Google’s Waze purchase may face FTC antitrust probe

Google has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it has been contacted by the FTC about its $1 billion purchase of Waze social GPS Navigation service.

Google, who already has an impressive navigation platform itself, is said to have purchased the Israeli company to keep it out of the hands of Facebook and Apple.

The effect of Google’s purchase may be most keenly felt by Windows Phone users, who have been traditionally underserved by Google, and who may lose access to the Waze app which is currently in beta for Windows Phone.

Waze currently has 50 million users worldwide, and their maps famously use crowd-sourced data which allows users to contribute information such road obstructions or the location of speed cameras.

Google has however so far generally escaped with a slap on the wrist at most for most of their anti-competitive and sometimes illegal behaviour and expectations are not high that the FTC will act differently on this occasion.


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