By Evan Applegate



In its 10th acquisition this year, Google agreed to purchase social mapping startup Waze for about $1.1 billion. The company offers crowdsourced road traffic updates to almost 50 million users, a feature that could be folded into Google Maps. The purchase bolsters Google’s dominance in online maps and keeps new technology out of the hands of rivals including Facebook, which offered to buy Waze last month.


SoftBank of Japan raised its offer for Sprint Nextel to $21.6 billion for a 78 percent stake, the latest salvo in a bidding war with Dish Network over the mobile provider.


Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, will also become the top chicken meatpacker after buying Marfrig Alimentos’s processing plants for $2.7 billion.


Luigi Zunino offered $2.7 billion to investors holding 88 percent of Italian real estate company Risanamento. He’ll buy the remaining shares if the deal is accepted.


To gain access to the American and European auto markets, Gurgaon (India)-based Apollo Tyres agreed to buy Ohio’s Cooper Tire & Rubber for $2.5 billion.


Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and Alberta Investment Management bought movie theater operator Vue Entertainment for $1.45 billion.


Market-research firm IHS offered $1.4 billion to buy R. L. Polk, which provides auto industry market data and runs the Carfax vehicle history service.


Dole Food’s 90-year-old CEO and chairman wants to take the company private, offering $645 million to buy shares not owned by him or his family.


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