It’s a gloomy, rainy Friday in New York, but we’re about to serve you a piping hot bowl of gossip. Bon appetit!
Map-maker, Map-maker, Build Me a Map! If Tim Cook‘s mea culpa wasn’t enough to demonstrate how hard Apple is scrambling to fix its iOS 6 mapocalypse, then how about its last ditch recruiting techniques to find Ruby developers? Mojo Talantikite, a cluster engineer at Engine Yard in New York City, said he (and a number of his technically talented friends) have been hit up by Apple recruiters recently.
“I don’t think it’s too out of the ordinary for a company to scramble to soak up talent once they figure out their product is deficient,” he told Betabeat by email. “But considering that the beta of Apple Maps was terrible three months ago, you’d think they would have started the aggressive recruitment phase then,” he said, adding, “It’s pretty easy to realize they are in put out the fire mode.”
A few months ago, Engadget editor Josh Topolsky jumped off the AOL ship for destinations unknown. He ended up taking at least five other employees with him, leaving the AOL-owned Engadget an empty corporate-ruled corpse.
One of the casualties was the much-beloved Engadget Show, created and soundtracked by Mr. Topolsky and filmed in New York. But after a month-long hiatus, AOL is bringing the Engadget Show back next week, valiantly hosted by Tim Stevens and Brian Heater. The general feeling in the comments section on Engadget was not positive.
“You should probably slumber a bit longer, I was thinking when you get a host that does not put me to sleep faster then my sleeping pills,” one person wrote. “I hope this edition is a fantastic re-edit of our favorite Josh Topolsky moments!” said another.
Osama bin Laden was the talk of Twitter today, wasn’t he, and we regret to say none of these rumors are bin Laden-based. However, they are mostly about tech! Read on for office angling, kittens, and the petty trials of internet mad men.
OFFICE SHUFFLE. Many tenant shakeups at the NYU-Poly incubator today, we hear from a source, “mainly because the biggest tenant, Ecological, moved in to their own office.” Finally–Ecological announced its intention to move months ago; companies had been itching to move into their old space. The freshly be-officed start-ups include Weeels (carpooling, “social transit”), BestVendor.com (social recommendations), and “Two Lines and a Dot,” a consulting company that uses NYU-Poly students as labor. “Not really a tech company, as I understand,” source tells us.
Engadget veterans and gadget fetishists/heroes Josh Topulsky, Nilay Patel and Paul Miller started work “a few weeks ago” on a consumer tech site that will launch under the sports-centric SB Nation brand, SB Nation CEO Jim Bankoff tells Beet TV, and will be setting up an office in Union Square.
Former Engadget Show netcasters Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel and Paul Miller hit the web yesterday with This is my next Podcast, a show and blog that will serve as an outlet for their collective tech wisdoms during the between-jobs period before the launch of the much-anticipated tech site at SB Nation.