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Police raid Gizmodo editor's home

Investigation into iPhone 4G leak.

Police have raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home and seized computer equipment following the gadget blog's purchase and documentation of a misplaced iPhone 4G.

"Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers," Gizmodo reported.

"According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of [Gizmodo publisher] Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code." The post also reproduced the warrant and other documentation.

According to Reuters, the San Mateo County DA's office said Apple had contacted them to report a crime and that the raid on Chen's home was connected.

"The allegation was that there was a reasonable cause that a felony theft had occurred," he said. "This is the beginning of the investigation."

Last week Apple contacted Gizmodo to ask for its phone back and the site complied, having ripped it apart, detailed and photographed it extensively online. Would you believe it's a similar size to the last one and has slightly better features?

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