FTC will review Google’s acquisition of Waze


Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report that the Federal Trade Commission will review Google’s estimated $ 1.03 billion acquisition of mapping service Waze — a Google Maps competitor. While the Journal says that Waze’s revenue was too low to trigger an automatic review of the deal, Google is the dominant player in maps, and some attorneys have speculated that Google’s leadership could trigger an antitrust investigation. The deal is thought to be a defensive move by Google based on the quality of Waze’s mapping databases, which use crowdsourcing to add context to maps. Both Facebook and Apple reportedly were interested in Waze.

The FTC has been active in pursuing antitrust reviews lately, including scrutiny of Google’s search…

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