Steve Jobs Tried For Anti-Poaching Deal With Palm

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs may have tried to make a deal with Palm by offering an agreement to stop poaching employees. Palm rebuffed the suggestion as “likely illegal.”

Palm Rejected Steve Jobs

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs may have tried to make a deal with Palm by offering an agreement to stop poaching employees. Palm rebuffed the suggestion as “likely illegal.” Based on communications between Jobs and former Palm chief executive Ed Colligan, Bloomberg reports that Jobs sought to prevent each company from recruiting the other’s people. “We must do whatever we can stop this,” Jobs said after Palm hired away former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein to work on new smartphones. Colligan reportedly declined the proposal, saying that it would be “wrong” and “likely illegal.” Not surprising as Colligan is a good guy. To make matters worse, the revelation comes as the U.S. Justice Department investigates collusion among technology companies. Earlier Jobs succeeded in making such an arrangement with Google, according to published reports. The feds are investigating and the Palm allegations only make Apple look worse. [via PC World]

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