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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
By inighthawki on 4/26/2010 9:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Oh gee, what a huge secret, a brand new iphone, complete with almost the same specs as every other iphone with a few features tossed in to make people think it's worth paying an additional $500. Let's be honest here, industry or not and secret or not, it's just a piece of hardware and it really isn't special. Should he be punished? Yes. Should they be going through this extreme? No.

I could be making the new latest and greatest gadget in my basement but if I lose it in a bar and someone prints the details of it, the police would likely laugh at me if I asked to do anything more than sue them for damages. Hardly grounds for raiding someone's house and taking tons of personal data in an effort to see if he ever mentions the new iphone...


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