Intel, Genentech back Apple in subpoena case

Apple Computer has received some help in its legal effort to unmask people who leaked information about unreleased products.

Intel Corporation and Genentech have submitted a brief supporting Apple's lawsuit in a San Jose state court and subpoenas sent to online rumor sites, according to a Bloomberg report.

Apple filed a "John Doe" lawsuit in December against unnamed people who leaked information about the company's purported plans to release a product that would link Macintosh computers and musical instruments. As part of that case, Apple fired off subpoenas to PowerPage and Apple Insider, which had published reports about such a product. (The lawsuit is related to but separate from one Apple filed directly against Think Secret.)

Taking the side of the Mac rumor sites in another brief filed earlier this month: a group of media organizations, including the Associated Press, Hearst, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Jose Mercury News.

It's worth noting that the Mac sites' rumor-mongering is somewhat scattershot. Think Secret said that "highly reliable sources" have confirmed that Apple would upgrade its PowerMac, iMac, and eMac lines this month. Only the PowerMac announcement happened.

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