Steve Jobs and the Gizmodo Controversy

By Deane Barker on October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs Was a Kind Man: My Regrets About Burning Him: Great article from the former editor of Gizmodo about the iPhone controversy, when they got their hands on a new iPhone that was lost.  Steve Jobs himself called them about it:

The next call, I told him we’d give him his phone back. He said, “Great, where do we send someone?” And I replied that before we talked about that, we needed to talk about the conditions: we needed Apple to claim it as theirs, which is what we saw as the right legal process for claiming goods that had been lost. He said he didn’t want to claim it on record because it would affect sales of the current model. He said, “you’re asking me to shoot my toes off!” Maybe it was about the money, but maybe it wasn’t. I got the feeling that he just didn’t want to be told what to do, and I didn’t want to be told what to do, either. Especially by someone whom I was supposed to be covering. Plus, I was sort of in a position to tell Steve Jobs what to do, and I was going to take it.

This time, he was not happy. He had to talk to some people, so we hung up again.