Friday, January 15, 2010

Business & Technology | Apple tells Gawker to knock off hunt for rumored tablet | Seattle Times Newspaper

Sign of the times – some, of course, are taking this as “concrete” evidence of the existence of the tablet

Apple said Gawker Media's "Scavenger Hunt" promotion, offering as much as $100,000 for details about a rumored Apple tablet device, is illegal and should be stopped because it encourages trade-secret theft.

The promotion, announced by Gawker Wednesday on its Valleywag.com Web site, offers $50,000 for a photo or video of Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs holding a tablet, and $100,000 if the Gawker staff can play with it for an hour.

"We believe you and your company have crossed the line by offering a bounty for the theft of Apple's trade secrets," Michael Spillner, a lawyer for the company, said in a letter Wednesday to Gabriel Snyder, editor-in-chief of the Gawker Web site. Snyder posted the letter Thursday.

Business & Technology | Apple tells Gawker to knock off hunt for rumored tablet | Seattle Times Newspaper

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