Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:22 UTC
Legal As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk: Think Secret will cease all activities after reaching a settlement with Apple in a lawsuit Apple had filed against the website. In exchange for closing down Think Secret, Nick DePlume, its owner, will not have to reveal its sources to Apple. The press release on the Think Secret website reads: "Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." My take: I have respect for the way DePlume protected his sources; very commendable. I have, however, little respect for Apple in this case (I have written, rather controversially, about it before), and it just scares the living daylights out of me that a company can exert this much power over independent websites.
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Pardon?
by kaiwai on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:35 UTC
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Lets just say you were developing something, I over hear that development; imagine that your company's very survival is based on the success or failure of that product. That leak goes out, and all the development, the hard work, the IP could be potential lost because of that particular leak.

I'm all for speculation, I'm all for people making grandiose assumptions, dreams, reviewing products but at the same time the individuals concerned, who work on the website and in the companies, must respect the companies right to 'privacy' - if a company doesn't want things to go beyond their company's walls, respect it.

Yes, I would like to see Apple be a lot more open, I'd like to see that when they make a decision, they bring in to the discussion third party software and hardware vendors - but at the same time simply jemmying the door open under the guise of 'I have a right to know' simply isn't an honourable thing to do.

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