Steve Jobs' Brutal Reaction To News He'd Gotten a Google Employee Fired

This emoticon has never looked so evil

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Just in case Walter Isaacson's biography (or that awful Ashton Kutcher movie) didn't dig up enough unsavory details for your liking, new documents show that Steve Jobs wasn't just the kind of boss who would try to get another company's employee fired--he would react to news of the firing with cheerful emoticons.

According to a cache of emails released by Pando Daily, Jobs contacted Google chairman Eric Schmidt in 2007 about a former Apple employee, who was hired by Google in violation of a non-compete agreement between the tech giants, in which they agreed not to poach each other's employees. When Jobs reached out, Schmidt said that the recruiter who contacted the employee would be fired "within the hour." Jobs's response? ':)'

The agreement, which includes not just Google and Apple but five other tech companies including Intel and Adobe, is the subject of a current class action lawsuit. As the Independent reported, prosecutors are alleging that the non-compete contract suppressed wages and allowed each company to dominate their sector of the market.

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After informing Jobs that the recruiter would be fired, Schmidt quickly added that "should this ever happen again please let me know immediately and we will handle." Jobs then followed up with what's shaping up to be the smiley seen 'round the world.

Meanwhile, court documents show that Google and Apple's wage-fixing agreements date back to 2005; Daily Mail reported that a 2011 lawsuit found five software engineers suing them and other tech companies over an alleged conspiracy to keep pay down by not recruiting each other's employees. In another email Jobs threatened Google's Sergey Brin: "If you hire a single one of these people [...] that means war."

Last Friday, a request from Apple, Google, and two other tech companies to avoid the lawsuit was rejected by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who wrote, "That the agreements were entered into and enforced by a small group of intertwining high level executives bolsters the inference that the agreements were not independent."

The trial is set to begin in May.

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tony

stevie boy was nothing but trash.

April 18 2014 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat

What else would you expect Satan to do?

April 08 2014 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
darthbetel

important news

April 04 2014 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
roadzz

The American in him was creative and amazing, the Syrian part was vindictive and hateful.

April 03 2014 at 5:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dominotheoryx365

Steve Wozniak / Steve Jobs.
Good Cop / Bad Cop.
Sure, and the world is Black / White.

April 02 2014 at 4:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Drew

There was a signed agreement between these companies and also with these employees. Someone chose to risk their job and violate the agreement they signed. They knew they were doing it at the time and got caught. I feel little sympathy for them. This person at that level would have been very well compensated too I am sure, probably a six figure job, it is not like they fired the janitor.

April 02 2014 at 1:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

The janitor is just as important there num 1. So thou wants to work in filth, go for it.

April 18 2014 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dominotheoryx365

WITH HUMBLE GRATITUDE: Steve Jobs was a bright shooting star who passed through Earth just long enough to create and leave behind something so very remarkable and unique; and then like most bathed in brilliance...he did not fade away, but instead burned out much too quickly.

We, who must linger and steadily endure, are left with something precious to behold. And for that I thank him, and all the other rare and awesome beings that -- if even for just one sparkling moment -- take your breath away like no other. These one-of-a-kind beautiful beings in our time who bedazzle us briefly with their shining light...make this life worth living for the rest of us mere mortals.

April 02 2014 at 1:15 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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nan.pelosi

He was a power hungry jerk! You need to ease up on the drug use!

April 03 2014 at 2:10 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

Affirmative

April 18 2014 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
roadzz

He was however still a huge DlCK !

April 03 2014 at 5:29 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
hoper0715

People refer to Jobs as a genius or an ass. They are wrong - these are human traits.Jobs was not human. He had some ways of dealling with the production of a product that turned out products that had great acceptance by consumers. That required analysis not human empathy. The Jobs machine wound down like R2D2. People still talk about him as though he were really human. Industry could probably use more Steve Jobses, humanity could do without. Think of the products he created - could life go on without them? Did Steve Jobs add to man's life? I think he added to Apple's stock value.

April 01 2014 at 11:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

Would`nt have an apple hunk of junk if it was given to thee.

April 18 2014 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joy

He may have been a genius, but he was an ass too!

April 01 2014 at 2:07 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
x

Ah shutup. Steve Jobs was a genius light years ahead of average IT swamp. He made only two big mistakes: Macintosh-64 design and locking iPhone screen size. Both propelled the competition to the sky on his b#tt

April 01 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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