Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1billion

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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby rleejr79 » Fri May 10, 2013 3:35 am

Though there were a few links posted already, the NY Times just posted an article a half hour ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/techn ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby jeedo » Fri May 10, 2013 1:47 am

merida-scv wrote:I'll stay. The online universe already has all of my info and I'm under no illusion that anything I share is in any way protected by anyone, regardless of what they promise.


dmcconachie wrote:People have to make a living, servers have to be paid for. Nothing is free.


In the immortal words of Kent Brockman :)


I actually think this could make waze better - just think all that computing power (immediate edit updates), User Interface designers and coders to make waze so much better than it is today.
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby ncc1701v » Fri May 10, 2013 1:39 am

dmcconachie wrote:Facebook has pretty granular security settings these days, share what you want, including nothing whatsoever if that's your thing.

Facebook has a granular privacy policy... that is always changing, not as well defined as it appears, and not well followed by organizations you interact with (sometimes unknowingly) on Facebook. Also, when you access the Facebook web site via your web browser, you are using an app that doesn't belong to Facebook so you have some independent control. Not so with an app on your phone. I haven't trusted waze either but I wasn't too concerned. I am concerned with FB.

If you say you have nothing to hide, I suspect you don't know what can be derived from correlations. And I'm sensitive to all this because I have been engaged in privacy fights. For example we just pushed back on a proposal for two-way mapping between vehicle identification numbers and IP addresses.

Anyway sadly, if this buyout happens I'm gone.

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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby Majumdar » Fri May 10, 2013 1:32 am

The worst possible news for Waze and Wazers. As a bleeding edge early adopter who joined Waze and began map editing in Canada before even base maps & satellite overlays - yes, literally on a blank screen based on my own driven tracks - I would seriously question continue sharing effort and data if FB was the controlling entity.

Working in IT & the net for over 20 years, FB has repeatedly demonstrated that they use, and abuse, user private data surreptitiously as part of a crooked business model capitalizing on lying to users.

All IMHO.

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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby i_vanl » Fri May 10, 2013 1:18 am

I am against FB's open policy been a social network so going to reduce my involvement until this is resolved. FB is still looking to commercialise always so its getting free data from us all. Quite sad.
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby razor2k » Fri May 10, 2013 1:02 am

youncs wrote:I will not edit maps for facebook.

The problem with FB is they are publicly traded and on a global mission for the "Facebookifacation" of everything.

Count me out, I can find something else.

I totally understand why Waze would sell, It's still a slap in the face none the less.

I was shocked and disgusted when I heard it on the radio and felt ashamed I used Waze on my way to work today.


youncs,

Good to see you back!...although the circumstances could be better :cry: Where have you been?
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby razor2k » Fri May 10, 2013 12:46 am

dmcconachie wrote:People have to make a living, servers have to be paid for. Nothing is free.


dmcconachie,

As a waze champ (meaning you) I am kinda shocked by your lackadaisical attitude. I understand the logistics of the situation and I can't say I disagree, but c'mon man...we all have a lot of time invested in this project. Unless you're a facebook fan, I don't understand your defense :?
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby youncs » Thu May 09, 2013 10:54 pm

I will not edit maps for facebook.

The problem with FB is they are publicly traded and on a global mission for the "Facebookifacation" of everything.

Count me out, I can find something else.

I totally understand why Waze would sell, It's still a slap in the face none the less.

I was shocked and disgusted when I heard it on the radio and felt ashamed I used Waze on my way to work today.
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby Merida-SCV » Thu May 09, 2013 10:38 pm

jasonh300 wrote:
merida-scv wrote:Ah, but FB users will flock to Waze in even larger quantities.


And they'll do for Waze what the <blink> tag did for Geocities.


I'm not suggesting it will be a good thing. I'm just saying that Wazers who leave won't be a concern to FB because it knows it has the numbers to replace them.
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Re: Facebook rumored to be buying GPS app Waze for upto$1bil

Postby jasonh300 » Thu May 09, 2013 10:34 pm

merida-scv wrote:Ah, but FB users will flock to Waze in even larger quantities.


And they'll do for Waze what the <blink> tag did for Geocities.
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