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    Apr 02, 2014

    Jobs' :) at axing of Google exec


    WHAT news would elicit a smiley face from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs?

    In e-mail unveiled as part of a landmark class-action lawsuit, the emoticon was Mr Jobs' reaction to the firing of a Google employee, The Independent reported.

    Tech workers have sued Silicon Valley companies - including Apple, Google and Intel - alleging that they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees.

    The prosecutors are alleging that seven tech giants had secret agreements to not poach one another's employees, driving down wages.

    The trial is scheduled to begin next month.

    The e-mail messages show that Mr Jobs' smiley stemmed from a Google recruiter speculatively contacting an Apple employee about working for the search giant.

    Mr Jobs was notified, who then e-mailed Google chairman Eric Schmidt, saying "I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this".

    Mr Schmidt e-mailed his human resource department, saying: "I believe we have a policy of not recruiting from Apple, and this is a direct inbound request. Can you get this stopped and let me know why this is happening? I will need to send a response back to Apple quickly, so please let me know as soon as you can."

    Google also mentioned that the employee in question "will be terminated within the hour".

    Mr Jobs' response was simply ":)".