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[8]: i dunno
by Bounty on Wed 28th Apr 2010 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: i dunno"
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If someone did take such a car, drive it round for a few days and then it was found.. The police would do very little about it

Right, because thats not a good analogy. Better would be that someone from a car magazine bought the car after it was stolen, published an article about how they bought a stolen car, test drove it, then gave it back to the owner. Ohh, and the car is a prototype.

I'm guessing cops would jump on it. In your friends case it was cold, cops have nothing to work with. Here you have someone who basically published the details of the crime, and you know they probably have contact info on the original thief on their computer. Plus possible conspiracy on behalf of Gizmodo who probably gave Chen the 5,000$ to make the deal.

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