb?
You're wrong on both counts, you prescriptivist moron.

Re:What is this fucking summary about? (1)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796617)

Here you go:
"Yon ti kras plis pase yon ane de sa, yon iPhone pwototip 4s mache nan yon San Francisco bar, sa ki pouse yon manhunt kontwovÃsyal pa yon kounye a-moun ki mouri anketà Apple ak SFPD la. Koulye a, Wired rapà ke yon Nexus 4 pwototip mache nan yon bar Francisco dÃnye San mwa, sa ki pouse Google nan sik ekip sekirite li a sou ', savoneuz' yon San Francisco Bartender ki avize Google ke li ta jwenn telefÃn yo, ki te chache fà okazyone li nan yon depi-anile evÃnman android sou OktÃb 29. Là a 'Google Polis' te montre yo nan bar la, nan savoneuz ko-travayà voye 'dezespere' Google anketà a sou yon Chase zwa sovaj ki te ateri l 'nan yon anba-sÃnen toupatou Station SFPD, ki soti nan ki li menm ansanm ak avoka savoneuz a te dwe akonpaye deyà nan anba gade a nan polis yo nan KovÃti pou revÃlt plen ak zam otomatik se konsa pà a te kapab fà aranjman pou yon 1 am vin chÃche nan telefÃn nan. "

fdsfds (4, Funny)

bmo (77928) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795159)

A lawyer, a priest, a rabbi, and a Nexus 4 prototype walked into a San Francisco bar ....

--
BMO

Re:fdsfds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795231)

There's no need for dirty jokes on Slashdot.

Re:fdsfds (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795261)

but only one was good enough for the bartender to pick up.

Re:fdsfds (2)

martin-boundary (547041) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795371)

Gee, I hope he didn't try to pick up the 1-year old...

Re:fdsfds (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795375)

Apparently 1-year is a bit too old for that bartender, he chose the newly born instead.

Re:fdsfds (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795421)

bartender left the 1 y.o. to the priest, but picked up the newborn before rabbi got his brit kit [yadvashem.org] out.

Re:fdsfds (1)

aliquis (678370) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796513)

No that was the priest.

Re:fdsfds (5, Funny)

JamesP (688957) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795367)

The real mystery is: what kind of Google employee goes to a bar?

Re:fdsfds (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795477)

The PR goon who is supposed to somehow create a story about their new phone. Duh.

But it was already old when Apple pulled the stunt.

Re:fdsfds (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795495)

The real mystery is: what kind of Google employee goes to a bar?

...the kind that drink.!!!!

Re:fdsfds (1)

fmaxwell (249001) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795509)

Maybe searching for love on Google wasn't working out so well...

Re:fdsfds (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795627)

what kind of Google employee goes to a bar?

I realise that I only know a subset of Google employees and that there may be some selection bias involved, but extrapolating from my experience: all of them. Although only when they get bored of the beer that Google provides in the office.

Re:fdsfds (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796653)

both kinds.

Re:fdsfds (2)

plover (150551) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796233)

A lawyer, a priest, a rabbi, and a Nexus 4 prototype walked into a San Francisco bar ....

Stop! I've heard this one before.

Yanno? (5, Funny)

Bieeanda (961632) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795171)

With a character named Sudsy and a police station 'under siege', this would make a better script for a story where Dick Tracy misplaces his wrist radio.

Just in case you're wondering about the riot cops (5, Informative)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795177)

under the watch of police in full riot gear with automatic weapons

This had nothing to do with the lost phone. Some punk got shot and people went nuts.

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795221)

What about the now-deceased investigator, does it have anything to do with the lost phone?

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795251)

Absolutely. If the news is about the iphone lost a year ago, and not really a news article but more of a special episode of "where are they now".

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (5, Insightful)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795255)

TFS failed to mention that the CEO of the company that lost the iPhone is dead too. Coincidence?

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (2)

someone1234 (830754) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795281)

Several employees of Apple have been reported dead.

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (2)

Megane (129182) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795449)

Including a former CEO.

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (4, Insightful)

AlphaWolf_HK (692722) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795345)

I don't really get this either. The guy gets shot while he is in the act of brandishing a weapon against a police officer. Weapon turns out to be loaded and ready to fire. The guy doesn't even suffer any shots that would be otherwise lethal. Yet a riot forms and they spray paint killers on the walls of the police station?

Weird city. I wonder if they'd prefer having no cops at all. I remember there was some group around Berkley demanding that the city get rid of its police officers, maybe these are them?

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795415)

The article makes it sound like a plain clothed officer was chasing the guy. I don't know about you, but if some random guy started harassing me on the street and following me when I'm trying to get away from him I'd be concerned. You don't know if a plain clothed officer really is a police officer or just a crazy nut out to mess with people.

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (4, Insightful)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795669)

The article makes it sound like a plain clothed officer was chasing the guy. I don't know about you, but if some random guy started harassing me on the street and following me when I'm trying to get away from him I'd be concerned. You don't know if a plain clothed officer really is a police officer or just a crazy nut out to mess with people.

