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January 14, 2014, 7:40 AM

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Google to acquire Tony Fadell's smart home startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash  —  Google to Acquire Nest  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.  —  Nest's mission is to reinvent unloved …
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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google was the only serious bidder for Nest, Apple not in the mix  —  Google Acquires Smart-Home Device Maker Nest for $3.2 Billion  —  Google has acquired Nest Labs, the company founded by Apple iPod creator Tony Fadell, for $3.2 billion.  The smart-home startup makes an innovative digital thermostat, as well as a smoke detector.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google's Nest acquisition is about having the ability to do consumer hardware right  —  On Google's Acquisition of Nest  —  Tony Fadell, in an interview today with Om Malik, on why Nest sold to Google: … Consider Fadell's record with the iPod at Apple.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nest Says Customer Data From Devices Will Only Be Used For Nest Products And Services  —  Nest says that it's not going to just hand over its customer data to Google willy-nilly post-acquisition - in a blog post sent to TechCrunch penned by Nest founder Tony Fadell, a question and answer section at the end contains the following:
Katie Fehrenbacher / Gigaom:
The winners and losers in Google's acquisition of Nest  —  The designer who helped create the iPhone at Apple is now officially going to be part of Apple's arch rival: Google.  That's right, on Monday afternoon Google and Nest announced that the search engine giant plans to spend $3.2 billion acquiring …
Nick Hide / CNET:
Moto X hits UK and Europe in February for £380, 429 euros  —  Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Britain, France and Germany next month.  —  LONDON — Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Europe.  The Moto X will go on sale in the UK …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Apple loses bid to block antitrust monitorship  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc lost a bid on Monday to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge's finding that the company conspired to fix e-book prices.  —  At a hearing, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan denied Apple's request …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report  —  A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.  After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying …
Devon Maloney / Wired:
The Hacker Who Cracked the Code in Iron Man and The Social Network  —  British programmer John Graham-Cumming recently noticed something unusual as he watched the movie Elysium: a piece of code that he recognized, flashing across the monitors as the film's characters interacted with a futuristic computer.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google's patent rank shoots up as company stakes out wearable tech  —  Google received nearly 2,000 patents in 2013, which is a significant jump from previous years and reflects the company's determination, as it moves into new fields of technology, to avoid the sort of legal exposure it has faced for years in the smartphone market.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Startup Institute Comes To London & Berlin — Pay To Learn How To Become Startup Employee Material  —  Ok, this is a new concept to me.  Already running in Boston, New York and Chicago, Startup Institute — which calls itself a “career accelerator” — is expanding to London and Berlin …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
German Firms Seed Web Shopping in the Developing World  —  LAGOS, Nigeria—The message from his boss on the phone from Germany was straightforward, recalls Hendrik Harren, a former website manager in Africa: “I want you to build the Amazon of Nigeria for me.”
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
A first look at the Beats Music website, with plenty of leaked screenshots  —  Beats Music is scheduled to launch its subscription service by January 21, but over the weekend, I stumbled across a beta version of the website that already let me sign up and snoop around.

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