Internet of Things

Nest Halts Sale of ‘Smart’ Smoke Detectors After Finding They Might Not Detect Smoke

A cartoon rendering of the Nest Protect smoke alarm. (Facebook)

Nest, the Google-owned company that makes smart smoke alarms and thermostats, is disabling a feature on its Nest Protect smoke alarms after realizing it could be dangerous in the event of a fire. They’re also halting sales of all new smoke alarms until the problem is fixed.

In a recent blog post, Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell explained that Nest Wave — a feature that allows Nest Protect smoke alarm users to turn off their alarms by waving their hand — could pose great dangers in the event of a real fire. What if a user unintentionally waved her hand in front of her Nest Protect smoke alarm, just moments before a fire started in her home? Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Advertising Week, Internet of Things Hackathon, Freestyle Fashion Conference, 3D Printing Summit, Startup Grind)


This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act takes effect today. Are you ready?! And don’t forget, this week brings a ton of cool events at Advertising Week! :)

November 18 is OWASP AppSec USA, the biggest software security conference in New York City, bringing together global experts and folks from NYSE Euronext, Mozilla, Oracle and Etsy. It’ll include a capture-the-flag competition, career fair, training and much more! Read More


Booting Up: Open Government Busts You to Your Boss

Among the locations: Six subway stations. (Photo:

The MTA has screwed you over once again: There’s now a publicly available, easily searchable archive of all service alerts issued over the last four years. Your best excuse for tardiness is now gone. [New York Post]

“Theirs was the only [event] that got worse as the week went on.” Things aren’t going so well for Microsoft’s advertising business. [Ad Week]

Check it out: You can now search in attachments in your Gmail. [Google Operating System]

NBD, just a version of “Somebody That I Used to Know” composed entirely of computer noises. [Make]

The Internet of Things is making it easier for Swiss farmers to get their cows efficiently knocked up. [New York Times]


Booting Up: Plz Water Your Sad, Neglected Fern Edition


Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, soon your near-dead plants will be able to text you when they desperately need water. [Wall Street Journal]

American Airlines’ pilots can now use iPads throughout the flight. You, a mere wretched passenger, are not so lucky. [The Next Web]

After a stroke left his mother unable to use a keyboard, this dude hacked a Kinect to help her access email, because he is a better son than you. [CNET]

Good news! Some of those pretty women friending you on Facebook might not be spammers. Bad news: They might work for the Taliban. [Wired]

Teach Me How to Startup

A Few More Details Emerge About CornellNYC’s Inaugural Instructors [UPDATED]

Artist's rendering. (Image: Cornell University)

CornellNYC is starting to come together. Applications are now being accepted; the infant school has a home with Google until the Roosevelt Island campus is complete. Now the Cornell Daily Sun reports that the debut roster is growing, announcing one name who’ll be doing splitting his time between Ithaca and New York and a semester-long visitor from San Diego.

That faculty lounge is starting to fill up! Provided the faculty lounge is actually David Karp’s sidecar.

Joining UCLA poachee Deborah Estrin (for the first semester, anyway) will be a Cornell professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rajit Manohar, and a University of California at San Diego professor of computer science engineering, Serge Belongie. Read More