Waze Joins Google!

Dear Wazers,

I am excited to announce today that we have accepted an offer to join Google. I’d like to share some information about what this means for Waze.

Larry Page, Brian McClendon and the Google Maps teams have been following our progress closely and are excited about what we’ve accomplished. They share our vision of a global mapping service, updated in real time by local communities, and wish to help us accelerate. We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team to enhance our search capabilities and to join them in their ongoing efforts to build the best map of the world.

Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We will maintain our community, brand, service and organization – the community hierarchy, responsibilities and processes will remain the same. The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.

Why not stay completely independent? We asked ourselves: “Will Waze still be a fun project to participate in, and a fun place to work, as a stand-alone public company?” Choosing the path of an IPO often shifts attention to bankers, lawyers and the happiness of Wall Street, and we decided we’d rather spend our time with you, the Waze community. Google is committed to help us achieve our common goal and provide us with the independence and resources we need to succeed. We evaluated many options and believe Google is the best partner for Waze, our map editors, area managers, champs and nearly 50 million Wazers globally.

Together, we can accelerate our mission to outsmart traffic. We will continue to make a real impact on drivers globally, helping them save time and money while making everyone’s daily commute a bit more efficient and fun.

So, it’s back to work for us with some great new colleagues and resources to enhance our project. Thank you for your participation in shaping Waze to what it is today, and we look forward to continuing to build out Waze together with you.

See you on the road,

Noam

200 comments:

  1. Mazel Tov B'Hatslacha.
    I ♥ Waze, I ♥ Google, this is a perfect match. May it only bring greater success to you both.

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  2. [...] employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come,” says Waze CEO Noam [...]

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  3. [...] "Estoy muy emocionado de anunciar hoy que hemos aceptado una oferta para unirnos a Google", dijo por su parte Waze en su sitio oficial. [...]

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  4. Congratulations! Definitely excited to see the innovations that Waze and Google will spur one another toward in this venture!

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  5. [...] "Estoy muy emocionado de anunciar hoy que hemos aceptado una oferta para unirnos a Google", dijo por su parte Waze en su sitio oficial. [...]

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  6. That's fantastic news!! Congratulations!!

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  7. Congratulations!
    Keep up the great work :)

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  8. [...] CEO Noam Bardin wrote in a company blog post that the deal was in part motivated by Waze’s disinterest in going [...]

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  9. [...] Vía | Blog de Google | Blog de Waze. [...]

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  10. [...] Waze, por sua vez, reitera que nada vai mudar para os usuários, e explica porque decidiu aceitar a proposta do [...]

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  11. [...] the announcement post, CEO and founder Noam Bardin said: “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We will [...]

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  12. This is horrible, horrible news. I spend more time with this app then any other and now it's gonna suck. R.I.P. Waze. I enjoyed our time together.

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  13. Congrats to Noam, Di-Ann and the rest of their team for this announcement! Looking forward to seeing what this partnership brings!

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  14. Great news for Mr. Naom ...not bad for $1.5b. Time to find another independent company for my GPS use.

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  15. Time to add Google+ buttons on the website.
    Time to create a Google+ Page if you do not have already!
    Time to remove Facebook integration from Waze.
    Time to add Google+ Sign-in support in Waze.
    Time to add Google+ integration in Waze.
    Time to be more awesome!

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  16. Don't leave Windows Phone app development!

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  17. Fantastic news. Now if you could only change the way the 'voice' pronounces 'Los Angeles' and 'Sepulveda'. ;-)

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  18. What information will be shared with Google? If you can ensure my anonymity and my privacy from Google, then I will continue to use waze. Otherwise I will be leaving Waze permanently.

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  19. Now the NSA can have your Waze information too! Google can cross combine it with other data and sell your personal movements. No thanks. Plenty of other mapping tools out there.

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  20. Google Maps shows more accurate Live traffic information than Waze.
    I hope they improve the Waze app with better traffic status - that would really help the route algorithms.

