updated 09:20 am EST, Thu December 20, 2007
Death of Think Secret
An Apple lawsuit has resulted in the shutdown of one of the Mac community's most popular websites. Think Secret, originally started in 1998, was at one point one of the most popular sources for Apple news and rumors, particularly because its author, Nicholas Ciarelli (also known as "Nick dePlume"), was able to uncover otherwise confidential information. It is this that resulted in Apple legal action however, after a 2004 Think Secret report in which Ciarelli revealed iWork and the Mac mini before the company could announce it a month later at Macworld 2005.
Apple continued with the lawsuit despite widespread negative reaction from the public, eventually coming to today's settlement. The terms are not entirely favorable however, as while Ciarelli has not had to disclose any of the sources that led to his 2004 story, he can no longer publish Think Secret. "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement," reads a statement from the editor, "and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."