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Google Search Results Censorship

Did Google censor search results for a key Nest rival?

May 30th, 2014

Forget net neutrality — do we need search neutrality as well? Pando reports that home automation company Vivint found itself mysteriously removed from Google search results this past winter just two weeks after the search giant officially announced its acquisition of rival home automation company Nest. Although Vivint is now appearing again in related searches, the …

Google Nest Dropcam Purchase

Google and Nest apparently want to watch you sleep next

May 27th, 2014

Google and Nest are reportedly interested in providing some sort of home surveillance equipment and support in the future, The Information has learned, as the Search giant may make another purchase to help with such plans. Google is apparently looking into buying camera startup Dropcam, although it’s not clear whether the two parties will go …

Google Nest Advertising Plans

Nest founder: No Google ads for you, Nest buyers

May 22nd, 2014

A Google SEC filing revealed that the company plans to deliver ads to more devices, including thermostats, refrigerators and other appliances, suggesting that Google’s Nest could soon show commercial to product buyers, even though the company pledged not to display ads on its products in the future, following the Google purchase. After ad-related details about …

Nest Recalling Smoke Alarms

Nest is recalling over 400,000 smoke alarms due to safety risks

May 21st, 2014

Nest Labs has recalled 440,000 smoke alarms in order to fix a bug that could prevent their alarms from sounding immediately after detecting smoke. Mercury News reports that the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarms are equipped with a feature that “allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.” There have been no …

Google Play Nest On Sale

You can now buy a Nest thermostat on Google Play for $249

April 22nd, 2014

The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest …

Nest Thermostat European Launch

Google’s new thermostat officially launches in first European market

April 2nd, 2014

A custom Nest thermostat version has finally launched in the U.K., The Verge reports, as the Google-owned company has modified the U.S. model to suit the requirements of the local market. Nest has added a new Heat Link component that connects the thermostat to a boiler via a wired or wireless connection. Apparently this particular …

Google Nest Acquisition Smart Home

Wondering why Google bought Nest? Here’s your $71 billion answer

February 11th, 2014

Google had plenty of good reasons to scoop up Nest last month, but the latest report from Juniper Research could be one of the best yet. According to the report, revenues generated from smart home devices are expected to reach $71 billion by 2018, up from $33 billion in 2013. Although much of that revenue …

Google Nest Acquisition Hardware

This may be the most important reason Google bought Nest

January 30th, 2014

When Google first announced that it was buying Nest, most of the chatter revolved around how Google’s software would affect Nest’s smart thermostats. However, one overlooked aspect of the deal is how Nest will impact Google, particularly when it comes to hardware design. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that Google wants Nest CEO Tony Fadell and his …