In a reversal of Apple Computer's traditional stance as a hip, cool company supportive of student technology endeavors, Apple is suing Harvard University student Nicholas Ciarelli's web site,, alleging it illegally published company trade secrets. The Jan. 4 lawsuit also targets the web site's unnamed sources for the leaks.

Ciarelli, whose identity as the site's publisher and editor was published only this week, is not named as a defendant. But he says he hopes to find free or low-cost legal help to argue that he deserves First Amendment protection and used proper newsgathering techniques to break...

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