Gizmodo

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Not to be confused with Gizmondo, the handheld game console.
Gizmodo
Web address gizmodo.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Blog
Registration Optional
Available in English, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Peter Rojas
Editor Brian Barrett
Launched 2002
Alexa rank positive decrease 483 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

Gizmodo (/ɡɪzˈmd/ giz-MOH-doh) is a design and technology blog. It is part of the Gawker Media network run by Nick Denton and runs on the Kinja platform.

Writers[edit]

Blogger Position
Brian Barrett Editor in Chief
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan Design Editor
Eric Limer Man Child
Michael Hession Associate Video Editor
Nicholas Stango Assistant Photo/Video Editor
Jesus Diaz Senior Contributing Editor of Pedantics[2] and Art Director
Jamie Condliffe
Andrew Liszewski
Contributing Editors
Brent Rose
Andrew Tarantola
Casey Chan
Leslie Horn
Kyle Wagner
Mario Aguilar
Ashley Feinberg
Staff Writers

History[edit]

The blog, launched in 2002, was originally edited by Peter Rojas, but he was recruited by Weblogs, Inc. to launch their similar technology blog Engadget. By mid-2004, Gizmodo and Gawker together were bringing in revenue of approximately $6,500 per month.[3]

In 2005, VNU and Gawker Media formed an alliance to republish Gizmodo across Europe, with VNU translating the content into French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and adding local European-interest material.[4]

In April 2007, Allure Media launched Gizmodo Australia,[5] under license from Gawker Media and incorporating additional Australian content.

In November 2007, the Dutch magazine license was taken over by HUB Uitgevers.

In September 2008, Gizmodo Brazil[6] was launched with Portuguese content.

In September 2011, Gizmodo UK[7] was launched with Future to cover British news.

In February 2011, Gizmodo had a major redesign.[8]

Coverage[edit]

A Gizmodo blogger captured the first photos from the floor of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2007,[9] and according to Reuters, journalists at the (simultaneous) Macworld debated whether Gizmodo or Engadget had the better live coverage of Steve Jobs' 2007 keynote.[10]

Controversy[edit]

TV-B-Gone[edit]

Richard Blakeley, a videographer for Gizmodo's publisher Gawker Media, disrupted several presentations held at electronics trade show CES in 2008.[11][12] Blakely secretly turned off flatscreen TVs using TV-B-Gone remote controls. This resulted in the videographer being barred from CES 2008, and any future CES events.

iPhone 4 prototype[edit]

In April 2010, Gizmodo came into possession of what was later known to be a prototype of the iPhone 4 smartphone by Apple, Inc.[13] The site purchased the device for US$5,000 from Brian J. Hogan, who found it unattended at a bar in Redwood City, California, a month earlier.[14][15] UC Berkeley student Sage Robert, an acquaintance of Hogan, allegedly helped him sell the phone after failing to track down the owner. With Apple confirming its provenance, bloggers such as John Gruber and Ken Sweet speculated that this transaction may have violated the California Penal Code.[16][17]

On 26 April, after Gizmodo returned the iPhone to Apple, upon Apple's request, the police group California Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team executed a search warrant on editor Jason Chen's home and seized computers, hard drives, servers, cameras, notes, and a file of business cards, under direction from San Mateo County’s Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe.[15][18][19] Since then, Gizmodo and the prosecution have agreed that a special master will review the contents of the items seized and determine if they contain any relevant information.[20][21] Gizmodo has since been barred from all Apple-hosted events and product launches.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gizmodo.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Despite Design Focus, Apple iOS 7 Doesn't Fix Its Ugly Off-Center 1". Gizmodo.com. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  3. ^ Greg Lindsay (June 1, 2004). "What Makes Nick Tick? The smartest publisher in the blogosphere says there's no money online. So why doesn't anyone believe him?". Business 2.0. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  4. ^ "VNU to Publish Gawker's Gizmodo Blog in Europe". MarketingVOX. October 7, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Gizmodo Australia". Gizmodo.com.au. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Gizmodo Brazil". Gizmodo.com.br. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  7. ^ "Gizmodo UK". Gizmodo.co.uk. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  8. ^ This Is the New Gizmodo, Gizmodo.com
  9. ^ Schofield, Jack (2007-01-07). "Gizmodo claims first blood at CES 2007". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ "Apple's iPhone steals spotlight from rival tech show". Reuters. January 10, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  11. ^ Needleman, Rafe (10 January 2008). "Bloggers behaving badly: Gizmodo messes with CES flat screens". Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  12. ^ Lam, Brian (10 January 2008). "Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES". Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  13. ^ Helft, Miguel; Bilton, Nick (2010-04-19). "For Apple, Lost iPhone Is a Big Deal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  14. ^ "Man who found — and sold — the missing iPhone unmasked". Today in Tech. Yahoo News. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  15. ^ a b Lundin, Leigh (2 May 2010). "The Fourth Estate, The Death of Journalism". Newsworthy. Criminal Brief. 
  16. ^ Sweet, Ken (2010-04-19). "Gizmodo paid for iPhone 4G: so are they receivers of stolen goods?". Technology Blog (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  17. ^ "Legal, Eh?". 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  18. ^ Sutter, John (2010-04-26). "Police seize computers from Gizmodo editor". SciTechBlog (CNN). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  19. ^ Calderone, Michael (2010-04-26). "Silicon Valley cops raid Gizmodo editor's home, take four computers". The Newsroom. Yahoo News. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  20. ^ Lundin, Leigh (2010-06-13). "Prosecutor in Search of a Crime?". Newsworthy. Criminal Brief. 
  21. ^ Myslewski, Rik (4 June 2010). "Search begins on seized Gizmodo journo kit". Der Ring des Gizmodophonelungen. San Francisco, California: The Register. 

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