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Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees 270

An anonymous reader writes with more news about the no-poach agreements that seemed to plague tech companies. From the article: "Steve Jobs threatened patent litigation if Palm wouldn't agree to stop hiring Apple employees, says former Palm CEO Edward Colligan in a statement dated August 7th, 2012. The allegation is backed up by a trove of recently-released evidence that shows just how deeply Silicon Valley's no-hire agreements pervaded in the mid-2000s. Apple, Google, Intel, and others are the focus of a civil lawsuit into the 'gentleman's agreements,' in which affected employees are fighting for class action status and damages from resulting lost wages, potentially reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars."
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Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees

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  • iProtection (Score:4, Funny)

    by GeekWithAKnife ( 2717871 ) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @09:52AM (#42668497)
    Help us protect you from being consensually hired, or else.
  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohn&gmail,com> on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @10:00AM (#42668569) Journal
    Former Apple Employee 1: Look, we went to Palm of our own free accord.
    Former Apple Employee 2: That's right, it came down to who treated us better is all.
    Former Apple Employee 3: I mean, you get to hear the cute stories about how Steve Jobs dropped the first prototype of the iPod -- after being told it was as compact as possible -- into a fish tank and when he saw bubbles he said it could be made smaller. But what you didn't hear was later that day when he brought the engineer onto a stage and asked him if he was as smart as possible. When the engineer said "yes" Steve pushed him into a tank with sharks in front of everyone and said, "If he's so smart, how come he just let me push him into a tank of sharks?" Oh those screams will haunt me forever.
    Former Apple Employee 2: Yeah! And when I went to work at Palm I got blankets and clothing and food.
    Former Apple Employee 1: Steve would make us sleep in completely bare rooms on Swedish ergonomic beds and we would have to rub turmeric all over our bodies each day and then we could only wear Apple printed paper clothing and forage for berries in the yard.
    Former Apple Employee 2: After I went to work at Palm they let me get my citizenship!
    Former Apple Employee 3: That's right, Steve had captured Dmitri here in Russia and wouldn't let him be exposed to daylight ... he would scream "NO YOU FOOL IT RUINS THE MEAT!" if he saw someone showing Dmitri a picture of the sun.
    Former Apple Employee 1: We were just happier at Palm is all. There were so many problems at Apple like the Apple tattoos that later became just cast iron branding. I remember Jobs doing mine personally himself with his hand in his pants while screaming "HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?" as he pushed the hot brand from the fire again and again into my lower back.
    Former Apple Employee 2: And the Apple brand shock collars so we couldn't leave campus ...
    Former Apple Employee 3: And the time Jeb got beyond the walled garden only to find there was perimeter after perimeter of different obstacles like spheres that just floated up out of the ground and engulfed you.
    Former Apple Employee 1: Yeah, when he came back, he just didn't have any legs. "A permanent fixture now with fewer buttons" is how Jobs reintroduced him to the work force.
    Former Apple Employee 2: You see, Palm was just nicer. We're happier now and feel once again like human beings.
  • by Johann Lau ( 1040920 ) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @12:22PM (#42670225) Homepage Journal

    Nice guys do finish last.

    That depends on where you are going. If you're not going anywhere anyway, the above is true. In the race to fall into the abyss, being an asshole gives you quite the edge. Good riddance!

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.