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  21. Waze owners have to make a buck but this makes me sad. I'll be sorry to end my year long use of Waze.

    Until Google can GUARANTEE they won't turn my info over to the Obama admin, they are personna non grata on my devices. So I just deleted Waze from all my devices. There is no way in H*LL that I'm letting Google in on the kind of information that Waze collects.

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  22. Thiago BustamanteJune 11, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Way to go, Noam and Waze team!

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  23. Actually Waze should have come up with the version of their software which would be very useful for the southern part of Israel. Since the south of Israel has been numerous times under Qassam and Grad rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip forcing residents to find shelter in 30 to 60 seconds, the app would find the optimal route between two points (usually between home and work) while minimizing the time to take cover, i.e. the route would stay close to buildings where one could take cover within a few seconds. I am sure that this “Grad Waze” version would be a hit in these parts

    Google:Be’er Sheva under Grad attack

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  24. Congratulations! you deserve it!

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  25. I'll be very disappointed when google inevitably rolls waze into google maps and shuts it down. So much for a native blackberry 10 app..

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  26. Not really a good news for me.

    I am afraid that Google will silently jeopardize the community effort in order to stop a very embarrassing competitor. I am also very concerned about privacy and have absolutely no belief in Google to do not use any data related to my driving.

    I take on this to warmly thank you and your team to have made Waze what it is. I also thanks the community for the tremendous amount of contributions.

    Fact is that today, I feel annoyed by this news and I am thinking about to stop using Waze. Once again, this is some large company money that takes on community projects. Simply put, Internet freedom is at risk...

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  27. Israel truly is a "light unto nations". Keep up the good work at Waze, your app rocks. You make us and the world very proud.

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  28. As a fulltimer (someone who lives in an RV), I use Waze daily! Can't wait to see what the future holds for Waze.

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  29. Kol Ha'kavod! You sure know how to navigate :)
    Derech Tzlecha to the future!

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  30. Waze to go, Google guys!

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  31. Estoy feliz con este anuncio. Creo que lo mejor de cada uno permitirá crecer al otro. Por lo pronto en Argentina donde aún faltan regiones por dibujar, Waze podrá utilizar las bases de datos de mapas de Google.
    Totu

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  32. congrats!

    .. but, will You still continue WindowsPhone version (Google is not the biggest lover of M$), please?

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  33. Just hopping GOOG won't make Waze go the Meebo route...

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  34. Great! Another way for Google to track everything we do. Thanks a lot! Guess I'll be finding another app!

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  35. Yay. I was so worried when news last month of Facebook buying Waze was circulating. This is much better.

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  36. I may just be an everyday water (waze user) like the 50million users you have, except I'm one with a voice. Please, let me explain.
    I am a keen photographer and after taking my usual batch of photos at an event, I would use an editing programme to make them shine. Give them that professional look. It took a while but I finally found one I could understand, use and learn at my own pace. I had all my friends sign up after going on and on about it. Eventually they offered a paid service and I was quick to join. This editing software was the best I had ever used and I really didn't mind paying. Then, after a year or so, my favourite photo editing site was brought by Google. I assured all my friends that this meant bigger, better features. Even if I had to pay a little more for it...... But... ON 19TH APRIL 2011 THE PHOTO EDITING SITE PICNIC WAS CLOSED FOR GOOD AS GOOGLE USED ITS SOFTWARE IN ITS NEW GOOGLE+ . Seeing as I wasn't a user, or signing up I was lost. Hell I even signed up anyway but it just didn't work the same at all. Google destroyed it. They completely removed it from the internet forever. Even too this day I have never found anything even close to how good that site was.


    June 14th 2013... Google buys Waze. I want to die in pain at this news. :(

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  37. Congratulations!
    However, what do you mean by "nothing practical will change"? How about the long-awaited integration with Google+ in addition of Facebook (I wouldn't care if it's "instead of", could be even better)? How about using Google Maps instead of Bing as the default coordinate provider?

