By now, everyone is familiar with the facts – Apple engineer Gray Powell left the next-gen iPhone he was testing at a bar called the Gourmet Haus Staudt, where he spent the night celebrating his 27th birthday. Later that night, an unknown individual came into possession of the iPhone where he then proceeded to sell it to Gizmodo for a reported 5 grand.
According to Gizmodo’s telling of the story, this individual, upon discovering that he/she was in possession of a iPhone prototype, made a good faith effort to return it to Apple by calling Apple customer support. Curiously, though, this individual never even attempted to call the bar it was left in to see if anyone had called inquiring about its whereabouts.
Which is a shame, because Volcker Staudt, who owns the Gourmet Haus Staudt, recently told Daily Finance that Powell, in the days following its disappearance, “called constantly trying to retrieve it.”
“The guy was pretty hectic about it,” Staudt recalled.
While Gizmodo is trying to cover its ass by asserting that the iPhone seller did everything in their power to return the device to Apple, anyone with half a brain can see through Gizmodo’s BS.
Daily Finance appropriately calls them out:
Put simply, Gawker Media brazenly, publicly flouted the law. It subsidized a crime: the selling of stolen merchandise. Then it published a misleading, whitewashed account of the seller’s actions meant to make it look as though he was not acting with criminal intent. It published this account in order to disguise its own culpability in the matter.
For a variety of reasons, it’s unlikely that Apple is going to initiate legal action against Gawker, but make no mistake about it, Gizmodo couldn’t have cared less if the phone was stolen or if an honest effort was made to return it to Apple. All they cared about were there precious pageviews, which to be honest, is fine, but it’s pathetic and insulting to read Gizmodo editors try and cover up their tracks and play all innocent. Maybe editors like Brian Lam should follow in the steps of Gawker leader Nick Denton and simply own up to the fact that they paid out money in exchange for a device they knew they weren’t supposed to have, and that Apple’s property rights never factored into their equation.