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Facebook Hires Fired Apple Maps Exec

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Facebook Hires Fired Apple Maps Exec

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Facebook hired Richard Williamson, the former Apple manager in charge of its mapping apps who was fired last November, according to reports.

Williamson joined Facebook earlier this month as a manager within its mobile software group, according to Bloomberg News. The news comes from two unnamed sources familiar with the hiring.

Williamson, one of the original members of the iPhone team, was fired in a management reorganization after Apple Maps was derided for its inaccuracies and publicly apologized for by Apple chief Tim Cook. Google Maps was then offered as an alternative iOS app. Other former Applers have been hired at Facebook, including former iPhone manager Greg Novick, software designers Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, along with other software engineers -- many of whom played a part in Facebook's recent Home.

Facebook declined to comment on the story.

 

 

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