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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Apple would be far worse than Microsoft
by gustl on Thu 20th Dec 2007 13:14 UTC
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if they had Microsoft's market share.

Fortunately by locking in their customers and locking down their development early on in the game, they never reached the critical mass. Besides, they never succumbed to the extortionist tactics Microsoft likes so much (you don't offer IBM DOS, or else ...)

In those days the "IBM compatible PC" + Microsoft DOS pirated seemd to offer much more freedom and much less lock-in than Apple offered.

Apple has an offer for consumers, and that is where they will stay.

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