Apple's Disputes with Adobe, Gizmodo Continue

Lora Bentley

Whether it was an attempt to divert attention from the iPhone prototype leak or the beginning of a defense for antitrust investigators, Apple CEO Steve Jobs' less-than-favorable comments about Adobe Flash drew a response.


Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on Wednesday, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch accused Apple of turning into Big Brother. quotes Lynch this way:

The story is bigger than HTML versus Flash. It's about freedom of choice on the Web... The technology issue Apple has with us is not that [Flash] doesn't work, it's that it does work. You can make a [Flash] application that works fine across OSes, and they don't like that.

Meanwhile, the kerfuffle surrounding the search of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home office following the publication of iPhone prototype pictures and details isn't over, either. Not only is Gawker Media considering a lawsuit against the San Mateo County, Calif., sheriff's office for unlawful search and seizure, but various media outlets and press organizations have asked the court to open the affidavit that gave rise to the search warrant used.


CNET News writers Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh say:

Making those documents public could reveal whether prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan considered whether journalist shield laws applied to the evening raid of Chen's home last month and whether they viewed bloggers working for Gizmodo parent company Gawker Media as members of a legitimate media organization.

Chen's attorney has indicated he will not oppose the motion. Prosecutors and the sheriff's department have not commented. According to the story, a hearing on the issue has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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