Apple send hired goons to blog editor's home. Well, cops.

27 April 2010

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So it seems that the iPhone 4G that was recently revealed to the world when some Apple bell-end left it in a bar was the real deal.

After all, if it wasn’t, why else would Apple have called in the police and had six computers seized from the editor of the blog that unveiled the new version of the mildly-popular mobile telephonular device?

That’s what happened at the end of last week – Gizmodo editor Jason Chen returned from a night out only to find the dibble crawling all over his drum, in relation to an allegation of handling stolen goods (the leaked iPhone, in case you weren’t keeping up).

Following their world exclusive of the new iPhone last week, Gizmodo revealed that they had bought the handset for $5,000 from some bloke who had found it in a bar. The phone had been accidentally been left behind by hapless Apple goon Gray Powell.

But any suggestion that this might have been a planned leak has surely now been kicked into touch with the introduction of John Law into the ultimate geek’s pantomime. Steve Jobs is displeased and it doesn’t pay to piss off the Jobs. He clearly doesn't abide by the law of 'finders keepers.'

This is why Bitterwallet operates from a hermetically-sealed pod buried fifty feet below the earth’s surface – it allows us to operate above and beyond any law known to mankind.

Coming later – a story about boobs! Probably.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Broadband   UK News

23 comments

  • stu
    Gizmodo said they got legal advice but I'm not certain what they were thinking... acording to the web in California an Item found is considered stolen! UNLESS reasonable action is taken to return it, their state says reasonable includes taking it to a police station and handing it in or handing it in at the place it was found. the guy who 'found' it instead phoned the apple customer service help line... also consider that Giz and teh guy KNEW the owners name and that he worked for Apple. did they try emailing [email protected]? Giz then paid the guy 5,000 dollars! for an item that they knew wasnt his... its like the worlds most obvious example of buying stolen goods(where by the way you arent protected even if you didnt know they are 'stolen') Consider this. you lose your iphone and some guy finds it, he heard you saying you work for the health service so he phones up the NHS helpline and asks them if they have lost an iphone... then he sells it on Ebay for £300. you meanwhile have been back to the place you lost it and contacted the police hoping someone would be a nice guy and hand it in but no they sold it for profit...
  • Paul S.
    This story is only a surprise if you think Apple is operating some sort of peace-loving hippy commune for the good of all mankind. Otherwise, they're a global corporation and the iPhone is worth billions to them. Gizmodo didn't have an issue with paying for the prototype, disassembling it and publishing the results for all the world - including Apple's competitors - to see. They didn't flinch. Gizmodo knew the risks, but did it anyway - for the glory, for ego, but also for the advertising revenue. They tried fucking over a global corporation for money. Struggling to feel any sympathy for them whatsoever.
  • Dave
    I look forward to your story about boobs.
  • Angry S.
    So Apple control the California State Police now does it, and can "send" them to do things and "have" computers seized? I think the cops can manage that just fine without Apple thanks. Gizmodo is going t get shafted on this one; thy knowingly purchased stolen (that's "stolen", not "lost") goods then ripped them apart, revealing trade secrets in the process, and made no attempt to return them to apple. Time for Chen to do time I think.
  • Angry S.
    Oh and, just because the guy who "found" it in the bar says he "found" it, doesn't mean he didn't "Find" it in the engineer's pocket. This used to be called 'theft' and 'fencing stolen goods'.
  • Dave
    This used to be called ‘theft’ and ‘fencing stolen goods’. Used to be a little thing called 'proof' needed for that.
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsGay
    Massively exagerated response. There was absolutely no necessity for them to seize computers. Whatever data could be on the computer has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to the missing iPhone. It is obviously a case of the police pampering to Jobs and his inflated ego. If a normal person lost a phone, there would be no chance on this earth they would send a squad round and confiscate all their gear. No sympathy for Chen either - he knew what he was doing, he knew the right thing to do would be to hand it in. But its a case of the punishment not fitting the crime purely down to it being a large corporation spitting the dummy. If they wan't to get angry at someone it should be at the retard who lost the thing in the first place.
  • -]]
    "fencing stolen goods" isn't a crime, it's not even a real word. If you want to use legalise, at least don't introduce slang words into it. it's "handling stolen goods"
