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Apple shuts down one of its greatest supporters in the online news industry for saying too much

From the iPod rumor mill buzz, to the ever-expanding plethora of Apple wares, since its founding in 1998, Think Secret has always been a top source of breaking news from Apple Inc.  While the site dealt chiefly in unreleased and uncertain realms, it scored many scoops that validated its claims of "inside sources" at Apple Inc.

Now in another draconian move, Apple has managed to slay this beloved site, which its executives including Steve Jobs, always saw as an annoyance.  Ironically, the site was chiefly frequented by Apple fans, but Apple has always maintain a closed box policy to some extent which seems to hurt the ones who love it. 

Apple had sued Think Secret for trade secret violations in 2005 after it revealed an unannounced "headless" Mac for $500 and the new iWork office suite.  Apple planned to announce these products at the Mac World that year and virtually confirmed the leak with its lawsuit.  The suit centered on putting the squeeze on Think Secret's sources -- likely so Apple could wish them luck in finding a new job.

Think Secret remained loyal to Apple, its fans, and most significantly its sources to the end.  Site publisher Nick Ciarelli (aka Nick DePlume) settled with Apple, but went down fighting.  Ciarelli refused to betray his sources and instead paid the ultimate price -- losing his beloved website. 

Ciarelli was happy he could at least save his friends from harm.  He sent an email to Engadget stating, "I'll just say that I'm very satisfied with the settlement, and that I'd like to thank the Electronic Frontier Foundation and my attorney, Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky, for their support." 

In the end, Apple's latest move does not sound unfamiliar.  After all, this is the company that bricked thousands of users phones for switching networks and for years sued Mac clones out of existence, despite destroying its own market dominance in doing so. 

However, many will see this latest move as a new low for Apple and Steve Jobs to sink to.  After all, Think Secret was one of the stalwarts of the online tech news industry and a loyal supporter of Apple. 

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RE: Apple on it's way down?
By Hieyeck on 12/20/2007 7:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Eh... Apple products aren't even that nice, just... shiny and different. I've never really even wanted an iPod, since I'm a proud Apple hater, and having one only makes it worse. The headphones they ship with suck (and official replacements are $40 - thanks, but I think I'll get cheapo Sennheisers for infinitely better sound), you HAVE to encode videos to mp4, and the screen is so bleeding tiny you can't watch ANYTHING on it. Good thing I got it as a gift.

You buy Apple to differ from the norm, that's about it. The rebels of the 80s still trying to be rebellious in their 30s and 40s.

RE: Apple on it's way down?
By 306maxi on 12/21/2007 4:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I have a G4 iPod which is connected to the Pioneer stereo in my car. It plays music and that's really all it needs to do. I just don't see the point of watching videos on a small screen. Yes the headphones do suck. I bought some cheapo Sony earphones and they gave far better sound. But you can't fault the clickwheel as an interface. But a good interface doesn't make the company great.

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