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[TheVerge]Google to buy Waze for $1.3 billion to bolster its maps lead, says Israeli newspaper

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After much competition and debate, it appears Google may have won the bidding war for popular maps and traffic company Waze — Israeli newspaper Globes reports that Google is paying $1.3 billion to acquire the Israel-based company.

This comes after Facebook's 1billion+ bid fell apart.

Interesting as Waze & Google Navigator were the two navigation apps I usually use, I am intrigued in how google will integrate those two.
Edited by sherlock - 6/9/13 at 11:33am
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When I heard about it, I couldn't imagine anyone but Google winning the bid. The core functionality of Waze (peer traffic reporting, and auto re-route based on the data) is such a simple yet brilliant idea, that I was kinda surprised Google maps didn't have something to that caliber. Google does have live traffic reporting with its new version of maps, but it doesn't re-route you, and the traffic reporting isn't that accurate.

Waiting to see something splendid out of Google maps in about a year.
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love Waze....here's hoping Google does screw with it smile.gif
    
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post #4 of 9
Been using Waze since forever.

Was peeved when I heard Apple were looking to buy.

Slightly less peeved when I heard Google were looking to buy.


Hopefully it stays as good as it is at avoiding traffic.
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And now Waze will turn into garbage...great. rolleyes.gif It will be nice to see advertising pop up on the map based on your location though. Again rolleyes.gif
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If Google Navigation can absorb the route prediction improvements, that'd be awesome. I don't know why Google hasn't allowed for improvements to their color scheme, or still requires phone-side GPS to be active to use Google Navigation, though. Those are two HUGE shortcomings that they seem to refuse to address.
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Nooooooooooooooooooooo
   
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Could be interesting. Waze is awesome!
 
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Waze is great. Hopefully they don't mess to much with a winning formula.
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