The District Attorney of San Mateo County is moving forward in the case of the iPhone 4 prototype we posted about last year. Fortunately, nobody from our team is being charged. Here’s our parent company, Gawker Media’s official statement on the matter: We are pleased that the District Attorney of San Mateo County, Steven Wagstaffe, has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed by the Gizmodo team in relation to its reporting on the iPhone 4 prototype last year. While we have always believed that we were acting fully within the law, it has inevitably been stressful for the editor concerned, Jason Chen, and we are glad that we can finally put this matter behind us.
Background for those with short memories: Gizmodo came into possession of an iPhone 4 long before its release. They made hay about it, and they also went so far as to ridicule the Apple engineer who allegedly lost the phone. It was tacky. Even if the D.A.’s office doesn’t take action against them, Gizmodo still acted like jerks.