Unless you’re a person who gets his news exclusively from Will McAvoy, you probably remember back in 2010 when Gizmodo reported the details about a stolen iPhone 4 prototype. It was found in a Redwood City bar by a man named Brian Hogan. After trying to shop the device around to a few different tech blogs, Hogan sold it to Gizmodo for $5,000.
“Gizmodo told me they would give me $5,000 for the story, and another $3,000 after it was confirmed by Apple to be real. They knew that there was no way in hell I was going to be able to ask for the $3,000 after the story aired, but I didn’t. I ended up having to hire and expensive lawyer and had to pay him much more than $5,000.”Hogan obviously took a gamble, and he lost, so of course he's going to sound bitter. His words should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. However I do find it interesting how Gawker treats their sources in the wake of a controversy.
On how his experience compared with that of Gizmodo:
"Actually nothing happened to them. Jason Chen got his door knocked down during a police raid, but no criminal or civil charges were filed. My friend and I were the ones that took the heat. From my perspective Gizmodo took advantage of me."It isn't unprecedented for Gawker to cover their source's legals bills. It happened earlier this year in the case of Joe Muto, aka the "Fox Mole." I asked Hogan whether or not Gizmodo made any such offer in his case. He replied:
"No, when the shit hit the fan I asked them to 'step up to the plate for me' and they basically said F U and I never heard from them after that."