New iPhone Gizmodo: Apple wants its missing iPhone 4G back from Gizmodo
According to a site, Apple has sent a formal letter to Gizmodo on Monday and requested to return its prototype iPhone. Gizmodo posted some pictures of unreleased iPhone and now facing criticism for handling of the story. Apple which is seeking the return of its new renowned iPhone sent a letter to Brian Lam, editor of Gizmodo.
Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Senwell wrote in a three letter “This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit.”. He added “It has come to our attention that Gizmodo is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple”.
Editor Brian Lam received a letter from Senwell and said that iPhone would be returned. Lam said in reply “Just so you know, we didn't know this was stolen as they might have claimed. It was found, and to be of unproven origin when we bought it”. He also posted on Gizmodo. He acknowledged that the device had been stolen, not lost.
Actually the curious case of the mysterious iPhone 4G got a new turn when Gizmodo published the photos and videos of the device iPhone 4G which is being dismantled. On Monday it was also revealed that the technology blog Gizmodo paid $5000 to an unnamed person for forthcoming smartphone. Many believe that such checkbook journalism is unethical. The site detailed how it believed the iPhone was lost.
Gizmodo wrote about iPhone 4G, its new industrial style design and many other debuting features like improved back facing camera, a front facing camera, camera flash, a larger battery and a higher resolution screen than the previous models. Gizmodo also published many photographs of the exterior of iPhone. Terry Church said “If I was advising Apple, I would tell them to move on, and thank you for the publicity”. He said “Gizmodo may well have known, or suspected it was stolen, and if so, there's a question of what is their obligation?"
Terry Church also added “Their lawyers should have told them to give it back. The law doesn't want to set up a mechanism whereby someone can stick their head in the sand and say they didn't know something was stolen property”. Chuch continued, if Apple wants to take any action on Gizmodo, it has legal options. Apple could also argue that the Economic Espionage Act has been violated by Gizmodo. Apple has not commented publicity on this matter.
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