Google Closes Deal to Acquire Waze for $1B

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Google is close to a deal to acquire Waze, maker of the eponymous crowdsourced mapping app, for at least $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal and others.
The potential deal was first reported by Israeli business site Globes which said it would be worth $1.3 billion, citing sources.

Started in Israel, now with offices in Palo Alto headed by CEO Noam Bardin, the company says it has about 45 million users in 193 countries, according to the Journal. Waze originated in 2006 as an open-source mapping project led by CTO Ehud Shabtai; the company formed two years later with venture-capital backing, according to information on its website.

Waze is a crowdsourced mobile app for navigating traffic and roads.

Source: ComputerWorld

Windows 8 Users Launch Fewer Than One App a Day

A majority of consumer and small business Windows 8 PC users launch fewer than one “Metro” app a day, signaling that they’re spending most of their time on the classic Windows 7-style Desktop, according to data released this week.

According to Soluto, an Israeli PC management service provider, just 39 percent of owners of desktop PCs powered by Windows 8 launch a Metro app more than once a day.

Laptop users fire up a Metro app slightly more often, with 40 percent opening an average of more than one app daily. Even touch-enabled notebooks infrequently access Metro: 42 percent of the owners of those devices launch more than one app a day.

Source: InforWorld

Yahoo to Acquire Tumblr for $1.1 billion

paper-read-moreYahoo has confirmed widespread reports that it will acquire the popular blogging service Tumblr, and also promised not to “screw it up.” The deal is worth about $1.1 billion, nearly all in cash.

“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” Yahoo said in a statement on Monday. Tumblr CEO and founder David Karp will remain in that position and its “product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators,” the statement added.

n a blog post on Monday, Karp called the deal “awesome” and sought to ease any concerns his employees may have. “We’re not turning purple,” he wrote. “Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission — to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve — certainly isn’t changing.”

Source: InfoWorld

Are You The Next Bing Developer?

magnifier1Visitors to the Bing homepage are currently greeted with a weird blue environment of some sort as the background to the search bar. But rich rewards are on offer for the searcher who looks beyond the surface of the blue-and-grey floatyness.

If you’re using Internet Explorer and have enabled the browser debug settings*, a small message pops up containing the words: “Do you want to debug this webpage?”

The advert says:

On Bing Homepage team you’ll be responsible for developing and shipping experiences on Bing.com homepage which is seen by millions of users every single day. We have a rapid development model where we ship code on daily basis. To ensure great user experiences, your work will involve managing dependencies involving designers, backend teams and other partner teams. You need to be passionate about technology, building great user experiences and cross-team collaboration.

Source: The Register

Outlook.com Webmail Service Upgrade

microsoft_office_outlookMicrosoft is upgrading its new Outlook.com webmail service so that its users can communicate with Gmail users via instant messaging.

Outlook.com, which replaced Hotmail and offers a similar feature for chatting with people on Facebook and Skype, will roll out this Gmail capability over the next few days to its 400 million users worldwide, according to Microsoft.

People will also be able to engage in IM chats with Gmail users from the interface of their SkyDrive cloud storage and file sharing application.

“With this feature, the next time you’re reading an email from someone who uses Gmail, you can reply with a quick chat right from your Outlook.com inbox. And if you’re working together on an Office document in SkyDrive, you can send an instant message to a Google contact with just a click,” wrote Microsoft official Douglas Pearce in a blog post Tuesday.

Source: InfoWorld