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The iPhone saga gets even more interesting...

It looks as though Gizmodo and Gawker Media has just landed themselves in hot water. Last week's scoop on the fourth generation iPhone brought the site massive page views and coverage on CNN, the Today Show, and even The View.

However, as we noted last last week, law enforcement in the Silicon Valley area are investigating the details surrounding how the iPhone was lost and Gizmodo's $5,000 transaction to retrieve said phone. Today, Gizmodo snuck in a tiny headline on its frontpage that shows that editor Jason Chen had a few visitors to his home on Friday night:

Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

According to Chen's account of the events, the police bashed down his door while he was out. By the time he arrived at home, the police had already been there for a few hours and were well into cataloging his electronic possessions. In total, the task force seized 19 items from Chen's home including his MacBook, a ThinkPad laptop, MediaSmart server, a few external hard drives, two USB thumb drives, digital cameras, and an iPod.

The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team is looking for email communications, call records, contact lists, text messages, and any other material relating to the sale of the iPhone 4G.

While the fourth generation iPhone saga has been detailed here on DailyTech in a few articles, you can see Gizmodo's coverage here. The full subpoena along with Gizmodo's response can be seen here.



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RE: Overkill
By DM0407 on 4/26/2010 6:13:32 PM , Rating: 5
Very true. This comes out of the pockets of everyone here in 'Amer-ka'.

Have we broke down the doors of the CEO's at Goldman Sachs?


RE: Overkill
By thepalinator on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
RE: Overkill
By ekv on 4/26/2010 6:47:20 PM , Rating: 4
Has the White House returned Goldman Sachs million dollar campaign contributions?

It'd be nice if law enforcement agencies would do just that, enforce the law, instead of viewing porn and getting by with a slap on the wrist.

Or bust the muslim punk from Houston that "honor" killed his daughter and fled jurisdiction.

The special task force is nice to have, but perhaps they ought to focus more on nailing the asses of Internet kiddie porn-types, than doing the DEA-style number on Gizmodo. Simply serving the subpoena would've been sufficient.


RE: Overkill
By jconan on 4/27/2010 11:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Would this be considered malfeasance then? The Supreme Court and the police are enacting the improper code. Knowingly it wasn't even reported stolen. 2nd it's not even trade secret as Apple had stated that it was Japanese fake unfortunately it couldn't be recorded on the phone without breaking consent to record. All this sounds quite dubious and a strong hand of malfeasance.


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