Apple Lawyers Request that Gawker Media “Immediately Discontinue” Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt

Hours after launching a contest to pay thousands of dollars for a peek at the Apple Tablet, Gawker received a letter from Apple’s lawyers that read: “Apple insists that you immediately discontinue the Scavenger Hunt.”

Fed up with fake Apple Tablet rumors, Gawker editors decided yesterday to pay some real money for real rumors. laid out at ValleyWag offered: $10,000 for a picture of the tablet, $20,000 for a video, and a whopping $100,000 for the chance to fiddle around with the device for an hour.

Nevertheless, the contest continues: “If you’ve found proof that the Apple Tablet exists and can share it with us, we’re still offering prizes. Apple, of course, has plenty of good lawyers like Michael Spillner, so we reiterate our advice ‘to stay within the bounds of the law.’ And also: use anonymous email addresses! We can’t tell Apple who you are if we don’t know who you are.”