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Google wants all of your devices to be connected

We’ve seen Google make a push into home-based “smart devices” with the purchase of Nest Labs in early January. That move, along with the recent discovery that Google could have future intentions of turning “refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches” into advertising billboards, has some people concerned.
 
As if the prospects of Google’s expanding advertising ambitions weren’t enough to stir paranoia from the tech masses, this latest report from The Information will likely send skeptics over the edge. Google is reportedly in talks to purchase Dropcam, a startup created by Greg Duffy and Aamir Virani that specializes in connected cameras.


Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy (L) and COO Aamir Virani (R) 
 
The company currently sells the $149 Dropcam which provides a 107-degree field of view, 4x zoom, night vision, two-way talk via the built-in speaker and microphone, intelligent alerts that can be emailed or pushed to your mobile device, and optional cloud recording. A $199 Dropcam Pro ups the ante with a 130-degree field of view, an 8x zoom along with superior low-light and audio performance.


Dropcam Pro
 
The company is also pushing towards a summer release of Dropcam Tabs, which are small, wireless motion sensors that can be placed on windows, doors, or even refrigerators (if you’re into that kind of thing). The device can then instantaneously alert you via your mobile device or PC whenever movement has been detected.

 
If the report is true, the Dropcam acquisition would mesh with Google’s goal to turn the Nest team into a fully functioning hardware group within the company. And with Apple looking to push into the home automation market with “Smart Home,” Dropcam would definitely jumpstart Google’s efforts to become a big player in this space.

Source: The Information



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RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 3:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
I like how anyone who uses Google services is a "stupid kid".

Part of being an intelligent adult is making decisions based on knowledge. If you think Google is violating your "privacy" in any way, it is YOU who are ignorant, not us 'stupid kids'.

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Google has a portion of its market that simply doesn't care about the ramifications of any of these personal tech decisions.


None of which you or your alarmist ilk ever bothers to go into detail over. It's always some vague fear-mongering.

Tell me, right now, what ramifications? I've been using Google services for over 10 years, at least. So when, exactly, are these ramifications going to impact my life? What's going to happen to me? Please tell me, I want to know.

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There's a really small undercurrent of privacy-advocation on both the private and public sides that I really hope evolves into some real privacy rights in the digital era for consumers and citizens.


LMAO!!!

We have the NSA illegally spying on everyone, and you think private advocacy groups should worry about Google? Which you can totally opt-out of.


RE: Jumped the shark
By Reclaimer77 on 5/27/2014 3:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
Let me ask you something, and I want a honest answer, do you use a credit card or debit card?

If so, then you're a "stupid kid". Ignorant of all the 'ramifications'.

You walk into a Target and make a purchase. You are giving complete strangers your very life savings, the keys to your very lifeblood! Trusting that they wont rob you, that they'll protect your information, keep it safe.

Suddenly you're the victim of identity theft, your whole life is turned upside down. And you did nothing wrong.

And I don't think there's a damn one of us here who can honestly say we don't use electronic payments.

So before you accuse others of being stupid and too trusting, just you know, really think about it.


RE: Jumped the shark
By Spuke on 5/27/2014 6:37:56 PM , Rating: 1
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So before you accuse others of being stupid and too trusting, just you know, really think about it.
Yep! ANYONE that's ever purchased ANYTHING electronically has personal financial information stored on someone's servers. If you have a bank account, you have personal financial information stored on someone's servers. YOUR critical financial info could be accessed by law enforcement 30 years ago before Google or any of these tech companies were glints in their fathers eyes. If you believe otherwise, YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT . Get over it already!


RE: Jumped the shark
By NellyFromMA on 5/28/2014 4:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
Guy, once again you are twisting my words trying to capitalize on my quoting the OP.

I don't have time to address you any further. If you want to ask legit questions, frame them as such and not in your ultra-sensational-extremist slanderbox bs.

If you can't figure out how to RESPECTFULLY address someone, you have a long way to go before adulthood, "stupid kid".


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