In mid-October, MMi's Akshay Masand reported that Apple was rumored to have inked a deal to purchase Color Labs. At the time, sources close to the deal claimed Apple had agreed to acquire the talent pool behind the company, which is a photo and video-sharing social network.
So how did we come to finally confirm this month-long rumor? Accidentally, of course. Color Labs founder Adam Witherspoon has sued his former company and its boss Bill Nguyen. Witherspoon alleges that he was subjected to "an extremely hostile, unsafe, and harassing atmosphere."
Although the details are sufficient to fill a decade worth of daytime soaps, the lawsuit exposed a number of little "secrets," like the fact that "key assets" have, in fact, been sold to Apple.
The shocking nature of the suit can't be good news for Color or its new owner Apple, but this complaint just marks the start of proceedings — the allegations, naturally, will have to be tested in court or in settlement talks.
Source: The Verge