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Former Nest fans return their thermostats after Google acquisition

16
Jan
2014

The minute Google bought Nest, it was inevitable that some of the company’s fans would recoil, particularly those who are also fans of Apple. The Seattle Times has interviewed two former Nest fans who are disturbed by the Google acquisition, however their concerns seem much more about privacy than blatant fanboy-ism. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and a frequent Google critic, tells The Seattle Times that he plans on returning his Nest and shopping around for a new thermostat because “Google doesn’t respect boundaries.” Specifically he cited Google’s decision to merge data and information from all its services, from Gmail to Google+ to search, into one giant trove of information on its users. Adding data on when

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