Google's Billion-Dollar Buy

This week, Google outbid Facebook to buy an Israeli company called Waze, which makes an app that lets users interact with maps in a social way by reporting what you see locally. In this video from the Motley Fool Weekly Tech Review, host Chris Hill and analysts Eric Bleeker and Austin Smith discuss why Waze could make a good fit into Google's current maps and how Google could monetize it in a very meaningful way, and they also highlight some reasons Google wouldn't want this falling into Facebook's hands.

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