Rather a depressing tale, this one. Long-running Mac fanatic site Think Secret has today settled a long-running lawsuit with Apple. While the details are confidential, the outcome is clear: Think Secret will no longer continue publishing. It's unclear whether Apple will also cease trading, but something tells me it's unlikely...
The problems began almost exactly three years ago when Apple filed a civil suit against Think Secret for revealing trade secrets - apparently concerning the launch of the iPod Nano and Mac Mini - during the pre-MacWorld 2005 hype period.
It's a sad day for bloggers and rumour-mongers (myself included), although Think Secret's publisher Nick Ciarelli is putting a brave face on it: "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."
Good luck, Nick.
Will this mean the end of the Apple rumour mill? Hell no, although it's likely that Apple will feel the wrath of the blogosphere. The new Microsoft, you say?
Meantime, we'll just have to make sure we focus on pure speculation rather than facts. Which reminds me, I'm really looking forward to a multi-touch MacBook Nano, updated Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals when I'm over in San Francisco on 14th of January 2008!