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When Jason Chen of Gizmodo received a prototype of the new iPhone 4, he could not have possibly been able to gauge the reaction and the consequences of his actions.
He published a video showing himself with the iPhone 4 before its release along with a full review and breakdown of the phone.
Police kicked down the door to his home and searched every piece of computing equipment they could find, from hard disks all the way down to flash drives.
Questions were raised of Apple's involvement with the lawsuit and the subsequent legal action against Chen, and even whether Chen was protected under freedom of the press rights held in California and the United States.
Apple eventually asked for the phone back, for which Gizmodo and Chen were happy to oblige -- even with the saga that had kicked off in between.
No computer or operating system is entirely invulnerable from security threats and malware. But Apple has had a long history of advertising its products as being secure.
Yet this past month has blown that entirely out of the water, with colleague Ed Bott discovering the 'Mac Defender' malware: a piece of malicious software which is installed under false pretence. With testimony from Apple whistleblowers, the problem became ever apparent and was soon to all but rage out of control.
A global Christian ministry published an application for the iOS platform, particularly for iPhone users, to help those "struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction". This 'gay-cure' application was only downloaded a few thousand times, with more than 150,000 people signing an online petition urging Apple to take down the software from its application stores.
Eventually, after a few days and the 150,000 signatures -- though it was clear public opinion had some impact on Apple's decision -- Apple took down the application citing reasons that it "violates the company's prohibitions against objectionable content". You did read the slide on the porn-cabal, right?