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Digg v4 and My Thoughts on the User Backlash

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Last Wednesday, Digg launched it’s newest and most ambitions iteration, version 4, to the masses. I had been using Digg v4 for several months now, as I was lucky enough to get into the pre-release testing phases. I found myself very impressed by the new design and features, so much so that it actually got me digging again. Prior to this I would sporadically check Digg for articles, but I never logged in, nor contributed in any way. Because of this, I was mildly surprised to see such a large backlash from the user-base. Note, I didn’t say I was completely surprised by the backlash, merely surprised at the level of backlash. Change is always hard on some portion of the user-base, and it is to be expected, just as Facebook. Following the backlash has left me feeling that it’s a bit undeserved on Digg’s end, though I’m not completely without sympathy for the anger and frustration some are experiencing. Read more…

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Categories: Reviews, Technology

My take on the iPhone 4g/Gizmodo fiasco

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m sure most everyone who will see this knows the story behind Gizmodo “acquiring” a prototype version of the next iPhone. If, for some reason, you haven’t kept up to date with the story you can find it here.

For the last week or so, many people have been wondering what exactly is going to come of all of this. Would Apple retaliate or take action against any of the involved parties? Well, by the looks of it, Apple certainly is. Jason Chen, Editor for Gizmodo, had his house raided while he was away. The police seized four computers and two servers.

These actions have spawned heated debates on the topic. Some people feel that Gizmodo did wrong by purchasing the iPhone prototype and publishing the information. Others feel that as journalists they should be protected against this sort of attack. Personally, I find myself falling into the first category.

Let’s take a look at the situation as it stands. Gizmodo purchased the iPhone prototype from someone who claimed they found it in a bar. They paid around $5,000 for it. Before this, the seller had contacted Engadget as well, who turned them down.  Obviously, someone at Engadget was smart enough to see a bad situation in the making. What I am having trouble wrapping my head around is why nobody at Gizmodo saw this. Or, if they did, why they thought that it would work out in their favor in the end?

Under California law, people who find lost property are required by law to attempt to find the owner and return it. From the looks of it, no parties involved really tried to attempt this. I mean, how hard can it be to find the owner of an IPHONE. You know, the one that says APPLE all over the damned thing? It seems to me that getting the scoop on this phone was more important to the parties involved than actually obeying the law. Now, Apple is using the law to send a message to the world.

Apple is a smart company, and they have a lot of tools at their disposal in this case. They are going to hammer Gizmodo with everything they have. This police raid on Jason Chen’s house was only the beginning. At this point, they are just trying to gather as much information about the deal as they can. I think that before this is over, we will see charges filed against Gawker, the guy who sold them the iPhone and anyone else that Apple can prove was involved. Apple’s message here will be strong, and I think people will start to think twice about crossing them in the future.

I think Apple is completely justified in their actions. They have the right to be ruthless here, and I think it’s in the best interest of the company to send a strong message in this situation. In order to preserve their future products and the information regarding them, they need to crush the parties involved here. Apple wants people to fear their wrath so much that they will not try to leak anything like this head of time. I can’t say that I wouldn’t do the same if I were in their shoes.

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