In a case with implications for the freedom to blog, a San Jose judge tentatively ruled yesterday that Apple Computer can force three online publishers to surrender the names of confidential sources who disclosed information about the company's upcoming products, reports The Mercury News.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg refused to extend to the Web sites protection either under California's shield law or under the First Amendment.
Kleinberg offered no explanation for the preliminary ruling. He will hear arguments today from Apple's attorneys and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights group representing two of the three Web sites Apple subpoenaed -- Apple Insider and PowerPage.
EFF has more information about the case here.