The missing iPhone saga just got a lot more interesting.

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    Posted: 14 May 2010 07:31 PM

    As you might have heard, the media’s attempt to get court records about the iPhone search warrant, etc. unsealed was successful.

    UPDATE:  It gets better.  Apparently, the court unsealed the wrong records.  Link:  http://www.cnbc.com/id/37156259/

    I just wonder if they’re happy with what the entire world is now able to see (did I mention that Scribd HTML5 is pretty awesome?) 

    Big Bad Apple bashing on bloggers?  Hm…  Anyway, the documents are pretty easy to find.  Wired, CNET, your favorite Apple rumors site, etc. Very, very interesting reading.

    Also amusing:  Gruber of Daring Fireball today states he got an anonymous e-mail tip that Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo might be in hiding outside the US.  Gruber’s Gruber, of course, but he doesn’t even hint that Diaz actually left the country, he just said what the tip was and that he was looking for confirmation.  He specifically stated the tipster could be lying.

    And then Diaz’s Twitter responses:  “gruber you are a liar #losers #fail #assclowns” and later, maybe a little less off target, “@gruber, why do you insist in publishing slander and lies?”

    [ Edited: 14 May 2010 07:52 PM by Mav ]

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  • Posted: 14 May 2010 10:21 PM #1

    If that case is not solid I don’t know what is….....

         
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    Posted: 14 May 2010 10:34 PM #2

    Apple should figure out ANY slowdown in sales of the iPhone, put a $630/unit number on that, and go for triple damages AFTER the version 4 is released.

    If they don’t, it will be fair game for any unscrupulous employee or subcontractor to grab a prototype and shill it to the media for some fast bucks.

    They need to SHOW that they are deadly serious about protecting {us the shareholders and stakeholders } their IP from the con men, theives, and shady publications that are all too prevalent today.

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  • Posted: 15 May 2010 06:00 AM #3

    I think the ability of carriers and handset makers (who don’t have iPhone) to put in place matching hardware a couple of months earlier is easily the largest damage to Apple; it triggers lost sales, not deferred sales.

         
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    Posted: 16 May 2010 02:25 AM #4

    For sure (though the HTC EVO 4G, the newest “must-have” iPhone alternative out there, was announced in March, before the iPhone leak).  Will Apple actually try to quantify the lost sales and sue Gawker Media, etc. for the difference?  I very highly doubt it.

    As for what Apple itself can do about this:  Sadly, this is one of those cases (and this is a world) where no one (most of the media and a whole bunch of net denizens) likes Big Corporation stomping on any kind of Little Guy (by comparison), especially where (1) Big Corporation is Apple, and (2) Little Guy is a blog, no matter how much Little Guy deserves it.  Never mind the imagery of Apple suing the guy who sold the iPhone to Gizmodo.  Justified as it may be for Apple to vindicate its rights, there’s a very real chance it would do itself more damage by pursuing things on its own in court.

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  • Posted: 16 May 2010 02:36 AM #5

    Mav - 16 May 2010 05:25 AM

    For sure (though the HTC EVO 4G, the newest “must-have” iPhone alternative out there, was announced in March, before the iPhone leak).  Will Apple actually try to quantify the lost sales and sue Gawker Media, etc. for the difference?  I very highly doubt it.

    As for what Apple itself can do about this:  Sadly, this is one of those cases (and this is a world) where no one (most of the media and a whole bunch of net denizens) likes Big Corporation stomping on any kind of Little Guy (by comparison), especially where (1) Big Corporation is Apple, and (2) Little Guy is a blog, no matter how much Little Guy deserves it.  Never mind the imagery of Apple suing the guy who sold the iPhone to Gizmodo.  Justified as it may be for Apple to vindicate its rights, there’s a very real chance it would do itself more damage by pursuing things on its own in court.

    Practically speaking, there’s no way the publishing entity could cover the costs. That’s not the issue. As the recently published court affidavit suggests, the folks involved may be in enough trouble even without Apple pursuing a damages claim. I’m not a lawyer but from a non-legal person’s perspective, it looks like some serious charges could be filed against most of the parties involved.

    We’ll see how the legal system deals with this matter.

         
  • Posted: 16 May 2010 09:58 AM #6

    This is not “some blog”. This is Nick Bilton’s Gawker Media. Nick deserves all the pain that Apple can rain down upon him. Calling Gizmodo a blog is disingenuous. It is a company that is set up to earn money and damn the consequences. This is not a lad who took his last 5k from the bank to get some press this Is a largish company who knew every step of the way what it was doing.

    Gawker deserve every punishment that can be put on them. Also as purveyors of porn they are probably not on Steve’s side either.

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    Posted: 16 May 2010 05:08 PM #7

    I think you meant “Gizmodo is disingenuous to call itself a blog,” so I take no offense.  smile

    It’s a fascinating setup, and who knows where this will all go.

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