updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed August 23, 2006
Staff fired, Leopard leak
Apple has fired at least five retail store employees following an incident involving the download of illegitimate copies of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The pre-release edition of the operating system was released to developers at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco earlier this month, after which beta copies began leaking to the public. The employees were overheard discussing the beta software, which reached Apple's headquarters and ultimately resulted in termination of those staff members after they admitted to illegally acquiring the operating system, according to Macworld UK. "All of us know that we violated our NDA and ethics policy. Therefore, because we had the character to tell the truth and to face the consequences of our actions, we were terminated," said one of the dismissed employees.