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[3]: i dunno
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 27th Apr 2010 09:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: i dunno"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

You'e laving out the part where he contacted Apple... You know, THE ACTUAL OWNER.

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RE[4]: i dunno
by aesiamun on Tue 27th Apr 2010 14:02 in reply to "RE[3]: i dunno"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

After paying $5000 to dissect the product and post pictures and information about it online...

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RE[5]: i dunno
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 27th Apr 2010 14:03 in reply to "RE[4]: i dunno"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

After paying $5000 to dissect the product and post pictures and information about it online...


That is what GIZMODO did. The original finder, however, FIRST contacted Apple.

This isn't rocket science, people. Try to keep up.

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RE[4]: i dunno
by apoclypse on Tue 27th Apr 2010 15:42 in reply to "RE[3]: i dunno"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Do we even know what this alleged person said to Apple? It could have been something along the lines of "If you want your phone back I want $10,000." For which Apple says screw you and locks the phone instead. Not having received anything from Apple he then goes on to contact tech blogs interested in pics and actually got a sucker to buy the device. In-fact that seems about the gist of it to me. If he was really serious about returning it Apple he would have dropped it off at a police station or dropped it in a Fedex box and shipped it to Apple. Blackmailing Apple for the return of the device (as I'm inclined to think is what happened) does not constitute contacting Apple, imo. Its like someone (and this does happen)keeping your wallet or phone at ransom if you don;t pay them compensation. You as the person who lost said object are not obligated to do so and can report whoever contacted as a thief if your stuff is not returned to you.

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RE[5]: i dunno
by sorpigal on Wed 28th Apr 2010 12:00 in reply to "RE[4]: i dunno"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

If I were Apple and I lost a top secret prototype and someone offered to sell it back to me for a measly $10k I would immediately buy it and then contact the police and give them the details they need to locate and arrest the guy I bought it from.

The most important thing from Apple's perspective is that the secrets remain secret. $10k is a drop in the bucket for them and as nice as justice is it certainly won't help their bottom line, whereas not having pics of their prototype on the web certainly would.

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