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Police Seize Gizmodo Reporter's PCs Over Leaked iPhone

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by bobukcat, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. bobukcat

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    That's a good article and the first report I've read that says it was Powell and an Apple lawyer who called San Mateo police to report the phone stolen. How they can report something that is back in their possession as stolen is a little confusing but I imagine that it doesn't matter in legal terms.
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

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    Weirdness. :scratchin

    The Newsweek article is the best account I've read so far.

    To me it seems that either Apple is being petty or there's something we don't yet know. :shrug:

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  3. The Merg

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    I haven't read the Newsweek article yet, but it is possible that someone realizes something has been stolen only after it is returned to them. That can happen when they don't realize the item was gone in the first place.

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  4. Sharkie_Fan

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    Powell knew it was gone. According to one of the articles, he returned to the bar several times to see if anyone had turned it in.

    Perhaps he kept that information from Apple until he couldn't any longer - Gizmodo's article obviously would have made it impossible to hide anymore. At that point, Apple representation, knowing that if the finder of "lost" property doesn't try to return it to the owner they can be charged with theft, instructed Powell to report the "crime" to the police.
     
  5. The Merg

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    That's always a possibility, too. If I had lost something like that, I might have tried to find it first before reporting to my boss that it was missing.

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  6. Sharkie_Fan

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    Especially knowing how secretive Apple is about their upcoming products. That is most definitely NOT a conversation I'd like to have with the powers that be at Apple.
     
  7. bobukcat

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  8. Mike Bertelson

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    Hmmm....Apple is getting loads of free press outta this. :scratchin

    Makes one wonder. :D

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  9. Lee L

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    I think ingeneral, the mainstream media would be fine if police rounded up all teh bloggers and hauled them away so they could not "steal" their customers, but I think they eventually realized that if the police could do this to the guy from Gizmodo, that at some point they might try to do it to them. So, after some thought, they have become concerned about about it. Next will be outrage.
     
  10. BubblePuppy

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    Not good press, that's for sure. There is a very sour taste in the kool-Aid.
     
  11. phrelin

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    If it weren't for the fact that Apple has plenty of publicity right now with the iPad and the fight with Adobe, I'd assume it was the old adage: "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right."

    But I'm pretty sure it would be better if this incident had occurred a couple of months from now.
     
  12. bobukcat

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    Yeah, they're also getting knocked for the number of popular iPhone apps that are not available for the iPad. I think more people let this kind of stuff go back when they were "the little guy" but now that they are the 1000 lb. Gorilla in the room people are taking shots at them.
     
  13. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Not only that but with the advancements in the Blackberry and Android phones the iPhone that was once cutting edge has become a follower. The iPhone will be seen as the "ican't" "phone, without functions and features that are or will be standard in the others. Jobs sees this, especially since the review of the secret phone wasn't all that glowing, and he is very mad. The Emperor isn't wearing any clothes. And users are realizing that Jobs is holding out on them.
     
  14. Stewart Vernon

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    From a very lengthy article on CNET here... very different light shed on the "lost" iPhone situation.

    "In response to arguments made by CNET and other media organizations, a San Mateo judge unsealed documents (PDF) that provide a glimpse into an April 20 meeting between law enforcement and Apple lawyers and executives. They also highlight a madcap dash for evidence that evening that led a police detective to a gas station, a church, and a bush in Redwood City where a thumb drive and a 1GB Lexar Media compact flash card were allegedly hidden. "

    Looks more and more like the guys who "found" the iPhone prototype knew full well what they had and its value... and Gizmodo took things a step further and almost blackmailed Apple when Apple initially requested it to be returned.
     

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