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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Nosferatu?
by cmost on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:23 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

This is ridiculous! We're talking about a stupid iPhone, not a matter of national security. I don't buy or own any Apple products (because I don't think they're all that to begin with) but after this, I definitely never will.

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RE: Nosferatu?
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:39 in reply to "Nosferatu?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, to go WAYYYY out on a limb here, it could conceivably be a matter of national security. That device may not have been FCC approved yet, and may have contained technology that could potentially aid a hostile foreign power should it fall into the wrong hands. This is the kind of reasoning that government agencies use in cases like this.

You're right though; it's just a stupid phone after all, and not really that much different from the previous model. The real driving force in intimidating Mr. Chen is Apple's money. It sickens me, even as I type this in Leopard using a Mac-style keyboard. At least I can assuage my guilt somewhat in that it's running on a Hackintosh.

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RE: Nosferatu?
by tyrione on Tue 27th Apr 2010 04:19 in reply to "Nosferatu?"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

This is ridiculous! We're talking about a stupid iPhone, not a matter of national security. I don't buy or own any Apple products (because I don't think they're all that to begin with) but after this, I definitely never will.


We're talking about a multi-billion dollar product that hasn't been released yet.

Think ahead once in a while.

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RE[2]: Nosferatu?
by r_a_trip on Tue 27th Apr 2010 10:02 in reply to "RE: Nosferatu?"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

We're talking about a multi-billion dollar product that hasn't been released yet.

So? Apple can't release it anymore? No Apple fan will buy it, because pictures of a prototype were leaked? Get real.

Apple was sloppy with their prototype. It shouldn't have left the Apple facilities, period.

This is Apple using it's clout within the letter of the law to send a signal to reporters. Report what we don't want reported and we'll get Uncle Sam to rip you a new one. That all is within the letter of the law doesn't mean it's decent.

On the other hand, Gizmodo should have known better. You don't provoke a bigger predator and not get bitten.

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RE[2]: Nosferatu?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 28th Apr 2010 03:01 in reply to "RE: Nosferatu?"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

We're talking about a multi-billion dollar product that hasn't been released yet.

Think ahead once in a while.


Is that going to be the new Apple motto? Doesn't have the same ring as "Think Different," but at least it's grammatically-correct.

But it's good advice... to the idiot who took his employer's "multi-billion dollar product that hasn't been released yet" to a bar.

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