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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 robinthakur on 4/27/2010 11:54:58 AM , Rating: 2
OK, this piece of technology is unreleased and Gizmodo have not only plastered it all over the Internet but have also taken it apart putting Apple at risk of industrial espionage, probably pissing them off royallly and guaranteed that they won't be getting any exclusives from Cupertino anytime soon (Kind of crucial when you are a consumer electronics site) They also paid $5000 to get possession of this phone, acquired by dubious means (can his story about trying to return it to Apple be corroborated by Apple? Wouldn't you know if the iPhone you had picked up wasn't your own or ccheck it before you left the bar? I certainly would) presumably knowing that the device did not belong to the person selling it, nor did they attempt to return it or hand it in to the police. This is clearly wrong, its not a "lead", its property that DID NOT BELONG TO THEM which they paid for.

All of the above is bad, but the total douche move of Gizmodo was to name the employee that lost it. Won't be reading their site again, who on earth does Fatso think he is?


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