The contents of an e-mail, sent by the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt were disclosed Friday during the course of a civil suit against the former company.
The litigation targets Apple, Google and five other technology companies and alleges an illegal agreement among them that sought to curtail free movement of skilled employees from one organization to the other by controlling compensation packages.
The companies agreed to a settlement in 2010, in response to a U.S. Justice Department probe.
The contents of the e-mail, from Jobs to Schmidt read: "I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this."
Schmidt then apparently forwarded Job's e-mail to undisclosed recipients, adding: "Can you get this stopped and let me know why this is happening?"
At a court hearing this week, a U.S. judge said the civil lawsuit against the companies would proceed, although it may be split into multiple potential class actions.
Meanwhile, a survey by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, indicated Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market had doubled from a year ago (to 44.9 percent), while that for Google's Android-powered phones fell from 50 percent to 44.8 percent.