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Steve Jobs happily got a Google employee fired for trying to recruit Apple engineers

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Pando’s Mark Ames has been doing a terrific job covering fresh revelations about the probably illegal collusion between Apple and Google to not recruit one another’s employees. And this week he brings us a new story about how Steve Jobs got a Google recruiter fired after she tried to bring one of Apple’s engineers over to Mountain View.

According to newly unsealed court documents, Jobs directly emailed Google chairman Eric Schmidt when he learned that Google had targeted one of his employees and said that he “would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this.” Schmidt immediately leapt into action and sent an email to his HR department demanding an explanation. Google’s senior staffing strategist then replied and told Schmidt that the offending recruiter would be fired “within the hour.”

Schmidt called this an “appropriate response” and said that he wanted HR to “make a public example of this termination within the group” and to “also make it a very strong part of new hire training for the group.”

When Schmidt got back to Jobs and told him what had been done, Jobs forwarded Schmidt’s email to his own head of HR with nothing but a smiley-face emoticon attached.

Pando’s entire report is worth reading and can be found by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.