Gizmodo Posts

Thief Charged, Gizmodo Safe in iPhone 4 Prototype Theft Case

Last year a man named Brian Hogan found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar and sold it to tech news site Gizmodo. CNET reports that Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney, has just announced that Hogan will be charged for theft and that another man named Sage Robert Wallower is being charged as well. Gizmodo, its staff and its parent company Gawker Media are not being charged in any way. The relevant California law states that any person who finds lost property and knows who it belongs to and “appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and restore the property to him, is guilty of theft.”

A Peek at the HTC Status Facebook Phone

The HTC Status, an Android 2.3 phone, is a “Facebook phone.” It looks much like your average smartphone. It has a QWERTY keyboard and a 480 x 320 touchscreen, and has both a standard camera and a front-facing camera. But there’s one little difference: a Facebook button at the bottom, right where your Facebook-loving thumbs can find it. Gizmodo’s review says, “I found myself posting and updating and chatting more just because it was so easy to do so.”

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Gizmodo Finds Fix to Google’s New Multiple Accounts Problems

Google no longer allows users to log onto multiple accounts in the same browser, but Gizmodo’s Mat Honan discovered a way around the issue. There is an option to enable multiple accounts, which provides most of the same functions previously available.

100 Images Of Body Scans From Florida Security Checkpoint Is Leaked

The U.S. Marshals Service said that images from federal agencies would not be stored. It turns out that 35,000 images from a scanner at a security checkpoint at a courthouse in Florida has been saved. And hundreds of those images have been leaked by Gizmodo.
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Motorola Droid Shadow Gets Left In Gym, Sent To Gizmodo

An unreleased Motorola Droid Shadow mobile phone was left in a gym and a picture was sent over to Gizmodo. This is the second major photo of a device found in a public place sent to Gizmodo within the last couple months, the first being the 4G iPhone.
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Jason Chen Case To Determine If Bloggers Are Journalists According To The Law

Here’s a breakdown of what happened at Gizmodo within the last month.
1. Apple engineer Gray Powell left iPhone prototype at the bar on his 27th birthday night.
2. Drunk guy tells another anonymous guy that he left his iPhone behind and gave it to him.
3. Anonymous guy takes the phone home and turns on the device, notices errors with the camera. When anonymous guy tried to turn on the iPhone the next day, it was bricked through MobileMe–someone killed the iPhone remotely.
4. Anonymous guy opens the iPhone 3GS and inside he finds an iPhone that is supposed to be released in the future.
5. Anonymous guy attempted to call Apple HQ and return the device, but kept getting blown off.
6. Gizmodo gets their hands on the device at the cost of $5,000.
7. Gizmodo writes a few posts about the new device (resulting in millions of extra website hits), then sends the device back to Apple.
8. Police raid the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. The police took his computers, two servers, an iPad, an iPhone, hard drives, and several other devices.

Was the device confiscation legal? That question can be answered if “bloggers” can be considered “journalists” according to the law
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Nick Denton Says Leaking New iPhone Details On Gizmodo Did Not Make Extra Profit

A story written by Gizmodo editors Jason Chen and Jesus Diaz about the new iPhone has hit about 8 million views, 9,000+ diggs, 35,000+ retweets, etc. You figure Gizmodo brought in a lot of extra money for parent company Gawker Media and the company founder Nick Denton. However Denton admitted that breaking the news about the new iPhone did not make him any extra money. To buy the iPhone from the thief, Gawker paid $5,000. On top of that there was $7,000 in extra bandwidth for the servers. Chen and Diaz will most likely be paid for traffic bonuses too. And lastly are “whatever legal bills we end up paying,” said Denton. [DailyFinance]

Dangit Gizmodo, Stop Leaking Information About Apple [VIDEO]

Gizmodo editor Greg Lowen revealed more Apple stuff.

If you didn’t realize this yet, this video is a parody. [Buzzfeed]