Apple bars Bloomberg from iPad event as payback for spy chip story
Apple and Amazon are already starting to make retaliatory moves on Bloomberg for its claims that the two companies’ servers were hacked by China.
Amazon pulled its Q4 ads from Bloomberg’s website, cutting off significant ad revenue. Meanwhile, Apple has decided to give Bloomberg the old GizmodoV treatment by banning the company from its big fall event.
Bloomberg usually attends all of Apple’s keynotes and has been given numerous exclusive interviews. Now the company will just have to watch the keynote like everybody else.
Buzzfeed reports that Bloomberg was not invited to Apple’s fall event. Apple declined to comment but the move is obviously a diss for not retracting the spy chip story.
How long Bloomberg’s event banishment will last is a good question. After Gizmodo published images of a leaked iPhone 4 they were banned from the keynotes for years. The site was only recently invited back to keynotes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have both called on Bloomberg to retract their story. Multiple security experts, the NSA and Homeland Security have all said that there is no evidence to support Bloomberg’s claim that spy chips were installed on the servers. Bloomberg has continued to standby the report saying it came from over a year of research and multiple sources.