A weekly recap of the latest news on the CNBC Disruptor 50 companies upending the status quo in the markets.
Another Broadcaster Tries to Shut Down Aereo
Last month, internet television company Aereo expanded to Boston. This week, the Hearst-owned ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB-TV, sued Aereo, the latest in a long line of broadcasters to use the courts as a venue for litigating Aereo off the air.
The Boston ABC affiliate claims copyright infringement, arguing that Aereo "intentionally induces and encourages its subscribers to directly infringe WCVB's copyrights by reproducing programming without authorization."
Aereo is already involved in litigation with several networks in New York.
The Boston channel claims that Aereo's service—which relies on each user being given a dime-sized antenna—is wholly unlike a roof- or set-top antenna and making the technology work requires copyright infringement.
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Google Already Taking the Waze Approach…
It hasn't taken long for navigation app company Waze to have an impact on Google, which bought Waze for more than $1 billion in June. Google has updated its Maps app in a way that takes a lead from Waze.
Users can now see reports of problems on the road and incident details. Waze's signature is its crowd-sourced driving alerts. The updated Google Maps app isn't actually using Waze technology—Google said at the time of acquisition that the two companies would operate independently—but the new Google Maps app feature does take a page out of Waze's book.
…While Challenging Foursquare
Another Google acquisition is also lending its Maps app a hand in trying to tackle some competition from disruptors. The updated Google Maps also takes aim at Foursquare. The updated Google Maps incorporates restaurant reviews from Zagat, which Google bought in 2011, so a spot's ratings will appear with the search. Users also can add their own rating and comments for a restaurant directly through Maps, giving it a slight edge over Yelp as users can stay in the same app.
Google is also going after Foursquare with its Explore feature, which, similar to Foursquare's, breaks down the function for finding nearby spots into categories. In Google's case, those include 'Eat,' 'Drink,' 'Sleep' and 'Shop.'