December 20, 2007 12:17 PM PST

Popular Apple rumor Web site to shut down will shut down as part of a settlement with Apple, which sued the rumor site for leaking early product details three years ago.

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Think Secret forum site
Most people don't realize that the original forum site
for Think Secret moved a few years back to this site:
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Just for fun, Randys2Cents
Posted by Randys2cents (81 comments )
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Disappointed with Apple
I've been an Apple fan since I bought an Apple //c in 1984 and have seen lots of ups and downs -- but this is one of the single most disappointing stunts I've seen them pull. =:(
Posted by Jay Jennings (80 comments )
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Feeling the same
I agree. They say power tends to corrupt and absolute power
corrupts absolutely. Looks like success and their stock price
have gone to their heads. This isn't the same company that was
started by a hippie and a mild-mannered engineer. Pretty sad.
Where's that athletic woman with the sledgehammer when you
need her.
Posted by iBuzz (330 comments )
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"Think Objectively"
It's hard to pick a villian here, because both sides have done wrong.

On the one hand, Ciarelli incited Apple employees and contractors to break non-disclosure agreements to provide trade secrets about upcoming products, then failed to divulge their identities when compelled. When the leaked information proves accurate, as it did in this case, potential customers delay their purchases of the current product and wait until the new product enters the pipeline. Obviously, this hurt Apple's sales and leaves them with a pile of old stock.

On the other hand, Apple shouldn't have been able to ignore or circumvent the federal shield law that protects a journalist from divulging his sources. Dragging this lawsuit out for almost three years hasn't really gained them anything other a black mark on their reputation. In fact, it may have done nothing other than causing the shuttering of a good source of advertisement/hype for Apple's products.
Posted by zroth (9 comments )
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Apple Nazi's!
This spells trouble for all bloggers, especially the fake CEO's!
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Posted by Les Paul Vista (3 comments )
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no apple for me
i think the only future apple buys for me, will be the ones that are grown on trees.
Posted by newgun2000 (22 comments )
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I would have thought that a story like this would have generated a
lot more comments from both the haters and sycophants.
Posted by rapier1 (2722 comments )
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