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Jobs at D8 on GizmodoJobs talks candidly about Apple's situation with Gizmodo, the site that bought an iPhone prototype found in a bar.
>>So, you had a prototype of one of your products that wound up in a bar and then there was a blog that paid somebody some money, we don't really know the whole story cause the investigation I guess is underway with the police but... >>One of our employees, you know, to make a wireless product work well you have to test it and there's no way to test it in a lab completely so you actually have to carry them and test them out and one of our employees was carrying one and there's a debate as to whether it was left in a bar or stolen out of his bag but I don't know the answer to that and the person that ended up with the phone decided they would try to sell it to somebody so they called in Gadget and they called Gizmodo. It turned out that the person that got the phone tried to activate it by plugging it into his roommate's computer and she's the one that called the police and that's why they got the search warrant. >>She called the police or did she call Apple? >>She called the police and so the police came and felt that they needed to grab some stuff before it was all, before it all disappeared and, so, this is a story that's amazing. It's got theft, it's got buying stolen property, it's got extortion, I'm sure there's sex in their somewhere, you know. >>Really. >>And so somebody should make a movie out of this. So, it's just this whole thing is very colorful and the DA's investigating it and to my knowledge they have somebody from the courts that is making sure that they only see stuff that relates to this case and no other cases. I believe they're taking great pains to do that and, so, I don't know where it will end up. It's really up to the DA. >>Would you mention in the next 10 years of your life is going to be about? >>When this whole thing with Gizmodo happened I got a lot of advice from people that said you've gotta just let it slide. You shouldn't go after a journalist because they bought stolen property and they tried to extort you and I thought deeply about this and I ended up concluding that the worst thing that could possibly happen as we get big and we get a little more influence in the world is if we change our core values and start letting it slide. I can't do that. I'd rather quit. We have the same values now as we had then. We're maybe a little more experienced, certainly more beat up, but the core values are the same and we come into work wanting to do the same thing today as we did five or ten years ago which is build the best products for people. You know, there's nothing that makes my day more than getting an e-mail from some random person in the universe who just bought an iPad over in the UK and tells me the story about how it's the coolest product they've every brought home, you know, in their lives. That's what keeps me going and it's what kept me going five years ago, it's what kept me going ten years ago when the doors were almost closed and it's what'll keep me going five years from now whatever happens.