“Apple Computer Inc. is suing anonymous people who leaked details about new products by posting information on the Internet, court documents showed on Friday. Apple’s complaint, filed with the Santa Clara County California Superior Court, comes only weeks ahead of the Macworld conference in San Francisco, the annual show where CEO Steve Jobs unveils the latest Apple products,” Duncan Martell reports for Reuters.
“Apple is notoriously secretive about its product plans, while many fan sites routinely discuss what may be in store, including posting pictures of real products and hoaxes. The complaint alleges that ‘an unidentified individual, acting alone or in concert with others, has recently misappropriated and disseminated through Web sites confidential information about an unreleased Apple product,'” Martell reports. “Apple said in the seven-page civil complaint, filed on Dec. 13, that it did not know the ‘true names or capacities, whether individual, associate, corporate or otherwise,’ of the defendants. Once they have been discovered, the Cupertino, California-based company said it would amend the complaint.”
“In recent weeks, the Web sites have been buzzing with speculation that Apple will introduce a smaller, cheaper version of its market-leading iPod digital music player that uses flash memory, rather than the hard disk drives of the standard iPods,” Martell reports. “inancial analysts Andy Neff of Bear Stearns and Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co. have also published notes in recent weeks mentioning flash iPods. ‘To succeed, Apple must develop innovative products and bring those products to market in advance of its competitors,’ the company said in its complaint. ‘If Apple competitors were aware of Apple’s future production information, those competitors could benefit economically from that knowledge by directing their product development or marketing to frustrate Apple’s plans.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: And now, the speculation begins as to which product picture and/or information was actually correct about which Apple product. Is it the rumored “Apple iPod – Sirius Satellite radio deal,” the “Apple currently mass producing new 5GB iPod mini players for early 2005 debut” one, the “Apple’s ‘iPod flash’ revealed (with image) rumor, or something else entirely?
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