My all-time favorite app, traffic-avoiding wonder Waze—has just been bought by my least-favorite tech company, Google.
From the generic announcement on the Waze blog:
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.
I’m not afraid of Waze going Android-exclusive; that would largely defeat the purpose of a crowd-sourced traffic app.
But I am worried about Google getting access to more of my information—especially location data.
Oh well. Didn’t know that Waze was based out of Israel, guess that explains the goofy icons.