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  38. Just erased Waze from my iPhone, I have no further intention using Google government spying program.

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  39. Very very excited news!!! I am a big fan of Waze and look forward for helping to make it better.
    Congratulations to Waze corporate team.

    Regards,
    Fernando

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  40. Great news!!

    using Waze daily and I am a huge fan of Google; I believe this will bring great updates and news to us!!

    Thank you Waze and Google

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  41. Congratulations to Waze and Waze community!

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  42. here's to hoping that waze and google maps (and services) both can capture data from each other.

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  43. Mazal tov, may the force be with you!

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  44. lets hope google dont try and hurt us iOS users of waze.
    that's my biggest worry , they will focus on android and the iOS platform will be left to rot just like with google maps. keep up the good work and remember all your users :)

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  45. congrats guys, i'm a big fan of waze from indonesia.
    can't wait for the new innovation from waze + google maps team

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  46. [...] resmi blogundan ve Waze’in kendi sitesinden yayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze artık Google Maps’e bağlı bir hizmet olacak. [...]

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  47. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  48. Oh crap! Google Maps for iOS basically sucks and Waze better not become a Google Maps project. I still want to be able to report speed cameras, cops whatnot. Google Maps traffic reports suck big time too. I just don't like the whole thing Google overshadowing a great product and make it a mess instead of improving it.

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  49. [...] Waze announced that it has been bought by Google. The deal had been rumoured for a week or two before the [...]

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  50. Mappy.com is a far better map app than Waze, which for navigation couldn't get me from Paris to Lyon. But it's not always about that, is it? I think perhaps overpriced, but well done, you won a lottery. You have to become the YouTube of maps: good luck. :O)

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  51. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  52. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  53. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  54. [...] The morning reminded me of the West Wing episode with the block of cheese day, where anyone is allowed to pitch their project to the government, no matter how crazy. But it’s also a good reminder that being a public company comes with a remarkable number of distractions — just Tuesday, the co-founder of Waze said he preferred selling his company to Google rather than embracing public markets, as he wrote in a blog post. [...]

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  55. [...] independientes?”, comenta por su parte el CEO de la empresa absorbida, Noah Bardin, en otro post. “Nos preguntamos si Waze seguiría siendo un proyecto divertido en el que participar y un [...]

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  56. [...] in his own blog post, Waze’s chief executive, Noam Bardin, said, “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We [...]

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  57. [...] “We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team to enhance our search capabilities and to join them in their ongoing efforts to build the best map of the world,” Waze CEO Noam Bardin said in a blog post. [...]

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  58. Congrats, Google Now!

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  59. [...] чи підказати швидший маршрут. Аудиторія Waze складає близько 50 млн [...]

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  60. [...] il team di Waze ha provveduto ad avvisare la comunity dell’accaduto ed anche in questo caso viene sottolineato il fatto che non avrà luogo alcun [...]

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  61. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  62. [...] only rumored that Google was interested in acquiring Waze, but Facebook as well. Both Google and Waze, however, have announced that a deal has been reached for an undisclosed sum. Apparently the Waze [...]

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  63. [...] è stata confermata sia da Google (con un post sul suo blog) che da Waze (che ha fatto altrettanto). La community di oltre 50 milioni di utenti globali del navigatore sociale ora entra a far parte [...]

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  64. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  65. [...] annual MobileBeat conference hits San Francisco July 9-10http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/androidguyscom/~3/5yUnzlxg28A/http://www.androidguys.com/feed/AndroidGuysAndroid news and [...]

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  66. [...] and processes will remain the same,” Waze founder Noam Bardin wrote on the company’s blog. “See you on the [...]

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  67. [...] június 11-én hivatalosan is bejelentette a Waze és a Google is, hogy a tárgyalások befejeződtek és a Waze tulajdonosi köre megállapodott a [...]

