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Google gets into home automation with $3.2 billion buy of smoke alarm company

January 15, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

We wrote this fall about a new smoke/CO detector so smart it can talk to home residents and tell them if there's a fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Now Google likes that detector—called Nest Protect—and other products made by California-based Nest Labs so much that it is buying the smoke alarm company for $3.2 billion. The deal, announced this week, is Google's second largest acquisition so far, after its 2012 purchase of Motorola, a mobile phone maker, according to news reports. The...

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New smoke/CO detector is smart

October 11, 2013SSN Staff

PAOLO ALTO, Calif.—Nest Protect, the smoke and carbon monoxide detector released Oct. 8 by Nest Labs, offers safety without annoyance, the company says. Nest Protect speaks and gives users a vocal “heads up,” telling them what it detects before emitting an alarm, according to the company's news release. It can be silenced with the wave of a hand and will send messages to integrated mobile devices to ask for new batteries. “We've all experienced the smoke alarm going off while...

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