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New emails expose anti-poaching collusion between Apple, Google

03/24, 11:04am

Messages describe 'irate' calls from Steve Jobs

A newly-published set of emails explicitly detail the anti-poaching agreements reached between Apple, Google, and a collection of other high-tech firms. The companies settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, but are still dealing with class action litigation. One of the instigators of the anti-poaching deals appears to have been former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made "irate" calls to Google co-founder Sergey Brin in February 2005, complaining that Google was trying to hire away members of the Safari development team. Brin mentions "veiled threats" from Jobs; after a second call, he adds that "Basically, he [Jobs] said 'if you hire a single one of these people that means war'."

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Skyhook: Google co-founder sabotaged our relationship with Apple

07/02, 9:16pm

Latest salvo of legal filings from geolocation firm accused Brin of misconduct

Documents in Skyhook's third legal action against Google have surfaced, accusing Google co-founder Sergey Brin of disparaging the company in discussions with Apple in the early days of geolocation on Apple's iPhone. Skyhook believes that Brin "had discussions with Apple representatives about Apple's announcement regarding Skyhook's location technology and Google's displeasure with it."

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Google founders to face antitrust questioning

06/08, 8:58pm

Brin, Page to appear for FTC depositions

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, will appear before US antitrust regulators for questioning, sources familiar with the proceedings have told Bloomberg. The two Google executives have retained counsel, and are expected to give depositions before the Federal Trade Commission some time in the next few months.

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Sergey Brin allows interviewer to try Project Glass

05/30, 6:29am

Brin suggests possible Project Glass launch next year

Sergey Brin allowed someone else to wear the Project Glass headset in an interview. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was able to try on the Google display on his self-titled program, the Gavin Newsom Show on Current, and was able to see a photo of himself taken minutes before by Brin. The interview also demonstrated how the current iteration of the glasses are navigated, with Brin warning the interviewer not to touch the right-hand side touchpad.

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Google beats expectations, sees profit jump 61%

04/12, 4:35pm

Google Q1 2012 is surprise hit

Google beat expectations for its results on Thursday and simultaneously set out plans to create a new kind of stock to keep its management in place. The company saw its mostly ad-based revenue up 24 percent, to nearly $10.7 billion, and its net profit even higher, up 61 percent to $2.89 billion. While the company didn't delve into specific factors, it was thriving both on its core business and on the "momentum from the big bets" on Android, Chrome, and YouTube, CEO Larry Page said.

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Google, Facebook execs comment on death of Steve Jobs [U]

10/05, 9:15pm

Social networks serve as early outlet

(Updated with Google.com link) More messages of condolence and tribute are pouring in for Steve Jobs from industry executives. At Google, both CEO Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin have posted messages through Google+. "I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve," writes Page. "He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family."

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Google's Schmidt out as CEO, Larry Page in

01/20, 4:40pm

Google CEO Schmidt steps down as CEO for Page

In a surprise move, Google chief Eric Schmidt said alongside his company's financial results that he was stepping down from his position. Company co-founder Larry Page will take the top position as of April 4 while fellow founder Sergey Brin will be titled as a Co-Founder. Schmidt will stay on only as Executive Chairman.

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