Apple, Google, Intel, Pixar and others face Sherman Anti-Trust case

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  1. mattCR

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    Reportedly, agreements amongst each other - in part bolstered by conversations in Job's books, indicate that companies had an "informal agreement" to prevent employees from leaving one company and moving to another..

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/20/antitrust-suit-carries-on-against-intel-apple-google-and-other/

    Part of this goes back to documents and work uncovered in the Jobs book and before, in which executives from companies made informal agreements to not go after other employees.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/27/2753701/no-poach-scandal-unredacted-steve-jobs-eric-schmidt-paul-otellini



    Numerous companies are named in this plan to keep employees locked into one company or to prevent bidding wars for employees, fixing employee costs
     
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    I hope they lose on this one, it's a terrible policy for, you know, actual human beings.
    I hope Apple loses on the iBooks thing, and I hope Amazon ALSO loses.
    And I hope the government looks into the possibility of price fixing on other DRM schemes too.
    Burn them all.
     
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    Both Amazon and iBooks need to lose on their deals, I agree. I'm trying to think of another major DRM that takes up enough market % to call for price fixing to be valid
     
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    Maybe they should just create a new "Apple Lawsuits" forum...
     
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    hah.. no, I don't even think that's the point.. this is one of those stories that is much more about the technology market . as Google, Intuit, Pixar, LucasArts, etc. are also all named in the lawsuit. It's much more about the practices. That having been said, the one who is going to get most of the attention on this one is Apple..

    But right now there are really two... the one involving iBooks is important for users of any Apple component because ibooks is a central technology and significant changes in how that will work going forward will make changes in the way Apple plans it's forays into the ebook market.
     
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    This falls into the realm of "Be Evil"Undoubtedly there will be some inconsequential financial penalty, and all the engineers will have to undergo annual training on the topic. And the execs will emerge unscathed.
     

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