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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So Apple paid off a blogger ...
by DeKoning on Mon 24th Dec 2007 10:51 UTC
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Pretty simple deal right? Apple offers DePlume the choice of money or a lawsuit. Apple would (probably) win the latter one because it has deeper pockets, or is willing to commit more money. Simple fact is that the blogger took every penny from this case possible: lots of advertisements on his site and a handsome pay-off to quit blogging. So for him it was business as usual, he just calls it "protecting my sources". Right ...

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