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This is appalling to read, and it's frightening how blasé they are about blatantly illegal and unethical non-competition. Yet, I think the article misrepresents Schmidt firing the recruiter:

>Here, Schmidt relates a phone call he had with eBay CEO Meg Whitman and then orders his own recruiter to be fired because that person tried to poach the COO of eBay.

Reading the email, it doesn't seem like the recruiter was fired for trying to poach the COO; it seem like he was fired for lying to the target about the position (as Schmidt calls them, "falsehoods"). Don't forget recruiters usually get a significant finder's fee, and are not above misrepresenting a position to generate interest.

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