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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 jonmcc33 on 4/27/2010 8:59:52 AM , Rating: 5
Actually it is Apple's fault. They would have had to claim that it was stolen in order for the police to take such action. If something is lost and then found and returned to the owner then there is no crime, and police are not involved.

I must LOL at your "Nazi police" statement. Nobody likes the police until they need them it seems.


RE: Apple harassing journalists
By Ristogod on 4/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: Apple harassing journalists
By tmouse on 4/27/2010 9:46:33 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
By the time some one needs the police, some one is already dead


Really? You sir live in a very sad world within the confines of your own tiny mind. I certainly do not think people in these sectors are gods, they do serve a vital function to ensure any form of civilized society, or do you believe in a Disney like "it's a happy happy world" where we do not need these type of people. Police do become cynical, you would too if you spent the majority of your life dealing with victims and criminals.


RE: Apple harassing journalists
By MojoMan on 4/27/2010 10:34:23 AM , Rating: 3
He brings up a good point tmouse. Don't insult his intelligence. Someone can be narrow minded without being stupid. I don't think he's the one with the narrow mind here though. I have a cousin who is a sheriff. He has told me multiple times... they CANNOT protect you! They can only try to catch the bad guys AFTER a crime has been committed. That's why people need to arm themselves. His words, not mine.

Sure, we need them. They perform a vital function. However, police ARE working more and more with the military now (a violation of the LAW they are suppose to uphold), so his talk about police who abuse their power is a valid argument.

I was lied to and harassed by a police officer one time when I had just finished up my cheese burger in a McDonald's parking lot. He called me a liar and said I was up to no good. I drive a nice car, was in a nice part of town, had an empty McDonald's bag, and a receipt to show I had good reason to be parked in the parking lot for the 15 minutes I was parked there. Didn't matter. He still called me a liar and said I had been prank calling McDonald's. That's when I showed him my cell phone. What a pathetic joke of "police work." I'm sure we could all share stories like this.


RE: Apple harassing journalists
By tmouse on 4/28/2010 7:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
You obviously have a VERY distorted view clearly colored by your personal experiences, hardly someone to throw around the term narrow minded. I'll stand by my statements as I suspect the majority of people would. The police certainly are no gods, just people who have to deal with the crappy parts of our society so we don't have to. Most police are fairly decent people, sure there are a@@hats as there are in EVERY occupation bar NONE. Most of us really hate them when we get caught doing things we KNOW are wrong and say stupid things like why are you not going after real criminals? They "protect" not by stopping someone from a crime before it happens (which would kind of require some form of supernatural powers) but by enforcing the laws (whether we like the laws or not, determining if the laws are fair is not their jobs but the jobs of our elected officials and by extension us). Your cousin is a piss poor sheriff in my opinion if he really said that you have to arm yourself (I suspect you were talking about a VERY specific incident involving a violent crime). Taking drug dealers off the streets (if only for a short time) protects people, same with pedophiles. Yes even speeding tickets even though none of us like them, things would be ALLOT deadlier on the roads if there was NO law enforcement. Take a criminal off the street you protect future victims from that criminal (obviously not ALL crime). If your cousin cannot see that maybe he should turn in his badge.


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