AppleÃâs an infuriating company for me. I love its technology but I hate its politics. To wit, the legal offensive to force three online news sites to divulge the identities of sources that leaked information about upcoming Apple products.
The companyÃâs argument is that bloggers or the sundry hole-in-the-wall online gossip sites do not deserve the same free speech protections as Ãâlegitimate members of the press.Ãâ In a preliminary ruling issued Thursday, the presiding judge went AppleÃâs way. I wouldnÃât pay too much attention to the more apocalyptic predictions Ãâ at least not just yet. The outcome of this case has implications far beyond this minor tiff. Before it's resolved, the case may need to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
But why Apple insists on acting like a collection of petulant yuppies is another matter. Other tech companies deal with leaks all the time. NobodyÃâs happy when their discussions wind up as fodder for the rumor mill. But why turn this into a federal case Ãâliterally? So much for thinking differently.