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    Google to merge mapping service Waze with maps products teams

    CNA – Google said yesterday it will merge teams working on mapping service Waze and products like Google Maps, effective today, in a bid to consolidate processes.

    The Alphabet Inc-owned company will integrate Waze, which it acquired in 2013 for USD1 billion, into Google Geo, its portfolio of real-world mapping products that include Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View, a Google spokesperson said.

    Waze Chief Executive Officer Neha Parikh will exit the company following a transition period, Google said, adding that Waze will continue to be a standalone app, with about 151 million monthly active users worldwide.

    “By bringing the Waze team into Geo’s portfolio of real-world mapping products, the teams will benefit from further increased technical collaboration,” the spokesperson said.

    In a letter dated July 12, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would streamline processes and consolidate investments where they overlap.

    Google map logo. PHOTO: CNA
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