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Anyone who's used Waze is familiar with the navigation app's insistence on making turns on busy streets where there's no signal to stop traffic. Waze actually has a name for these types of situations: "difficult intersections." And a new feature will become the default setting on the app to help drivers avoid them -- something Waze says will make streets safer.

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. And while it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town.

Who wouldn't want Kevin Hart yelling accurate but somehow disparaging directions at them while they're trying to drive? No one. So Waze made a deal with Universal Pictures to get celebrities talking at us while we're lost.

As anticipated, Google expanded its burgeoning global empire on Tuesday by buying the Israeli social traffic and mapping service Waze. You might recognise Waze as the GPS app with a soul. Pretty soon, you're going to know it as the thing that made your commute bearable once and for all.

This week in the unseasonably entertaining App Store: Another bizarrely amazing music app; free turn-by-turn directions of questionable reliability; a fat man on a tightrope; an interesting take on the classic-est of classics; and a treat for our dear developers.