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Every so often you come across a crazy tech-related story, and this one involves a guy who managed to get his stolen iPhone back by seducing the thief via online dating service OKCupid. Nadav Nirenberg accidentally left his iPhone 4 in a taxi on New Year’s Eve in New York City, and later he discovered that said phone was being used because OKCupid began to send him alerts as the thief began to message girls.

So what did he do to get his phone back? Well he created a fake girl profile on the dating service of course! According to the New York Post, Nirenberg used alluring photos of a woman on the fake profile to seduce the thief, which then eventually resulted in a date at the “girl’s” house. Apparently the thief was still using a photo of Nirenberg on the service, and to get the thief to believe he was a girl, Nirenberg used “lots of winks and smiley faces” in his messages.

While the thief was ready for a date with the sexy girl, wielding a bottle of wine, Nirenberg was there with a hammer to ruin his night. The date lasted 20 seconds, Nirenberg handed over $20 to securely get his phone back, and the thief walked away undoubtedly embarrassed.

Man seduces thief to get back his stolen iPhone.

The London black cab is one of the most iconic images that visitors and residents of the city know very well. Sometimes called by their original name, “hackney carriage”, the high end taxis began as horse drawn carriages in the 1600s. Today, it was revealed that these cabs will have a nice extra feature for those folks who want to get quick Internet access on the go.

Eyetease Media announced that, starting in 2013, they will begin to roll out CabWifi inside all of London‘s black cabs. Passengers will be able to use the free service to access the Internet via a 3G or 4G hotspot. The small catch is that they must view a 15 second ad on their Internet enabled device for every 15 minutes they are in the cab.

How do the cab drivers benefit from this service? Eyetease Media states:

Drivers, with a separate login are also able to benefit from the service and off-set the high cost of data charges incurred from using taxi apps, which some drivers claim have doubled their phone bills in recent months.

We suspect this business model might find its way to other cabs around the world, particularly in New York City, where many cabs already have interactive touch screen displays showing video news and information.

Drivers of a London black cab are famed for their information about the city. Before they receive their cab license, they must all pass a test called The Knowledge. It requires them to figure out the best route to their passenger’s destination, without using a map, a GPS or even asking a supervisor via radio.

London’s black cabs to add free WiFi; makes other cabs jealous.