Conspiracies in the tech world aren't limited to hardware and software, of course. Sometimes they're in the HR department. To wit, the infamous antipoaching conspiracy that recently rocked, and is still rocking, several major players in Silicon Valley.
According to the class-action suit initially filed in 2011, hiring executives at Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed not to compete over skilled tech workers. By not poaching each others' talent, the companies kept workers locked in place and prevented wages from rising with competitive hiring.
In August, a federal judge in San Jose rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement that would have resolved the class-action suit, deeming the figure too low. The ruling also singled out late Apple czar Steve Jobs as "a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy." The companies promptly appealed the ruling.