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Apple reminds employees to act right

Reports indicate that Apple sent out a companywide e-mail this week to employees asking them all to review Apple's Business Conduct Policy. This particular Apple policy outlines how employees of Apple are allowed to act a while representing Apple inside the company and during external events.
 
The original e-mail also reportedly included a video from Apple CEO Tim Cook. That video has now reportedly been removed, but not before text was transcribed.
 
In the video Cook said, "As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, the time is always right to do what's right. At Apple, we do the right thing. Even when it's not easy. If you see something that doesn't meet our standards, speak up. Whether it's a quality issue or a business practice, if it affects Apple's integrity, we need to know about it."
 
The e-mail also has sections written by Apple's SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell reminding employees that Apple's policies are based on core values of "Honesty, respect, confidentiality, and the critical obligation of every Apple employee to adhere to legal principles like antitrust and anti-corruption laws."
 
Confidentiality is becoming an increasing problem for Apple with more and more leaks of products coming out of China and other locations had their official launch. A number of prototype components for the iPad Air, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C turned up ahead of the official launch of the devices.

Source: Mac Rumors



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ha
By sprockkets on 11/21/2013 11:06:35 AM , Rating: 5
"Do the right thing! Except with ebooks, or having our lawyers lie about the right aspect ratio of the Galaxy Tab in court, or releasing maps before it was ready, or pay our taxes we should owe morally vs. legally!"




RE: ha
By Wazza1234 on 11/21/13, Rating: 0
RE: ha
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 5:58:14 PM , Rating: 5
"Did they lie about this?"

Only you could defend this. They took a picture of Samsung tablet, Photochopped it up to make it look closer to the iPad and tried to pass it off as an iPad copy to the court. Ridiculous that you defend this.


RE: ha
By Solandri on 11/21/2013 6:15:43 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Did they lie about this? As far as I can recall, it was just a picture which the Samsung lawyers did not object to. And Apple was never found to be in contempt of court.

So you subscribe to the "it's not a lie if you're not caught" line of thinking?

Honesty and integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. Whether the Samsung lawyers or court happened to notice the deception is irrelevant.


RE: ha
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 6:44:09 PM , Rating: 2
No, he subscribes to the "Apple is always right no matter what" theory. Even worse than Tony. Tony will at least leave something like that alone and not comment. Testerwazza will just make an ass of himself with something so outlandishly ridiculous that it just leaves you laughing at the absurdity.


RE: ha
By Wazza1234 on 11/25/2013 3:45:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Whether the Samsung lawyers or court happened to notice the deception is irrelevant.


It isn't irrelevant. If the court system didn't find Apple to be in contempt, and Samsung's own legal team didn't even complain - how important can the difference be for the case?

That isn't me saying that it's OK to resize images, I'm just saying it didn't have any adverse affect and is being overblown. If they had doctored an image in order to win a case, it would be different, but this particular claimed modification (which has never been proven) wasn't even relevant to the case.


RE: ha
By retrospooty on 11/25/2013 7:52:34 AM , Rating: 2
Wazza1234 : "That isn't me saying that it's OK to resize images, I'm just saying it didn't have any adverse affect and is being overblown."

That wasn't the question in this thread. The question was is it moral, is it "doing the right thing" to falsify data? Simple as that.

Wazza1234: "Did they lie about this?"

Yes, they clearlyu did. Worse than just lied about it, they willfully falsified data and lied about it.


RE: ha
By Wazza1234 on 11/25/2013 3:58:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
So you subscribe to the "it's not a lie if you're not caught" line of thinking?


Ask yourself - do you subscribe to the 'it's a lie if Samsung claims it is' line of thinking?


RE: ha
By Fleeb on 11/21/2013 9:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Corporations don't have any moral obligations.


Didn't they just said they do the right thing? So this means any form of a moral act is not right?


RE: ha
By Wazza1234 on 11/25/2013 3:47:18 AM , Rating: 2
1 - Just because corporations don't have moral obligations doesn't prevent them claiming that they act morally, or even doing that. It means they aren't obligated to.

2 - Do you believe everything Apple tells you?


RE: ha
By inperfectdarkness on 11/22/2013 1:29:38 AM , Rating: 2
...or telling Apple users that they're holding it wrong--rather than admitting it's a design flaw, or filing for preliminary injunctions without any basis in reality--just so they'll irreparably harm a competitor, or trying to spin Apple's woeful handling of anti-virus updates by insisting on 'security through obscurity', or...


