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Stephen Kruiser


January 13, 2014 - 5:25 pm


Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers’ homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the “godfather” of the iPod.

Nest will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google said on Monday.

The deal is the second largest in Google’s history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.

“Nest Labs appears to be focused on thermostats and smoke alarms, but it’s not far-fetched to see Google expanding this technology into other devices over time,” said Shyam Patil, an analyst at Wedbush.

“Home automation is one of the bigger opportunities when you talk about the Internet of everything and connecting everything. This acquisition furthers their strategy around that,” he said.

Few wonders of the digital age inspire such bipolar reactions in me as Google. There are times when I love its convenience, like when I accept an appointment invitation in Gmail and it is added to my calendar without me having to do more than just click “Yes”. Then there are times when I start to think, “Google knows everything I’m doing.”

That feeling will probably get worse if I’m worried about them staring at me while I sleep from the smoke detector over my bed, which I currently believe the NSA is doing.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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NSA is not the real threat to your privacy. They won't be marketing your personal information and they keep their records secret. The real threat to your privacy are all the companies that your worship like Google, Apple, MIcrosoft or Amazon. I worry more about them then I do about the government snooping on my phone calls and E-mails. There are three billion phone calls made in the US each day. Even if they can record all of them they can't listen to them. Maybe that's why the Prism program hasn't stopped any terrorist attacks.
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Will google buy the "sleep number bed" interactive software. Imagine the ability to control sleep patterns?
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Google is nothing more than a bunch of computers. Computers are really easy to lie to.
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