Daring Fireball summarizes Larry Angell on the Think Secret / Apple Deal:
"Anyone who thinks Nick at Think Secret didn’t get a big, fat check from Apple is naive."
John Gruber (Daring Fireball ):
That was my first thought, too. Those of you who are convinced that Apple cruelly forced Ciarelli to shutter the site against his will should re-read the cryptic press release. Could be a forced shutdown. Could be a payoff. Totally unclear from the press release. Some sort of deal that involved a reasonably-sized payoff, however, strikes me as more consistent with the tone of the press release and the brief comments Ciarelli and his attorneys have made.
The irony, of course, is that a site whose entire claim to fame and raison d’être was the exposition of “Apple secrets” has itself agreed to a secret deal with Apple.
I don't know how to tell all of you that this is wrong in so many ways. First off, Apple WILL use this negotiation in the future with other websites; shutdown, settle, or suit. I imagine most websites will choose the first option. This means that my most favorite website may choose this option some day; MacRumors. (Eventhough I think Arnold Kim, MacRumors founder, is very careful with his site and researches his posts well.)
This settlement shows what little integrity Nick Ciarelli had and only goes to show what little respect he has for his fellow Mac bloggers. If my case set blogging ahead; this settlement took it WAY WAY back.
I have been of the opinion a long time ago that Nick was paid off by the retailers that have sued Apple for anti competitive practices with the Apple Store. Maybe one day Nick will reveal this to be true in a tell all book.
Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky LLP told Computerworld, "The First Amendment has prevailed and every Internet journalist should feel some strength from what's happened", claiming that it was clear that Apple was going to lose if they continued to pursue the case. Gross goes on to state that it was settled because Nick Ciarelli was ready to move on to other projects after running ThinkSecret for the past 9 years, since age 13.
Gross challenges that he "would have loved for Apple to go forward on this" and that "Apple would have caved."
In an earlier statement to MacRumors, Ciarelli had said, "I'm very satisfied with the settlement".
Statements like these make me hate the EFF. Apple would have won and won big, and most likely ruined the life of Nick Ciarelli. Nick was lucky the EFF was able to obtain this settlement for him (and most likely some legal fees for them) and then able to put this spin on the settlement.
One of the biggest factors in this settlement is Apple's good will. NIck Ciarelli is young and this lawsuit makes them [Apple] look like bullies. I wish Apple had not chosen this route, but I see it as very strategic, and very dangerous.
The only thing this case did was prove to the detractors of blogs is that blog journalism is for sale. I stood up for my site and could have offered from the beginning to exchange a large sum of money to take the article I posted here down, but I didn't.
Don't Bidzirk Me
Evidence Of Think Secret's Loss
Think Secret's Secret Out In The Open
* I also wanted to say that Nick Ciarelli spammed this site with troll comments late yesterday evening - further advancing the "he's just a kid" defense.
* Everyone seems to think Apple may have caved ... just know ... Federal court procedure DEMANDS that you have pre trial mediation.