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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 Ristogod on 4/27/2010 9:49:31 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, people like you make me sad I live in a Democracy.

You don't live in a Democracy. You live in a democratic REPUBLIC. And in a republic, the powers of the government are limited to protect the people.

Furthermore, a democracy is mob rule. So if the majority of the people vote to take the minority's homes or possessions away, nothing can prevent that in a democracy. In a republic no democratic vote could allow that to happen.

Also on your points.

1. You are idiotic or naive to think that Apple didn't coerce the police into taking action.

2. There is no law stating that one must interpret the need to and keep a secret. If you need something kept secret, they by god you'd better keep it secret.

Now if Apple could prove by Gizmodo's actions that they causes damages, then that's different. But you and I both know that this will not cause any damages, but rather will only add publicity and sell more overpriced phones to gullible consumers.

3. It's not a conspiracy. If someone got a hold of my phone because I LOST it, and they made my information public, then it's no one's fault but my own. Surely I can get upset about it, because there is a moral issue involved, but I can't expect others to keep safe and secret what I'm not capable of keeping safe and secret myself.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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