Although the app is widely used among Iranian drivers, the Iranian news agency FARS reports a temporarily block of the GPS navigation application Waze is currently in effect due to gov’t concerns, since its development was in the Jewish State.
Authorities in Iran have temporarily blocked people from using the navigation app Waze because it was developed in Israel.
In a report publicized by the Iranian news agency FARS, it was stated that a final permanent decision regarding the use of the program will be made soon. As of now, the app is unavailable for download, and the actual use of the program is being blocked by the government. Continue Reading »
After learning that WAZE displayed a street named after the late PLO chief in the northern Arab town of Jatt, PM Netanyahu vowed to have the street renamed.
By Israel Hayom Staff
“I heard about the IDF veterans’ efforts to combat the decision to name a street in the Jatt local council after [former PLO leader] Yasser Arafat,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. “I spoke to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri about it, and he told me that his ministry never approved such a move. No street in the State of Israel shall be named after Arafat — we will take action to have the sign removed. Continue Reading »
A test program running in Tel Aviv using a new Waze application called RideWith, uses the navigation system to learn routes drivers most frequently take to school or work & matches them up with people looking for rides in the same direction.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Google-owned traffic navigation app Waze is launching a carpooling pilot program in Israel in which commuters pay fellow drivers a small fee for a ride to and from work.
The new application, called RideWith, will use Waze’s mapping system to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work and match them up with people looking for rides in the same direction. Continue Reading »
As foreign companies are acquiring the ‘Start-up Nation’s high-profile companies that were providing hundreds of jobs locally, Israel’s market is being brain-drained as they move abroad.
Israeli entrepreneur Avi Brenmiller says he was coaxed by investors into selling Solel, his solar-thermal power firm, to Germany’s Siemens for $418 million in 2009. Today, little is left of it after Siemens pulled out of the business.
ScanDisk in USB port – IsraelandStuff/PP
From a thriving company that employed over 500 people, Solel has been reduced to a factory with 50 workers. Brenmiller’s experience is one of a growing number of cases illustrating the double-edged nature of Israel’s high-tech boom. Continue Reading »
Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anti-trust issues in Internet search giant’s $1 billion acquisition of Israeli social mapping service Waze, which may drive Google to re-sell Israeli company
By Sagi Cohen
The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Google’s $1 billion acquisition of Israeli company Waze, the New York Post reported over the weekend. The FTC will look into possible anti-trust issues in the deal.
WAZE – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
According to the report, although the agreement was finalized on June 11, Google believed it did not need to submit the deal for review because Waze’s US revenue is less than $70 million. Continue Reading »
Category: Israel News
Israeli start-up traffic GPS app ready to pass on serious payday, just to keep its firm at home in the Jewish state.
Israeli start-up Waze, which provides a real-time navigation and traffic report app for smartphones, is reportedly set to turn down a $1 billion dollar acquisition bid by Facebook in order to keep its team in Israel.
WAZE – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
With the improved GPS capabilities of newer smartphones like the iPhone and various Android handsets, Waze has seen a huge increase in usage in recent years, and today has an estimated user base of 48 million worldwide. Continue Reading »
Waze benefited from Apple’s iOS-6 mobile map operating system flaws last year with Waze reporting that 36 million drivers used the app in 2012 to help them drive nearly 10 billion kilometers.
Waze, the Israeli-developed free mobile navigation app, won the Mobile World Congress Judges’ Choice award this week for best overall mobile application, beating out major players like the file-hosting service Dropbox, the personalized news magazine Flipboard and the electronic payment service Square.
“This is a huge win for our community — thanks Wazers, for making us number 1!” the company said on its Facebook page. Continue Reading »