What you need to know
- Apple won't tell the publisher of German-book 'App Store Confidential' which bits it doesn't like.
- Apparently, the business secrets are so secret Apple can't even divulge them to the lawyers in the case.
- The book is a work by Tom Sadowski, formerly the manager of Apple's German App Store.
Apple will not reveal to the publisher of 'App Store Confidential' which bits of the book it doesn't like, because the information contained within is apparently too secret.
According to Cult of Mac:
Dr. Graef stated:
It emerged in February that Apple was taking legal action against the work, over concerns it would reveal "business secrets" of "considerable economic value". Tom Sadowski was the head of Apple's German App Store business until November 2019.
Ironically, subsequent publicity surrounding the book actually propelled it to number one on Amazon.
According to the report, Apple has only specified one part of the book it specifically objects to, the story of how Apple considered acquiring Blinkist after Sadowski had introduced the two. Apple seemingly objected to that story despite the fact it was widely reported the news, and that Tim Cook even tweeted about meeting with the team. All of Apple's other objections remain a mystery.
Dr Graef also expressed confusion as to why Apple had not officially applied for a preliminary injunction or a writ, thereby legally filing the complaint. A fact that could lead some to speculate Apple had hoped to quell the book purely through threatening, rather than taking any legal action. For now, the book remains on sale.
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