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: Makes sense
by crocodile on Tue 27th Apr 2010 07:46 UTC in reply to "Makes sense"
crocodile
Member since:
2010-01-18

How do you know that is a "trade secret"?

I have not seen anything like that written on that iPhone. Apple could call any piece of equipment a "trade secret".

If it is a "trade secret", why Apple lets its employees to take a prototype iPhone to a bar for a beer?

If you let employees to take prototypes to a bar then it means that it is not a trade secret.

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RE[2]: Makes sense
by nt_jerkface on Tue 27th Apr 2010 15:54 in reply to "RE: Makes sense"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It's obviously a product in development which is a trade secret.

There's no reason to assume that Apple gave anyone permission to take it off company grounds.

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RE[3]: Makes sense
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 17:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Makes sense"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

There's no reason to assume that Apple gave anyone permission to take it off company grounds.


Last I read, Apple still had not fired or otherwise disciplined the employee who lost it. Given they recently fired an engineer for showing Steve Wozniak a 3G iPad for two minutes after being given explicit written permission to show said device...I'm inclined to believe the guy who lost the iPhone had been told to take it off campus, perhaps for testing. If that is the case, by law it had to be FCC approved, and therefore it is no longer a trade secret as it would now be in their database in detail.

On that note, has anyone bothered to check out its certification (or lack thereof)?

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RE[3]: Makes sense
by crocodile on Tue 27th Apr 2010 22:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Makes sense"
crocodile Member since:
2010-01-18

"It's obviously a product in development which is a trade secret. "

Yeah right, a bar is really the obvious place for a product in development which is a trade secret!

It is Apple's mistake. Apple lost and now all this is about revenge. It does not matter anymore to Apple if Chen did wrong or right.

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