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Google completes $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest

02/12, 9:21am

Smart appliance manufacturer purchase finalized by Google

Google has completed its acquisition of smart digital thermostat and smoke detector manufacturer Nest. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the purchase of the hardware producer has been finalized and ended on February 7th, with the high-profile acquisition costing Google $3.2 billion in cash. Former iPod designer Tony Fadell will continue to lead the company, reporting to Larry Page.

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'Up to Apple' if it still wants ties with Nest, says Fadell

01/24, 4:57pm

Google buyout complicates relationships

It's "up to Apple" whether or not it wants to continue ties with smarthome peripheral maker Nest Labs, says the CEO of the latter firm, Tony Fadell. Fadell is credited as a key figure behind the iPod, and that connection has helped to get products like the Nest Learning Themostat into Apple Stores. Nest however was recently bought out by Google, Apple's main opponent in smartphones, tablets, and Internet services.

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Fadell: Only 'opt-in' changes to Nest policies after Google takeover

01/20, 12:45pm

Executive promises transparency

Nest chief executive Tony Fadell has downplayed data-privacy concerns that have been raised following confirmation of the company's acquisition by Google. Speaking at the DLD Conference in Munich, Fadell promised that any changes to the company's privacy policy would be made transparently and only on an opt-in basis.

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Tony Fadell: Scott Forstall 'got what he deserved'

11/29, 5:05am

'Father of the iPod' slams Forstall in interview

Often referred to as the ‘Father of the iPod,’ former Apple senior vice president Tony Fadell has gone on the public record stating emphatically that the recently sacked iOS chief Scott Forstall “got what he deserved.” In an interview the BBC (embedded below), Fadell is asked about his relationship with Forstall, which was reportedly rocky and was instrumental in Fadell’s departure from Apple. Although not directly addressing their relationship, Fadell alludes to reports that there was cheering on the Cupertino campus when Forstall was sacked intimating that he shared a similar sentiment.

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New lawsuit says Apple violating media playback patents

08/17, 11:08am

Claims Apple used tech after rejecting asking price on patents

A new lawsuit, filed through the US District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Apple of using media patents in spite of negotiations for them breaking down. A company called EPL Holdings says that on January 28th, 2002, it met with Tony Fadell, Apple's senior VP for the iPod division, about technologies it had developed alongside another company, Enounce. On February 5th the parties met to talk licensing, and Apple's senior manager for iPods, Aram Lindahl, is said to have offered Enounce $50,000 for one of the patents.

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Nest Learning Thermostat available in Apple stores soon?

05/25, 9:50pm

Company founded by ex-Apple VP Tony Fadell

Numerous reports claim that the Learning Thermostat from Nest will be available at Apple retail stores shortly. Nest is a company formed around developing and marketing the thermostat by Apple's former senior vice president and original iPod architect Tony Fadell. The thermostat is listed in Apple inventory databases, but MacNN has confirmed no stock is available to purchase at this time.

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Ex-Apple exec: iPhone could have had hardware keyboard

04/27, 9:40pm

Tony Fadell says three iPhone ideas tested

Apple had considered one of three core ideas for the iPhone, one of which included a hardware keyboard, former Apple executive and now Nest founder Tony Fadell revealed Friday. Speaking in an evening session with The Verge, he mentioned that the all-touch design that eventually shipped first had come after he wanted to try a virtual keyboard before resorting to the hardware option. The key iPod architect had understood the potential of an on-screen keyboard, which has infinite customization and can disappear when not needed, but didn't rule out physical keys at first.

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Nest rejects Honeywell claims, takes on ex-Apple counsel

04/12, 11:00am

Nest says Honeywell patents invalid

Nest more formally responded to Honeywell's patent lawsuit both through a rejection of the claims inside as well as by drawing once more on Apple for top executives. The smart thermostat maker claimed both that it doesn't use any of Honeywell's patents but that they were "hopelessly invalid." The arguments were "retreads" of prior art from companies like Volkswagen, obvious technology, or even examples of hiding its own older patents from the USPTO, Nest argued.

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Nest teardown shows Apple-like detail

12/22, 7:35pm

Thermostat takes cues from Apple gadgets

The Nest thermostat, which was created by iPod pioneer Tony Fadell, has already been dissected by at least one early buyer. DIY electronics retailer Sparkfun purchased one of the unique thermostats to tear apart, revealing internal components that show an attention to detail that is commonly found inside Apple's mobile products such as iPods and iPhones.

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Steve Jobs once wanted Intel for iPad, picked size carefully

10/25, 3:15pm

Jobs had to be pushed to use ARM in iPad

The hot-selling biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that the Apple CEO at one point wanted to use Intel's Atom chip for the iPad. He had contended that Intel was reliable for mobile chips, even when the iPhone was already shipping with ARM. Then-key executive and later Nest Labs founder Tony Fadell was not only adamant that ARM would be better but even threatened to resign on the spot at a board meeting where Jobs was making the case for the Atom.

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iPod co-creator makes Nest: smart thermostat with iOS app

10/25, 9:45am

Nest Learning Thermostat auto-adjusts to habits

Key iPod architect Tony Fadell on Tuesday brought out an unusual follow-up in the Nest Learning Thermostat. Borrowing some of Fadell's learning from his time at Apple, the Nest Labs device is designed both with very simple rotary control and intelligence that auto-adjusts based on real habits. It uses humidity, motion, and temperature detection to automatically lower the temperature when the home is idle, and it can track patterns to tell when it's most likely to need to change the temperature.

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iPod marks 10th anniversary with a changed Apple

10/23, 1:00pm

iPod introduced 10 years ago today

Apple's iPod on Sunday marked its tenth anniversary in a very different landscape. The MP3 player was unveiled on October 23, 2001 at an event in Apple's Town Hall at its Cupertino headquarters in what's now considered one of the late Steve Jobs' crowning achievements. Its first iPod, available in just a 5GB capacity with only Mac and FireWire support, reached stores on November 10 that year for $399.

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New bio piece reveals Scott Forstall's role at Apple

10/13, 1:50pm

Exec indirectly responsible for iPhone 4 leak

Apple's senior VP for iOS, Scott Forstall, was indirectly responsible for the leak of an iPhone 4 prototype in 2010, a new Businessweek profile suggests. A former Apple manager claims that Forstall persuaded the company's CEO at the time, Steve Jobs, to allow dozens of engineers to carry prototypes so they could do better testing of network performance and reduce dropped calls. It was one of Forstall's engineers who accidentally left an iPhone 4 in a pub, which eventually resulted in a Gizmodo hands-on piece and a high-profile criminal investigation.

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Fast Company ranks potential replacements for Jobs

01/24, 1:30pm

Forstall seen as trumping Cook, Ive, Schiller

Financial publication Fast Company has published a new ranking of possible replacements for Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The magazine notes that even if Jobs does return from his current medical leave, the company will eventually have to find a replacement. The top potential candidate is argued to be Apple's senior VP of iPhone software, Scott Forstall. He is "young, possesses the right kind of technical knowledge and dynamism, and has become an increasingly important figure in key Apple product decisions," according to the magazine.

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