Questions have been raised about some blueprints that surfaced earlier this week
It wasn't quite on the level of its iPhone 4 prototype scoop last spring, but Gizmodo generated some nice buzz for itself Tuesday when it published what it claimed are the plans for Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs' new house.
"You knew Steve Jobs was tearing down his old mansion," the piece began. "You didn't know what he was building in its place. Until now."
That was good enough for CBS, ABC, the Huffington Post and a couple dozen more news outlets. The Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer both pointed out that Jobs had tapped the same architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, that designed Microsoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates' mansion. Forbes noted that the same firm was behind the minimalist look of Apple's retail stores. In a story entitled "The Marxist Foundations of Steve Jobs' New House," Forbes' Brian Caufield traced the style's roots to Walter Gropius' Bauhaus school -- a piece that generated quite a bit of comment in the Gropius-inspired development in Lexington, Mass., where I grew up.
Almost lost in all the breathless commentary was a story in Housing Watch that declared the plans a "fake."
The court orders a search of a journalist's hard drives in the case of the lost iPhone
Gawker Media has backed down -- to a degree -- and agreed to allow the search of computers belonging to one of its editors, Gizmodo's Jason Chen.
Gawker, which owns Gizmodo, paid $5,000 for a secret prototype iPhone lost in a bar last March by an Apple (AAPL) engineer. Initially it insisted that Chen, who MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 3, 2010 5:15 PM ET
And 24 million by the end of 2010, according to a new report out of Taiwan
DigiTimes, a Taipei-based tech daily with a rich supply of anonymous tipsters among Apple's (AAPL) Pacific Rim suppliers, issued a detailed report Monday about the next generation iPhone that actually quotes a source by name.
This is presumably the same fourth-generation iPhone -- or one much like it -- that was left in a Redwood City MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 17, 2010 10:27 AM ET
How the cops cracked the case of the missing fourth-generation prototype, step by step
Here's what we know now that we didn't know before the court released a San Mateo detective's 10-page sworn statement of facts:
When Gizmodo posted photos and videos of Apple's (AAPL) top-secret iPhone prototype, Steve Jobs got right on the horn to Gizmodo's editor, Brian Lam, and read him the riot act. He wanted the thing back, but MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 15, 2010 9:07 AM ET
Wired identifies the Redwood City resident who left a bar with Apple's secret prototype
The missing person in the saga of Apple's (AAPL) lost iPhone is a 21-year-old named Brian J. Hogan, according to a story posted Thursday on Wired.com.
Before moving to Silicon Valley, he lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he attended Santa Barbara City College. He has been working part time at a church-run community center giving swimming MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 29, 2010 7:02 PM ET
The Daily Show host blasts Apple for Big Brother tactics in the lost iPhone case
You know a story has turned a corner when Jon Stewart takes it on, as he did Wednesday night with the case of the lost iPhone prototype.
The satirical host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show devotes nearly nine minutes to the saga. He gets a few facts wrong and glosses over the possibility that crimes were MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 29, 2010 6:50 AM ET
Let's look at the question of who got the ball rolling in the case of the missing iPhone
Judging from reader comments, it's clear that a lot of people following the story of the lost iPhone prototype assume that the California police task force launched their investigation -- and raided the home of Jason Chen, the Gizmodo editor who ended up with the device -- because Apple (AAPL) asked them to.
In MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 27, 2010 6:41 AM ET
Cops break open front door and seize computers in investigation of lost iPhone prototype
It looks like the police are taking this pretty seriously.
Armed with a search warrant, members of California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team broke into a private home Friday night and seized computers and other electronic equipment, according to a report posted Monday on Gizmodo.
The home belonged to Jason Chen, the Gizmodo editor who published photographs and videos MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 26, 2010 5:37 PM ET
The end of the cloak-and-dagger tale of a lost or stolen prototype
Now that most of the pieces are in place, the story turns out to be pretty straightforward.
On March 18, a young Apple (AAPL) engineer had a few too many drinks at a beer garden in Redwood City, Calif., and left his cellphone behind on a bar stool. A customer picked it up, saw that it looked like an iPhone, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2010 7:05 AM ET
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