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Google’s Nest buying Dropcam

The $555 million deal brings Google into the home security market with a DIY product, but what about the privacy of customers’ connected home data?
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06/23/2014

PALO ALTO, Calif.—First, Google got into home automation early this year with the $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs. Now, Nest is buying startup Dropcam, which makes video cameras that stream video to a user’s computer or cellphone. The deal gives Google an entrée into home security.

Google’s Nest alarm returns, at a lower price

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06/19/2014

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Google's Nest Labs recently announced that the company was once again selling Nest’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, two months after the company recalled 440,000 of the devices because of a defect that made it possible for users to deactivate the a

Honeywell’s Harkins transitions to new role

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Honeywell’s Scott Harkins is transitioning to a new role.

Google’s Dropcam security push and Apple’s smart home “big play”—should security companies be worried?

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recent news reports say that Google may buy startup Dropcam, which makes video cameras that stream video to a user’s computer or cellphone, as a way to get into home security.

Google's Nest recalls almost half a million fire alarms

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05/22/2014

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Google's Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, Reuters news service reported this week.

Google’s Nest, Time Warner, Dropcam executives at ESX

Industry newcomers offer perspectives on changing competitive landscape in security industry
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05/14/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Executives from a Google subsidiary, a cable company and a Silicon Valley startup will share their perspectives on the changing competitive landscape in the security industry and opportunities for security professionals at ESX in June.

Readers reflect on cableco/telecom impact on wholesale monitoring space

Readers speculate about what’s next for new entrants making inroads into security
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04/09/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—The fourth annual Barnes Associates/SSN/CSAA Wholesale Monitoring study found the number of monitored accounts was up 19 percent in 2013, a growth figure the authors believe is being propelled by the influx of cablecos and telecoms into the industry.

Possible defect halts sales of Google’s Nest smoke detector

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It was big news early this year when Google decided to buy Nest Labs, a  California-based maker of smart smoke detectors and thermostats, for $3.2 billion.

SSN Readers: Google eyeing security

Sixty-four percent of SSN readers say Google’s $3.2b buy of Nest portends Google’s launching a home security product
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02/05/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s recent acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs led many to believe the tech giant was setting up a beachhead on the industry’s shores. Readers who responded to a recent SSN News Poll tend to agree, with many saying Google’s buy is no half-hearted entrance into security—it’s a sign of ever-larger involvement in the residential space.

Sizing up Google’s smart home play

Experts say the security industry should pay attention to the Internet services provider’s multimillion-dollar buy of a maker of intelligent thermostats and smoke alarms; they don't rule out a Google security offering
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01/29/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security companies should take note of Google’s recent expansion into the connected home with its $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs, industry experts tell Security Systems News.

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