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Gizmodo Definition

(Wikipedia) - Gizmodo Not to be confused with Gizmondo, the handheld game console. Gizmodo Web address Commercial? Type of site Registration Available in Owner Created by Editor Launched Alexa rank Current status
English, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese
Gawker Media
Peter Rojas
Brian Barrett
483 (April 2014)

Gizmodo (/ɡɪzˈmoʊdoʊ/ 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.

  • 1 Writers
  • 2 History
  • 3 Coverage
  • 4 Controversy
    • 4.1 TV-B-Gone
    • 4.2 iPhone 4 prototype
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Writers Blogger Position
Brian Barrett Editor in Chief, Drives PT Cruiser
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 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

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.

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.

In April 2007, Allure Media launched Gizmodo Australia, 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 was launched with Portuguese content.

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

In February 2011, Gizmodo had a major redesign.


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

Controversy TV-B-Gone

Richard Blakeley, a videographer for Gizmodo''s publisher Gawker Media, disrupted several presentations held at electronics trade show CES in 2008. 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

In April 2010, Gizmodo came into possession of what was later known to be a prototype of the iPhone 4 smartphone by Apple, Inc. 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. 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.

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. 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. Gizmodo since was barred from all Apple-hosted events and product launches until August 2014, when they were finally invited once more to Apple''s September 2014 "Wish we could say more" event.

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