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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chromebook laptops may be finally catching on and there are a few good reasons. The computers, which run Google's Chrome OS software, accounted for 20% to 25% of all laptops sold for less than $300 in the U.S. in the last eight months, according to NPD Group, a market research firm. A year ago, Chromebook's market share was insignificant, according to NPD Group. But that started to change late last year when a new wave of the Google computers started coming out along with a new marketing campaign . PHOTOS: Rare and vintage auctioned Apple items A Samsung-made Chromebook is currently the top-selling laptop on Amazon.com . Why are people buying Chromebooks?
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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps is making it easier to use the app to bypass traffic jams on the fly and to find highly rated places. An update Wednesday for the Android version of Google Maps app adds a new discovery feature and the ability to reroute navigation directions whenever the app finds a quicker route. Google said users can now tap the app's search box to see a feature called "Explore," which they can then tap to expand. The feature will then show recommended places to shop, eat and visit.
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July 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
This year marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Google is commemorating the race with a new browser-based interactive guide. Your Tour , as the browser feature is called, takes users through the various stages of the 2,115-mile bicycling race by combining Street View imagery, Google Maps and more. The guide also includes interesting tidbits about each portion of the race. Different stages of the race unlock as the actual competition unfolds. For example, the Mont-Saint-Michel part of the Tour de France is currently locked until Wednesday, when the bicyclists are expected to race through there.
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June 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. snatched a popular mobile mapping service from the outstretched hands of its Internet superpower rivals, securing its dominance in real-time navigation information. Tuesday's $1-billion deal for Waze and the weeks of fevered speculation leading up to its acquisition signal the growing importance of digital maps, apps that are shaping up to be among the most important ones people use on smartphones and tablets. Waze, which helps drivers find the fastest and easiest routes, was being wooed by Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., among others.
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June 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google, which has already outpaced all other competitors in online maps, has sealed a $1-billion-plus deal for Waze, an Israeli social mapping company that is popular with drivers who use it on mobile devices to avoid traffic congestion. Waze had been in discussions with Facebook with which it already had a partnership and had drawn attention from other technology giants. Instead Google could extend its lead in maps while improving their reliability and usefulness.
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June 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has reportedly struck a deal to purchase Waze, a popular mobile mapping app, for $1.1 billion. Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported that the Silicon Valley giant could officially announce the deal as early as Monday. The move would improve Google's mapping software by adding to it the social components that are used in Waze, a start-up based in Israel. In the app, users notify their peers of accidents, traffic jams or other obstructions that may delay their commutes.
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May 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook and Waze have reportedly ended talks on a possible $1-billion acquisition of the mapping start-up by the social-networking giant. Negotiations on a deal dissolved after the companies couldn't agree on whether the Waze team, which is based in Israel, would move to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., AllThingsD reported. Waze relies in part on its users to gather real-time data on driving conditions. When users report car accidents, construction work or heavy traffic, Waze uses that information to reroute drivers around such obstacles.
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May 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is reportedly in talks to acquire Waze, a popular Silicon Valley mapping startup that gets its information by crowdsourcing from users. Waze, which has managed to grab a loyal following in a market filled with giants that include Apple, Google and Nokia, is also talking with other suitors, including Facebook, according to Bloomberg. Waze is hoping to become the next startup purchased for more than $1 billion, but according to the report, no company has come close to sealing the deal.
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May 16, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. upended the Internet with its search engine. It launched its own email service, made roads and highways easier to navigate, developed the world's most popular operating system for mobile devices and took a shot at Apple Inc.'s iTunes with its own Google Play store. Now the technology giant is cranking up the volume with the debut of a subscription music service that provides access to millions of songs for a monthly fee, taking on the likes of Spotify and Pandora and going after the next big wave in digital music: streaming on mobile devices.
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May 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its three-dimensional satellite imagery of the planet, its block-by-block detail of neighborhoods and its ubiquitous driving directions, Google is already the king of online cartography. Now it's looking to lengthen its significant lead by making a bid to be your personal cartographer: creating online maps that show landmarks, restaurants and other details tailored to your habits, interests and plans. A sweeping redesign of Google Maps - - the most major changes to the product since its launch eight years ago, the tech giant says - - is elevating the competition for how people navigate the world and where they stop along the way. Maps have become one of the most hotly contested areas for major Silicon Valley companies with the explosion of mobile devices.
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