Originally Posted by Harleigh Quinn
What does matter are the other reported facts, one of which being the phone was not reported stolen until after the story was reported. It was missing for a month. a month
, but it wasn't reported stolen until they "knew" who had it?
This is irrelevant to the "finder's" actions. Who knows why Apple didn't report it stolen earlier, but it really doesn't matter to the case.
The other part that fails is apparently they knew who had it. They visited the home of the person who was in original possession before custody was transferred, first to Gizmodo, then to apple.
wired.com published a report on April 27 stating that their source said that people purporting to be Apple representatives visited the finder's apartment "last week". Gizmodo had the phone from April 13/14 to April 19. In anybody's parlance, someone saying "last week" on April 26-27 would be April 18 to April 24.
Once Engadget published their photos and story, Apple's investigators had a big lead on who had the phone just like Wired's investigators. Whether they knew if Gizmodo had it or the "finder" who knows, I'm sure they looked at it from all angles.
One thing you can't say is that they visited the finder's home prior to Gizmodo's and Engadget's blog posts based on the information we have to date.
They went to his house. Apple reps asked for the "finder" by name, but they "ask" the task force to kick down Chen's door?
That doesn't wash. No matter how you attempt to manipulate it, none of it washes.
What doesn't make sense? If wired was able to track down the finder's name and location, you don't think Apple can?
The only explanation is Apple (read: Jobs) wants these agencies (news agencies) for their own purposes. They have no problem inviting them to expos or the campus to report on Apple's terms, but do not want any investigative reporting.
There's no conspiracy. People do stupid things: the Apple employee who went to a beer house for his birthday while at work and lost it, the "finder" who kept it and then shopped it, and Gizmodo buying stolen goods and publishing trade secrets. Stupidity all around. This is how these sorts of things blow up.
I'd rather believe that people are stupid than some weird Apple conspiracy.
Investigative reporting is actual news. It's what reporters are supposed to do.
That's fine. But reporters aren't supposed to commit felonies doing it. Gizmodo could have done the "reveal" without buying the phone, but they were too stupid to do that and left themselves vulnerable to criminal investigation. They didn't have to buy the phone whatsoever. They could have paid for an interview, they could have rented a room at the finders home, any number of things instead of committing a felony.
Just like the "finder" was too stupid in trying to make money off the phone. Somewhere in his brain, he felt it was a good idea to sell the phone to gadget news sites, and he didn't think that once the gadget news site published the info, pictures and video of the phone, police weren't going to find him. Not only that, somewhere in his brain, he thought having a friend shop the phone protected him in some way. Not to mention the friend who thought it was a good idea to act as a fence. Not to mention not trying to return the phone at all.
But Apple, like most corporations that are fat and happy in their positions of power want parrots.
All monied organizations want to control the media cycle. That's pure self interest, and that's fine. Gizmodo was just too stupid to protect themselves and left themselves vulnerable to criminal investigation. Wired and Engadget were smart enough not to do it.
Like him, I wash my hands of this. You will hang Gizmodo, whether they are guilty or not because most of you do not want to admit to yourselves you are actually proud they eliminated the waiting game, got past Apple's wall, even if it was based on Apple's own mistake, and gave you something before Apple did, so you will crucify them to assuage your own guilt.
As an AAPL stock holder, I'm not proud that Gizmodo" eliminated the waiting game." They've totally destroyed Apple's marketing cycle and has harmed Apple's business. They should be investigated. If they did something illegal, they should be prosecuted and punished.
I feel this will be thrown out of criminal court before it even gets there, and will then become a civil issue, but even if I'm wrong, which I am willing to admit I may be due to the tricky maneuvering of what is the legal system, I am attempting remain impartial which a good part of you have not.
Oh, if the police choose to prosecute, the finder and his friends are toast. Gizmodo, I'm not sure, we'll see. A potential civil case, who knows. Not sure what the complaint about partiality is all about.