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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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Overkill yes, but deserved nonetheless
By Xaussie on 4/26/2010 6:53:06 PM , Rating: 4
My young son left a Nintendo DS Lite in Frys. By the time we realized and searched for it, it was gone. It was my son's Christmas present, and it was never handed in.

The person who took it, if I ever caught them, would be very sorry by the time I'd finished with them. This is stealing, no matter what and the person who took the iPhone 4G did pretty much the same thing. Gizmodo purchasing it for $5K knew they were buying stolen property.

If anything I'm really glad that they did this to a billionaire megalomaniac like Steve Jobs and not me, because he most certainly will (and is already) making them pay for their greed and thoughtlessness in an attempt to profit at the expense of others (e.g. the poor guy who left it behind in the first place).

Reminds me a lot of the utter morons who kept trying to extort money from that billionaire German lady who made the sex tape, and all ended up in jail. (Hint: $13 Billion buys a pretty damn good fleet of private investigators).

RE: Overkill yes, but deserved nonetheless
By soghjai on 4/26/2010 7:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
The person who found the iphone attempted to return it but Apple tech support told him he had a chinese knock off. Apple is a victim of their own paranoia

RE: Overkill yes, but deserved nonetheless
By Xaussie on 4/26/2010 8:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
Such diligence, he called Apple corporate to say he found an iPhone in a bar. Maybe all of their lost iPhone recovery teams were out on other calls that day. That has to be the lamest reason I've heard yet for stealing something and not returning it. Next time I steal someone's Rolex remind me to cover my arse by calling Switzerland and asking them if they want their Rolex back, before I sell it to the highest bidder. Face it, he wasn't trying to return it to it's rightful owner, he was trying to see if Apple would pony up some money to get it back!

Maybe the thief who stole my son's Nintendo DS Lite called Nintendo and asked them if they'd lost one? I should sue Nintendo for not immediately recovering it for me!

I'm ROFL, this guy who took the phone is going to jail and probably some of the people from Gizmodo as well. No sympathy at all, they deserve what they get. Ignorance of the law has never been successfully used as a criminal defence. There was a woman a while back who had $50K accidentally put in her account so she spent it. When they arrested her she claimed she thought it was an inheritance from a relative who died. She went to jail.

By samspqr on 4/27/2010 6:35:02 AM , Rating: 2
the guy who found it called the owner (apple), described it, and stated that it was indeed an iphone, running the iphone OS (for a while), yet it looked kind of different, that's why he thought it was kind of "special"

apple knew it had lost the phone (they remotely killed it), yet they dismissed the call as bogus; it was all their fault, because of their bad internal communications (the project was "secret", so the people picking the phone didn't know about it)

he DID try to give it back; what else could the guy do?

By JonB on 4/27/2010 1:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
The person who took it, if I ever caught them, would be very sorry by the time I'd finished with them.

By "... by the time I'd finished with them." did you mean you have committed another crime of assault and battery? Actually striking them? If so, then you will have trumped their misdemeanor theft with a felony.

Or, if you verbally threatened them with physical harm but didn't actually touch them, they could perhaps charge you with assault (misdemeanor assault, anyway).

The actions taken by Apple, and the "too eager to please" Silicon Valley REACT force, are above and beyond the actual theft of a phone. This wasn't even a "felony" level theft by most dollar level classifications.

This will take at least a year to play out, hopefully to a lot of media coverage. It is better than the Housewives of New Jersey. I'm looking forward to the entertainment.

By Suntan on 4/30/2010 2:05:20 PM , Rating: 2
hmmm... When I was a kid, my dad would have said, "Well son, that will teach you not to lose track of your stuff..."

Too bad there are a lot people like you who constantly find moments in life which can be used to teach your children to be more responsible for themselves, and then waste those moments teaching them to instead b!tch and moan to others about how they were wronged.


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