Illegal no-hire agreements were the norm at Apple, Google, others: emails leaked
0. phoneArena 23 Jan 2013, 03:44 posted on
Finding the right employees may be hard. Keeping them, might be even harder. Especially when stakes become high and we start talking about senior engineers…
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1. cezarepc (Posts: 571; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Last one I can really believe is from Steve Jobs.
12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11825; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Google is guilty to. Don't try to deflect away from it by bashing apple
13. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Why is anyone surprised?? Just read the FBI file, the "icon" was, in reality, a megalomaniacal scumbag.
2. android_hitman (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
I hope someone will sue them and stop this nonsense
3. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Hmm so from all this one thing is true people from different firms move to Google. :)
4. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
What's so surprising? the man is a well-known dictator. The major problem is that as everyone negotiates peacefully, he tries to bring lawyers into the game.
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11. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
yep, and then the time comes whit a "may the battle begins"
5. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
“I’m sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies when you say: ‘We will both end up paying a lot of lawyers a lot of money.’”
Now I can see why they stashed all their cash and only paid 2 dividends to investors in 18 years. To take the upper hand when "negotiating" (threat) with other companies.
6. JC557 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Apple threatened Palm with a patent suit? The same palm that helped revolutionize the PDA and smartphone?
9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
No wonder i always hated Apple ... and Jobs for his Hitler like attitude ... myway or highway
10. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
OMG all of them are natural born killers, but they used to work in bussines
14. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Im just look the other side of the coin, its not just a nazi-like non hire agreement of Jobs, its also a robery of intelectual skills and buying knowledge of people that know how it works de IOS, to build yuour own android OS and thats its dirty.
15. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
well, well, well...look what we have here. behind the veil of the customization and offering all of latest specs, end user freedom...lies a grin of corruption from a company that is praised by the people. i'm not surprised. at the level of success for Google, Apple, & a lot of the other companies out there...i'm sure corruption on several diff. levels are running rampant.
16. ambrown (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
The real sad part about this is I did know these agreements existed. But I wasn't as aware of the legality of it. When it's that prevalent you know that's messed up. But hey, why should the government take the time to do something that really protects the people? Instead they initiated an anti-trust case based on claims from the competition *cough, Microsoft* that ended up being bogus. But what can I say? Uncle Sam (does't) have our backs. You know darn well the government knows this is gong on too, I mean how could they not? They've been investigating the whole of silicon valley off and on for the past two decades.
17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Uh oh... some companies are gonna be in trouble. They're gonna have to send these e-mails through unknown accounts from now on. Maybe even pay a fine. Ouch! Those slaps on the wrist sure do sting.