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Beware of These Traps in Employment Agreements

Posted In Looking in Tech
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When you’re jumping from one company to another—especially if you’ve been poached by a competitor of your current employer—you need to negotiate carefully. If you don’t navigate the process well, you might just find yourself on the losing end of a lawsuit. The idea shouldn’t be surprising. Technology’s a strategic asset and those that spend their days immersed in a company’s IT have access to some of the business plan’s core components. Organizations are likely to have software and hardware… continue…

Amazon Sues Ex-AWS Manager for Jump to Google

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In a case technology employers are sure to follow closely, Amazon has sued former Amazon Web Services Strategic Partnership Manager Zoltan Szabadi for breaking the non-compete agreement he signed when he first joined the company. Szabadi now works at the rival Google Cloud Platform. Click here to see cloud services jobs. The lawsuit is seen as a test of the employment agreements tech companies usually require to protect themselves when an employee departs. Amazon filed the suit in Seattle, since… continue…

Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Becomes Class Action

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A federal district court granted class-action status in a lawsuit against Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel. The plaintiffs allege the companies worked to suppress compensation by agreeing not to poach each other’s tech workers over a four year period. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, which had initiated a probe into the allegations, reached a settlement with the companies along with Pixar, Intuit and LucasFilm. The following year, a handful of software engineers who were former employees of… continue…

EMC Sues Ex-Employees for Jumping Ship

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A hot Silicon Valley data storage startup that’s looking to double its staff faces a challenge that goes beyond the tight talent market: Some of its recruits are being sued by their former employer. After reportedly losing 30 employees, EMC Corp. has gone to court, the Boston Globe reports. The company is suing some former employees and their new employer, Pure Storage Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif. Pure expects to add 300 workers next year. The company’s website says… continue…

Groklaw Shutting Down Is a Huge Deal

The specter of government surveillance led to the Website’s closure. continue…

Jobs in Enterprise Cloud Governance

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By Myra Thomas As enterprises rally their IT departments around cloud governance, the demand for experienced architects with governance expertise is on the rise. “We’re certainly still in the very early stages of the conversation around cloud governance,” says Eric Marks, President and CEO of AgilePath, a management and consulting firm that handles cloud strategy, management and governance. But, he observes, the need for experts inside and outside the enterprise is already becoming clear. For IT departments, a shift to… continue…

Game Developer Gives Pirates a Taste of Their Own Medicine

Posted In Living in Tech
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By Scott Bowers Piracy is an issue that software developers big and small have to contend with. Some companies push tyrannical copy protection that can frustrate legitimate gamers, while others ship with no protection at all. Indie startup studio Greenheart Games took an unconventional approach to fighting off pirates with its maiden game, Game Dev Tycoon. The developer used pirate-favorite BitTorrent to seed its own “cracked” version of the game to the world, albeit with a slight modification in code.… continue…

Facebook Is Sued Over ‘Like’ Button Functionality

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It’s another lawsuit for Facebook, this time over the way its “Like” button works. Supposedly, a Dutch programmer, Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, patented a similar tool some five years before Mark Zuckerberg founded his now-ubiquitous company. Since Van Der Meer died in 2004, his family has been pursuing what they see as adequate compensation for his inventions. In 1998, Van Der Meer was working on a social diary called Surfbook. He registered a patent for a feature that… continue…

Don’t Sign That NDA Until You Read This

Posted In iOS, Looking in Tech
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Back in November, Facebook surprised a Silicon Valley iOS Meetup when it requested that attendees sign non-disclosure agreements before they were allowed into its building to hear a presentation on Facebook for iOS. Later, some erstwhile attendees said on the Meetup website that they’d refused and gone home. Although this seemed like a somewhat unusual situation, we all know that NDAs aren’t uncommon in the tech world, whether you’re at developer conferences, trade shows, some meetups, and … even applying… continue…

How to Deal With Non-Competes

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To many companies large and small, technology is gold, especially when they’re creating a new product or using it to run key parts of their business. In those cases, and many others, they’ll insist you sign a non-compete agreement before they’ll bring you on as either a full-time or contract employee. When you’re facing this situation, the thing you obviously want to know is, “What do I do?” Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut answer. “In California, non-competes are not… continue…