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  68. Congratulations Waze! I think this is a great move and I am curious of what will happen in the future. The synergy is there. Waze to go!

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  69. [...] resmi blogundan ve Waze’in kendi sitesinden yayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze artık Google Maps’e bağlı bir hizmet olacak. [...]

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  70. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  71. Bad new, google will exclude camera and police reports from map because in many EU counties waze is not allowed :(

    But good news for waze developers, thanks for you project and it's time to search an alternative...

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  72. [...] in a blog post announcing the acquisition, said “nothing practical” would change at the [...]

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  73. [...] information from Google’s own announcement you can see straight through the this link , while the Waze through this link . [...]

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  74. [...] blogundan ve Waze’in kendi sitesindenyayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze artık Google Maps’e bağlı bir hizmet olacak. [...]

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  75. [...] in his own blog post, Waze’s chief executive, Noam Bardin, said, “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We [...]

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  76. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  77. [...] via leur blog respectif que Google et Waze ont confirmé l’acquisition de la société israélienne et de son service de cartographie/GPS [...]

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  78. [...] in his own blog post, Waze’s chief executive, Noam Bardin, said, “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We [...]

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  79. [...] in his own blog post, Waze’s chief executive, Noam Bardin, said, “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We [...]

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  80. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  81. [...] resmi blogunda, Waze’in ise kendi sitesinde yayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze’e gerçek zamanlı trafik bilgileri sunan kullanıcılar [...]

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  82. [...] in his own blog post, Waze’s chief executive, Noam Bardin, said, “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We [...]

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  83. [...] Vi er glad for å bli med Google i deres innsats for å lage det beste kartet i verden, skriver Noam Bardin, direktør i Waze. I mai kom det melding om at Facebook hadde budt 5,7 milliarder kroner for [...]

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  84. [...] oficjalnym oświadczeniu Waze, CEO start-upa Noam Bardin przekonuje, że dzięki transakcji firma nadal pozostanie [...]

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  85. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  86. [...] in his bog, Waze Chief Executive Noam Bardin said his company decided to forego the typical initial public [...]

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  87. Well, does this mean you will follow Google's "no supoort for any other devices than ours" politics?
    Is waze for WP8 dead now?

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  88. [...] efforts to court customers on the move. Waze, whose mobile app solicits input from almost 50 million users to improve directions and display traffic and road-hazard details, would provide social features [...]

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  89. [...] and processes will remain the same,” Waze founder Noam Bardin wrote on the company’s blog. “See you on the [...]

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  90. [...] be more beneficial as they could then focus on developing the product itself. As Bardim said in Waze official announcement on their blog, “We thought of the time we would spend dealing with bankers, lawyers and shareholders, and we [...]

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  91. [...] in his bog, Waze Chief Executive Noam Bardin said his company decided to forego the typical initial public [...]

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  92. [...] Google macht die “Waze”-Übernahme komplett: Das israelische Startup geht an den Meistbietenden. Den Kaufpreis von 1 Mrd Dollar wollte Google noch nicht bestätigen. Auch Facebook war an der kostenlosen mobilen App für Android und iOS interessiert. “Waze”-Chef Noam Bardin schreibt in einem Blogeintrag, ein Börsengang wäre die Alternative zum Verkauf gewesen, hätte aber den Fokus weg vom Produkt und hin zum Shareholder Value bewegt. techcrunch.com, nytimes.com, mashable.com, waze.com/blog [...]

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  93. [...] podobnym tonie utrzymany jest komunikat na blogu Waze. Również nie ma szczegółów finansowych transakcji, ale jest wyraźna zapowiedź, że Waze [...]

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  94. [...] practical will change here at Waze,” CEO Noam Bardin wrote in a separate blog post. “We will maintain our community, brand, service and [...]

