Snapchat Settles With Reggie Brown Over Idea For Startup

Venice, California-based Snapchat said Tuesday that it has settled a dispute with Reggie Brown, the former Stanford University student who had claimed that he came up with the idea for Snapchat. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Brown had sued Snapchat, CEO Evan Spiegel, and CTO Robert Murphy in November, as well as all of the company's investors, saying they had stolen the idea from him. Snapchat said, "we acknowledge Reggie's contribution to the creation of Snapchat and appreciate his work in getting the application off the ground," explaining that Brown originally came up with the idea for creating an application for sending disappearing pictures messages while at Stanford--the basis of Snapchat.