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Waze announces Connective Citizens initiative with governments

10/02, 6:23pm

Program exchanges traffic data between governments, crowdsourced traffic platform

Waze is expanding its data reach today, launching the Connective Citizens program to bring the crowdsourced navigation platform together with 10 governments across the globe. The initiative is expected to improve the amount of information available in Waze, while granting municipalities and other government bodies information on road incidents and traffic conditions.

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Briefly: Satechi's F1 Smart Monitor Stand, Google Waze app updated

02/20, 4:40pm

Satechi releases F1 Smart Monitor Stand for monitor or laptop, includes 4 USB ports

Satechi has released the F1 Smart Monitor Stand, available now for purchase. Featuring a slim design, the F1 Smart Monitor Stand includes four USB ports and two integrated audio ports to simplify a user's desk layout. The USB 2.0 ports allow for data transfer rates up to 470Mbps, and its integrated audio ports feature use for microphone and headphones. The stand can support up to 22 pounds, and can be adjusted to two different preset heights for optimal ergonomic positioning. Available for the introductory price of $30, the F1 Smart Monitor Stand can be purchased through Satechi and Amazon.

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Briefly: BBC iPlayer updated, new version of Waze Social GPS released

08/29, 1:17pm

AirPlay connectivity added to iPlayer

The BBC's iPlayer (UK only) received an update on Tuesday, reaching Version 2.2. The app offers users the opportunity to download and stream BBC programming, and now provides the ability to watch downloaded programming on one's TV using AirPlay (on iOS 5 or later). Version 2.2 also includes an improved search function, providing one-tap access to previous searches, results grouped by series, and a dedicated search section on iPad with image-led results. Accessibility features have been improved as well, with better VoiceOver support added prior to and after favorites have been added to the Favorites screen. BBC iPlayer is available for download from iTunes, free of charge.

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Google Maps iOS, Android apps build in Waze incident reports

08/20, 10:03am

Waze Map Editor gets Google satellite and Street View imagery

Google has updated its iOS and Android Maps apps with real-time incident reports culled from Waze. The alerts, submitted by Waze users, can include things like accidents, construction, road closures, and other factors affecting traffic. Only some countries have access to the data in Maps though, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

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Google faces FTC examination of $1 billion plus Waze deal

06/22, 4:05pm

Newest action latest in a long line of antitrust scrutiny worldwide

Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have both confirmed that the search engine's acquisition of map tool developer Waze will be examined by the federal agency. The investigation is the latest in a range of actions being taken against Google worldwide for suspected anti-competitive behavior.

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Google confirms Waze acquisition, startup to remain in Israel

06/11, 12:36pm

Deal details remain undisclosed, rumored to be $1.3 Bn in cash

Google has confirmed it has closed a deal to purchase the social mapping startup Waze. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount that is speculated to be around $1.3 billion in cash, will allow Waze to enhance Google Maps with traffic updates and route adjustments, using information provided by the startup's 50 million users.

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Google said to be close to closing Waze buy for $1B

06/09, 12:29pm

Google could be on the verge of buying social mapping service

Search and mapping giant Google will reportedly scoop up Israeli social mapping startup Waze for roughly $1.3 billion, according to new reports. Google, according to Haaretz, is very close to sealing the Waze deal, which would keep competitors like Facebook and Apple from improving their standing in the burgeoning location services market. Critical to Google's progress in the negotiations, according to reports, was the search company's willingness to bend on the location of Waze.

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Waze 3.7 for iOS adds Facebook events integration

05/30, 3:14pm

Adds event addresses automatically

Social-based navigation service Waze has released an updated iOS app, v3.7. The focus of the upgrade is on Facebook events integration; signing into Facebook will now automatically populates the navigation list with addresses for event RSVPs, saving the need to enter them manually. Along similar lines, the app can now also display friends headed to the same event or destination. A bar with friends will appear on the right side of the screen, in the order of their expected arrival. Tapping the bar presents more detailed ETA information.

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Report: Google complicating Facebook Waze purchase with buyout offer

05/23, 11:00pm

Waze data currently used in Apple maps, could be integrated into Google Maps

Reports have surfaced that Google is considering a competitive bid for map software developer Waze. The move comes after sources indicated that Facebook had held talks to buy Waze. Reportedly, no one company is close to closing the deal, and Waze itself may choose to use venture backing to expand its services rather than seek a buyout.

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Facebook reportedly in talks to acquire Waze with near-$1 billion bid

05/09, 12:44pm

Crowdsourced navigation app may become part of Facebook mobile

Crowdsourced traffic and navigation app service Waze may be acquired by Facebook, according to a report. The discussions between Waze and Facebook come months after a possible acquisition offer from Apple and appears to be reaching the same financial levels as the billion-dollar Instagram deal in April last year.

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Waze turned down Apple acquistion offer, report claims

01/04, 4:30pm

'Elements of truth' to all reports

Apple and Waze did in fact talk about a possible buyout, but Waze turned Apple down, Next Web sources say. Recently TechCrunch claimed that Apple was offering a total of $500 million for an acquisition, but that Waze was holding out for $750 million. The site quickly reversed course, saying that no serious talks had occurred.

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Sources now saying no plans for Apple buyout of Waze

01/03, 4:20pm

'No deal' in near future

An Apple buyout of Waze isn't happening "now or anytime soon," sources now tell TechCrunch. The news rebuts earlier claims from multiple outlets, including one by TechCrunch itself that suggested Waze was hoping for a $750 million pricetag. Apple, by contrast, is only said to have been willing to spend $400 million plus another $100 million in incentives.

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Waze holding out for $750M from Apple, source says

01/03, 9:20am

Buyout talks said to be 'advanced'

Negotiations for an Apple buyout of Waze are actually well underway, although Waze is holding out for a larger sum, a TechCrunch source now says. Waze is reportedly angling for a $750 million deal, while Apple is only willing to offer $400 million in straight cash plus another $100 million in incentives.

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Rumor has Apple considering buyout of mapping service Waze

01/02, 1:07pm

Waze already tied into iOS 6 Maps system

Apple is "sniffing around" Waze and contemplating a buyout of the company, new rumors indicate. Waze describes its iOS app as a "community-based" traffic and navigation service, with over 30 million users. Users share date not only on traffic but things like accidents, checkpoints, and gas prices. In some cases, data is uploaded to Waze servers automatically.

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Waze, other parties identified as iOS Maps contributors

06/13, 1:33pm

Some navigation functions to redirect to third-party apps

Waze and several other parties have been identified as contributors to iOS 6's Maps data, TechCrunch notes. Although TomTom is the app's biggest contributor, outfits such as Getchee, Localeze, Urban Mapping, DMTI, and MapData Sciences are also participating. Perhaps one of the biggest names is Waze, a company which provides free crowdsourced map data to parties on iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms. The firm's iOS presence might have been rendered obsolete without Apple's decision to make it a part of the official Maps content.

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Waze for iOS gets hands-free traffic reporting

02/09, 7:00pm

Hand wave starts voice recognition reportting

Waze, an Israel-based mobile-apps start-up has issued a new release of its iOS version of its app to let drivers report traffic conditions while still staying focused on the road (free, App Store). The app makes use of the iPhone's proximity detector to activate voice recognition by waving a hand. It then asks a series of questions which helps the driver create and send a traffic report.

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