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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 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?


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