My name is Michael Arrington. For newer readers who don’t know, I founded TechCrunch back in 2005.
Last year I was fired and began writing on Uncrunched.
Today AOL unfired me.
I am a venture capitalist and have all sorts of conflicts of interest. Many of you think that conflicts of interest are inherently bad and people with them shouldn’t be writing stuff for other people to read. A lot of people would agree with you. It was the reason AOL fired me last year, after they invested in my venture fund CrunchFund.
AOL now also disagrees.
Before everyone starts freaking the fuck out, just hold on a second and hear me out.
We don’t know how many of you are TechCrunch readers, particularly after last year’s AOL fiasco, but today brought some good news for longtime fans of the tech news site. In an open letter, posted on TechCrunch this afternoon, founder Michael Arrington has announced plans to return to the site he created as a paid contributor. Welcome back, Mike!
16:03 // 1 year ago
According to a very trusted source, Apple Store employees who have been tasked with improving Apple’s new mapping service are using Bing Maps to correct reported address errors in Apple Maps. According to my source:
When someone has reported an [address-related] problem, they look up the real address on Bing (via an embedded map on the page) and then correct the location.
Using a different service to fix the problem is not surprising, but skipping over Google, the clear industry leader in mapping, due to their disdain for the company, is the same issue that got them into this mess in the first place. Remember, Apple had a year left on its Google Maps/iOS contract.
In which Apple relies on third-hand mapping information.
19:50 // 1 year ago