Keep Your Head Up, Gray Powell

Hey man, I know things seem really tough right now. We had mixed feelings about writing the story of how you lost the prototype, but the story is fascinating. And tragic, which makes it human. And our sin is that we cannot resist a good story. Especially one that is human, and not merely about a gadget - that's something that rarely comes out of Apple anymore. But hopefully you take these hard times and turn things around. We all make mistakes. Yours was just public. Tomorrow's another day. We will all be cheering for you.


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    are you kidding me??

    You're growing into being an even bigger areshole with each passing hour.

    This will get moderated, but.....

    Kidding indeed, are you guys 12 year olds? This wasn't a public mistake until you guys published the guys name and photo for the whole world to see. The story would have been equally fascinating and as believable had you simply omitted the guys name. Instead you've possibly lost him his job and gained him a bunch of notoriety he will no doubt want to sue you for. Then to give us this "we're cheering for you" garbage is low end journalism at its very best.

      right. because apple wouldn't be able to figure it out themselves, with their mobileMe/remote/phone tracking.

    .. and good luck with the job hunt.

    "mixed feelings" like "we shouldn't do it"? Well you just did, it is a sad day.

    At least he's got his own label now...

    http://graypowell.com/

    lol. The comments here (and on the Apple letter) are mental. Apple knew who lost the phone already. The guy who lost it is accountable regardless. Apple knew it was gone and remotely disabled it. It is almost like this sort of thing has happened before.

    Sure Gizmodo buying the phone off the guy who 'found' it at the bar is not 100%, but nothing was confirmed at that point (tho blatantly obvious). At of the end of the day the phone is accounted for and heading back to Apple.

    If Giz were real jerks, they would hold on to the phone. Demand money/goods/services from Apple for its return.
    But no, looks to me they are just going to hand it over. They had a good run, made a few fun articles. It is all good. No harm has been done.

    Yeah, low-blow Gizmodo. This poor guy just made a mistake and now he'll never be able to get a decent job again, because you published his name for the sake of media sensationalism. Your website gets plenty of hits as it is, without needing to go do that.

    Negative internets for you Gizmodo.

    +1 to Scott.

    I love Gizmodo. I think the writers are great. But it was not necessary to the story at all to mention the guys name, and in doing so you may very well have lost him his job, which I'm sure he valued as anybody would. Poor form Giz.

    The guy made a mistake that'll probably cost him his position at Apple, and you guys have made it almost impossible for him to get a similar job elsewhere...and you offer him this we-didn't-do-anything-wrong backhanded apology?

    Seriously, this guy CANNOT exist. This whole thing is a set-up, Gizmodo and Apple reached some sort of agreement - there is NO WAY Apple wrote that letter, and no way Apple let some clumsy drunk employee take their prototype into the real world.

    And you took it apart you say? Where are the specs then?
    You guys only leaked what Apple told you to. This guy doesn't exist, how did Gizmodo get permission to post all this shit about him if he does?
    If that letter was real (which it obviously is not, considering the jovial tone which Apple lawyers would never address someone in a legal sense with), why did Apple let you publish it? They give us an NDA over a beta firmware, and we're supposed to believe they didn't do anything about you guys publicising a prototype piece of hardware?

    CONSPIRACY.

    HEY HATERS!!

    I'd hat for you all to take a tumble from that dizzyingly high moral high ground you're on but consider this:
    If Giz hadn't published his name, what would have happened? More than likely, apple would have fired him post haste. "and stay out!"

    BUT: now that the person who lost it is also in the spotlignt, Apple are VERY restricted in acting against him for fear of bad press. Imagine an unprecedented PR disaster, then imagine publicly firing the person involved who really just made an honest mistake. That would throw petrol onto the already blazing blogosphere, and apple are too smart to do that.

    So although there's some ridicule, and some internet celebrity around him, gizmodo have greatly secured his future at apple by publishing his name.

    I love Gizmodo. its great story . But it was not necessary to the story at all to mention the guys name, and in doing so you may very well have lost him his job, which I’m sure he valued as anybody would. Poor form Giz.

