Two lawsuits filed last month against Google claim the search giant tried to steal superior video streaming technology from VSL Communications, a company it was in talks to acquire. According to the filings, VSL discovered the scheme thanks to some Post-It notes on which phrases like "Try to destroy email" were written. We've obtained what a source claims are copies of the Post-Its.
Some complaints are a morass of technical jargon and legalese. Others read like the makings of a zany crime-comedy by Steven Soderbergh. One new lawsuit filed against Google for copying the technology to compress video and audio files falls into the latter category, due primarily to allegedly incriminating Post-It notes accidentally handed over to the victim.
It's become de rigueur in Silicon Valley to let departing executives keep their needlessly plump bonus packages—no matter what the circumstances. First, Yahoo's incompetent COO took home $58 million just for getting fired. Now Google's former Chief Business Officer is getting to keep an $8 million bonus he was contractually obligated to give back.