In a David vs Goliath scene, the tables have been turned. It is Goliath [Apple] that seems to have won this round. Or has it? Since the terms of the settlement may not be known, it is up in the air exactly what has happened. What is known is that Nick Ciarelli has closed down his Think Secret’s web site after reaching some type of an understanding with Apple.

Seems Nick was sued by Apple back in 2005 when the computer company felt that some of their secret trade stuff was being compromised, since Nick was posting information about some of their products before they were released. It is thought that Nick never did give up his sources, but no one knows for sure. Maybe that was part of the settlement as well. Who knows.

On his web site Nick states:

Apple, Think Secret settle lawsuit

December 20, 2007 – PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret’s publisher, said “I’m pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”

But this does make one wonder………. wonder how Apple would of responded to say a similar article by the Wall Street Journal or some other large newspaper. Would they of sued? Or are 1st Amendment rights not available for bloggers? Just a thought.

What do you think.

Comments welcome.

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