Apple Forces Rumors Site To Shut Down

from the ouch dept

For a few years now, there's been a legal battle going on between Apple and Think Secret, a very popular Apple rumors site for publishing certain rumors. The lawsuit had many people up in arms, as they pointed out that Think Secret should be protected in the same way a newspaper is protected (and noting that Apple would never sue the WSJ the way it sued Think Secret). It made sense to go after whoever leaked the info to ThinkSecret, but going after the publication was ridiculous. While the case has dragged on, unfortunately, Apple won some of the legal battles. Now, as sent in by Jon, comes the news that Apple and Think Secret have "settled," but that settlement means that Think Secret needs to cease publishing entirely. The guy behind Think Secret notes that he never gave up the source, and calls this settlement amicable -- but it sets a horrible precedent for plenty of sites, and may create quite the chilling effect on reporters and bloggers alike. It's really a shame that Apple even decided to pursue this vendetta, and the fact that it ends with Think Secret being shut down completely is a travesty.

Filed Under: anonymity, rumors
Companies: apple, thinksecret

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    George Thornton, 10 Feb 2009 @ 12:37pm

    I guess this is a Non-constructive rant according to apple they pulled in three minutes from their forums.

    Note: the **** that was the word 'porn', since when is the word porn considered profanity.


    Each person I talked to was more arrogant than the last, it like they have been trained to be complete DICKS.

    They all think they all think they are steve jobs.
    Apple removed your post on Apple Discussions titled "Re: Quicktime 7.6 causes Sims 2 crash AND CIV IV not to run" because it contained the following:

    Speculation or Rumors
    Discussion of Apple Policies, Procedures or Decisions
    Non-constructive rants or complaints

    We are including a copy of your post at the end of this email for your reference.

    Our terms of use, which include helpful information about using Apple Discussions, is located here: We encourage you to continue using the Apple Discussions while abiding by our terms of use.

    If you would like to send feedback to Apple about a product, please use the appropriate selection here:

    As part of submitting feedback, please read the Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy linked to the feedback page.

    Kind regards,
    Apple Discussions staff


    This message is sent from a send-only email account. Any replies sent to this address are deleted automatically by the system.


    A copy of your message for reference:


    I was on the phone for over an hour yesterday and a half of an hour today with Apple support and yes, I have AppleCare. (Worthless). The wouldn't call the manufacture, they wouldn't even pull up the web page stating what we all know.
    My problem is with Civ IV - won't run after quicktime 7.6 update.
    I have IMac 10.4.11 and is the ONLY software I have installed is Civ IV. Everything else I do is online. AGAIN, THE ONLY software I have installed is Civ IV. (Bought parallels never needed it, never install it).

    No root kits, no programing suites, no russian 'free' games, no ****, no freeware, no shareware, no cute nifty anything, no file sharing, no ripping, no copying, NOTHING ELSE, nor do I use anything else installed on the machine. Nothing! No, garage band, no quicktime, no iphoto, no email,

    So, it is either a problem with Apple OS 10.4.11 or Civ IV 2.13 --- Lets think what changed two and half weeks ago. ONLY ONE THING - Quick Time 7.6.

    After 22 years I have retired POOR from IT the industry.
    My First Game Machine: Pong - 1972.
    My Handheld Game Machine: TI-59 with the mag strip reader - 1977
    MY first Computers Vic-20/Timex/appleii/mac 128.
    And probably over a 100 computers since then.

    Professionally, I sold and installed 10,000 plus operating systems, 1,000 of servers, hundreds of networks. I worked tier IV help desk - Thats where you stay on the phone until the problem is resolved! Shift changes someone else takes over but they keep working the problem until resolved!

    Lets just 'pretend' a I know a little bit about computers, software and operating systems. little bit - No I don't code, I solve the problems, that don't need coding.
    I called Apple care: they said reinstall your os?! blank-ME... I could have bought a Dell and saved a thousand bucks to have some idiot tell me to reinstall my os. (oh, and I did. now, I can't double click an icon to open a file or run a program - nice reinstall)

    They changed the operating system then they blame the manufacture. Great way to keep third party companies writing software for your OS. (Great business plan)
    That Apple absolutely refuses to acknowledge anything is wrong - infuriates me.
    I don't like being treated like an idiot, talked down to, treated like the customer is the PROBLEM, etc. especially when I am right! (Or, I guess you are all wrong too.)

    I told them it's not just me it's thousands of people, (Don't care at all)
    They pay for all this warm and fuzzy advertising but, they don't deliver.

    What happened to Apple? I notice 'Computer Support' is selection 3. I guess they are now a gadget company.

    I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER APPLE AGAIN.(or ipod or phone or t-shirt)

    I might even sell this one.

    I will go out of my way to slam them on the internet and people I know anywhere and anytime.

    You have ticked off one person but, you will lose a hundred customers (trust me)
    Here the other excuse I find unacceptable, they sell what 50 software titles in their stores. 1/2 is apple software. 1/2 is third party software.

    "Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service."

    Heck Microsoft has "certified to run" on 'X' OS.
    Is that so hard Apple, that you won't or unable to certify software to run under your own OS.

    Quicktime is apple answer to microsofts ie - Something to lock into your os so you can only use it.

    Quicktime sucked 8 years ago and still does, I-tunes is just about as bad. (you can't list songs by file name?! what!)

    Peeved, Angry, plus more.... ANGRY - VERY ANGRY
    Apple, you better figure out customers don't need you - you need them.

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