Uber, the car service that's irritating taxi companies everywhere, has poached a senior Apple engineer who was a lead on Apple Maps. Chris Blumenberg had been with Apple since 2000, starting as a developer liaison with Microsoft in building Internet Explorer and Office for Mac OS X. More recently, however, he led the 40-person team that built the Apple Maps client software for both iOS and OS X.
What exactly Blumenberg is going to do at Uber isn't clear, but The Information posits that his expertise may come in handy with Uber's "sophisticated routing system [that] relies on correctly pinpointing users' locations."
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Source: The Information