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The Nest team will stay intact

Google bought Nest Labs earlier this month for a solid $3.2 billion in cash and according to a new report from TechCrunch, Google's new Nest team will be the search giant's core hardware group. That means Nest won't just be used for home automation and energy monitoring -- the team will be in charge of Google's latest hardware, which could include smartphones and tablets for Google's Android mobile operating system.
Google will keep the Nest team intact, including Nest CEO Tony Fadell. Fadell, who used to work for Apple on the iPod as well as the iPhone development teams, is considered a top dog when it comes to hardware -- but he's also comfortable with software. 
TechCrunch said Google was looking for the right product designers and engineers who could cross between both hardware and software, and saw that in Nest. 

[SOURCE: Digital Trends]

While Google will likely have its new hardware team work on home-automated devices as well, many reports say the Nest guys will take over all hardware projects spanning many kinds of devices. It's currently unclear what those devices will be.
It's interesting to see that Google sold off Motorola Mobility the same month that it acquired Nest. Many have concluded that Google originally acquired Motorola with the same intentions as when it acquired Nest; to have an innovative hardware team to power Android devices and beyond.
Google ended up selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion earlier this week, reportedly taking a $7 billion net loss on the company. 
But Google got to hold onto Motorola's patents, which is likely what it acquired the company for anyway. Now, armed with patents and a whole new hardware team, we'll have to wait and see what Google does next. 
Google just posted its Q4 2013 financials, posting a significant rise in revenue from $14.42 billion USD in Q4 2012 to $16.86 billion USD in Q4 2013. Analysts expected $16.75 billion USD. But net income (GAAP) was at $4.10 billion USD ($12.01 USD/share), which is up roughly 15 percent year-over-year, but represents 1.5 percent less than the $4.16 billion USD ($12.20 USD/share) than Thomson Reuters predicted. 

Source: TechCrunch

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RE: In-house ads
By ven1ger on 2/3/2014 3:11:58 AM , Rating: 2
Do I know that MS uses my data. Yes, I do. Do I like it? Not really. But our data is not MS primary product, so I trust them more with it than I do Google.

Sorry, but this got me to wonder about something. I think I'd trust a company more if data is their primary product because they'd handle it a lot better than a company that data isn't their primary product. Would I trust my money in a bank if handling money wasn't their primary product? Would I entrust security to a company that security wasn't their primary function? Giving a pass to MS with regards to your data because data isn't their primary function seems kind of misplaced to me.

RE: In-house ads
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2014 11:39:13 AM , Rating: 2
I exposed him as a hypocrite, so he had to come up with some BS.

I guess he lets his next door neighbor hold all his money for him too. That's a banks primary product, so you know, you can't trust them as much...

RE: In-house ads
By NellyFromMA on 2/3/2014 12:41:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there is a key difference.

Google monetizes its users by collecting massive amounts of subtle data from a large variety of input sources and aggregates those results across one another to determine your psychological / retail profile. They don't actually value PROTECTING your data so much as they value USING it.

Microsoft markets itself a secure-services solution so, yes, they are more security-oriented. They also make very little on ad-revenue and there data collection and aggregation is typically opt-in as opposed to opt-out. So, MS has certainly positioned itself to not completely cede that avenue of revenue but also seemingly has realized it can't both collect swaths of personal data such as Google while also marketing secure-services. There is no future for MS continued success on ad-revenue alone so expect them to continue to opt for privacy for paid services.

RE: In-house ads
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2014 5:22:59 PM , Rating: 2
On what planet do the words Microsoft and security go together that solidly?

Anyway we're getting off point. He's a hypocrite and his reasoning why he's okay with MS selling his data and not Google was concocted bulls#it.

I admit I hate Apple freely and openly. If he just grew a spine and admitted he plain hates Google, I could respect that.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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