The Pic: The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Civil Liberties director warns that the warrant used to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home may have been illegal.
The Buzz: Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype. A computer-crime task force made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen's house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo. The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, confirmed the warrant's authenticity. Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen's American Express bill and copies of his checks.
So let's see. Someone loses a phone in a club bathroom. Another someone finds it. That other someone recognizes what the phone probably is, says finders keepers, and arranges to sell the phone to a blogger for $5000. Apple asks for the phone back. Blogger gives up the phone. Police raid blogger's home.
Apple is probably taking this one a step or two too far. Besides, the company received tons of free publicity, most of it good. There's no reason to turn around and create the bad now.
I still do not believe the loss of the phone was accidental. It was a plant, plain and simple.
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