It’s a good thing Apple didn’t buy Nest and Google shouldn’t have either

“Perhaps you’ve heard that Google bought Nest this week for $3.2 billion,” Tony Bradley writes for Forbes. “Since news of the purchase was made public, though, some have questioned why Apple didn’t buy it first, and many are concerned about the implications of Google owning Nest.”

“Consider… the backlash that has occurred from many users over the news that Google bought Nest,” Bradley writes. “Philip Michaels wrote on TechHive about his concerns over the privacy implications of Google having access to the data collected by Nest devices. He summed up with, ‘After all, it ultimately comes down to trust. I only like inviting guests into my home that I can trust. And Google hasn’t earned that trust, no matter what its vision for the automated home may be.'”

“I’ve heard great things about the Nest thermostat and I’ve had my eye on getting one for my house for some time. Now that Google owns Nest, I am less interested because I don’t trust Google,” Bradley writes. “The reason it’s good that Apple didn’t buy Nest is because doing so would alienate the segment of the market that doesn’t trust Apple. The reason Google shouldn’t have bought Nest is that doing so has alienated the segment of the population that doesn’t trust Google.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Among other things, Google squandered their good will by knocking off iPhone and by vacuuming up personal data in “Street View” drive-bys. These two acts alone, showed Google’s “Do No Evil” motto to be “bullshit,” as Steve Jobs once so aptly described it.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]

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42 Comments

  1. On the one hand I want the public to be concerned about security and not trust the government as well as corporations. (Especially the government cause they have the guns and prisons). And they can beat up corporations and take data from them anytime they like.

    On the other hand, I feel sad that the world is starting to come around to my level of paranoia.

    My fondest wish is that I’m wrong about pretty much everything.

    1. Regarding: “On the other hand, I feel sad that the world is starting to come around to my level of paranoia.
      Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you.

      1. The agency was also able to extract geolocation data from more than 76,000 text messages a day, including from “requests by people for route info” and “setting up meetings”.

        I THOUGHT I was going to get a day off from revelations of NSA criminal activity. Nope! Another day, another illegal NSA program revelation. It’s time for a good nuking, metaphorically speaking. What fun it will be to hear Obama’s upcoming hand-slapping speech. Gentlemen, pad your bottoms!

          1. I have some people higher on my disrespect list. I certainly have no interest in going sarcastic about him or his family.

            But, like George W. Bush before him, the guy is an agent of demolition of the USA. I don’t want him in office. I have no reason to believe him. I’m sick of the lies. I’m sick of the outright treasonous behavior that undermines We The People. Impeachment sounds great to me!

    2. I fear big business more than big government. At least in the US. You at least have the power (small, but it is there) to change the government. You have zero power to change corporations. You can vote out mayors, reps, senators, you don’t like. Again, it is very difficult to do, small chance to unseat an incumbent, etc., but it can be done. You can’t unseat any CEO you don’t like. Moreover, in the US, at the least, there are laws such as Freedom of Information Act. 4th amendment, 1st amendment, etc. Corporations have no limits or shackles such as those.

    3. RE:(Especially the government cause they have the guns and prisons)

      The prisons and security are becoming more privatized every day. There is big money on locking up Americans and the people making it are giving money to politicians to keep it that way.

      https://www.aclu.org/prison-profiteers

      The fact is that corporate America has bought and paid for our political system and is bleeding it dry for profit- your “rights” are just an inconvenience being whittled away by members of the 2 money parties- the Ultra Right Wing Money Party (Republicans) and the Moderate Right Wing Money Party (Democrats).

  2. There is another reason.

    We own 3 of the Nest thermostats and we love them because they are very nice. I do feel like the author however and would not have bought them if I knew Google owned Nest. I just recently purchased the smoke detector and will be returning it.

    But that is really besides the point. The Nest technology is good but I feel in light of things like iBeacon that it is probably not all that advanced. I think Tony F. sold because he got a great price and could see the handwriting on the wall.

  3. Trust is earned.
    Distrust is also earned.
    I deliberately set up Sufari on my Mac to disallow tracking by Google.
    Google deliberately bypassed those setting and tracked me anyway, and got fined for it by the US government.
    Why would anyone trust Google?
    Through their own efforts, Google has earned my distrust.