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  95. [...] Bu iddiaların gerçeği yansıtmadığının ortaya çıkmasının ardından Google’ın Waze‘i satın alabileceğine dair söylentiler ortalıkta dolaşmaya başlamıştı. Google, sosyal [...]

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  96. Bye bye Waze! We all know what Google does to what they acquire :(

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  97. Yes! This means Google search will come back to Waze!

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  98. [...] In Waze’s own announcement, CEO Noam Bardin says “Larry Page, Brian McClendon and the Google Maps teams have been following our progress closely and are excited about what we’ve accomplished.” [...]

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  99. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  100. [...] Google maps för att förädla båda karttjänsterna. Enligt Noam Bardin @noamb11 kommer dock tjänsten i övrigt att fortsätta drivas och utvecklas inom nuvarande [...]

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  101. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  102. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  103. I am also wondering if Google will take away feature for sharing speed traps.

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  104. Looking forward to Waze app getting Google traffic update data integrated in to make Waze in the UK better!

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  105. Very happy for you and the team! You are my go-to map and I hope that this does not fundamentally change the fun and useful experience of Waze.

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  106. Great news!!! Thank goodness you guys didn't accept any crazy deal from Facebook .. that would have been a smartphone-Facebook-updating while-driving disaster. Google is without a doubt the lesser of many evils :-)

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  107. Time to join another GPS app, bye Waze.
    Good for you guys, bad for real people who does not want to be traced the whole time.

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  108. This is great news for everyone. I'm so excited to see how the partnership is implemented in the coming months!

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  109. I hope Google doesn't screw up a great program. I guess now, the Obama Administration will know exactly my location. I'm not happy about that. You ever read 1984. Big Brother, knows everything.

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  110. Well, another great app in it's way to oblivion... Google is about to close Google Reader for Google+, they didn't give a s###t for the community of Reader users.
    I'll continue to use Waze in the hope that everything will go fine, but I doubt it.
    Congrats to the developers! Sorry Waze community...

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  111. Congratulations on the huge success!

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  112. Alvaro Tejada (alvtej)June 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Noam congratulations!

    See you on the road,

    Alvaro

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  113. time to stop using waze....bye waze.

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  114. IF this gets approved by all the different governments, Then there is a potential for a big upside IF Google does it right. If they don't then I am sure someone else will produce a different GPS app similar to waze that the waze community will flock to in droves......

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  115. Dear Waze team,

    I am fr Malaysia and I must THANK you team for coming up with a SUPERB application, with now teaming up with Google...God grace you will be additional SUPERB. Keep on the good work.

    God Bless

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  116. How long do you think Waze will "operate independently from Google?" Google doesn't need Waze, this was a bidding war won against Apple and Facebook to prevent those competitors from encroaching on Google's map dominance. It's going to be absorbed, believe it.
    Another independent app swallowed up in the big war for our eyeballs and wallets.
    I loved Waze this past year on iOS, so I will miss it.
    Deleting you right now, for all you care. Back to Apple maps as I look for another independent GPS app. I see a couple right now.
    Enjoy the money, guys.

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  117. As a fellow Wazer it is good news as I believe Google is a big company to take it forward with better innovation.

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  118. It should be cool, if Waze will integrate Google services. But two points bother me much:

    - will it be mandatory to use Google+ account to "plus" all things that we previously called as "like"? What is done in Waze should be available for Waze users, but not to circles, blogs or whatever. Actually, these "likes" have limited life time only, but "plus" features are stored forever.

    - Usually, after CEO/CTO/C-whatever leaves the project after acquisition. It is not secret, this happens just because he/she can find a better position or another way to spend money.

    Thanks!

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  119. Please add google satellite layer to editor.

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  120. A marriage of waze and google? In my opinion a good idea. Now, however, should immediately be integrated Google+ and the ability to add friends with gmail addresses!

