Yesterday, we reported on the fact that Gizmodo published a story detailing the next iPhone. It was apparently found in a bar, and then made its way to Gizmodo, who, of course, published all the details and specs of the device. Later in the day, Gizmodo told the story of the guy who lost the device: A young Apple employee named Gray Powell. But that got me thinking about another player in the story: The unnamed person who apparently found and presented the cell phone to Gizmodo. The assumption is money changed hand, and that's how the blog got its hands on the handset.
Personally, if I found a phone in a bar, and I realized it was the new iPhone, I'd be tempted to "go public" with the info and see if I could get paid, but I'd also realize that leaking it to the press would likely get the guy who lost it in very bad at his (awesome) job at Apple. So I would have quietly gotten the phone back to him, and no one would ever have found out.
What about you? If you found an awesome, unreleased tech device on a bar floor, what would you do?