  4. I think this storm in a teacup will blow over after a couple of weeks when the public furore has died down. Not that I’m condoning Google or theft of data but seriously when you think about it at what level of paranoia do you need to display before you get spooked by the amount of data collected by a thermostat. You probably give out more data through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, G+, and a myriad other services than you could ever hope to achieve on a thermostat.

    The only data you’d be giving out is probably what temperature you prefer setting your house at. Mine is always set to cosy with sexy soft music playing the background.

    1. If you just set it to a constant “cosy” [stet] temperature, why get a Nest device at all? Just get a simple $9.95 thermostat and be done with it.

      Most people’s objection is based upon the facts that 1) they set the temperature in their house differently when their away than when they are home and 2) many set their thermostats differently when they are at home asleep versus when they are at home awake.

      Do you want Google to know when you’re home and when you’re not? Do you want Google to know when you’re asleep at home? ((According to the song lyrics it’s supposed to be only Santa Clause that knows when you are sleeping and knows when you’re awake. Google may think of themselves as Santa Clause, but they’re not.)) What kind of advertising are you going to get when Google knows this information? Who will Google sell this information to so that they can make money off of knowing when you are home and when you are awake at home? Google has repeatedly shown that they have zero ethics when it comes to what they do with data about you.

      Or…someone hacks Google’s system (or the data stream between your home and Google proper) and now that hacker has your home habits and the habits of everyone else in your area that has a Nest device.

      1. You say that as if Google couldn’t afford Philips. Philips has a market cap of less than $35 Billion, while Google has over $50 Billion in cash (and growing). I highly doubt Google would be interested in buying Philips, but they could definitely afford it.

  5. I covetted the Nest thermostat. But do no more.

    I like the idea of smart technology, but congruent to my own thoughts, unless I wish to share them, the data they collect, to make my life easier, should be kept locked up within my own reach, to use, to destroy perminently as I see fit.

  6. I was a next user from early days and things started going down south for Nest in last six months. Their customer service was horrible in last few months. Nest took of their official forums from search engine index to hide problems. The final straw was V4.0 which shut down the heater in one of the coldest days of the decade. I had to rip my Nest out and put back the old thermostat at 2:00 Am or risk freezing the home. I had to wait hrs on the phone to talk to support and they would reply emails after 2 days. The Nest looked good but their Manangement was incompetent in making sure that company can scale to serve millions of users. Google bough a company which was losing customer satisfaction.

    Sent from Iphone.

  7. Google’s share price has gone up about $25 since acquiring Nest Labs and easily pushing its market cap up enough to cover the cost. Investors seem rather ecstatic about it. Google seems to keep adding more and more shareholder value to the company so Wall Street doesn’t see it as a problem. Acquisitions seem to excite investors.

    Truthfully, Wall Street seems far less satisfied with Apple for never spending much money on worthwhile acquisitions. Supposedly Google’s acquisition of Motorola was considered a bad deal but since that time Google has really taken off while Apple has gone in the opposite direction. That’s just how things work, I suppose. Smart thermostats and smoke alarms gives Google a brighter future as some people see it. I don’t see much revenue coming to Google from those devices but obviously someone does.

    1. Your statements illustrate what is wrong with the mentality of 90+% of investors and virtually 100% of those who report on the doings of the Wall Street Gang.

      1) Unless Google issued new shares to cover the cost of the purchase of Nest, that $25 a share increase did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for Google to cover the cost of buying Nest. The increase in market cap has absolutely no bearing on the cash on hand that Google used to buy Nest. (And if they did a stock swap, the prices at which the stocks were swapped were fixed long before the deal was announced so the increase in stock price still has no benefit to Google to cover the cost of buying Nest.)

      2) Buying Nest does not, in any way shape or form, “unlock value” in Google’s stock. No “value” was locked up in the first place. People and institutional investors are just gambling that the stock will continue to rise based upon Google expanding into a new business area. People and investors think this will drive the stock price up further and thus they are buying it now counting on making a profit when it continues to go up. It’s pure speculation on what other investors will do in the future. There is no “locked value” in Google. It’s 100% gambling buy investors.

      It really has nothing to do with Google’s “brighter future” it is all about how people believe other people will perceive the *value of the stock* (not the value of Google) in the future.

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