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  121. Eine Heirat von waze & google? Meiner Meinung nach ist das eine sehr gute Idee. Nun sollte aber auch umgehend Google+ in waze integriert werden. Weiter sollte auch ermöglicht werden, Freunde mit einer Gmailadresse einzufügen! Es wollen nämlich nicht alle ein Facebookkonto!

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  122. Good news for you and for google, not for us. Sorry, but good bye Waze.

    I'm trying to avoid centralization of my data, currently building things to leave google empire, so I can't continue with you. And it seems I'm not alone.

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  123. Google has great traffic system so is Waze. put the two brains together will create the best in this world traffic system. I use both can not wait to see the both system become one system. All the best and many Congratulations for both Waze and google.

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  124. I have been a loyal WAZE user for some time and have praised its use. Waze offers features that Google did not. Real time social integration.

    Now Waze is about to inject this technology into that ecosystem, and in turn Waze gets access to some of the Google power.

    At the very least I hope to see Google+ as a social network option in Waze :)

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  125. [...] ha voluto precisare su un comunicato ufficiale che non cambierà assolutamente nulla dal punto di vista della comunity, marchio, servizi, [...]

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  126. А как же Waze-чемпионы редакторы? Что же им не перепало по кусочку из пирога? Они приложили немало усилий, чтобы Waze стала лучше, а про них забыли, когда делили пирог.

    Удачи Waze! Хочется верить, что ещё год вы протяните, как независимый проект и не станете просто жертвой тупо войны брендов Google vs Apple vs Facebook

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  127. [...] a Waze non cambierà alcunché – si legge in un secondo comunicato ufficiale indirizzato a tutti i wazer – Manterremo la nostra comunità, il nostro marchio, ma [...]

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  128. So now Google is going to kill the WP8 development of Waze app... :(

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  129. Dear Waze,

    This will be awesome! This means you can create a monster app. Integration with calendar, 3D, street view and voice commands. Love to see the result!

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  130. Awesome Awesome. I agree with you guys. With the power of Google backing your efforts, Waze now has more potential than ever. Now you gotta add Google+ sharing support to your blog. ;)

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  131. [...] a blog post Waze said “Google is committed to help us achieve our common goal and provide us with the [...]

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  132. I love Waze, but Google always acquires then deletes services. Anyone remember Meebo? Google made the same statements about that acquisition

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  133. Great work! That is the type of info that are meant to be shared around the net. Shame on Google for no longer positioning this put up upper! Come on over and discuss with my web site . Thanks =)

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  134. Love your app ( especially the graphics ) - and thank you for a job well done!
    Will continue to use Waze =)

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  135. Really? Are you going to say "bad for real people who does not want to be traced the whole time."? This apps function is literally to trace you

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  136. This news worries me. I don't want to work for Google for free every time I submit a map edit or a traffic report. I love sharing with fellow drives, but all I get from sharing with Google are ads and surveillance. Bye bye waze...

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  137. [...] Google has agreed to acquire Waze, the Israel-based company behind the mapping app Facebook was also reportedly vying for, according to blog posts from both Google and Waze. [...]

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  138. Congratulations! This is definitely a good news for me.

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  139. Great result for you.
    Bad result for wazers and community that worked a lot to obtain their work sold to google.

    bye waze.

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  140. Big Brother is watching you :)

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  141. [...] még okosabb lesz. A Facebook számára nem ért meg ennyit. A hírt a társaság és a Waze is blogbejegyzésben jelentette be. az izraeli cég szoftvere segítségével a felhasználók kölcsönösen [...]

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  142. There goes the great app. How long you think Google would let Waze run independently after investing millions (or billions) in it. One or the other way it's going to be Google Maps-RT or Maps-v2.
    More importantly, the 50 mil wazers and editors who spend hours just like on an community/open source project got a big O.

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  143. This is because OpenStreetMap is stealing Google Maps' thunder. In this way Google get a community that can compete with OSM. That isn't to say that I don't like Waze or Google, I like both and think this is a good fit. On the other hand, I like OSM a lot and don't want to google ruin it.

