Google acquires Nest

Well, that was unexpected. Not because it doesn’t fit perfectly with Google’s insatiable appetite for data and its recent forays in hardware, but because Nest’s design and business philosophy is far more aligned with Apple’s (no surprise considering CEO Tony Fadell ran the iPod division).

I had hoped to see Nest remain fiercely independent, but we’re undoubtedly heading for a House of Whacks scenario within a few short years.