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Engadget Defectors Already Scooping Former Employer Aol with New Site

Last month, eight bloggers from Aol’s successful tech site Engadget defected in order to start their own site with their former boss, Jim Bankoff, who now runs a federation of sports sites called SB Nation. Their reason for quitting was that Engadget was apparently working as a permanent start-up, with 16-hour days, and no signs of improvement.

The big question when the news was announced was just how much websites needed their longstanding bloggers to be successful. Some hypothesized that the website would do just fine with a completely new staff. Do Engadget readers not care at all who writes their articles? Is there no loyalty left in the blogosphere??

Until the new site launches for the defectors, they have a temporary home at This is my next, where Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Joanna Stern, Ross Miller, and Chris Ziegler are “writing editorials, covering interesting news, and producing our weekly podcast.”

And according to BetaBeat, they are already scooping Aol’s Engadget.

[Their new blog] “has already landed scoops on Google’s censorship of the App Market and the Lenovo tablet and has climbed to #31 on the Techmeme Leaderboard. Their podcast also debuted at #1 in tech podcasts in iTunes.”

We’ll see if there will be room for both the Ex-Engadgeters and Engadget once their new site officially launches.

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