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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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Shakes head
By damianrobertjones on 4/27/2010 3:02:15 AM , Rating: 2
It's a damn phone. A PHONE!

Why oh why are the cops bothering? Would they raid someone's home if 'YOU' lost your phone??


RE: Shakes head
By cyberserf on 4/27/2010 3:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is not Russia man.
I can't believe someone would authorize a raid on someone's home over a lost/stolen phone.
This is unbelievable.
We need accountability now!!!
If this was Apple's doing make them pay big!

RE: Shakes head
By eddieroolz on 4/27/2010 4:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
A lost phone, with billions at stake. It's not just your ordinary Moto RAZR that's been lost, its a multi-billion dollar prototype that was only authorized to be used by a test engineer.

RE: Shakes head
By R3T4rd on 4/27/2010 4:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
How's it multi-billion? As others have stated on here and other sites, the new iPhone 4G boasts new hardware that have been standard on other Smart Phones from other companies for years now. Sounds more like a $200 prototype.

RE: Shakes head
By eddieroolz on 4/29/2010 5:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
If a test driver loses a prototype car for Mercedes-Benz, he'll be in deep trouble. But hey, it has parts that have been standard on cars for decades right?

Of course, that logic doesn't work.

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