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  144. [...] Noam Bardin said in a blog post the company is “excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team to enhance our [...]

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  145. Bah. I'm sorry to learn about the acquisition of Waze by Google. Based on Google's past history, I can't see anything good coming of this. Well, at least for the Waze community; I'm sure the owners made out...can't really blame them for that.

    Given the recent revelations about Google's uncomplaining and unresisting cooperation with the U.S. intelligence agencies and the fact that Waze will now give Google an even better idea where I am whenever I'm in my car, I don't have any option but to delete Waze and find an alternative. Oh well. Bye Wazers.

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  146. i'm happy you haven't accept facebook!
    i would have leave you! (and 'im a king wazer)

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  147. Great!! I hope for the best, in my opinion both Maps and Waze will improve their service working together! Great job! And for those who complain about their privacy, It's part of having a FREE gps service on all your devices, what do you think they do with that informations? They use them to give you an excellent service for free, not to conspire against you!

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  148. Congrats! I hope google leaves you alone, but I hope that millions more users join Waze. It's the best app I've downloaded. Best wishes!!!

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  149. They pushed her down a sewer

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  150. [...] chief executive, Noam Bardin, wrote in a blog post; “Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We will maintain our community, brand, service [...]

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  151. [...] Waze kupione przez Google Szefowie Google z kolejnych zakupów “przynieśli” mobilny serwis do monitorowania natężenia ruchu pojazdów. Różne szacunki wskazują, że Google wydało od 1,1 do 1,3 mld dolarów. [Waze] [...]

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  152. Grate news, I work at BBDO Mexico and we have a project that will work grate with your platform. Is there is a way that I can gett in touch with you guys to talk about the project? Have a grate one.

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  153. [...] resmi blogundan ve Waze’in kendi sitesinden yayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze artık Google Maps’e bağlı bir hizmet olacak. [...]

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  154. [...] resmi blogundan ve Waze’in kendi sitesinden yayınladığı açıklamaya göre Waze artık Google Maps’e bağlı bir hizmet olacak. [...]

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  155. [...] Since the purchase, Waze has gone on the record with the following statement: [...]

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  156. No Hands SEO is surely an incredible absolutely automated backlinking software for improving search engine rank and increasing traffic

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  157. [...] to your destination while allowing you to avoid accidents or traffic jams. As stated in the Waze blog regarding Google’s purchase of the [...]

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  158. http://project.cses.chc.edu.tw/schoolblog/class510/2009/10/14/98-10-3%e7%a5%9e%e5%a5%87%e6%a8%b9%e5%b1%8b%e9%96%b1%e8%ae%80%e4%bd%9c%e5%93%81/

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  159. [...] notizia, come leggiamo da fonte ufficiale, è ormai certa. Google entra in possesso di Waze grazie a un accordo stimato intorno [...]

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  160. Hello

    Is there any book for waze software?

    note (please write me the answer for my e-mail).

    thanks

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  161. Great work guys, shows all the effort you have put in has been rewarded, so well done.

    But for me, the whole reason waze was so good....... was Because they didnt have googles involvement, sure they will start low key.

    But give it a year (if that) and waze will Be incorporated into the google world, spying on us!

    Lets face it, google might as well Be the world police and are getting far too powerfull :-( , as are the others, FaceBook... Burn it.!!! Apple, Burn it!!

    We need lots of smaller companies keeping their identities, and there vision, not Being told how they should work By the ones who should Burn.

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  162. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  163. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  170. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  172. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  174. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  175. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  176. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  177. [...] application had about 50 million users at the time of the Google deal, Waze said in its own blog post about the [...]

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  178. I propose our own application with gambling and whores. fucking sold

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  179. [...] prima di optare per l’acquisizione da parte di Google, ha dichiarato il CEO Noam Bardin in un post sul blog di [...]

