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Apple Gives In to Employee Perks

November 13, 2012

When it comes to keeping employees happy, Apple Inc. appears to be taking some inspiration from Google Inc.

Earlier this year, Apple told some employees about a new initiative called "Blue Sky" that allows a small group of staffers to spend a few weeks on a pet engineering project, according to three people told about the program.

It is a more limited version of similar initiatives for hatching new ideas that have long existed in Silicon Valley. The most well-known of those is Google's "20% time," which allows employees to spend

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