Wired’s Gadget Lab blog is being sued by Apple for posting a tutorial on how to hack OS X Leopard to allow it to be installed on a MSI Wind netbook.
Just found out Apple is suing Wired for my video tutorial on hacking netbooks to run Mac OS X. One hell of a way to start off the day.
Ars Technica’s Clint Ecker then asks if Chen (and other Conde Nast writers) are allowed to discuss it publicly, or cover it as news.
Chen’s Twitter response (since deleted):
Probably. We’re supposed to favor radical transparency here, right?
More details as they become available, but smooth move, Apple. At the very least, you just guaranteed a fuckload more people are going to start reading Gadget Lab. Wired, don’t wuss out.
Update: Just spoke with Leander Kahney, managing editor of Wired.com, who gave us an official “No comment.” Looks like hatches are being battened. – Joel
Update: According to other sources at Wired, it appears that Chen mistweeted: Wired has simply been hit with a cease-and-desist… which it appears, from the outside, to be complying with in panicked haste. – John
Update: Wired.com has confirmed to BBG that is not a lawsuit, but a complaint from lawyers representing Apple with regard to the articles and videos in question. Wired.com plans to mull the complaint before deciding on a response. – Joel
Update: Although Wired has still pulled the video, Gizmodo snagged it before it was taken down and is now hosting it. - John