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Brian Hogan, the man who sold the iPhone 4 to Gizmodo, speaks up

Yoni Heisler, @edibleapple
June 26, 2013
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Back in April 2010, the tech world was all aflutter when Gizmodo managed to get its hands on and post photos of what would later be called the iPhone 4. For a company that prides itself on secrecy, the pre-release photos of Apple's iPhone 4 were a major embarrassment.

If you recall, an Apple engineer mistakenly left an iPhone 4 device he was testing at a bar whereupon it came into the possession of a 21-year-old named Brian Hogan who attempted to hock the device to any tech blog that was willing to pay for it. Gizmodo turned out to be the "lucky" winner, paying Hogan $5,000 for the device.

Yesterday, Hogan started an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit where he answered user-submitted questions about a wide range of topics.

Some quick points of interest from the AMA include:

  • Hogan spent more than $5,000 in legal fees. Crime really doesn't pay.
  • Gizmodo promised to pay Hogan an additional $3,000 after the story aired, but didn't. Again, crime doesn't pay!
  • Hogan was charged with a misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property and had to pay a $125 fine.
  • Hogan says he didn't turn over the phone to the bar owners because he was 21, drunk and "didn't think about that at the time."

The AMA is still ongoing, so hop on over to Reddit if you have a burning question you want to ask the man who helped create quite the Apple scandal a few years back.

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