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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest’s vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She’s leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $ 555 million last June, though the product’s future has seemed uncertain.

Nest did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Nest now works with Crestron and other popular home automation systems

Nest Labs announced today that Control4, Crestron, Dropcam, Remote Technologies Incorporated, and Universal Remote Control are now compatible with its line of products. The “Works with Nest” developer program facilitating the integration was announced in 2013, along with the company’s partnership with Control4. “Professional installers are a key market partner for Nest and we’re committed to enabling our products to connect with the home automation systems they trust and install every day,” said Nest founder Matt Rogers.

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Nest wants anyone, even Apple, to start writing software for its products

Nest is about to give its Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector a big potential boost in functionality. The Google-owned company has just launched its developer program and API, which will let anyone write software that can integrate with Nest’s products. The initiative was first announced last September, but Nest’s developer portal is now open after a year of work to anyone with a free Nest account.

Greg Hu, senior product manager at Nest, said the program’s goal was let anyone with a connected platform talk to Nest’s products. “It could be software, it could be hardware, it could be a service,” Hu says. “You just need a connected platform and that’s it.” To show off what its new platform can do, Hu and the Nest team have…

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Nest buying video monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million

Google-owned Nest today said it’s acquired San Francisco-based Dropcam, a company that’s been making home monitoring cameras for the past five years. In a pair of blog posts, the two companies said Dropcam will still be sold in all the usual places, but stopped short of promising future products.

“Eventually, the plan is for us to work together to reinvent products that will help shape the future of the conscious home and bring our shared vision to more and more people around the world,” Nest cofounder and head of engineering Matt Rogers said, adding that “for now though, not much will change.”

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Google and Nest may move into home security by buying out Dropcam

Google is reportedly planning a move into home security through Nest, its recent $ 3.2 billion acquisition that has put a high-tech spin on thermostats and smoke alarms. The company has considered acquiring connected camera startup Dropcam, according to The Information, though it’s not clear what stage any talks are at, or if they are still progressing at all.

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Nest thermostat arrives in the UK ahead of an ‘aggressive’ European expansion

Although it’s only been available to buy in the US and Canada so far, the Nest Learning Thermostat has already been installed in over 120 countries around the world. As of today, the market for its purchase is growing in number with the addition of the UK, where you’ll be able to buy the home automation device for £179 (or £249 with the recommended professional installation included).

The Learning Thermostat is, at its core, an app to smarten up your home’s heating and cooling systems with just enough hardware to make the process viable and intuitive. In making the transition to the UK, it’s had to add a new Heat Link component that attaches to your boiler at home and communicates to the Thermostat via either a wired or wireless…

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks : A Twitter-shaped short story, Google’s new Nest, Four Tet’s “Thriller” and more in our weekly look at the web

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1. Hero-Glyphics Designer, illustrator and self-proclaimed nerd, Josh Lane perfectly blends hieroglyphics with mythical superheroes through his series of “hero-glyphics,” in which the likes of Spiderman, the X Men and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get the…

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Apple’s Phil Schiller unfollowed Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Twitter

Apple SVP of global marketing Phil Schiller has long been a vocal proponent of Apple products, unafraid to cast an unfavorable eye on the company’s competitors. Now, only days after Google announced the purchase of Nest for a whopping $ 3.2 billion, 9to5Mac reports that Schiller has opted to unfollow both the company and Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Twitter.

Schiller, it can be inferred, must not be pleased with the acquisition — especially considering Fadell’s being an instrumental former colleague at Apple. With Nest now firmly in Google’s grasp, the move looks like a principled stand against Mountain View. Indeed, this isn’t the first time Schiller has taken a hard line against Google. Earlier this year, the marketing chief called…

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Nest, Golden Globes, and ’24’: 90 Seconds on The Verge

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The Vergecast 097: Chromebooks, Nest Protect, and ‘Oliver Twist’

It’s a chilly October morning and you’re on your way to work. The cold wind nips at you and you draw your coat in closer, careful not to crease your freshly pressed shirt. You take a long sip of coffee and the taste of roasted brew lingers on your tongue. A deep breath escapes your lips and hangs in the air for a moment, suspended in the hazy morning light. That’s when you see it peeking over the horizon. It’s bright and warm. You raise a hand to your face to shield your eyes as you try to make it out, but you already know what it is it’s The Vergecast.

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