Apple rumours: A win and a loss

Some interesting news coming out of the U.S. in the whole Apple/Think Secret lawsuit. Apple was peeved that Nicholas M. Ciarelli kept posting rumours about upcoming Apple products ahead of their official announcement, so they took Ciarelli to court.

There were a lot of questions south of the border as to whether websites could be considered journalists and receive legal protection from lawsuits like this.

Well, Ciarelli ended up coming to a settlement with Apple, but the catch is that Think Secret will be closed based on the agreement. A New York Times article goes into more detail, but I find this horribly depressing. Another independent site closed down based on big-business – and ultimately, this was a fan site for Apple.

I’m sure Ciarelli is happy though – I mean, he made a name for himself and stands to move on to bigger things.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.