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Gizmodo Editor's Devices Examined in iPhone Case

When the police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's Fremont, California home back in April, they confiscated his computers, server, and electronic devices as part of the iPhone 4G prototype theft investigation. Now officials are examining the hardware for signs of evidence that pertains to Gizmodo's $5,000 purchase of the supposed "stolen" Apple prototype.

Wednesday Stephen Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, said that the local court system had appointed a "special master," an unpaid agent that makes sure judicial orders are followed, and will search the devices for information only relative to the case. This is part on an agreement previously made with Chen's attorney on how the equipment could be searched.

Wagstaffe said that he was under court orders not to reveal the identity of the special master assigned to investigate the devices. However once the investigation is completed, the relevant evidence will be presented to a judge who will then review and present the findings to Chen and his attorney for a chance to make objections. After that, the judge will then decide what will be forwarded to the district attorney.

Overall, the process could take up to two months.

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took a shot at Gizmodo Tuesday, saying that the gadget site tried to extort Apple. He gave his version of the whole incident in an on-stage interview at the All Things Digital D8 conference, admitting that there is still a question of whether the prototype was left behind, or if it was stolen from the employee's bag.

"This is a story that's amazing," he admitted, looking somewhat animated. "It's got theft; it's got buying stolen property; it's got extortion; I'm sure there's sex in there somewhere. Someone should make a movie out of this!"

Jobs also admitted that he has received advise from others that he should just let go of the whole Gizmodo ordeal. "You've got to just let it slide," he has been told. "You shouldn't go after a journalist because they bought stolen property and tried to extort you."

But Jobs was very clear on the matter, saying that "letting it slide" would change Apple's core values. "I can't do that," he admitted. "I'd rather quit."

  • truehighroller
  • Tyellock
    Steve Jobs goes onstage and says the whole prototype incident would make a great movie

    Cameron would be the director, it fits Apple products, all glitter and polish, no real depth.
  • Trueno07
    But Jobs was very clear on the matter, saying that "letting it slide" would change Apple's core values. "I can't do that," he admitted. "I'd rather quit."

    Please let it slide, Apple.
  • zak_mckraken
    saying that "letting it slide" would change Apple's core values.
    Values which are basically : milk the cow dry, then milk it some more.
  • tsnorquist

    Aliens and Terminator were pretty good flicks - can't knock him too much. Sure Cameron is Bi-Polar & Insane, but he does do some pretty amazing stuff.

    If anyone was to direct this movie it'd be Kevin Smith.
  • matt314
    How did they extort him exactly?
  • 1984 - it's funny and sad re-watching that commercial.

    A change in Apples core values sound like a good thing to me. One day looking back I'm sure 2010 will be seen as the year Apple really lost it's glory and reverted to being just another company (Not that it is anything new Apple being bad but merely that now more people are seeing it).
  • Snipergod87
    matt314How did they extort him exactly?I was wondering that myself, and he keeps saying that the device is stolen yet there is no proof if it was stolen or lost, he shouldn't be spouting nonsense until we get all the facts.
  • Chen said that if Apple asked for the Phone back he would give it back to them. So how is that extortion exactly? Of course Chen could be lying. Either way, this just makes Jobs (and Apple) look more and more like the over-controlling Big Brother that we all know he wants to be. The polar opposite of what Apple was supposed to be oh so long ago. Now its nothing but lawsuits, intimidation, and overpriced shiny objects.
  • Desertlax
    Weren't there multiple attempts to return the device made? that were turned down by apple, who believed there was no possible way their might be a gap in their iron-clad security.