“Apple has indirectly confirmed the existence of their rumored Tablet after Valleywag started a scavenger hunt for evidence, offering up to $100,000 for photos, videos, or a chance to play with it,” Jesus Diaz reports for Gizmodo.
Excerpts from Apple’s letter to Valleywag.com’s parent Gawker Media:
While Apple values and appreciates vibrant public commentary about its products, we believe you and your company have crossed the line by offering a bounty for the theft of Apple’s trade secrets. Such an offer is illegal and Apple insists that you immediately discontinue the Scavenger Hunt.
The information you are willing to pay for, such as photos of a yet-to-be released product, constitutes Apple trade secrets.
Apple has maintained the types of information and things you are soliciting—”how it’ll work, its size, the name, the software,” as well as any possible details about the product’s appearance, features, and physical samples—in strict confidence.”
“Sure, it could be a note protesting the scavenger hunt in principle, speaking to any and all confidential knowledge of any unreleased Apple product, but this scavenger hunt is purely for Tablet evidence,” Diaz reports. “And, do companies send C&Ds for non existent devices? Not in our experience.”
Full article, with the letter, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “CYxodos” for the heads up.]