No offense intended but are you people SERIOUS?!?!
EVERY SINGLE LEAK posted on EVERY Apple 'rumors site' has been at the expense of SOMEONE breaking their NDA at the very least and perhaps even the LAW, depending on the path the 'story' took to get to one of the many rumor sites. Trust me when I say, people HAVE lost their jobs at Apple as a direct result of leaking news. Apple investigates each and every leak and believe you me, they try their best to find the party responsible and deal with them in an unfriendly way.
Over the years, many people lost their livelihood so YOU had something 'neat' to read about some future Apple product!
So which is it people?
- You support the THEFT and PUBLISHING of Apples trade secrets?
- You denounce the THEFT and PUBLISHING of Apples trade secrets?
Are you hypocrites? Only supporting these activities when the 'dirty work' is kept far far away from your otherwise unsoiled eyes?
Lets MAN UP people... the BULLSHIT in this forum getting WAY to high!
I can't speak for everyone in the court of public opinion, but here's why I think Gizmodo is guilty of douchebaggery and AI is not, as well as other sites and methods...
First, there are all kinds of ways that AI and other sites get information...a lot is speculation, sometimes it's slip ups, piecing together public info like job postings or part orders, reviewing log files, finding EXIF or other metadata, or just general chatter. That's all well and good.
It's also another thing if someone chooses to break an NDA or an embargo. The consequences then become that between the breakee and Apple (or other company). I would have no problem with Gizmodo if the engineer himself had let Gizmodo see the phone and Gizmodo published the information. I also wouldn't feel bad if the engineer was fired for that.
I'd also have no problem if Gizmodo had seen the phone at the bar or taken pictures of it, covering it as a story as it was being return to the owner by means of giving it to the bar manager, turning it into a police station or sending/taking it to an Apple Store or headquarters.
However, what Gizmodo claims is clearly theft and receiving of stolen goods. They're extra special douchebaggers for having outed the engineer.
As someone who works in this industry, sometimes on both sides (publishing and development), I don't want to think that my hard work could simply be physically stolen from me, and I wouldn't steal from someone else. Those that do steal, or knowingly purchase stolen property deserve to be prosecuted.
Normally, I'm against having someone be made an example out of, but in this case, they're getting special treatment because of their own publicizing of the events, and because they're douchebags, I really can't feel too much sympathy for them.