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Google-owned Nest to acquire Dropcam for $555 million

The connected home space just got more consolidated. Nest, the Google-owned home automation company known for its internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors, has purchased Dropcam, the makers of home surveillance cameras that allow customers to check in on their homes wherever they are. Nest co-founder and head of Engineering Matt Rogers said in a blog… Read More

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Chart: Google’s top 10 acquisitions, and where Nest ranks

Google has made some big buys over the years, expanding its presence in mobile phones (Motorola) and online advertising (DoubleClick). And now it is making a huge bet in the connected home through its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, the maker of the digital thermostats and smoke detectors. As the chart from Statista shows, Nest… Read More

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Next up from Nest: A better smoke alarm

Home appliance company Nest is at it again with another wi-fi connected gizmo that you never thought you needed, but seems awesome now that you think of it. Nest is now bringing the same techniques that allowed it to change the way people think about thermostats and applying them to the smoke alarm. Yes, this… Read More

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Nest tech chief Yoky Matsuoka officially flying the coop at UW

Yoky Matsuoka, the vice president of technology for Silicon Valley startup Nest, won’t be returning to the University of Washington, where she has been a longtime computer science professor and the director of a research center exploring the intersection of people and machines. She’ll be replaced by UW biology professor Tom Daniel as the director… Read More