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.