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[TheRegister]Apple begs ex-Google bods to fix crap maps app

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As reported on Friday, Apple is hastily hiring software engineers to fix its disastrous new Maps App. Not surprisingly, it appears the iPhone maker hopes to lure them from Google.

Bosses are, we're told, sweet-talking engineers with experience in the sprawling Google maps team to woo them to Team Apple.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/24/google_maps_engineers_apple/

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This comes after it was revealed that Apple were rushing to hire some maps engineers to fix Maps. (This link is also in the source).
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lol

Not even Google can fix this mess.
 

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I'm sure a memo is soon to go out at Google:

"If Apple offers you anything, we'll double it."
 

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I'm sure a memo is soon to go out at Google:

"If Apple offers you anything, we'll double it."
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Haha this is pretty funny.... that is what Apple gets for pushing out a unreleased product just to get away from Google.. in the end they're hurting their customers. But since they're iFanatic, they'll believe anything Apple says
 

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Apple will fire the software engineers after they are done fixing Apple's map because they will no longer need them.
Computer engineers are usually not disposed of like that, they're far too valuable. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/09/24/161573307/employee-shopping-acqui-hire-is-the-new-normal-in-silicon-valley
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Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech giants don't care about what the small companies were producing. They just want the engineers.

There's a new name for these deals: the "acqui-hire," and it could mean the end to your favorite app.

I first noticed the phenomenon this summer when Google swallowed my favorite email app. I paid money for it, and now it's headed for a slow death. Google just wanted the developers and was happy to buy the whole company to get them.

Gabor Cselle knows what that's like. In 2008, he created another email app called reMail. It made it easier to search mail on a phone. As it started to catch on, Cselle got his own call from Google.

"In comes Google and says, 'How about we pay you a nice amount of money and you don't have to do all these things and you can work on something exciting?' " Cselle says.

They wanted reMail. Or, maybe I should say, they wanted reMail to get Cselle.

"The product itself got shut down," Cselle says.

This is the crazy world of talent acquisition. "Acqui-hires" are very Silicon Valley - the product of an explosion of new startups and a shortage of engineering talent.

"Having two or three extremely talented engineers can be worth their weight in gold," says John Coyle, a law professor at the University of North Carolina.
 

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this is like yahoo's hire of marrisa mayer. the reality is, google understands the cloud better than anyone else and the cloud is the future
 

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I wonder if Apples recent deal with TomTom was to remove googles maps/navigation services and botch their own in house alternative, so as to give TomTom a reason to exist for at least some people who own smartphones
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Why go to apples side lol google apparently has great benefits
Google has insane benefits. They'll continue to pay your salary for 10 years after you die - and then some.

Honestly though, this is pretty funny. Apple wanted to get rid of google maps, so they made their own maps, realized it wasn't as good, and is now trying to hire people FROM google maps to work on their own maps. It would have been MUCH simpler to simply use google maps...
 

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this is like yahoo's hire of marrisa mayer. the reality is, google understands the cloud better than anyone else and the cloud is the future
Then Google better be ready to offer ultra-high speed connections without a data cap, to everybody. Because as it is, ISP's aren't as excited about cloud computing as Google
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$85K isn't that much....

I wonder if the ex-Googler have a non-competition clause in their contacts.
 

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$85K isn't that much....

I wonder if the ex-Googler have a non-competition clause in their contacts.
Agreed, $85k won't be swaying any engineers away from Google, I'd estimate $125k is where offers should be starting for that kind of programming.
 

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Then Google better be ready to offer ultra-high speed connections without a data cap, to everybody. Because as it is, ISP's aren't as excited about cloud computing as Google
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i honestly think that's what they are moving towards. look what they did in kansas city. and they don't have to gouge their customers to be successful-they have other business interests
 

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$85K isn't that much....

I wonder if the ex-Googler have a non-competition clause in their contacts.
Agreed, $85k won't be swaying any engineers away from Google, I'd estimate $125k is where offers should be starting for that kind of programming.
Those are people who just finished their contract with Google and need a job.
 
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