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  180. booooooooo!

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  181. In order to provide the American government with updated data of its citizens’ movement under the Prism system, the search giant has acquired Israeli mapping startup called Waze for as little as $1 billion. The industry experts had been expecting such deal, because it would provide Google with even more power over the mapping market with its clever technology.

    The mapping startup gains up to the minute data on traffic movements by using its client’s vehicles. It is done by using satellite signals from customers’ smartphones and generating maps and traffic information shared with others. The company claimed that it planned on using Waze’s service for improving its own Maps product.

    The startup’s product development team will stay in Israel and operate separately for a while. In the meantime, it is unclear when it will integrate into Google’s Maps app, but the core Waze product will still benefit from integrating Google-search capabilities.

    According to Waze, the company decided to forego the typical IPO route for startups, because their aim was to focus on the product. In case Waze moved to an IPO, it shifted attention to bankers, lawyers and the happiness of Wall Street. After considering a number of options, they came to a conclusion that Google is the best partner for Waze.

    It is known that maps are among the 5 most-used applications on smartphones and tablets, as well as music and games. Perhaps, Google purchased the company in order to keep Waze out of the paws of Apple, because the latter is desperate to provide a product which actually works. In addition, Facebook was also named as a potential buyer, but the company insisted that Waze’s team couldn’t remain in Israel and the deal never happened.

    Waze was created 4 years ago by Ehud Shabtai, a software engineer who has a degree in philosophy and computer science. At the moment, the startup has 47 million users and raised $67 million in funding from such companies as Blue Run Ventures and Qualcomm.

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  182. This is a disaster. Waze is about as democratic an app as has ever existed (remember when Google felt like it was on your side?) and it is being subsumed into the bloated, monopolistic Borg that Google has become. They know what you spend, what you read, and now will track where you are, where you buy petrol/gas, shop, go to work and on holiday. That's if they don't just shut Waze down once once they've eliminated the competition.

    Good luck to Noam and all the Waze pioneers for creating a brilliant system and getting rich in the process - no shame in that. But it's a desperately sad day for the Wazers.

    I shall be uninstalling today. I recommend you do the same

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  183. Ouch. This means that Waze will now be subject to Google's standard terms and conditions and their "privacy" policy. That alone is enough to send me looking for another mapping app. I'm afraid we must part...Waze. :-(

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  184. I love waze, but I don't know if i'm going to like it when Waze and Google go together... I might find myself searching for a different navigation. I don't want google to know everything about me, they already know to much

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  185. Hope the future is fantastic. Up 'til now have loved Waze, BUT now with latest update there are intermittent but very frequent problems with sound......I get NONE!!!! Please fix this I am dependent on GPS and will change to another system if left so badly STUCK.
    Good luck for the future venture and adventure with Google!!

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  186. google will be able to see where you live... where you are.... what you search for... who your friends are.... your business....(recent seo updates have meant google has been crushing small businesses (we all cannot think of a $70 million app idea))

    WAZE IF YOU STUCK WITH THIS YOUR APP WOULD HAVE BEEN WORTH ALOT MORE THAN 70$

    NOW WAZE JUST COMES ACROSS A NERDY, SPY APP.....SORRY.

    :)

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  187. [...] In a blog post today, Waze CEO Noam Bardin gave a little insight into the mutual motivations for Waze (and for Google CEO Larry Page and Google GEO VP Brian McClendon, specifically.): [...]

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  188. [...] a blog post of his own, Waze CEO Noam Bardin offered reassurance that nothing will be changing for Waze, a [...]

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  189. So how long do we have to wait for the editor to use Googles satellite images instead of the usless ones from Bing??

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  190. [...] sul suo Blog  dichiara che non cambierà nulla. Manterranno la loro community, marca, organizzazione e servizio. [...]

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  191. Great news for all end users and waze company. All the best to all of us

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