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Holy. Shit. Google just bought +Nest. For $3.2bln in cash.

The whole smart thermostat EnergySense thing is starting to make a lot more sense now, doesn't it?
Welcome +Nest team, really enjoy your products and look forward to having you all as part of Google
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – JANUARY 13, 2014 — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest's mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms.
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Need a new thermostat. Anyone got any suggestions?
That is the first thing I thought of!
Let's just hope Google operates Nest as they are doing with Motorola and Waze, completely left alone to continue about their work just now backed by Google and its far reaching resources.
And the obvious jokes are about to take over:

"Now with google+ you can change the temperature in someone's house without knowing their email address."
+Arthur Zakaryan Hope so. Basically, the moment NEST asks me to link my Google+ account, it's leaving my wall. Violently.
Yep, EnergySense is not a test - it's a takeover plan.
I just got a Nest two weeks ago.  This news makes it even better!
Not if you ask +Jake Weisz, it doesn't. But nothing makes things better for him, it's kind of fun to watch him fume.
Hopefully prices come down for nest
$3,200,000,000 in cash must involve an awful lot of note-filled briefcases.
That is an obscene amount!
it is funny how Nest was run by ex-Apple engineers. 
+Artem Russakovskii Personally, I don't care how much of my "data" Google has. I have nothing to hide. I enjoy using their products and services and they make my life better/easier.

 If letting their server know how warm the temperature in my house is or what route I take to work; that's a tradeoff I'm willing to make.
+Steve Secor exactly. Some people say "I have nothing to hide is no excuse, moar privacy1!!1! but seriously: why should I care?

It doesn't affect me negatively, and all it does it's provide me with convenient features. I'm glad to help out.
So how long until Apple starts pulling Nest from their stores?
So do we now need to wait to buy any Nest products until Google has been integrated? I don't want to be obsolete.
+BJ Cardon Persumably any Google integration would be done via software updates. or backend integration with Google Now, etc.  A Google branded Nest devices is still a year or two out I'd think.
Isn't 3.2 billion a little expensive? 
I think Google got in there before apple made its move for the company, a lot of money but a smart move in my opinion.
Apple doesn't buy companies like that. They are too closed to make proper use and too stubborn. 
+Steve Secor Nothing to hide. But I bet Google can now convince my thermostat to pump ungodly amounts of carbon monoxide into my condo, and tell the NEST Protect not to warn me about it. I mean, what's one less guy pointing out how evil they've become?
+Daniel Sacksthe battle is no longer just smart phones, it's progressed to smart homes and smart cars. A purchase like this gives google the patents and a big leg up in the battle for the home. In the battle for a connected world this could prove to be a significant purchase.
Don't forget that A year ago many people said apple was too stubborn to make a bigger iPhone.
+Steve Secor so why did u get the nest? Just trying to see other people's reasons.... 
+Frank Wahl I am a gadget person and the thermostat was an area where I didn't have a gadget. :)  

It took about a year of research and to talk my wife into it.  $250 is seemingly a lot of money to spend on something like a thermostat.  We had a handful of Target gift cards to lighten the financial burden so I decided to pull the trigger.

Time will tell if it actually does save a significant amount of money. I've only had it two weeks, but I am much more conscious of the temperature in my house. We have actually turned the normal temp. down to 66.  I think part of the money saving feature of the Nest is actually being aware of the thermostat.

It looks great on the wall and there's something about walking by it and having it lighting up that puts a smile on your face.
+Steve Secor thanks.... Exactly my predicament. I've been doing the research. Now time to pull the trigger, if the Mrs agrees. Ha. Thanks. 
I love my NEST!  It saved me a lot last winter and cooling this past summer. I'm loving it even more now.
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