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Will Google Play By Utility Privacy Rules?

February 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

January 28, 2014 was Data Privacy Day. Two recent news stories – the thefts of sensitive consumer data from national retailers including Target and Google’s $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest are stimulating much-needed discussion about the security and privacy of personal data.[read more]

Bringing the Smart Grid Home: Google Buys Nest

January 24, 2014 by Chris King

Google and Nest

Recently Google announced the purchase of Nest, a company that makes "smart" thermostats. Why would Google pay $3.2 billion for something as prosaic as thermostats? In short, because these devices may represent the single largest untapped energy management opportunity available.[read more]

Why Would Google Pay $3.2 Billion for Nest?

January 23, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Google and Nest

Google’s recent acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. is quite puzzling. It’s nice that Nest's mission is about reinventing previously “unloved things” like household thermostats and smoke detectors. But is the company really worth the $3.2 billion Google paid for it?[read more]

Google and Nest: The Big Picture for Home Automation Competitors

January 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google’s acquisition of smart thermostat (and smoke detector, and who knows what else) startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion is sure to send waves through the VC community, where to date we’ve seen nothing quite this big in terms of a successful payback on a home automation investment.[read more]

Google's Deal to Buy Nest: One Piece of a Larger Consumer Energy Puzzle

January 16, 2014 by Christina Nunez

With the acquisition of thermostat-maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion announced Monday, Google might finally be arriving at the right moment in a quest for home energy data that began about five years ago with the now-retired PowerMeter.[read more]

Google Acquires Nest For $3.2 Billion

January 15, 2014 by Joshua Hill

Google Buys Nest

It comes as no great surprise that Google announced Monday it had acquired Nest Labs, the maker of the innovative Nest Learning Thermostat, paying out $3.2 billion in cash to fold the company into its loving arms. Google loves companies and products like Nest, and Nest looks like a perfect fit.[read more]

Would a Nest Help My Family Save Energy?

December 26, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

Nest Thermostats and Savings

Since my husband and I both work in the energy industry, we often exchange energy-themed gifts. He has given me energy books, power plant trading cards, and several times a year, someone in the family jokes about coal in the stocking.[read more]