Thursday, December 20, 2007

Student settles Apple suit by shutting site

After a long battle with Apple Inc., a Harvard University senior said today that he would shut down Think Secret, the Web site known for landing scoops about the company's latest products, the LA Times reports. Apple, based in Cupertino, was peeved by the leaks and sued blogger Nicholas Ciarelli in 2005. Among other things, Apple wanted Ciarelli to reveal his sources — which he has refused to do. The site's demise has prompted outrage from some Apple followers, but Ciarelli got his own happy ending: freedom from having to run the site anymore. Ciarelli, 22, (seen above at Harvard) graduates this spring and told the Times he was more than ready to abandon the site he had run since he was a 13-year-old Mac fanatic.

Ciarelli also received a payment from Apple, the Times said, quoting an unnamed person close to the case. Both sides declined to discuss details of the agreement.

"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," Ciarelli wrote on his site. (Photo credit: Jonathan Finer. Washington Post)

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