"Cloak and dagger and iPhone 4G"
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The Buzz Report
The Buzz Report
Cloak and dagger and iPhone 4G
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
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
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 .....
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
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.