Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 23:11 UTC, submitted by UglyKidBill
Legal Well, this is unexpected. The iPhone 4G saga just got a whole lot crazier - dare I say it, a whole lot more ridiculous. Have you ever reported anything like a phone or something similarly small stolen to the police? What was their reaction? Did you ever get the device back? Did they send an army of officers to get your device back? No? Odd. They raided Jason Chen's house, and took four computers and two servers. Update: And thus our true colours reveal. "The raid that San Mateo area cops conducted last week on the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen came at the behest of a special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes. And Apple Inc. sits on the task force's steering committee." Update II: According to TechCrunch, the investigation has been put on hold while the DA ponders Gizmodo's shield defence. Update III: Some legal insight from a constitutional law and first amendment expert and a law professor. The gist? The DA has said no one has been charged with anything here, making this just an investigation - however, this makes the search and seizing of material worse. "If the police are literally just gathering information, with no suspect targeted yet, then a subpoena against a journalist would have probably been smarter than a search warranted that resulted in the front door of Chen's home being bashed in."
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RE[4]: i dunno
by apoclypse on Tue 27th Apr 2010 05:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: i dunno"
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First of you are assuming a lot. You are assuming that the device actually was lost and not stolen form an Apple employee having himself a drink or using the john for a bit or even if this whole bar story is even true. I tend to think otherwise. Even if the phone was a lost it was the responsibility of the person to hand the device to the authorities or to the bartender of the place in question. No one has verified the veracity of the incident. However what we do know is that Gizmodo payed about $10,000 for the device and then proceeded to take it apart. Would you like someone to steal you car take it apart piece by piece and then give it back to you, possibly not put back the way they found it? I know I wouldn't. The police are most likely trying to investigate the original person who found the device and most likely took Chen's computer for evidence or emails concerning the sale f the property, which was obviously stolen. This is a serious crime, imo, and should deter other "journalists" from doing the same in the future. Apple is most likely trying to figure who they should press charges against.

Again this is overkill, but for anyone here to argue that Apple isn't well within their rights especially when other companies have done far worst with less, is really being facetious. However people see Apple and loose all sense of reason or recollection. They have a chip on their shoulders regarding Apple from some past implied wrong doing on Apple's part (in here it usually boils down to, "Apple won't give me their OS for free, wah!") want to decry everything they do and at the same time OSnews and everyone else gets their little page hits they are so fond of. Its like the Lion King in this bitch, the circle of life.

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