Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby TruckOttr » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:28 pm

I recommend that people check out the saga of Google's Building Maker that was used by Google to crowdsource the creation of thousands of buildings used to populate Google Earth.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/3dwh/

Google announced a new version of Google Earth and suddenly all the crowdsource models disappeared from major metropolitan areas. Soon after, Google announced the shutdown of Building Maker.

Google's current crowdsourced map editor is called Map Maker: http://www.google.com/mapmaker
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:10 pm

nnote wrote:???!!! Right now in PHX the aerials are (in the map editor) atleast a year old?! At least...maybe more

It's a bit patchy, though, too. Maybe it wouldn't make a huge difference. About 50/50.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby nnote » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:09 pm

???!!! Right now in PHX the aerials are (in the map editor) atleast a year old?! At least...maybe more
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:02 pm

nnote wrote:Mabye then we can get some updated aerials imaging for editing?! Right now it's very outdated. I think the last google map updated aerials in my area is around jan/feb of this year.

Not for me. Most aerials in my neck of the woods are clearer and more recent in bing.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby nnote » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:38 pm

Mabye then we can get some updated aerials imaging for editing?! Right now it's very outdated. I think the last google map updated aerials in my area is around jan/feb of this year.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby smack300 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:26 pm

I'd rather have Google buy it then Facebook.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby vectorspace » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:14 pm

Ericular wrote:This really is a bummer for me. ...

So overall I'm worried about the future of Waze. And I feel less excited to continue with the cleanup of my neighborhood, with the possibility it's all for nothing. :cry:

How's everybody else feeling?


I think a lot of editors will feel apprehensive like you. Seems perfectly normal. I wouldn't worry about it too much until Waze addresses the editing community. Uncertainty will make people wonder if they should keep going. I would just continue as normal and have fun with it!
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby gettingthere » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:00 pm

jeffcarp wrote:Waze wasn't profiting from your data? I'd say that customer data was worth about 99% of the $1B+ windfall they are about to receive.


Waze is a for profit company, not a non-profit helping the world avoid traffic. It's all about them and their free labor pool aka. the Waze Map Editors and Waze Community.

Sorry, I almost forgot. Waze does pay the IGN editors for their excellent contributions to the map!
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby jalan94 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:58 pm

Waze wasn't profiting from your data? I'd say that customer data was worth about 99% of the $1B+ windfall they are about to receive.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby Kuhlkatz » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:58 pm

monosodium wrote:I don't want google to profit from my data, is there a way I can delete all my tracklogs and data from Waze or do I need to put in a support request?


You may want to read through the terms of service and the privacy policy again.


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