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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: Apple harassing journalists
By Omega215D on 4/26/2010 7:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
so you find someone's phone with HIS contact info, yet you can still keep it with impunity? That's some serious bull.

unless the guy who found it called Apple HQ and not tech support it's considered stolen.

That said, I still don't know if this is part of a publicity stunt. XFX did something similar, ie. claiming product was stolen but they had a disclaimer on the bottom of the notice.

If it's not a stunt then yes the person who picked up the phone and Gizmodo broke the law. it needs to be 30 days before someone can claim a found item theirs.

RE: Apple harassing journalists
By walk2k on 4/26/2010 8:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
I do agree the police tactics here seem excessive.. they took his iPod? Really?? Like it would have email or text message or phone records? It's a damn iPod!

Reminds me of Steve Jackson Games all over again.

Also this:

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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