Think Secret

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Think Secret
Think Secret logo.
Web address thinksecret.com
Type of site News
Available in English
Launched 1998
Alexa rank positive decrease 4,203,999 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Offline

Think Secret, founded in 1998, was a web site which specialized in publishing reports and rumors about Apple Inc.. The name of the site was a play on Apple's one-time advertising slogan, "Think Different". Think Secret's archives reached as far back as May 3, 1999. On December 20, 2007, it was announced that the site would eventually shut down as part of a legal settlement.[2] The site officially shut down on February 14, 2008, and now shows a forbidden error when trying to access it.

Predicted Mac Mini release[edit]

In December 2004, Think Secret published rumors of a new Mac and a new piece of word-processing software.

Apple files suit[edit]

Apple subsequently sued Think Secret editor "Nick dePlume", claiming that the site's reports violated trade secret law. The rumors were confirmed on January 11, 2005 at Macworld in San Francisco when Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduced the Mac mini and the iWork productivity suite.

Editor identified[edit]

Prior to Think Secret's legal troubles, the identity of its editor was unknown outside the Mac journalism community, as he had always written under the pen-name "Nick dePlume". It was later discovered by bloggers at Black Vortex that his real name was Nicholas Ciarelli.[3]

Suit settled, site to discontinue publishing[edit]

The lawsuit with Apple was settled on December 20, 2007. The site said that, "as part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." Think Secret was officially shut down on February 14, 2008, giving a Forbidden error upon entering the site.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thinksecret.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Popular Apple rumor Web site to shut down, Yahoo
  3. ^ "Haha! Charade you are!". General News. Black Vortex. 2005-01-10. Retrieved 2006-04-10.