Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for June 23, 2014:
- Google's Nest has agreed to buy the Internet camera company Dropcam. Nest Labs, which makes smart home appliances like the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector, was acquired by Google in January and is run semi-independently. Read more at nytimes.com.
- It looks like LG isn’t the only one announcing a new smart watch at Google I/O. Samsung will reportedly show off a new wearable running on Google’s Android Wear platform. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Google believes in distributed systems, and the company's lobbying effort is no exception. According to a piece in Politico by Tony Romm, Google heavily lobbies not just Washington D.C., but also state legislatures and city councils across the country. Read more at politico.com.
- A new Android app from GM China lets you text fellow drivers by scanning their license plate. The developer says the app will let you ask a driver on a date or ask them to move their car, but there’s nothing preventing users from directing road rage through the app as well. And get this: anyone can contact you even if you haven’t registered the app. Read more at wired.com.
- The City of Chicago will soon test light poles packed with sensors to measure air quality,light, noise, heat, wind and rain. The most controversial feature, though, is that the poles will count people by monitoring cell phone traffic. Read more at chicagotribune.com.
- Quirky, the company known for producing products invented by its customers, is getting serious about the Internet of Things. Its offshoot brand, Wink, will launch an $80 Wink Hub that allows connected devices to communicate over various wireless protocols. We’ll also see a smartphone and tablet app for controlling your smart-home devices. Read more at nytimes.com.
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