Arik Hesseldahl

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Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Player ThinkSmart Technologies

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it had acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Irish company that provides location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. ThinkSmart’s technology analyzes information on the movement of people within a building, looking for patterns by time of day, length of stay and other factors to help companies that operate buildings — such as event spaces — plan better and ensure that crowds flow better. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus