In a surprising move Apple rumor site Think Secret has agreed to stop publishing today to settle lawsuit with Apple, Inc. In a brief, 68-word press release, publisher and founder Nick Ciarelli said:
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."
Apple filed suit against the dePlume Organization LLC and Think Secret's editor Ciarelli on 4 January 2005. Apple's lawsuit sought to shutter the site that published Apple news and rumors since 1998.
In March of 2005 Think Secret filed a special motion in California Superior Court, Santa Clara County to have Apple's lawsuit against the site dismissed on First Amendment grounds.
Note: Apple's lawsuit against Think Secret was a separate action from the Apple vs. Does case. In that case Apple sued 20 unnamed individuals who allegedly leaked information about an upcoming product (code named "Asteroid") to my Web site, O'Grady's PowerPage, and AppleInsider. As part of its investigation, Apple subpoenaed my email service provider at the time for communications and unpublished materials. PowerPage declined to produce the email sought under the First Amendment and won the case on appeal. Later Apple was forced to pay the legal fees in the case.