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Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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If you're selling a successful startup these days your price tag should have several billion dollars on it. That seems to be the going rate, and smart thermostat maker Nest just got snapped up by Google for $3.2 billion. Nest's CEO Tony Fadell once worked for Steve Jobs designing iPods, now his direct boss will be Google's Larry Page. And one more bit of acquisition news. Facebook has bought Branch and Potluck -- platforms for long, invite-only conversations online. The people behind those companies will now help run the new Facebook Conversations Group. Talk ain't cheap in the tech world I guess. The deal? Reportedly worth $15 million.

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Google acquires Nest for $3.2 billion

Jan 14, 2014
Google could be moving in. The tech giant bought smart home thermostat maker Nest yesterday for $3.2 billion.

Federal court rules against FCC net neutrality rules

Jan 14, 2014
The ruling could have big implications for the way internet service providers grant access to content online.

If you’re selling a successful startup these days your price tag should have several billion dollars on it. That seems to be the going rate, and smart thermostat maker Nest just got snapped up by Google for $3.2 billion. Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell once worked for Steve Jobs designing iPods, now his direct boss will be Google’s Larry Page. And one more bit of acquisition news. Facebook has bought Branch and Potluck — platforms for long, invite-only conversations online. The people behind those companies will now help run the new Facebook Conversations Group. Talk ain’t cheap in the tech world I guess. The deal? Reportedly worth $15 million.

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