Yeah, as a gang member on parole I'd certainly pull a gun. What else am I expected to do, ask for ID?

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (4, Insightful)

SpzToid (869795) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796005)

One of the officers attempted to talk to one of the two people who ran from police with the officer in pursuit.

While running, the suspect pulled a gun, later determined to be a TEC-9 pistol, and the officer ordered him to drop the weapon, Andraychak said.

Instead, the suspect turned toward the officer and began to raise the pistol. The officer feared for his life and shot at the suspect, Andraychak said.

Police said the suspect was hit twice and was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he is being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

A TEC-9? Seriously, the guy pulls out a loaded TEC-9 and points it, (at anyone?)? I think that is *two* lucky people who both still alive; especially the police officer who had to square off against that thing! Wikipedia it like I did; I'm not going to cite the link for it. Cheers for the cop who seems to have handled the situation well!

Re:Just in case you're wondering about the riot co (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795933)

The underlying issue is that the police have lost the trust of people.

Dayum... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795223)

What the fuck is wrong with these companies that they can't keep a hold of their prototypes...

And we trust them to secure our data... Something much more ephemerial and WAY harder to keep a lock on.

Re:Dayum... (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795611)

What is is about telephone prototypes that drives people to drink?

Google Police Uniforms? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795257)

I am hoping some photoshop guru will give us an insight in to just what "Google Police" wear for every day uniforms.

Re:Google Police Uniforms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795273)

canabis vs. smartphone (1)

zugedneb (601299) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795269)

so yeah... old people tell tales about them getting high, listening too some good music and fucking... the joys of the avarage person in old times...

we, on the other hand, will tell tales of what had been important in our everyday life... Bush, Apple, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Apple...

I.W.H.A.T.T.R.

"lost"? No-one believes *that* story anymore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795297)

Those are deliberate "leaks". Nothing more!

Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795313)

Wanna do a press release, do a press release. Stop these faked prototype-lost-in-bar cloak-and-dagger stories. It's not like anyone believes this stuff.

WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795379)

Wait, you need riot police, armed with guns... to recover a lost phone prototype...?

Crazy.

Re:WTF (3, Insightful)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795479)

Wait, you need riot police, armed with guns... to recover a lost phone prototype...?

Crazy.

Tenuous Link from the article.

"Shortly after an officer-involved shooting in which a plainclothes officer shot a suspect who pulled a gun on the officer Thursday night, dozens of rioters surrounded San Francisco’s Mission District Police Station while one person vandalized the police station, according to San Francisco police."

14 people were killed in a cafe suicide bominbg in Somalia too, not sure why Google is not being blamed for than too.

Re:WTF (1)

bobstreo (1320787) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796357)

Wait, you need riot police, armed with guns... to recover a lost phone prototype...?

Crazy.

Tenuous Link from the article.

"Shortly after an officer-involved shooting in which a plainclothes officer shot a suspect who pulled a gun on the officer Thursday night, dozens of rioters surrounded San Francisco’s Mission District Police Station while one person vandalized the police station, according to San Francisco police."

14 people were killed in a cafe suicide bominbg in Somalia too, not sure why Google is not being blamed for than too.

No, that was just a bad battery on a Surface tablet.

Google? Are you sure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795423)

Are you sure it was Google? I thought it would have been Samsung...

I kid! I kid!

Re:Google? Are you sure? (0)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795471)

Are you sure it was Google? I thought it would have been Samsung...

I kid! I kid!

You comment makes no sense on so many levels. The main one being the Phone was manufactured by LG...which I think should be bigger news than this trash piece.

theooneinthepinkoneinthestink (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795431)

prompting Google to I know this is grammatically wrong but it's like that in the source its security team on 'Sudsy,'

That doesn't make any sense at all, even by theo's standards.

Re:theooneinthepinkoneinthestink (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795523)

Er, that was the one bit of the summary that did make sense.

sic v.t. followed by on: set (a person) to work on a task; set (a person) to follow, pursue, etc., another.

Also in the news (5, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795489)

An Apple spokesperson immediately commented on the incident.

"I have to inform Google that we will sue for a billion dollars. We have already patented the marketing trick of "losing" phones. We got prior art, dammit!"

Google taking more ideas from Apple (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795499)

Can't they find new ways to create hype? The should have seen through this and just smashed it and put it in the bin.

Worst Slashdot Summary ever (1)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795525)

And that is quite a mark for /.

The police station was "under-siege" (in reality just some protesters and vandals in front of it) for something totally unrelated to the phone (if it is not related to the news, why post it?). And why in the world is relevant that the Apple investigator is now dead? Maybe are they suggesting that Steve Jobs killed him to cover something?

Future posts I suggest to the /. editors

  • Bloody dictator X uses a Windows 8 tablet.
  • Research discovers that Nazi Germany used phones invented in the USA.
  • Patient Awakens From Comma in Hospital located 2000 KM away from RMS home

Where is the "Delete my account" button?

Re:Worst Slashdot Summary ever (1)

tkrotchko (124118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795621)

I'm telling you, if child handed that mess into their grammar school teacher, it would make their teacher cry.

