Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Consumer Group want Antitrust Agencies to BLOCK Google's Waze deal

Consumer Watchdog has urged the US antitrust agencies to block Google's proposed acquisition of crowdsourced mapping app Waze because the deal would take away Google's major competitor in mobile maps.

Consumer Watchdog fears that Google's proposed acquisition would remove the most "viable" competitor to Google Maps on mobile devices.
"Google already dominates the online mapping business with Google Maps," wrote John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "The Internet giant was able to muscle its way to dominance by unfairly favoring its own service ahead of such competitors as Mapquest in its online search results."

The acquisition will also "allow Google access to even more data about online activity in a way that will increase its dominant position on the Internet," Simpson added. It adds: The $1 billion deal would take away Google's major competitor for mobile mapping.

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