Jason Chen, the Gizmodo.com editor who broke the story of the missing iPhone prototype – and revealed its 4G guts for all the internet to see – had his home raided by police on Friday evening. All his computers and servers were seized, as well as his cameras, his cell phones, and his iPad. Chen’s account of the raid can be read here.
Gawker’s lawyers have said that because Chen is a journalist, and his home a “de facto newsroom,” the seizure of his computers was illegal under California law.
Even more disturbing is the revelation that Apple may have played a role in the raid. Yahoo News reports:
The raid… came at the behest of a special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes. And Apple Inc. sits on the task force’s steering committee.
Guess Apple isn’t going to write this off as a marketing ploy after all.