It doesn’t appear Brian received the full amount, though. Brian’s roommate Katherine Martinson said Brian showed her $5,000 in $100 US Treasury Notes, which he says he received from Jason Chen.
Brian told Katherine that he had $8,500 in total from Gizmodo. Brian also told her that he would receive a cash bonus from Gizmodo in July if Apple made an official announcement about a new iPhone, thus confirming the authenticity of the phone.
If the cash bonus brought the total payment up to $10,000, then that’s twice as much as Gawker Media boss Nick Denton has been quoted as saying he paid. Nick told Computer World he paid “$5k” for the phone.
Nick could be technically accurate if he only paid out $5,000 at the time the story was being reported. Regardless, it’s obvious he’s paying more than $5,000 or even $10,000, when factoring in all the legal bills.
He already admitted as much back in April when he said, the scoop had “no immediate revenue benefits whatsoever — in fact, only costs.”
UPDATE: Nick sticks by his numbers, emailing us to say: “No idea where that 10k or 8.5k comes from. It was 5k plus bonus if phone turned out to be genuine.”