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Topolsky, Engadget Team To SB Nation To Build Tech Site

Joshua Topolsky, formerly editor of Engadget, and his managing editor Nilay Patel both left the tech blog in mid-March, shortly after AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post.

Topolsky at the time said he was working on “a few fantasy projects.” Now we know what they are.

He’s joining SB Nation, until now a publisher of sports blogs, to launch a technology news site this fall. And according to David Carr, Topolsky is taking up to eight other Engadget staffers with him.

“We have been working on blogging technology that was developed in 2003, we haven’t made a hire since I started running the site, and I thought we could be more successful elsewhere,” Topolsky told Carr.

SB Nation was founded by former AOL exec Jim Bankoff who, in fact, brokered the original deal to get AOL to purchase Engadget.

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Engadget Editor, ME to leave site

Both Engadget editor Josh Topolsky and managing editor Nilay Patel are leaving Engadget, reports Kara Swisher of All Things D.

Sources told Swisher that the moves were not related to AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post, rather, the issues were a “long time coming” related to problems the editors had working for the corporate behemoth.

“There are things I’m after and challenges I want to take on that just don’t fit with my day-to-day schedule here, so off I go,” Topolsky wrote on Engadget in his farewell announcement.

The departures, Swisher says, are just the latest in a recent stream of staffers leaving Engadget, others of whom have explicitly stated that AOL was the reason for leaving. (Engadget was originally part of Weblogs Inc., which was acquired by AOL in 2005.) A top editor, Paul Miller, who left the site recently, said:

“I’d love to be able to keep doing this forever, but unfortunately Engadget is owned by AOL, and AOL has proved an unwilling partner in this site’s evolution. It doesn’t take a veteran of the publishing world to realize that AOL has its heart in the wrong place with content.”

Topolsky has not called out AOL in particular for his move. He did, however, confirm that he is not leaving the tech news sphere and that he has “a few fantasy projects in mind that hopefully you’ll be hearing about soon.”