backtop


Print 106 comment(s) - last by Suntan.. on Apr 30 at 2:05 PM

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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By Xaussie on 4/26/2010 8:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares about the leak. It's just a stupid iPhone. This is about (a) the theft of personal property from a bar (b) someone purchasing property that was clearly stolen (or does Gizmodo think Apple has started selling off prototypes PRIOR to product release to make ends meet or something ???).

And for those who think this is such a special case, start buying stolen property and then blog about the cool stuff you've gotten your hands on. See how long it takes before there's an axe through your front door!

Has anyone noticed that we've only heard the thief's side of the story, which of course paints him in the most glowing altruistic light possible. When the truth comes out we might just hear that the person is actually a professional pick-pocket who was able to swipe a phone from an unsuspecting engineer without getting caught (yet).

If he wasn't stealing it why not just hand it to the establishment. Isn't the first thing any of us would do if we lost something of value in a bar, call the bar and ask if someone handed in an iPhone? Why would you walk out of the place and take it home (and not hand it in to the police either) if your sole intent wasn't to steal it and try and sell it to make money (which surprise! is exactly what he did).


"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki