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Police search home of Gizmodo's editor, confiscating computers, cameras and cellphones

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Police search home of Gizmodo's editor, confiscating computers, cameras and cellphones
Let's face it, you knew that Apple wasn't going to take a breach of confidentiality quietly. Even with the lost iPhone 4 safely returned to the Apple campus, the guys at Cupertino had to send a message that they were not going to put up with checkbook journalism. So the police tightened the screws a bit by obtaining a search warrant looking for computers and other devices that might have been used to commit a felony. The warrant covered the home and car of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and was carried out Friday by multiple members of law enforcement that make up a computer crime task force and they took away several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cellphones and other gadgets. Other items confiscated include an American Express bill and copies of checks. Gizmodo,as we reported, supposedly paid $5,000 for the mysterious iPhone that was left behind at a San Jose bar by a not-too sober Apple engineer. Apple itself has confirmed the authenticity of the device by demanding the return of its property which was done. The Gizmodo blog is owned by Gawker Media and the company cited a California law that protects journalists from having to reveal anonymous sources or turn over unpublished material to law enforcement during a search. Ironically, the multi-group task force that requested the search warrant was commissioned by the computer industry to fight high tech crime. And who is on this group's steering committee? That's right-a company called Apple.

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source: Huffington Post

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

This. Is EPIC. that just shows Apple and Jobs isnt to be messed with and. Demands respect. I along with everyone wondered why Apple wasn't doing anything. The calm before the storm.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 08:46

9. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I hope you mean EPIC FAIL! This is an inexcusable act of Jobs throwing his weight around and preferential treatment from the government unless there is some specific evidence we don't know about that demonstrates Apple's proprietary intellectual property was stolen from teh phone and was about to be disseminated [free or for sale]. My personial and prejudiced opinion is that Jobs is being true to character [a bully] and we should stick up for the 'little' guy on this one.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 13:36

15. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

First they brick your iPhones' because you popped open the back cover....then they ban your iTunes account because you wanted to custimize it...now they have the police kickin in peoples doors? This company does NOT deserve respect... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R706isyDrqI

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 23:05

2. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

A couple items missed in the post were. 1. It's a felony because the value is over $900 (because they paid $5k). 2. Typically computers can't be seized in a search if they're used for work purposes for journalism. From other articles I read they say that it doesn't look like charges will be pressed on the journalist or Gawker Media, although charges may be pressed against the person who found and sold the property that did not belong to him. It's amazing how much publicity this has received, if it wasn't for the criminal charges I would think it may have been planned.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 01:35

7. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Another thing we can learn from this article that wasn't mentioned: If you see an Apple iPhone or Apple anything laying around, don't pick it up or touch it... just run! Actually if you looked at it you're probably already in trouble. We may all go to jail for looking at the pics posted on the internet, gee thanks Gizmodo!

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 23:42

3. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

just gonna say this once, if this was Microsoft people would be extremity upset AT MICROSOFT!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 00:01

4. Metall8cat (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)

I agree completely. This is borderline ridiculous. Now, because of a careless employee of Apple, a non-culpable party is having his house raided and privacy invaded. Whatever happened to accountability? I say a counter-suit is in order

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 09:46

12. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

ABSOLUTELY AGREED! This is completely a transfer of blame. Nowhere was this journalist held to a confidentiality contract with apple not to publish information about it, provided he didn't actually take the device from Apple's premises. I AM mad at Apple and Steve jobs for this disproportionate response.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 00:53

5. Valanten (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)

Apple are f*****g cowards!!! They can't pursue somebody for their own mess! God I hate this stupid company!!!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 08:46

10. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


posted on 27 Apr 2010, 12:28 1

13. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

Jobs is throwing tons of money just trying to wipe his own employee's ass, LMAO

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 09:36 1

22. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

You don't think this guy is so fired? Unless of course it was an engineered leak... Steve probably has him in his Cupertino basement tied to a chair with water pouring over him and electrodes clipped to his testicles! Every iPhone dims and drops calls when Jobs turns the juice up!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 01:29

6. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Isn't anyone a little concerned about Apple's hunger for power and authority? I mean, I think people should tell Apple they're a computer company, not a country with a dictator. If Apple was in charge of our country we'd be a police state having goons busting down people's doors for no reason. If you were caught with a Microsoft computer or an Android phone you'd be sent to a camp or "disappear" suddenly. Let's send Apple to North Korea! After all they both live in a box you aren't allowed to step out of, HA!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 07:08

8. conman20 (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Makes me think back to the days when Apple introduced the now famous commercial based on "1984". Maybe it wasn't about freeing us from the oppression of PC's, but a peek at Apple's future plans.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 08:50

11. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Yeah, if supposedly Google is "Do no Evil", then Apple is "Do every Evil and worship iJobs" I don't really blame him for trying to get ahead and get his company ahead, it is his job as CEO to do so, I just blame consumers for making it possible for him to do what he does and the competition for not effectively fighting back and illuminating the other consumer options...

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 13:40

16. fishpower187 (Posts: 88; Member since: 22 Feb 2010)

+1. That's a brilliant observation conman

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 13:34

14. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

Wow, apple is just pathetic....

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 15:17

17. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)

That's funny lol. Does anyone see the relation between Apple and Umbrella from Resident Evil? I'm ready to pwn some zombies anyways...

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 16:05

18. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

They can crawl up walls and ceilings, watch yourself! Be sure to pick up some of those red and green plants too.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 16:26

20. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)

Ohh lets call leon. i hear they are bringing him in the RE4 movie

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 09:39

23. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

'In the news today, Milla Jovovich has been hired by Apple. the terms of the employment and he job description were not disclosed...'

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 09:56

25. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Oh shit, we f*cked now!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 16:14

19. zr1vette (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Aug 2009)

BREAKING NEWS apple is releasing a new product called IDictate. place your pre-orders now!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 22:25

21. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)

You guys got it all wrong! Jobs is just "buying" Gizmodo out... Y'all remember that Simpsons episode, when Bill Gates came over to "Buy out" Homer and his internet business, right? He tells his 2 goons to "Buy him out boys" and they came in and trashed his placed turned over the furniture, smashed plants, and busted up his computer. Then Gates looks at Homer and says something like, " What? You didn't think I got rich by spending money, did you?"

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 09:39

24. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

+1; too funny!

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 09:58

26. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

I hope we see a South Park or Simpsons parody about this...

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 04:55

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