All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Waze’

Google Tests Waze-Powered Ride Service

Google is testing a Waze-powered carpooling program in Israel, according to multiple reports. The service, called RideWith, will let people pay drivers a “small fee for a ride to and from work,” reports Reuters. The service launched today in Tel Aviv. So, is Google jumping into the on-demand ridesharing space – and does Uber now have some big competition? Not …

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Police Still Claiming Google Is Helping Cop Killers with Its Waze App

Police are still really pissed about Waze. The Google-owned traffic app uses crowdsourced data to let drivers know about upcoming accidents, road closures, weather conditions, construction zones, and more. The app also contains a feature that allows users to pinpoint the location of police on a map – and it’s that feature that’s causing tension between Google and law enforcement. …

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Waze Adds AMBER Alerts

Thanks to a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Google-owned Waze traffic app will now feature AMBER alerts. “As of this writing, AMBER alerts have helped safely recover 728 children. We are proud to help expand the AMBER alerts program’s reach and eager to see the benefit Wazers can provide in making communities safer places,” …

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Cops Are Flooding Waze with Fake Info in the Hopes of Rendering It Useless

Some police are taking on a this pisses me off, so I’m going to try to destroy it strategy when it comes to crowdsourcing traffic app Waze. According to a report from Autoblog, who cites reporting from a local NBC affiliate, hundreds of police officers in Miami are flooding Waze with inaccurate information in the hopes that it’ll render it …

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Police Admit the Waze Hate Is Kinda Sorta About Speeding Tickets

Law enforcement organizations like the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the LAPD have spent the last week expressing concerns over Waze, a Google-owned app that allows people to crowdsource traffic data. The app just so happens to have a feature that lets users pinpoint, on a real-time map, the location of police officers. According to some …

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Police Think Google’s Waze App Could Get Them Killed

Crowdsourced traffic app Waze lets users input a lot of information about the roads they travel – accidents, construction zones, icy roads, etc. It also lets users tell each other about that cop posted up at the upcoming intersection. And apparently, some law enforcement officers are none too thrilled about this feature. An AP report quotes two sheriffs who recently …

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Google’s Waze Deal Won’t Face Antitrust Issues [REPORT]

Google looks to be in the clear concerning their recent acquisition of Israel-based navigation company Waze, according to a report from Bloomberg. They cite sources familiar with the matter who say that antitrust regulators will not challenge Google on the purchase, which took place this past June. Google has gone so far as to say that Waze’s team will remain …

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Google Maps Gets Waze Reports, Waze Gets More Google Maps Features, Google Search

In June, Google acquired Waze, and promised that “nothing practical” would change. Today, Google announced that Waze reports will now be integrated into the Google Maps experience, and that Google features will be integrated into the Waze experience. Google Maps users will now incorporate incident reports from Waze on Android and iOS. Users will get Waze updates about accidents, construction, …

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Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze

Google acquired Israel-based navigation company Waze earlier this month, after about a year’s worth of rumors that competitor Facebook would do so. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is making sure the move is not anti-competitive. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Google has confirmed it’s been contacted by FTC lawyers about a review. Details beyond that are …

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Google Buys Waze, Who Promises That ‘Nothing Practical Will Change’

Yesterday, reports emerged that Google was on the verge of buying Israel-based navigation company Waze. Today, it’s official. Google has announced that they’ve closed the acquisition. Both Google and Waze make a point to say that Waze will operate independently – for now. “The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about …

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Google Reportedly Wins Waze Acquisition

Numerous reports have come out indicating that Google is getting ready to buy Israel-based navigation company Waze. After hearing about Facebook getting ready to buy the company for close to a year, talks between those two companies reportedly fizzled out in recent weeks, as Google entered the conversation. Now, while still unconfirmed, this news appears to be the real deal. …

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Waze Update Adds Facebook Event Integration & More as Acquisition Rumors Swirl

With 49 million daily users, Waze has been the topic of some acquisition rumor drama over the past couple of weeks. Rumors that Facebook was in serious talks to buy the Israel-based navigation company have swirled since early May – but recent reports indicate that those have fallen apart. It appears that Google and a few other unspecified companies are …

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Facebook Not Acquiring Waze, Will Google?

Rumors about Facebook trying to acquire Waze have been circulating for close to a year at this point. The rumors picked up steam earlier this month, followed by talks of a bidding war among Facebook, Google and other unspecified companies. Some have mentioned Apple as a suitor, as it has struggled with its own Maps offering. According to reports, it …

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Google Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Waze

A couple weeks ago, reports came out that Facebook was getting ready to buy mapping/traffic app Waze for up to $1 billion. This was actually an extension of rumors that have been going on for quite some time, dating back to at least last summer. It appears that there might be a bidding war, with an Internet giant better known …

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Facebook Reportedly Getting Ready To Buy Waze

While we’ve seen nothing official, and Facebook has specifically said that it will not comment on speculation, reports have come out that the company is buying mapping/traffic app Waze for up to $1 billion. TechCrunch points to reports in the Israeli press from Calcalist, Ynet and The Marker (all in Hebrew) indicating that Facebook is in “advanced due dilligence on …

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Facebook Looking at Navigation App Waze [Report]

Is Facebook looking to get into the crowdsourced traffic information game? According to Israeli business publication Globes, Facebook is eyeing navigation app Waze. According to Globes, the two companies have already had discussions – as Facebook execs apparently visited Waze offices in Israel. “The purpose of the talks is not known, but the two companies are reportedly headed for collaboration, …

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Waze Updated To Help You Save On Gas

Waze, the ridiculously handy navigation app that uses real-time traffic data to get you where you need to go on time, has just added a new feature that helps you save on gas, too. Waze, in case you’re unfamiliar with it, is an app that uses travel data of other users to help you get around traffic snarls along your …

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Waze Brings Live Traffic Data to Local News

Free navigation app Waze is in the news today – literally – with an announcement that it has entered into a partnership with twelve TV stations across the country, including several in California, as well as in Texas and Pennsylvania, to bring real-time data on traffic and road conditions to their broadcasts. The free app, which debuted in 2009, relies …

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Enjoy These 5 Mobile Apps This Labor Day Weekend

Family reunions and quick getaways have become a Labor Day tradition for most people, but which apps work best for taking holiday trips? Grip’d.com spent several months testing various apps on each platform to see which ones make Gripd.com’s top five travel apps. If you have an iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone, here’s a quick rundown of the best 5 travel apps:

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