Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Apple vs Gizmodo

The saga of the stolen/missing iPhone goes on...

Remember I wrote about this last week? Well, the story just keeps getting better and better.
First a little refresher...After having a couple of beers at a local bar in Redwood, California an Apple Engineer left his iPhone on a bar stool. After a brief inspection, the person determined that was something different about this iPhone and he was right. The Apple engineer had actually lost a "not yet released" iPhone 4G.
The finder sold the new iPhone to a popular tech site named Gizmodo for $5,000. Jason Chen, the editor of Gizmodo filmed the phone and did what you would expect any techie to do...he showed it to the whole world on YouTube.
As you would expect Steve Jobs and company were furious. Chen responded by giving the phone back to Apple, but it was too late, the damage was done.
Here is where it gets good...Last Monday, Apple kicked it up a notch (as Emeril) would say). They called the cops...and the cops made a visit to Chen's house, while he was out.
The San Mateo County Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team forced entry into Jason Chen's apartment and confiscated his computers, hard-drives, digital cameras, cell phones and copies of his American Express bill...of course, this was done with a search warrant.
Wow, I guess there's a simple message here...Don’t mess with Steve Jobs and Apple. They play tough.
And its not over... County authorities are considering charging Chen with receiving stolen property.
But it still gets better...Today Apple announced the dates for its Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC)at which they will release the "kind of new" iPhone 4G.

The dynamics at this conference are going to be something else...questions abound: Does Jobs mentioned the theft?
Was the found iPhone really the 4G?
Will Apple hold the release modify the phone?

All this because a guy stopped to have a few beers on his way! I love this stuff?

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