Gawker Boss Criticizes Former Employee Over Steve Jobs Apology

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Nick Denton and former Gizmodo blogger Brian Lam exchanged some heated words on Thursday over an email that was sent regarding an iPhone 4 prototype.

On Thurday, Gawker Media boss Nick Denton and Brian Lam, a former bloger for GIzmodo, which is owned by the company, found themselves in a virtual tussle, the Cutline reports.

The reason for the exchange was an apology email that Lam had sent to Steve Jobs last year about the handling of Gawker's handling of a misplaced iPhone 4 prototype.

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In a detailed post, Lam wrote about his brief meetings with Jobs prior to the company obtaining the prototype. "He was always a gentleman," Lam wrote of Jobs. "Steve liked me and he liked Gizmodo. And I liked him back. Some of my friends who I used to work with at Gizmodo refer to those days as the Good Old Days. That is because those were the days before it all went to shit."

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According to Lam, Jobs had called him shortly after Gizmodo wrote a story about the iPhone 4 prototype. "Hi, this is Steve. I really want my phone back," Lam recounded Jobs' message. "I appreciate you had your fun with our phone and I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the sales guy who lost it. But we need the phone back because we can't let it fall into the wrong hands."

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Lam left Gawker earlier this year and it was then that he wrote an email to Jobs to apologize. "Steve, a few months have passed since all that iphone 4 stuff went down, and I just wanted to say that I wish things happened differently," Lam wrote. "I probably would have quit right after the first story was published for several different reasons. I didn't know how to say that without throwing my team under the bus, so I didn't."

Denton took to Twitter in response to Lam's apology email. "A better concept for [Lam's] new website: The Apologist. Find moral dilemma; insert self as painfully and narcissistically as possible."

Lam responded, saying, "For the record, I like Steve Jobs as much as I like you. [B]ut I think he's done more to help the world. [A]nd I respect that."

Denton that responded, saying, "There you go again, apologizing."