So I guess that means
By FITCamaro on 11/21/2013 3:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This particular Apple policy outlines how employees of Apple are allowed to act a while representing Apple inside the company and during external events.


At an external event such as a conference:

1) Listen to others conversations about ideas
2) Go away for a while
3) Come back to the same group and pitch the same idea with different words
4) Accuse other person of stealing your idea




RE: So I guess that means
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 3:31:15 PM , Rating: 1
Hey, I thought of that first!


RE: So I guess that means
By BZDTemp on 11/22/2013 3:35:52 AM , Rating: 2
You forgot a step:

1a) Dismiss the ideas as being stupid

Plus there is the alternate route:

1) Used the F..... up patent system to patent what has always been natural.
2) Use patents to fight competitors thus slowing down competition and innovation in the business which then has long term effects for the whole industry and for all man.


RE: So I guess that means
By cubby1223 on 11/22/2013 10:51:21 AM , Rating: 2
The Alt. route is a tad different:

1) Find a patent someone owns that both you and Samsung were unaware of and are not paying royalties on
2) Buyout the company that owns the patent for $1million
3) Sue Samsung for $1billion & halt on all sales for patent infringement


RE: So I guess that means
By retrospooty on 11/22/2013 11:49:42 AM , Rating: 2
Technically speaking, Apple doesn't always take the same path to hypocrisy. They use many methods to get there.


Do as I say not as I do...
By XZerg on 11/21/2013 10:57:05 AM , Rating: 5
as the title says...




Their hypocrisy knows no bounds
By dgingerich on 11/21/2013 11:15:32 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
The e-mail also has sections written by Apple's SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell reminding employees that Apple's policies are based on core values of "Honesty, respect, confidentiality, and the critical obligation of every Apple employee to adhere to legal principles like antitrust and anti-corruption laws."


This is quite possibly the funniest part, considering they keep trying to use the courts for both monopolizing and corruption, have no respect for their competitors or the originators of their ideas (most of which don't come from Apple employees,) and about as dishonest with their employees and customers as a company can get.




So then, !@@!$$!#!gery?
By DukeN on 11/21/2013 10:45:55 AM , Rating: 2
I guess Cook had to remind everyone to be a complete knob/snob at all times, not just at work.




Hypocrite
By GatoRat on 11/23/2013 11:20:25 AM , Rating: 2
It is rather hypocritical for Cook to be talking about doing the right thing given Apple's capricious behavior about their App Store. It is impossible to get a straight answer from them about several issues with developing for the App Store. So you end up spending lots of time and money only to have your app rejected for reasons which entirely focus around Apple not getting money for hosting a few tables in a database. (Seriously, what Apple actually offers developers is surprisingly little.)

Ever notice how many apps in the App Store have bugs that are never fixed? They never will be due to Apple's rules.




Jr
By ipay on 11/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: Jr
By Flunk on 11/21/2013 11:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to be that pedantic, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. wasn't a doctor so there is no risk of misattribution.

Step back, relax and stop nitpicking.


RE: Jr
By ipay on 11/21/2013 11:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
Hypocriticism. :)


RE: Jr
By ClownPuncher on 11/21/2013 12:17:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Why should information be accurate?


RE: Jr
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 1:29:30 PM , Rating: 3
If you say Martin Luther King and leave out the junior, I'm pretty sure everyone knows who you're talking about...You guys need to get a grip.


RE: Jr
By ClownPuncher on 11/21/2013 2:19:49 PM , Rating: 1
Why? His father was involved in civil rights, too.


RE: Jr
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 3:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
Did the quite really leave you wondering which one said it?


RE: Jr
By ClownPuncher on 11/21/2013 7:02:36 PM , Rating: 1
They all look the same to me.


RE: Jr
By retrospooty on 11/21/2013 7:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
? I really hope that didn't mean what it sounds like it means.

That remark <---distance---> me.


RE: Jr
By ClownPuncher on 11/22/2013 12:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on. If you guys don't like bad jokes, how is Dane Cook so rich?


RE: Jr
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/22/2013 9:03:26 PM , Rating: 2
Dane Cook you aren't...


RE: Jr
By ClownPuncher on 11/21/2013 3:15:32 PM , Rating: 4
Plus, look at the change in attitude once Walt Jr. changed his name to Flynn. He didn't even love breakfast anymore.


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