APPLE MESSIAH Steve Jobs attempted to get Palm to accept a 'gentlemen's agreement' that the PDA maker would not poach his staff.
Former Palm chief executive Ed Colligan discussed the matter with Jobs in August 2007, as the smartphone war heated up. According to AP, he rejected the proposal, calling it wrong and "likely illegal".
The problems began when Palm hired a former Apple executive, Jon Rubinstein, to develop new smart phones. Jobs was worried that Rubinstein was recruiting Apple employees who had previously sold their souls to him during orgiastic blood rites conducted in Cupertino's personnel department.
He said that both companies should work to stop Rubinstein populating Palm with Apple heretics who had renounced their black turtle-necks. We guess Jobs wanted them back for appropriate reprogramming or at the very least a pastel inquisition.
Apparently Jobs threatened that if Colligan did not do his will he had much more money than Palm and would win any legal fight.
The conversation did put the fear of Jobs into Colligan who said that he thought about Jobs's proposal and considered offering hiring concessions, before deciding against it.
We would have thought any gentlemen's agreement required both agreement and gentlemen. But Steve Jobs is a god so automatically exempt from such mortal considerations.
Jobs' comments have come back to haunt him as the US Justice Department is very interested in how tech companies are trying to lock in staff with bizarre employment contracts.
Derick Mains, a spokesman for Palm said the company had not been contacted by the Justice Department yet. µ
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