For those of you that haven’t been following the Apple scoop of the month, allow me to summarize:
- Apple engineer celebrates 27th birthday at bar.
- Apple engineer “accidentally leaves behind” alleged 4th generation Apple iPhone prototype in bar.
- Man finds prototype iPhone on bar stool.
- Man tries to return iPhone to Apple.
- Apple dismisses man.
- Man sells prototype iPhone to Gizmodo for $5000.
- Gizmodo pimps story on site, traffic spikes through the roof.
- Gizmodo appears on The Today Show.
- Apple requests the return of prototype iPhone.
- Gizmodo writer Jason Chen’s computers are seized by the police.
This is pretty insane and quite bizarre. Some outlets are saying that the seizure of Chen’s computer was illegal, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation saying that he is protected under shield laws that protect journalists. I’m skeptical.
In any case, Gizmodo is under fire. Some say that any press is good press but when it comes to the blogging world, stories like this one is not necessary. Do you want to be treated like a journalist? Well then act like one.
Gawker Media has admitted — boasted, really — that it paid $5,000 to get its hands on a prototype of a fourth-generation iPhone for its gadget blog, Gizmodo. The seller of the device told the editors of Gizmodo and other technology blogs that he found it unattended in a bar called Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, California. But shortly after Gizmodo published its blockbuster story about the phone, critics began accusing the site of breaking the law by, in effect, purchasing stolen goods. See full article from DailyFinance.