Blogger's home raided in next-gen iPhone probe

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Looks like theres some trouble brewing:

The leaked next-gen iPhone may end up costing Gizmodo a whole lot more than the $5,000 they reportedly paid for the lost device.

Reports emerged Monday afternoon that the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen was raided by police last Friday and authorities seized computers and other tech goodies as part of their iPhone prototype investigation.

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More interesting info. Apple sure takes this stuff real serious.

Police broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and confiscated four computers and two servers, the tech blog reports. Gizmodo broke the news last week about Apple's next-generation iPhone, after paying a source who found it in a California bar $5,000 for the device.

The officers were from the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT), a California law enforcement group based in Silicon Valley. In the search warrant, which Gizmodo posted, REACT officers checked a box indicating that they were looking for property "used as a means of committing a felony."

Since the Gizmodo iPhone scoop broke last week, some have speculated that Gizmodo and its parent company, Gawker Media, might be liable for criminal prosecution for being in receipt of stolen goods under California law.

Gawker has blasted back at the police with seized-property charges of its own, claiming that the police had no legal grounds for seizing a journalist's property. Gaby Darbyshire, Gawker's chief operating officer, wrote to the police that Chen "tells me that he showed you an email I had sent him earlier that day that told him that he should tell you that under both state and federal law, a search warrant may not be validly issued to confiscate the property of a journalist."

Silicon Valley cops raid Gizmodo editor's home, take four computers - Yahoo! News
Obviously Apple is not messing around with this. I remember hearing that apple was cracking down on their prototypes.
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