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Police raid home of Gizmodo writer over iPhone prototype

Police confiscated computers, hard drives, and cellphones from the home of Gizmodo writer Jason Chen's, searching for information related to the rare Apple iPhone prototype he reported on.

An iPhone prototype, left, is shown next to the iPhone 3GS in this image from Gizmodo.com.

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The case of the missing iPhone 4G took a more serious turn Monday afternoon with the revelation that police with a search warrant raided the home of Gizmodo writer Jason Chen Friday night.

Officers from California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team seized computers, hard drives – even a new iPad – searching for evidence related to the rare iPhone prototype that Mr. Chen obtained and reported on earlier this month. Gizmodo parent company Gawker Media reported that it had paid $5,000 to obtain the phone from someone who found it in a bar last month.

On Monday afternoon, Gizmodo posted the full text of the warrant; a letter from Gabby Darbyshire, chief operating officer and legal counsel for Gizmodo parent company Gawker Media; and Chen's account of the events.

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