Police seize Gizmodo’s Jason Chen’s Macs, iPad, more after he posted next-gen iPhone video and pics

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“A blogger who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype has given up his computer, digital camera and cell phone to law enforcement,” The Associated Press reports, “A special computer-crime task force made up of different law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen’s house and car, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.”

“The warrant says the computer and other devices may have been used to commit a felony,” AP reports.

Full article here.

Gizmodo states, “Last Friday night, California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen’s home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.”

Full article, with the search warrant, inventory of the seized material, Jason Chen’s account of the events, and more here.


  1. Gizmodo + Steve = absolutely the winningest PR team in the market today!

    Jobs’ genius keeps on giving. This is not only not over, the best is yet to come and will play out for months.

    Result as planned: everybody will want the new phone.

  2. The underlying incident was just slathered with wrongness. The person who found the device then decided to profit from it acted irresponsibly, unethically, immorally and stupidly. S/he needs to be prosecuted. And the “journalist’s” actions were similarly wrongheaded and also deserve prosecution. Assuming management and legal representation at Gizmodo, they should have known better too. There’s plenty of bigger fish to fry out there, but these total morons deserve to be punished too. This law abiding Apple lover is glad the police are looking into it.


    J A S O N C H E N S U C K S!!!
    J A S O N C H E N S U C K S!!!
    J A S O N C H E N S U C K S!!!
    J A S O N C H E N S U C K S!!!

    How’s it feel Jason? Fun? Douche.

  4. This hole thing is a piece of $h!t. Gizmodo did nothing wrong. It’s illegal to purchase an item you know was obtained illegally. However, the iPhone was left out in public and the guy tried to contact apple to get it back. Basically, the guy stumbled into the iPhone, he didn’t obtain it legally. Under CA law there may be a case against the guy that sold it for $5K, but Gizmodo shouldn’t be liable for crap.

  5. I think maybe a few of us are looking at it from the wrong angle. What Jason did, to be honest, is partly his job. You get the shiniest tech-grail months in ahead of its due time, it’s like every tech reporter’s wet dream. Maybe it’s illegal how he had obtained it, but that’s for the judicial system to decide.

    However, we shouldn’t be contemptuous or angry with Gizmodo on the same vain as we are with, say, Google with its backstabbing evil ways.

    Meanwhile, I for one, find the entire situation (from German beer/Lufthansa followup, to Apple scratching their head and Woz’s T-shirt, to this police harassment) to be immensely funny so far, to be honest. No real harm done, Apple got a teaser of what the future consumers may feel about the hardware, Android ‘Incredible’ got some of its wind knocked out, and finally, it’d be fantastic if Apple somehow still manages to catch us completely off guard come summer…

    So, yeah, don’t be a hater, Apple is firing on all cylinders (as the cliché goes), and we can afford to loosen up a bit as fans, so very unlike the paid shills of Google et al.

    Good times…

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