Apple Crushes News Leak Website

Think Secret published unreleased corporate info, inside scoops
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 4:02 PM CST
Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, in this Jan. 9, 2007 file photo.. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After seven years publishing sneak previews on all things Apple, website Think Secret has been run out of the water by its biggest target. While die-hard Apple-pickers flocked to the site for breaking news on updates and upcoming software, Apple found the site a nuisance, and launched a lawsuit in 2005 targetting it for leaking trade secrets, DailyTech reports.

Refusing to cave into the suit, Think Secret publisher Nick Ciarelli held fast and didn't out any of his sources. DailyTech slags Apple's move as of a piece with other recent heavy-handedness, which includes disabling iPhones that customers unlocked and suing Mac knock-offs, and notes the irony in shutting down a major source of pro bono publicity.