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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 tmouse on 4/27/2010 10:19:17 AM , Rating: 5
There is no crime for anyone who is not under a NDA to tell any "trade secrets" they come across, as long as they themselves were not actively involved in the stealing of the trade secrets. They can say they purchased something that was purported to be a prototype that was not acknowledged by Apple as actually being one at that time. SO the guy goes to them and says I have a apple prototype phone, they ask if to his knowledge it is stolen, he says no he found it and called Apple (presumably looking for a reward) and no one got back to him. They buy it to get access to it to see if it a true prototype or bull (they take a risk it is a phony but they will still get more than their money back on a speculating story). The police will have to prove they had knowledge it was stolen beyond a reasonable doubt. If you bug a room and get trade secrets it illegal. If you find a stack of papers in a public bathroom it's not illegal unless you use the information for stock manipulation, extortion or your under a NDA for that secret. I still do not buy the idea that anyone would go out and get drunk enough to forget a highly valuable prototype when they work for a company as litigiously anal as Apple. Apple will also be part of this probe, they will have to document the exact time they were notified of its loss as well as all of their steps to retrieve this device (they better have logs of ALL of the places this guy went and proof the contacted them and asked for a lost phone). If their implying it was "lifted" from the guy they better have filed a police report the next day (he HAD to have noticed it was missing by the next morning if not the same night)


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