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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What REALLY happened...
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 28th Apr 2010 01:49 UTC
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This is all so obvious, Apple deliberately set Gizmodo up by getting someone to sell the phone to them. Why? Think about it! Gizmodo is basically nothing more than an outside marketing department for the iDevices, except for all of that unsightly coverage of products made by other companies.

But Apple can't buy Gizmodo outright, going into full-blown "Ministry of Truth" mode would probably put serious strain on the RDF. Now, though, they can sue Gizmodo until they have no money left, so Apple will end up with control of Gizmodo as part of the settlement.


What? It's just as plausible as the claims that "OMG MICOR$1~ (LOLLOLOLOL) is secretly funding Psystar to attack the GPL!"

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