Lauren Goode

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Honeywell Sues Nest Labs Over Thermostat Tech

Honeywell International Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palo Alto-based Nest Labs, alleging that Nest, maker of a “smart” digital thermostat for the home, infringes on seven of Honeywell’s patents related to thermostat technology. The patents referenced specifically pertain to the thermostat’s mechanical user interface, controller interface, inner design and “simplified methods for operating and programming a thermostat.” Also named in the suit is Best Buy, which sells the Nest thermostat.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik