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ThinkSecret Shuts Down, Settles Apple Lawsuit

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    Apple rumor site, ThinkSecret published a statement today indicating that they would no longer be published due to terms of a confidential settlement.
    ThinkSecret has been one of the longest running Apple rumor sites, starting in 1999. Apple sued ThinkSecret in January of 2005 for posting Apple trade secrets and encouraging and inducing persons to provide product information in breach of agreements.

    When contacted, Nick Ciarelli was unable to provide any further details but said, "I'm very satisfied with the settlement" and wished to thank the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his attorney, Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky, for their support.

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  2. macrumors Penryn


    Ouch, good times they were.
  3. macrumors regular

    Wow. So, what will that mean for MR? I suspect an even greater status of Apple news, but not as many sneak-peaks.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    wow. shocked would be an understatement.
  5. macrumors 6502

    :eek: Wow, this is HUGE.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Well it was good while it lasted. I'm very curious about the details of the settlement however. This sets a pretty good standard however of what might happen to rumour sites that start to play in the red zone.
  7. macrumors 68030


    The end of an era. Oh well, at least we still have MR, right? :)

    Between you and me, though... what kind of future does this guy have in journalism, anyway?

  8. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Think Secret went through a long dry spell after Apple got on their case, but they seemed to be coming up with decent content over the last year. Very interesting developments...
  9. macrumors 6502


    Isn't 9to5 Mac the big time now?
  10. macrumors 68000


    amicable: sometimes you're just happy to escape with your life.
  11. macrumors member

    wow, that's crazy.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Stepped on one too many toes it seems.

    TS has been off the mark many times in the past few years anyway, losing my faith in them.
  13. macrumors newbie

    I always thought ThinkSecret danced a little close to the edge, and that MR is careful and reliable with what is published. I'm not that surprised, and I expect things around here will continue much as usual.
  14. macrumors 68030

    Wow. I definitely didn't see this coming... MacRumors, please be careful!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Yup. Smacks of "Shut up or pay up. (which we know you can't)".
  16. macrumors 65816


    Wow. One of the most notable Apple websites is no more. That will send some waves rippling across the pond.
  17. macrumors regular

    It's too bad they are shutting down. They always had something interesting to say. I can't recall them having too many stories recently with insider knowledge, although I could be wrong. Also, is it normal for settlements like these to be confidential?
  18. macrumors newbie

    Time to start a new one, one that is more resilient to attacks from Apple's lawyers.


    Can't do it here, since that would jeopardize this site. And yet, there are people out there that still want to talk.....

  19. macrumors 6502

    you gotta wonder how much the settlement was to Thinksecret to shut down? I see apple's legal and PR team offering TS ownership a 6 digit to low 7 digit figure to shut down and walk away. They lost their muster and a lot of pageviews over the past year or two. Too bad, good site.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Sounds like Apple paid them off. In essence, bought them to shut them down.
  21. macrumors regular

    This sucks! Looks like they sold out :(
  22. macrumors 65816


    Haha, looks like I came to the party 20 minutes late ;)

    That sucks though, BOOO!
  23. macrumors 6502

    You mean your iLife?
  24. macrumors regular

    Why all over sudden I see that 900 pound gorilla showing up on Thinksecrets door....

    Sad day it is for the community. It is for a large part the rumors that attract new business.

    Grrrr :mad:
  25. macrumors 6502

    Basically, TS had a VERY well informed insider source coming directly from within Apple. In that year that led up to Apple's switch to Intel and Tiger they had pretty much EVERYTHING foretold in advance. Apple here didn't really go after TS per say, their main goal was to find out WHO from the inside was leaking so much info. We'll probably know one day and we might be surprised to discover just how high up that person really was,,,

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