“The announcement yesterday that Google is to acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) came as a surprise to many, with suggestions that Apple would have been the more obvious choice for the smart learning thermostat company,” Anthony Cuthbertson writes for ITProPortal. “Founded by two former Apple executives and home to many former Apple employees, it might have seemed logical that Nest would get swallowed up by the company it shares such a connection with. However, reported infighting and disillusion with his former company may well have been the reason behind Nest co-founder Tony Fadell going with Google.”
“Fadell’s history with Apple dates back to 2001 when he was hired as a contractor to work on the iPod. Within two months he was brought in by the tech giant to lead the creative design team of the product and by 2006 he was a senior vice president within the company,” Cuthbertson writes. “But somewhere along the line things turned sour between Fadell and Apple. In 2008 the company let him go amid rumours that he was not getting along with Jony Ive, Apple’s lead hardware and software designer. ‘Tony got canned,’ Leander Kanhey writes in his new book, Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As usual, Google got taken to the cleaners (see: Motorola Mobility).
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