Tony Fadell

Nest is getting a lot of negative press this week after a barrage of great press. One, a lawsuit we reported on earlier this week and now this, an open letter from the CEO Tony Fadell in which he calls into question the safety of the Nest Protect Smoke + CO2 alarm and announces that they will stop sales of the popular device until further testing has been conducted. That’s gotta hurt.

In another big hardware move for Google, the company announced Monday that it has greed to purchase Nest Labs for $3.2 billion.

CEDIA announced Wednesday that its keynote speakers at CEDIA Expo this September in Denver are Nest CEO Tony Fadell and businessman Gene Marks.

Since its introduction in 2011, the connected thermostat Nest has emerged as a shining example of a smart device that's actually smart. By giving owners an easier and more efficient way to visualize and control the temperature of their homes, Nest has in many ways demystified the process of paying for energy. And it's saved its users money, too, by learning their daily routines and adjusting the temperature accordingly. It's a simple, high-tech solution to a problem faced by millions around the world.

But in the bigger picture, optimizing a single household's energy consumption

At LeWeb Paris this morning, Nest Labs' Founder and CEO Tony Fadell took the stage with the Iliad Group's founder Xavier Niel to talk about his advanced thermostat and the Internet of Things.

Fadell noted that, in the U.S., more than 10 million thermostats are sold every year. When he built his own home, Fadell noticed that nobody had innovated on thermostat for years, despite the fact that they control almost half of the energy used every year.

Asked about how he went from designing the iPad to a thermostat

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