“Apple officials told police investigators that the publication of photos of an iPhone prototype was ‘immensely damaging’ to the company and represented a ‘huge’ loss, recently released court documents show,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“Those documents, released Friday by a San Mateo, Calif., county judge, reveal details of a meeting between police and Apple officials that ultimately led to the seizure of several computers from the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen,” Keizer reports. “The next day, April 20, Detective Matthew Brand of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office met with Bruce Sewell, Apple’s chief counsel, Rick Orloff, the company’s director of information security, and George Riley, a lawyer from the Los Angeles law firm of O’Melveny and Myers, which represents Apple. During the meeting, Riley told Brand that the premature disclosure of iPhone details had been ‘immensely damaging’ to Apple.”
“‘By publishing details about the phone and its features, sales of current Apple products are hurt wherein people that [sic] would have otherwise purchased a currently existing Apple product would wait for the next item to be released, thereby hurting overall sales and negatively effecting [sic] Apple’s earnings,’ Riley said, according to the affidavit Brand swore out for a search warrant of Chen’s residence,” Keizer reports. “When Brand asked Riley to put a dollar amount on the loss, Riley said he could not estimate it, but believed it was ‘huge.'”
Keizer reports, “The affidavit also revealed that Apple knew the identify of the man who sold the prototype iPhone to Gizmodo on the same day that the blog published its story.”
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