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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 Mitch101 on 4/26/2010 9:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think there is more to this story than Apple is saying and we all know that Apple likes to hide things. Im betting the guy who lost it in the bar is claiming it was stolen or filed it as stolen otherwise what are the police acting upon? Something had to be filed for the police to get a warrant and raid his home. I'm also betting they took the computers to confirm the story.

Either way Gizmodo has been a big supporter of Apple products and if Apple is in the wrong this could backfire on Apple badly. Look at the list of items taken most are apple products.

The kind of force here also lays credence to the Chinese worker who died over losing an iPhone.

Someone needs to probe Apple as apparently they are above the law.

RE: Apple harassing journalists
By jconan on 4/27/2010 11:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
But Apple will have hidden any records or deleted it alleging that Apple killed the worker. Apple will do the Pontius Pilot as they are above the law with their Messiah running the company. As they can do no wrong even if it was a mistake, wrong or unethical. Obviously Apple probably has lined the pockets of some agency with donations or coercion.

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