Notable things: Josh Hamilton to the Angels; Death Star petition: Your move, White House; Google Maps returns to iOS

Josh Hamilton is going to Anaheim (Yes, Anaheim. I refuse to call them the Los Angeles Angels). When he arrives he’ll get $125 million over the next five years.

Two thoughts:

1. Thank God the Red Sox didn’t do this. Thank God.

2. Is the greater Los Angeles area sitting over a massive oil field? I know there’s a lot of TV money floating around that market, but the gush of cash from the Dodgers and Angels has made the Red Sox and Yankees look like tightwads.


Today’s installment of I Love The Internet (ILTI):

That’s not a moon! It’s an engine for job creation!

A petition to construct a Death Star has received the necessary signatures for official White House comment.

As of this writing, “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” has 25,956 signatures.

(Via BuzzFeed.)


A few weeks ago I wondered if Apple would keep the Google Maps iOS app in approval purgatory, as it had done with another Google product.

Here’s my answer.

People are going on about how this is a big win for Google. And it is. But it’s also a win for iOS users. Now, we have a Google Maps app that’s got the one huge thing the pre-iOS 6 version was missing: voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.

So, let’s recap: Apple ditched Google Maps as the default, Tim Cook apologized, we all “suffered” with the Apple maps for a few months, then an improved Google Maps app appeared in the App Store.

I’ll take it.

Notable things: Google Maps will reveal the state of Apple’s stubborn streak, me-too-itis, everyone was confused by Karl Rove

Google is in the late stages of developing a Maps app for iOS, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

I’m looking forward to having Google Maps back on my iOS devices, but I’m also intrigued by what’s to come.

Will Apple follow up its unusual apology with swift approval?

Or, will Apple’s disdain for Google keep the Maps app in approval purgatory?

Put another way: Is Tim Cook as stubborn as Steve Jobs?

I don’t think he is, but what happens next will go a long way toward answering that question.


The Google Maps / iOS story is notable for another reason: It shows the sad state of “me too!” that runs through the tech press. When a story like this hits Techmeme you know an onslaught of duplicate stories from other outlets will soon flood the Internet. Those second-wave pieces rarely offer anything substantial.


“What the? What is this?”

Roger Ailes had the same response as everyone else to Karl Rove’s election-night fit.