When Lawyers Send Letters

Wage Fixing Scandal: Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Pay $324 Million In Damages

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After the tech crash of the early 2000’s, major tech CEO’s started sending each other emails saying, ‘Hey, why don’t we try not to poach each other’s employees? It could keep salaries from going through the roof.’ Some, including Steve Jobs himself, would call that a gentleman’s agreement. The Department of Justice, however, calls it collusion, and now some of the biggest names in tech history are paying up.

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $324 million, Reuters is reporting. About 64,000 tech workers sought a combined $3 billion in damages, and while the settlement is technically a victory, it comes out to roughly $5,000 per employee — a far cry from the roughly $47,000 each that they wanted. Read More

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Here Are Five Tech Movies and TV Shows That Came Before HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

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Aaron Sorkin's untitled Steve Jobs project (Photo: Getty)

When it comes to tech-inspired entertainment that isn’t contained within an app, pickings are surprisingly slim. The same themes — Silicon Valley culture, Steve Jobs — are recycled again and again, usually not to amazing effect.

That’s why everyone’s so thoroughly freaking out about HBO’s forthcoming Silicon Valley. Mike Judge, of Beavis and ButtheadOffice Space and Idiocracy Read More

Expert Thoughts

10 Unusual Things You Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs

The late Steve Jobs, probably thinking about all the unusual things you don't know about him. (Facebook)

I was standing right next to Steve Jobs in 1989 and it was the closest thing I ever felt to being gay. The guy was incredibly wealthy, good looking enough to get any girl, a nerd super-rockstar who had just convinced my school to buy a bunch of NeXT machines (which, btw, were in fact the best machines to program on at the time) and I just wanted to be him. I wanted to be him ever since I had the Apple II+ as a kid. Ever since I shoplifted Ultima II, Castle Wolfenstein and half a dozen other games that my friends and I would then rip from each other and pretend to be sick so we could stay home and play all day. Read More

Jobs Report

Dating Steve Jobs Was Not That Fun, His Ex’s New Tell-All Implies

Mr. Jobs. (Photo: Getty Images/ Ted Thai)

Steve Jobs’s first girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, has written a memoir about her time with the tech giant. It’s called “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs,” and the only thing that’ll make you cringe harder than its title is the sample of it that the New York Post published today.

Now, we can’t condemn Mr. Jobs for the beans his ex is spilling, as the late CEO is sadly no longer around to tell his side of the story. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: You’d Probably Bail on a Keynote to Watch Some Sailing, Too

This looks p. fun. (Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Ellison skipped a keynote to watch his team in an America’s Cup race. Because who’s gonna tell that guy no? [Business Insider]

Looks like there’s an MIT computer scientist on this year’s (leaked) list of MacArthur genius grant honorees. [Gawker]

Samsung plans to launch a smartphone with a curved display, progress towards bendy/foldy designs. [Reuters]

Might want to sit down: “Steve Jobs didn’t change the world every two years like clockwork, and he was incrementalism’s grand master.” [Time]

Bow down before the greatness of Myst. [Grantland]

Summer Fun

Here Is Your Black Out-Inducing Drinking Game for JOBS

Did you bring your preferred spirits?

Today, Ashton Kutcher’s take on Steve Jobs hits theaters. There’s a good chance many of you will decide to check it out. But you’ll probably want to be prepared, right? And by that we mean smuggle a flask of whisky into a late-night showing. It definitely seems like Woz could’ve used a drink while watching.

Just in case, here is a handy drinking game. Feel free to cue it up on your phone and play along the theater, but only if you’re sitting next to Hunter Walk, of course.

Take a drink whenever you see: Read More

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Listen, Ashton Kutcher Is a Tech Guy and Always Has Been, I Don’t Know Who Told You Otherwise

So method.

Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.

You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech. Read More

shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Alexis Ohanian Took a Trip to the Jersey Shore and Lo Bosworth Popped by Mashable, Of All Places

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Cooling Last month, Tumblr CEO David Karp sallied forth to the Cannes Lions festival/advertising love-in, as part of a charm offensive meant to convince potential clients they should flog their brands on the social network.

He also took the time to sit down beachside with an NBC anchor, singing the praises of fancy-pants advertising: “If you took all the ads out of Vogue, one it would be a much smaller magazine, but two it would be much less the magazine. those ads are great content, they’re a big part of the experiences,” he said. “What we’re here this week to do is to push more of those most creative advertisers to make ads that make Tumblr better, that make for more great, fun stuff on Tumblr to enjoy.”

He looked like the frontman for an early 2000s indie rock band making an appearance on an MTV Spring Break special, which is a great little symbol for how users are going to flip if they decide Tumblr’s selling out. Read More