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With Nest, Google homes in on smart-home blueprint

Commentary: Nest Labs' purchase of Dropcam may signal a future in which parent Google tries to balance licensing technology for and participating in the smart-home market.

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Google's Nest Labs acquires Dropcam for $555M

In deal independent from Google, smart-device maker buys startup to expand its brand into home security and video monitoring.

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Nest Labs wants to bring a little glory to the mundane world of household devices, and its new 2013 product, the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/smart-home/nest-protect/4505-9788_7-35828549.html">Nest Protect</a>, succeeds.
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The company's first product was a thermostat that comes with a slick screen and a smartphone app. This year, <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57606351-76/smoke-detector-smartened-so-nest-what-next/">Next expanded to the smoke detector market</a>. The Protect comes with novelties like voice alerts and gesture controls that let you hush its alerts if the smoke problem is just an overenthusiastic toaster.
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If you want to rid your house of electronic gizmos, the Nest Protect won't help. But smoke detectors are required, and the Protect's whirling dots and glowing status ring looks a lot better than a plasticky puck with a blinking red LED.
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You pay for the Protect's features and look; they cost $129 apiece. But if you have several, they can communicate. And if you have a Nest thermostat, then a Protect that detects too much carbon monoxide can work with it to shut down the furnace.
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After recall, Nest relaunches Protect smoke detector for $99

The Google-owned device maker is bringing back its smart smoke detector -- without the problematic feature that caused the company to pull it from retailers in the first place.

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Amazon may soon sell haircuts, babysitters

Amazon reportedly plans to sell local services, Honeywell's Lyric thermostat turns up the heat on Nest, and Ringly puts phone alerts into a smart ring.

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Amazon may soon sell haircuts, babysitters

Amazon reportedly plans to sell local services, Honeywell's Lyric thermostat turns up the heat on Nest, and Ringly puts phone alerts into a smart ring.

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Control your climate with these smart devices

From sensors to thermostats and even a connected ceiling fan, these gadgets can offer cooling smarts this summer.

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The Internet of Things sprouts in the garden

Edyn hopes to raise $100,000 for its smart Garden Sensor and Water Valve system, both of which allow gardeners to make decisions in real-time based on their specific conditions.

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Google up next after Apple plays its hand for the smart home

Apple made its play today with HomeKit, a developer-focused software development kit to link smart home devices more deeply into iOS. Now it's Google's turn.

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Tech Retrospect: A new Surface and another major hack

Miss a few stories this week? We'll bring you up to speed with this rundown of all the tech news.

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CEO defends Nest's un-Googley, ad-free business

The maker of Net-connected thermostats and smoke detectors isn't like its parent company Google when it comes to making money, says Nest CEO and founder Tony Fadell.

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Despite smoke-alarm recall, you can probably keep your Nest Protect

Federal agency issues recall of high-tech smoke detector. But most users can address the issue simply by connecting to the Internet.

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Exclusive: Nike FuelBand engineers courted by Nest, Oculus, Intel, and Microsoft

Tech companies are lining up to nab Nike engineers after the sportswear maker decided to dismantle its wearable-hardware team. Apple is reportedly on the hunt as well.

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