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Internet's biggest smartphone leaker Evleaks retires

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The biggest source of smartphone leaks on the internet has called time on a two-year launch event-spoiling career.

Evleaks, also known as Evan Blass, is a former Engadget and Pocketnow journalist who opted to leave the life of a paid scribe and set up a Twitter feed dedicated to smartphone leaks.

Under the initially anonymous guise of @Evleaks, Blass spouted a countless stream of tech-related leaks. Even more remarkable than the number of them was the hit rate - if a device was featured on @Evleaks, you knew it was more than likely in production in some capacity.

Over the weekend, Blass revealed that he had retired via - what else? - Twitter. "All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT]" he wrote.

When pressed on his reasons for leaving the smartphone leaking game, Blass told TNW that it came down to money. Put simply, it's difficult to make any out a Twitter feed, no matter how popular.

Blass had attempted to monetise his unique position through sponsorship, donations ("felt like online panhandling"), and eventually by funnelling readers to a website. But with those Evleaks posts distributed over Twitter anyway, there proved to be little incentive to visit.

Now, having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis some years ago, Blass felt the need to earn a decent wage with a solid pension. He will be embarking on a new career to hopefully do just that.

Presumably HTC, Samsung, Apple and co. will be very encouraging of this career change.

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Prem Desai

August 4, 2014, 11:09 am

Excellent!! Now hopefully 'Trusted Reviews' will be able to focus on just that - not unconfirmed rumours.

I hope I'm not alone, but I like to know what is available and when I can but it rather then the next model several months away may be 1mm thinner and may or may not sport a larger display, etc - which tells me nothing.

Don't take it the wrong way TR, you guys do an excellent job with the reviews and news, but lately the rumours have been a bit too much ......

meerkat82

August 4, 2014, 11:18 am

I'm sick and tired of rumours, why can't people wait until there is a press release? Are people so restless/bored they feel the need to speculate on what may or not be in the works? Apple is the absolute worst, who cares what size screen the new phone may or may not have *until it becomes available*

Pbryanw

August 4, 2014, 5:13 pm

Yeah, I also don't like all the rumour news, a lot of which turn out to be false, but I assume the page-hits are too big for TR to give them up?

Bugblatter

August 4, 2014, 8:36 pm

Yes the "News and Features" section is mostly rumours and speculation. I guess it helps with Google rankings but it's rare there's anything of interest.

besweeet

August 5, 2014, 11:04 pm

You guys really don't know the real evleaks... He's a reckless, heartless troll, with no care for a thing in the world. I was a victim of this for a countless number of months. Hundreds of emails, tweets, threats, blackmailing and harassing, insulting statements from him directly.

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