  • Captain P.
    Apple nerds...it's only a phone FFS.
  • JonnySpandex
    If that's how the laws work there that's fair enough but there was no need to secure computers. Obviously that was to scour for technical information/photos but that's not the issue at hand, the issue is the phone was stolen and should be returned. Piss all to do with data.
  • Fatal E.
    @Captain Pugwash. Apple fans are no longer nerds. In the past they used to be nerds - anti branding against teh ebil Gates empire. These days they are all fashion whores, buying what the TV tells them to.
  • Angry S.
    Amazing how people with no knowledge of the case are prepared to pass judgment o n the actions of the police. How on earth do yo know what's on Chen's computers and whether or not its relevant? @]] - I don't know which part of "used to be called" you didn't understand and are prepared to assign the category of 'legalise" to. Fencing is a real word (look it up). You might also want to look up the meaning or legalese (and the spelling).
  • TCS
    Poor Apple, I really do feel sorry for them at the moment. >insert worlds smallest violin here<
  • -]]
    oh dear, I made a typo and said legalise instead of legalese, what a shame. A shame you had nothing better than to pick up on it. It has never been called "fencing stolen goods", the crime "used to be" "receiving stolen goods" (currently handling of is used - see The Theft Act 1968). Fencing/to be a Fence are slang terms. fence (n.) early 14c., shortening of defens (see defense). Spelling alternated between -c- and -s- in M.E. Sense of "enclosure" is first recorded 1510s. Fencible (early 14c.) means "capable of making a defense." Sense of "dealer in stolen goods" is thieves' slang, first attested c.1700, from notion of such transactions taking place under defense of secrecy. or [tr.] inf. deal in (stolen goods): after stealing the ring, he didn't even know how to fence it. As you can see, informal (slang). There has never been a crime of "fencing stolen goods". The criminal system (and the chattering classes) would use handling, the rest of us would simply say fencing. May I show you the door ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology ) To everyone else - the police are very keen to seize computer items, even in cases where it is totally irrelevant. Partially it's so they can go fishing, but it also has a lot to do with inconveniencing people - they figure people will be more likely to cooperate in future if they have the threat of seizure hanging over them. Unfortunately it's all too common now. Don't get picked up for walking too slow, else you may find your PC disappearing into the local plods evidence locker.
  • Carphone W.
    @Paul Smith "Gizmodo didn’t have an issue with paying for the prototype, disassembling it and publishing the results for all the world – including Apple’s competitors – to see." Yeah, think of all the damage their competitors can do now that they can steal all the technology included in the new iPhone that has been included on every other phone since about 2003.
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsGay
    @Angry of Scotland "How on earth do yo know what’s on Chen’s computers and whether or not its relevant?" Well, the crime they are suggesting is handling stolen property. Did the computers have fuck all to do with him handling stolen property? Did the computers sneak out at night and steal it? Did he steal it by using the power of the internet to send packets to sneak down phone lines, snaffle the said Jesus Phone from their desk and return it to them? Do they have blueprints on them with the plans to their secret underground fortress, enabling him to recruit a crack team of ninjas to infiltrate the Apple crime syndicate and relieve them of the golden age of (2003) technology? No, they did-fucking-not. The computers had fuck all to do with the crime, the police just took them because they could. as "-]]" stated, its purely because they could, and Jobs probably kidnapped the Policemans children, threatening to feed them to hungry spiders unless they inconvenienced him as much as possible..
  • kwame
    Fucking hungry spiders, they are at the root of all the worlds problems.
  • Sideysid
    Hmmm a bit of interweb hype up to the launch of the 4G? Anyone would think they done it on purpose or summit...
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsHetroIsBiscurious
    @Sideysid I agree they got a lot of hype over it but Apple are so strict about revealing things in their special gay way at their keynote speeches so that the crowd can orgasm at the same time and spray Steve Jobs, the fat guy and the old rocker in waves of nerd cum.
  • Sceptic
    Handbags finished? Can we have boobs now?
  • Shooter M.
    @ Angry: "Amazing how people with no knowledge of the case are prepared to....". Irony.
  • Kevin
    And amazing how some people seem to not notice this was in a different country with different laws from the UK.
  • Dorla S.
    Cool stuff, check out this violin vid? Norbert Wentzel

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