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Facebook buying Waze in $1bn social map deal tip insiders

Facebook buying Waze in $1bn social map deal tip insiders

Facebook could splash up to $1bn on social mapping app specialist Waze, new leaks suggest, potentially ramping up the social site's mobile functionality. The imminent deal, tipped in Calcalist, Ynet, and The Market, comes after a claimed six months of negotiations between the firms, and would echo Facebook's billion-dollar Instagram acquisition by falling somewhere in the $800m-$1bn range, sources claim.

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Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Before Apple released their own free mapping solution, a lot of iOS users resorted to third-party apps that offered free GPS turn-by-turn navigation, and Waze was one of the few that many users turned to. Now that Google Maps and Apple Maps are available, Waze has been becoming less important for travelers. However, the company has reported that in 2012 alone, 500 million map edits were made by 65,000 users.

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Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

The rumorsphere is alight with speculation that Apple is in advanced acquisition talks with Waze, with sources saying that Apple is trying to talk the company's price down to somewhere in the half-billion dollar range. Apple already uses Waze as a data partner with its monumentally flawed Maps application. Waze is unique in that it provides social traffic data gathered from drivers.

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Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Waze has passed the 20 million user mark. If you haven’t heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It’s a unique ‘social GPS’ platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features.

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Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

If you haven't heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It's a unique 'social GPS' platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features that you simply don't get with your vintage Garmin or even your standard smartphone maps app.

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Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

TomTom spilled the beans in a press release yesterday, saying that Apple had licensed part of its mapping solutions and information for use in the new Maps app in iOS 6. Details about exactly what is being used has been intentionally left vague. How about the crowd sourced data that Apple was keen to promote at the keynote? Turns out it could be coming from Waze, a navigation app that provides crowd sourced traffic data from via user interaction.

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Waze iPhone GPS app uses crowd-sourcing for real time traffic

Waze iPhone GPS app uses crowd-sourcing for real time traffic

Real-time crowd-sourcing navigation app Waze has cleared Apple's App Store approval team and appeared for download, promising not only free turn-by-turn directions but peer-based traffic and road-condition updates.  Waze relies on GPS and cell-tower triangulation from other users to determine traffic flow, with server-side processing of the best route for you to take.

Video demo after the cut

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Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Unable to ignore Apple and Google's efforts to infiltrate the dashboard, car makers are picking different routes to collaborate and compete, with driver data the prize. Platforms like Android Auto and CarPlay - which allow smartphone users to plug their device into a car, see a subset of apps and services more safely displayed on the vehicle's own systems, and control them both by voice and physical buttons - are increasingly being expected by new car buyers. Tensions around what data sharing is required has slowed the spread, however, as manufacturers wrestle with the pros and cons of allowing Apple and Google into their dashboards.

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Google Sidewalk Labs: a think tank for building better cities

Google Sidewalk Labs: a think tank for building better cities

Google is, by nature, a tech company. But gone are the days when "technology" was confined in electronics inside the living room or, more recently, inside our pockets. All technology, no matter how diverse or different, are developed for one ulterior goal: making our lives better. That is the basic idea behind Google's launch of its new company, Sidewalk Labs. With Sidewalk, Google is dipping its toes into urban development, researching and developing technology that will hopefully be used to improve life in the city, whether it be for residents, business, or governments.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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