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The Buzz Report
Cloak and dagger and iPhone 4GThis week, the Buzz Report investigates how the iPhone 4G REALLY got into the wild. Plus, Hitler reacts for the last time?
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone's talking about. This week, But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is no longer the iPad. It's now the iPhone 4G prototype accidentally left in a bar. I'm sure you ALL know the story by now, about the phone that was found in a bar, turned out to be a possible iPhone 4G prototype, Gizmodo bought it from some guy and put up a big exclusive that revealed EVERYTHING about the new phone? You know. That story? Anyway, here's what they revealed about the phone itself: It looks like this, or at least this prototype does -- who knows if it's the final design. It's got a camera on the front and a camera on the back, a flash, a micro-SIM card, and like, a lot more buttons. That is all we know. This story has been a nuclear bomb in the tech news cycle for a week now, creeping even into mainstream media. The story, according to Gizmodo, is that an Apple engineer whose name is now mud but used to be Gray Powell lost the phone while partying on his 27th birthday. Then, Gizmodo bought the phone off the guy who half-heartedly tried to return it, ran an exclusive, got tons of press for it, and then demanded a letter from Apple asking for the phone back so they could say the letter was proof that the phone was real. Which they did. Now, the whole story is so weird and the Gizmodo accounts are so self-congratulatory and full of holes that it's creating all this suspicion and conspiracy theories. First, people thought the whole story was fake and the phone was some sort of Chinese knockoff. Now, they're saying maybe Apple leaked it on purpose to try to like, gauge customer interest, and Gizmodo was in on it the whole time. Because like, how would an APPLE employee ACCIDENTALLY leave an iPhone prototype somewhere, when they're SO hard-core about security? It just doesn't make sense. Unless ..... (music) Right? He totally got roofied. And even he didn't, that's what he should tell the thugs over at Apple ... otherwise? [neck slice] And in other Apple news this week, an Apple fan emailed Steve Jobs and asked him about Apple blocking porn apps, satirical comics, and other content, and suggested the company shouldn't be the "moral police." Well, Steve Jobs apparently wrote him back and said, among other things, that Apple does, quote, "have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone." He went on to say, "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." SO. Awesome day for Android!! Oh, and Adobe said fine, you know what, Apple? Never mind. We're not even going to TRY to put any Flash support on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, and we don't even like you anyways. In fact, we are now dating Android, and we are going to start working on Flash on their phones and future tablets. How do you like them apples? Like I said: Awesome day for Android! And finally, let's have a look at what's Clogging the Tubes. This week, it's actually the disappearance of viral videos. That's right ... the weirdly hilarious Hitler Reaction clips are slowly disappearing from the Web, due to copyright crackdown. Constantin Film owns the rights to the movie "Downfall," which is parodied in the clips, and this week started throwing around takedown notices, citing copyright infringement. Hitler's reaction was predictable. Seriously. What were they THINKING? That whole video, by the way, is amazing. If it's gone when you go looking for it ... try Vimeo or DailyMotion, I guess. And Constantin Film? For god's sake. Come to your senses. The Internet NEEDS Hitler parodies. Yeah. That's a hard one to argue for. And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thanks for watching.