Apple’s location brouhaha wasn’t even about GPS data — it was only a cache of cell tower locations. The problem isn’t that the news media aren’t sensationalizing this Carrier IQ story. The problem is that they would if it involved Apple.
No. The problem is that Carrier IQ is shady as hell and Android continues to be a bad bet for a mobile phone, overall, for lots of reasons. This story has nothing to do with Apple. Of course, the wonder of Apple is how Gruber sees everything tech-related (he also likes boring website minimalism-by-numbers, Stanley Kubrick, the Yankees, and whatever his Deck Ad Network stablemate Jason Kottke is linking to).
Gruber's claim is an embarrassment, but it's of a piece with his recent, very sharp decline in quality. He is losing perspective as he becomes another tech-'news' hack.