Nintendo Wii console now in BLACK with extras!

You know damn well it looks sexy. I tend to agree.

The Nintendo Wii continues to dominate the monthly US sales charts, and Nintendo is sweetening the deal for those yet to take the plunge: starting on May 9, the system will add Wii Sports Resort and a Motion Plus attachment to the already included hardware and Wii Sports game. You’ll also be able to buy a new model of the hardware in black.

The price will remain $200 in the US, and the price outside the US “will be established by the local markets, but offer similar consumer value.”

Here comes the marketing! “Previously unavailable throughout the Americas, the black version of the Wii console will offer all the groundbreaking features and functions of its white counterpart in a stylish new color scheme,” the statement explains. “Whether they aim to color-coordinate with other devices or simply love the way it looks, consumers throughout the Americas can add a black Wii console with matching black Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to their home entertainment lineup.”

Nintendo is basically adding an extra $50 worth of value to the package, and Wii Sports Resort is a good time with friends. Nintendo should enjoy very brisk sales this month.

Apple getting bad rep over management of lost iPhone

Journalists are already getting warmed up for the next big Apple event, the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where they will most likely get a look at the next generation of the iPhone. But there might be fewer people lined up, and not just because we got a peek inside the new model when photos of a prototype were leaked on a blog two weeks ago. We also got an unflattering peek inside the company itself.

After Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media, paid $5,000 to obtain a next-generation iPhone that an unfortunate Apple engineer left sitting in a Silicon Valley bar, things started to get ugly out there in gadget land. Officers from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office kicked in a journalist’s doors and confiscated computers. Apple didn’t do the kicking, but it apparently filed a complaint — not seeking the return of their phone, which they had already retrieved, but information.

Perhaps the law is on the side of Apple and that of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, California’s high-tech crimes task force, which served the search warrant (Apple is represented on the public agency’s board). Perhaps Gizmodo was involved in the felony theft of property when it paid $5,000 and published photos and videos of the device. Perhaps Jason Chen, the Gizmodo blogger who lost four computers and two servers to the police last week, is not protected by the California shield law intended to prevent the authorities from seizing journalists’ reporting materials without a subpoena (that matter is currently under consideration so the police and county attorneys have held off combing through the computers).

Gizmodo editor Jason Chen said the phone had been left at a bar in Redwood City by one of Apple Inc.’s engineers. Chen arranged to return the iPhone when the company posted a letter by its lawyer asking for its return last week. Last Friday, a special computer-crime task force made up of different law enforcement agencies searched Chen’s house and car in Fremont, Calif., and took computers, servers and accessories. The search warrant said the computer and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Investigators also seized Chen’s credit card bills and copies of his checks. Chen’s lawyers argue that California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to him.