Gizmodo editor cleared in iPhone case

Jason Chen posted this photo of himself as part of his review of the iPhone prototype. In a victory for California’s journalist shield law, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has decided he won’t prosecute Gizmodo.com editor Jason Chen for buying an iPhone prototype that had been lost at a Redwood City bar by an Apple employee. Wagstaffe decided that Chen bought the phone for a legitimate journalistic purpose — in this case, reviewing a product months before it

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Despite deal, Gizmodo editor could still be charged

The deal Gizmodo editor Jason Chen made with prosecutors doesn’t stop them from charging him in connection with the prototype Apple iPhone 4 that he bought from a man who claimed he found it at a bar. Under the deal revealed Friday, Chen will get the computers and other items that the REACT (Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) law enforcement task force took from his Fremont home on April 28. In return, Chen agreed not to sue police and prosecutors

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Gizmodo banned from Apple event

The Merc’s Patrick May reports that Apple has banned Gizmodo, the site that first posted photos of the newest version of the iPhone, from its Worldwide Developers Conference that opened in San Francisco on Monday. “We’re banned for life, I think,” said Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam. Lam said he got no response to Gizmodo’s request to attend the show. “I’ve worked with these people for seven or eight years, and they never failed to write me back. This tells

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Gizmodo editor’s computers taken to FBI crime lab

The Daily Post reported today that the computers seized by police during the night raid of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home have been turned over to an FBI computer forensics laboratory in Menlo Park. The FBI will go through the computers to look for evidence of the theft of a next-generation iPhone, said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. A court-appointed special master will review the data from the computers and determine what is pertinent to the

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Search warrant shows Apple pressured cops

The affidavit a special law enforcement task force used to search the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen was released this afternoon by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan. The affidavit is 10 pages, and probably the lede of the story is that Apple pressured cops into finding the missing next-generation iPhone that wound up in Chen’s possession. There’s even some conversation between Steve Jobs and a Gizmodo employee in the affidavit. Interestingly, there’s no mention in the

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