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and the company cited a California law that protects journalists from having to reveal anonymous sources or turn over unpublished material to law enforcement during a search.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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27 Comments

1. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

9. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 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.

15. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 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

2. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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!

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1080; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

4. Metall8cat

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 12, 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

12. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

5. Valanten

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

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

10. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Amen

13. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

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

22. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 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!

6. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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!

8. conman20

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

11. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 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...

16. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1. That's a brilliant observation conman

14. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

Wow, apple is just pathetic....

17. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 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...

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

20. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

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

23. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

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

25. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Oh shit, we f*cked now!

19. zr1vette

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 22, 2009

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

21. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 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?"

24. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

+1; too funny!

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

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