Date: April 17, 2010
Complex says: Dunce of the Year honors go to Apple software engineer Gary Powell for leaving his iPhone 4 prototype at a California bar months before its official release. An unknown patron found the next-gen smartphone and sold it to the tech site Gizmodo for $5,000. After Gizmodo refused to return the prototype to Apple and published an exclusive look on its site, Apple sent its legal team to take care of matters. A California Police Task Force raided the home of editor Jason Chen, seizing four computers and two servers. All that goes to show that you shouldn't mess with Steve Jobs.