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I somehow understand that Jobs would be angry when Palm started hiring all those people from the iPod team, especially at a time when Apple was stealthily working on the iPhone.

As much as I despise patent litigation, I can understand Jobs' point of view: when so many people change from one company to another, a lot of knowledge will go with them. One could interpret Jobs' threat of just a means to protect Apple's intellectual property. To ensure that Palm doesn't use stuff that Rubinstein et al developed at Apple.

It's not like Jobs hired all of his workers fresh out of college. Where do you think they all came from before they got to Apple?

It's just far cheaper to threaten other companies than to keep your workers happy. It's not like there aren't legitimate ways to retain your people.

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