The Department of Justice has just settled a suit with Apple, Google, Intel, and other firms over not cold-calling each other's employees. The DoJ was worried the secret no-call policy was anti-competitive, so now the firms are freer to poach staff. Is this better?
As Google grows in size, so does its political influence. And, while this may not overly worry most people, there is one man who is keeping a close watch on the search engine firm. He is Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson, and one gets the feeling that he revels in his role of giant-killer.
Apple and Google may have more in common than the Federal Trade Commission would like.
The companies share two members of their board of directors, Eric Schmidt and Arthur Levinson. According to antitrust laws, the presence of a director on the boards of two rival companies could reduce competition between them, making for a violation of the rarely-enforced "interlocking directorates" provision of the law.
An anti-trust suit filed against the two companies has unearthed an interesting exchange of documents between Dan Vivoli, NVIDIA's [NASDAQ:NVDA] Senior VP of Marketing and ATI's [TSE:ATY - Inactive] President and COO Dave Orton. According to the documents, which were made public by the court this week, Vivoli sent Orton an email saying: