After nearly three years of legal jockeying, Apple and a popular internet rumour-mill have agreed to a settlement that resulted in the closing of the well-known website.

Filed back in January 2005, Apple's lawsuit alleged that Think Secret illegally posted the company's trade secrets on the site and asked its publisher Nick Ciarelli to divulge all sources he used to gain the information.The suit arose after Ciarelli posted a story about the impending launch of the Mac Mini two weeks before it was announced.

All happy with settlement

Although he started the site when he was just 13, Ciarelli claimed that he's happy with the way the case was settled and was extremely delighted that he wasn't forced to tell Apple who his sources were. "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," he said in his statement.

The details of the settlement other than Think Secret's immediate closure are unknown, but Apple was also happy with the way it was finally handled. "We are pleased to have reached this amicable settlement and happy to have this behind us," an Apple spokesman said.

In other news...

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