Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 21:47 UTC
Apple So, I kind of mocked this story yesterday, but today an interesting twist has emerged which puts the story in an entirely different light. This week, CNet reported a story about how Apple is working with the San Francisco Police Department to retrieve a lost iPhone 5 prototype. The police and Apple apparently traced the phone to someone's house, and showed up on his doorstep, threatening him and his family. The only problem - the SFPD has no record of any house search or of the case in general - raising the question whether Apple employees falsely impersonated the SFPD, which happens to be a serious crime in California. Update: While I was busy sleeping, the story changed a little bit, but it's still far too shady. After conferring with Apple, the SFPD now states four police officers were involved, and that only the two Apple employees entered Calderon's house. However, Calderon had no idea these two were private non-police people, since he claims they did not identify themselves as Apple employees. Had he known, he would not have let them search his house. So, update or no, Apple employees still impersonated police officers, and issued threats to intimidate Calderon into letting them search his house - without a warrant. I don't understand how people can just accept this sort of behaviour. Don't you have rights in the US? Update II: Perfect summary.
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SF Bay has a Bridge for Apple to use
by mabhatter on Mon 5th Sep 2011 18:34 UTC
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Apple has enough money to hire pros like Haliburton and Blackwater to handle this stuff... the SFPD are amateurs.

$75Billion is a lot of money... more than enough to cover up some poor chump that nicked a phone in a bar ending up dropped off the Bay Bridge. I'm pointing out that Apple is big enough and rich enough they don't HAVE to involve the police at all. Understand YOUR place in these matters as one little worm poking a giant glossy fruity beast. some little worm, nicked a phone that wasn't his and just found out he poked a BIG SCARY... Besides, doesn't everybody that's had electronics nicked out from under their nose wish they'd end up at the bottom of the bay? it's a "circle of life" kind of thing!

"it's only illegal if you get caught" applies to Apple and their huge pile of cash as much as it applies to stealing their prototypes and posting them on the internet. What's a missing thief or two anyway?

Compared to the dirty hands that Exxon-Mobile has in it's history, Apple is a pussycat toy company for being at the top of the Wall Street hill without having to put a few bodies in the ground... or change dictators of small countries.

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