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Google now in bid war with Facebook for mapping startup Waze

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 May 2013 11:38 User comments (3)

Google now in bid war with Facebook for mapping startup Waze Two weeks ago we reported that Facebook was interested in purchasing Israeli mapping startup Waze for up to $1 billion.
Today, it appears that Google is also now in the bidding, and that could up the buying price.

Waze specializes in satellite navigation for mobile devices, and uses members' smartphones to generate maps and traffic data. More importantly, Waze collects user's traveling speed and direction, which is extremely valuable data if monetized correctly. Google Maps and other popular mapping apps do not include such data.

It had been reported that due diligence between Waze and Facebook had been going on for six months and a term sheet had already been signed. The talks seems to have stalled due to Facebook's demand that the whole team relocate to Palo Alto from Israel.

The company currently has 47 million users, with 12 percent coming from the U.S. It also has particularly strong penetration in Brazil and its home country.

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3 user comments

125.5.2013 11:51

Hope Google gets it.

225.5.2013 15:21

Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Hope Google gets it.
Google probably will get it. I seriously doubt they would force the developers to move to the US.

39.6.2013 1:56

Originally posted by Ryoohki:
Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Hope Google gets it.
Google probably will get it. I seriously doubt they would force the developers to move to the US.
Why should they ? They have development centers across the world !. There probably is one in Israel too.

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