Apple iPhone post nets three million blog hits and one police investigation

Police investigating the alleged theft of a prototype Apple 4G iPhone have raided the home of technology blog editor Jason Chen.

Chen, who writes for returned to his house to find officers searching the property. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the police confiscated four computers, two servers, an iPad and various other devices.

An investigation is now underway into whether Gizmodo broke the law by purchasing the next generation iPhone which is believed to have been left in a bar by an Apple employee and then picked up by a member of the public. Gizmodo paid $5,000 for the device and then proceeded to blog about its features.

The story brought in an estimated three million readers in the space of just 12 hours.

The prototype iPhone was returned to Apple after the company made an official request to Gizmodo.

A spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office confirmed the raid had taken place, adding this was “the beginning of the investigation”.

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Richard Morris

Richard joined Lakestar McCann as news editor in 2009 and over the past three years has run the company's daily news feed service. Prior to joining the team at Lakestar he worked as a business reporter at Crain's Manchester Business, and spent three years as a general reporter at the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria.

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