    Agreed - bit of a dick move naming and shaming him like that. Especially since it resulted in such a win for you guys. A more apologetic follow-up post would have been nice.

    As has been said already, this post was more about assuaging your own guilt more than any concern for the person.

    You have not answered the question about how you could have run the story without the name, and it could have had the same impact. But you decided to run his name, post a picture of his Facebook profile, and then post details of a phone conversation. Did you record that phone conversation as well and not tell him about it?

    Did you stop and think about the human impact of your story, or were you just blinded by the thrill of having a major scoop?

    "We all make mistakes. Yours was just public." Come on. You are kidding, right? The mistake he made was leaving the device in a bar. That mistake would have been fixed if it could have been returned to the owner with a minimum of fuss. But the effect of his mistake was magnified thousands of times by a blog that saw the opportunity to make a bucketload of money and saw that buying the device was cheap at $5,000. From the moment you did that, you were profitting from the guy's misfortune.

    As has been said, he's likely in huge trouble from Apple, and I would think there's a high likelihood that he would lose his job. What you've done is turned his name into mud, and damaged his ability to work anywhere else in Silicon Valley - he'll always be the guy that lost the prototype iPhone in the bar.

    And then the biggest insult is that you then publish, telling him "keep your head up". You don't really care for him. You're just feeling the heat from mentioning him in the article and want to make yourself feel better.

    How about you actually apologise, find out if he lost his job, and if he has, consider donating the profits Gizmodo made from the story? That would show you were ACTUALLY contrite.

    How about it, Mr Lam and Mr Diaz? Actions speak way louder than words.

    Plz.. as if the first guy in the history of Apple to lose a device like this isn't going to get named... Are you serious? If it wasn't Gizmodo it would be some other site. It was only a matter of time.

    Also think the name thing was out of line. It had nothing to do with anything save for TRYING to get someone fired or into trouble. You know that Jobs is a stickler - and he'll make sure that this guy won't sleep a wink till he develops a real condition and dies. And in the recessionary environment I don't see him getting a job again...Well done on all the exposure for YOUR career though!

    Seriously guys? All these comments and only one guy recognizes that Giz did this guy a favor? Now Apple can't do anything to him. Rumors of his punishment possibly being brutal (laughable to say the least) are definitely out, and even firing him would be bad PR for him. In fact, this did not harm Apple in ANY way, except for generating the much loathed free marketing. No trade secrets were revealed, and the only things we know now are things we suspected... better resolution, better battery, front camera and better back camera. Everything else is just the shell, which Apple can now "conveniently" judge the public reaction to without committing mass production or their reputation to it. This whole mess is SOOO good to Apple that it's hard to believe this was anything but staged, and if not, Jobs is smart enough to recognize its value and not fire the guy.

    "Hey man, I know things seem really tough right now" is the last straw for me. Gizmodo's patronising, disingenuous and flat out dishonest approach to this whole story and Mr Powell in particular has done it brand damage which will last long after the hits from these iPhone stories have faded. It's one thing to stick it to Apple, it's completely another to roast some kid to get some extra page hits. All the good stuff Lam and Dias have written to date will be forever coloured by their unclassy and seriously unclever management of what could have been a legitimate story. Gizmodo comes out of the favourites bar, Engadget goes back in.

    I wouldn't laugh too much if I were you Gizmodo. Have you ever considered the fact that you guys might be in serious trouble? Seems to me there's a pretty good case to be made that you knowingly received stolen goods, which is, of course, a serious crime. I mean obviously you knew perfectly well that no one could legitimately sell you an iPhone 4G.

    So really, cut out this jerkish behavior. You might not be laughing by the time this whole thing ends if you find yourself facing criminal charges for knowingly receiving stolen property.

    Especially one that is human, and not merely about a gadget – that's something that rarely comes out of Apple anymore.. Love u gizmodo..

    Plz.. as if the first guy in the history of Apple to lose a device like this isn’t going to get named… Are you serious? If it wasn’t Gizmodo it would be some other site. It was only a matter of time.

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