Tuesday, April 20, 2010

iPhone 4 Found and Bought by Gizmodo

I have lost all respect for Gizmodo - partly because of the sketchy finagling they pulled to acquire the lost/stolen iPhone, but mostly because of their adolescent handling of the situation.

If common sense is lacking, California's lost property statute is quite clear:
"One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who 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 to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft."
TUAW has a quick overview of the the recent exchange between the two parties, which includes a letter from an Apple senior VP and Gizmodo's childish response.

I highly recommend Engadget as a more respectable alternative.

Engadget also had a chance to bid but ultimately demurred, says editor in chief Joshua Topolsky. "We aren't in the habit of paying for scoops," he says. "We don't think checkbook journalism is a way to get good information, and it encourages awful behavior in tipsters." (Daily Finance)

1 comment:

ET said...

I agree, it probably wasn't the most ethical move on their part and they will get a mixed response for doing it - but on the other hand, their business move worked - they are getting many more hits on their site.

Random note - editor of Gizmodo was on NPR. He said he will definitely be buying the real deal when it comes out. Does that vindicate in any degree?