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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RE: Apple went nuts
by kristoph on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 00:55 UTC in reply to "Apple went nuts"
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This story is not true.

The MPAA sues random innocent people - in their quest to snare the guilty - who can't afford legal representation and are forced to give them money. It's legal extortion.

Microsoft forced companies to not carry competing operating system and software. This illegal behavior shaped the computer industry for two decades and still continues to impact it.

Apple makes shiny phones. If you don't like Apple don't buy Apple but please don't start foaming at the mouth without justification.

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RE[2]: Apple went nuts
by some1 on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 17:19 in reply to "RE: Apple went nuts"
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No one has a problem with Apple making shiny phones. What people do have a problem with is Apple abusing legal system to stop others from making shiny phones and Apple corrupting police to illegally break into people's house.

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