Re:Worst Slashdot Summary ever (0)

supercrisp (936036) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795819)

Fisting without lube is painful.

Lawsuit! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795543)

The real question is how long it will take Apple to sue Samsung for having one of their prototypes stolen in the same manner as one of Apple's.

Re:Lawsuit! (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795587)

The real question is how long it will take Apple to sue Samsung for having one of their prototypes stolen in the same manner as one of Apple's.

Because the manufacturer is LG....about four weeks.

The bartender was giddy at first (3, Insightful)

bedouin (248624) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795555)

. . . but after making a few dozen phone calls realized no one gave a shit, much less was willing to pay money for access to a Google prototype. To compensate for his disappointment, he dicked around with the Google employee.

Summary is nonsense (1)

tkrotchko (124118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795613)

Somebody needs to get a proof read things before they're published.

I dare you to understand the story based on that summary -- its like random words strung together.

Re:Summary is nonsense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41795913)

Lol. Classic /. quote:

Somebody needs to get a proof read things before they're published.

Also: "it's."

Re:Summary is nonsense (1)

tkrotchko (124118) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796781)

Sorry, I was laughing too hard.

And my comment at least made sense.

Just a failed publicity stunt (1)

fmaxwell (249001) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795635)

What's really funny about this is that it's a transparent publicity stunt -- but almost no one in the mainstream press even noticed.

Even if you're Google, you can't create much buzz about the release of yet another Android phone into an already overcrowded marketplace. It's about as exciting as a new inkjet printer.

Outside of the nerdosphere, there really isn't a lot of call for a phone that is almost the size of a small tablet [gottabemobile.com] . It dwarfs the iPhone 5 shown next to it, and bigger isn't always better in something that is supposed to be portable. Well-heeled consumers can afford both a smartphone and a tablet. They don't need a phone so large that it requires its owner to only buy clothes with massive pockets.

Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (1)

Xacid (560407) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795757)

Almost looks like a publicity stunt. Can't really see why someone would go through the effort of having someone run all around - it's not even that funny.

Regarding the size of it - I actually don't think I'd mind it, but I typically wear clothes that happen to have large pockets. I'd have to try it out for a while and see if I'd get used to it. Personally I think it'd be kind of sweet to have a phone that could almost be a laptop replacement for all my routine stuff while not destroying my eyes. If only I could get something like this with a keyboard though...

Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (1)

fmaxwell (249001) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796907)

I don't think it was intended to be funny. I think that it was intended to make people think that there is the same kind of buzz around this phone that there was around the iPhone that was left in the bar. The whole intimidating security routine was all part of the "just like Apple" routine they were doing.

I'm sure that there are some folks with big pockets that will like the phone, but I just don't see it having the kind of mass appeal that the iPhone does. On the other hand, a huge phone definitely can't be missed on a display filled with normal size phones, so it will get attention at Best Buy.

I've seen women with hands big enough to hold this phone comfortably. Of course, they used to be men. ;)

If you can imagine a 4.7" display functioning as a laptop replacement for routine stuff, you've got way better eyes than I have. I go nuts having to work on a laptop with a 13" display.

Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796199)

Hmm - if that is true, I wonder why Google wants to create the impression it has a security team that is quite happy to pretend to be law enforcement. I would have LOVED to have that conversation - he would have left pretty damn quickly.

But hey, sending him on a wild goose chase is almost just as good.

Security (1)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | about a year and a half ago | (#41795879)

Are these the same Google employees that have the master passwords to read half of the world's e-mail? Just curious...

Proof Google is copying Apple (0)

mkraft (200694) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796165)

Does Google need to do everything Apple does?

This wasn't an accident (1)

tarellel (863902) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796425)

This wasn't an accident, why would any major corporation pass up on a free PR opportunity.

The whole thing stinks - Stupid advertising ploy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796455)

This story is a bunch of bullshit. The fact that we are talking about it says that bullshit sometimes works.

Google Calls Finders-Keepers on Your Stuff (1)

theodp (442580) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796709)

Google TOS [google.com] When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps).

Re:Google Calls Finders-Keepers on Your Stuff (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41796775)

> The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

Did you notice this one? Same clause is in every major online services' EULAs, you might check Microsoft's, for example.

What was your point, except showing that you might have deliberately made the submitted summary misrepresent what exactly happened to show your hate towards Google?

Non story, bad writing (5, Informative)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | about a year and a half ago | (#41796909)

So when you take the drama out of the ridiculous article, here's what you get:

Dude finds phone. Some drama round giving the phone back,

Dude finds a phone. Talks to a friend. Friend contacts google. Google wants to get the phone right now, bartender wants to do it next day. Google security dude goes out ot the bar to pick it up. Bartender is out playing a gig somewhere else. Bartender's coworker for some reason tells security dude that bartender is at the police station.

Security dude goes to police station in the middle of a riot. Calls a random lawyer who gets involved for some reason - or at least makes a statement to Wired.

Then they meet up and after the security dude proves his ID, bartender returns the phone to him.

WTF?

Why was this made to sound like the bar was stormed by Google Secret Service or some such crap?

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