AWT News Update: May 13, 2015

The world of Apple today -- poaching, electric cars, and churches!

  • Tesla grabs an Apple recruiting director to be its new VP of Global Recruiting
  • Apple and car battery manufacturer A123 Systems near a settlement on their employee poaching lawsuit
  • The FTC makes comments in support of Tesla's direct-to-customer sales model, which Apple could use to sell a future electric vehicle
  • The Archdiocese of San Francisco partners with Evergive to make tithing as easy as using an app

The full text of the podcast script can be found below for your reading pleasure...

Text Version

Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 13, 2015.

What goes around, comes around. Back in 2014, Apple hired away the lead recruiter Lauren Ciminera for car manufacturer Tesla for its own electric car project. While Ciminera has since left Apple for another project, Tesla has done a little recruiting of its own, hiring Apple’s Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting Cindy Nicola to be its new Vice President of Global Recruiting. The two companies are actually quite open about their poaching of each others employees. Tesla hired Apple’s VP of Mac Hardware Engineering Doug Field back in 2013, and CEO Elon Musk notes that his company grabs five times as many employees from Apple as Apple does from Tesla.

Employee poaching is the topic of another recent federal lawsuit in which battery maker A123 Systems accused Apple of poaching engineers and scientists from the company. It appears that the two companies are nearing a settlement on the lawsuit, which happened after Apple grabbed five executives working for A123’s System Venture Technologies Division. As a result, A123 had to shut down several projects. A123 specializes in car batteries, which has increased speculation that Apple is developing an electric car.

Speaking of Apple-designed electric cars, the Federal Trade Commission today sided with companies like Tesla and Apple in a tersely worded blog post in which it condemned legislative attempts to prevent consumers from buying cars directly from manufacturers. On its website, the FTC noted that “A fundamental principle of competition is that consumers — not regulation — should determine what they buy and how they buy it. Consumers may benefit from the ability to buy cars directly from manufacturers — whether they are shopping for luxury cars or economy vehicles. The same competition principles should apply in either case.” Hopefully, Tesla will soon see less state interference with its retail model and this may benefit Apple in the future if it does venture in the world of car manufacturing.

Churches are supported through the practice of tithing, in which church members donate a portion of their income to support both their local church and missions around the world. Starting on Friday, Catholics in San Francisco can donate to their local church using an iPhone app called Evergive. The Archdiocese of San Francisco partnered with Evergive to make giving easier for parishioners, as well as make it easier for the Archdiocese to set up special donation campaigns. The app also serves as a digital community for members of the Catholic Church in San Francisco, giving users the opportunity to join groups, share messages and prayers, and more. A small portion of each donation transaction is withheld by Evergive to pay for operations and development.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.