updated 04:00 pm EST, Fri March 11, 2005
Top Story: Apple has the right to subpoena the electronic records of PowerPage, which published items about an unreleased product, a judge ruled this afternoon. "Unlike the whistleblower who discloses a health, safety or welfare hazard affecting all, or the government employee who reveals mismanagement or worse by our public officials, (the enthusiast sites) are doing nothing more than feeding the public's insatiable desire for information," Kleinberg wrote, "An interested public is ." Apple has been seeking the right to subpoena the Mac sites to learn the identities of the worker or workers who leaked information about Asteroid, an unreleased music product. In the ruling, the judge said, "Defining what is a 'journalist' has become more complicated as the variety of media has expanded ... But even if the movants are journalists, this is not the equivalent of a free pass."