• Bounty Offered For Photographic Evidence of Apple Tablet

    In what has amounted to a hilarious gag that raised eyebrows and ire at Apple, the digital tech-gossip magazine Valleywag has issued a lucrative bounty to anyone who can provide photographic evidence of the Apple tablet's existence ahead of the device's rumored release later this month.

    Here's the rundown: $10,000 for a picture of the tablet. $20,000 for video of the tablet in use. $50,000 for video of Steve Jobs playing with it. $100,000 for anyone who enables the people at Valleywag to "play with one for an hour." The result of the stunt hasn't prompted any digital photos or video. But the online publication did get a Cease & Desist letter from Apple.

    From Valleywag:

    We've had enough of trying to follow all the speculation around Apple's impending tablet -- how it'll work, its size, the name, the software and whether it will save magazines. We want answers, dammit! And we're willing to pay.
    Naturally, some are speculating that's Apple's prompt and angry reaction to the bounty gimmick all but certainly proves the tablet's existence. Nonetheless, Michael Spillner, the Apple attorney and author of the Cease & Desist letter, received a friendly gift basket from Valleywag.

    Granted, it's no photo of Steve Jobs holding his heavenly device himself (prize: $50,000), but we do feel like it merits some kind of reward. So, Michael, we're sending off a gift basket to you that includes: A DVD of Legally Blonde 2, a $25 Zune Marketplace giftcard, and a fabulous set of steak knives!
    In case you can't tell, tensions are running high at Apple. The same, of course, could be said for many eagerly awaiting the tablet's big reveal - which now seems all but inevitable. And while the attorney from Apple is - in a strange way - the winner of the Valleywag issued bounty, the goal of the scribes at the tech-mag may have been realized.

    Congratulations, Michael Spillner of the prestigious Menlo Park law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe! Your "Letter from Apple" demanding that we stop the Scavenger Hunt specifically the line "Apple has maintained the types of information and things you are soliciting ... in strict confidence" is the most concrete evidence (from Apple itself, no less!) yet that there may indeed be a tablet in the works.
    Image via Valleywag
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