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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: Thou Shall not question the Empire!
By Xaussie on 4/26/2010 8:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm far from an Apple fan boy. Their computers are overpriced prettied up, slow, junk.

I however agree completely that Gizmodo absolutely did the wrong thing here, as did the person who sold them the phone. $5K is going to seem like way too little when Steve is finished with him. I'm not a Jobs fan either but I'm going to enjoy watching what he's going to do to these guys.

RE: Thou Shall not question the Empire!
By Roffles on 4/26/2010 9:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
You and me both...I never have and probably never will choose Apple over a competitor. To me, it's not about Apple. It's about the direction we're headed with online journalism and the blogosphere. Something like this needs to happen to keep these fools in check.

Today it's Apple and tomorrow it will be your favorite hardware manufacturer getting burned by these unethical practices.

By Bateluer on 4/26/2010 11:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, had Apple managed this differently, they'd have cashed in on tens of millions of dollars worth of free marketing, increasing their sales figures. Its also possible, if there were any features in the prototype that hadn't already been done by a competitor, that competing hand sets would be delayed in order to incorporate the new features, giving the iPhone time in the market place.

Instead, they've rubbed salt into their own eyes. Again.

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