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

Linkages

Booting Up: Google Doodle Protests Russia’s Asinine Anti-Gay Laws

Boom. (Photo: Google)

Bitcoin’s value plummeted 20 percent last night after a major glitch hit trading exchange Mt. Gox. [CNBC]

Google laid the ultimate body slam against Russia’s anti-gay laws as it’s about to kickoff the Winter Olympics. The search giant changed its homepage into a colorful logo with a slam at the IOC for not addressing the problems. [Verge

The FTC approved Google’s $3.2 billion deal to buy fancy thermostat maker Nest. [Recode]

Here’s an honest version of how those Facebook “Look Back” videos should really look like. [BI]

After being snubbed by Spotify, Tesla inked a deal with Rdio to include the service in its vehicles. [GigaOM]

Acquisitions

Google To Acquire Nest Labs For $3.2 Billion

Nest cofounder Tony Fadell (Getty)

To cap off a day of tree-themed acquisitions, Google has announced it’s shelling out $3.2 billion in cash for Nest: a company that makes super smart thermostats and smoke alarms.

Nest, which launched in 2011, aims to “take the unloved products in your home and make simple, beautiful, thoughtful things,” according to the company’s website. For those of you that don’t speak startup, that basically means they replace your junky old impossible-to-use thermostat with one that has motion sensors and WiFi connectivity. Read More