How Wired tracked down Brian Hogan

Mon, May 3, 2010


Brian X. Chen on how Wired was able to track down the guy who, on one fateful night, left a bar with Gray Powell’s iPhone 4G in tow.

It all started with a Facebook comment. The day Gizmodo published its 4G iPhone bombshell, our former intern Rose Roark saw a suspicious-looking note posted by Hogan on someone’s Facebook wall. She pointed it out to me, and I agreed it was telling. But even so, the comment was vague (a single word) and not enough to draw a conclusion; we didn’t have access to Hogan’s Facebook profile to learn more about him. We created a screenshot of the Facebook wall in case we needed it for future reference.

And so the goose hunt began.


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